5 smartphone innovations we want to see by 2020

Five years is a long time in technology, and by the time 2020 rolls around the smartphones we’re all using may look and feel substantially different – in fact, the smartphone itself might be on the way out, usurped by some kind of miniature wearable technology.

Five years ago we were in awe of the iPhone 4 and the Nexus S, so what innovations can we expect in another half a decade? We put our heads together to come up with a list of five innovations we want to see by the year 2020: mobile phone manufacturers, it’s over to you.

1. Advanced sensors

Iris scanning

The smartphones of 2015 can be unlocked with fingerprints, and iris scanners are just around the corner – but there’s much more to come here. Future mobiles could recognise you by the tone of your voice, the pattern of your typing or even the way you walk, banishing the need for patterns and PINs for good: in 2020 it should be pretty much impossible for anyone else to use your phone.