Soumya Prakash Pradhan

In 2024, brace yourself for a revolution in smartphones as Generative AI takes centre stage.

The smartphone experience is set to undergo a significant evolution, introducing fresh use cases that promise to enhance user interaction.

Artificial Intelligence (AI), a key player in this transformation, has contributed to features like voice dictation and camera enhancements over the years, according to an Indian Express report.

As the year 2024 begins, technology experts are predicting six evolutionary advancements that may appear in the tech industry. Let's take a closer look at them.

Smartphone Processors

October 2023 saw Qualcomm unveiling the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chip, a precursor to what 2024 smartphones may behold.

Expected to power flagship Android devices, including the OnePlus 12 and Samsung's Galaxy S24, this processor brings on-device Gen AI into mainstream hardware, ushering in a new era of smartphone capabilities.

AI's Influence on Daily Life

The tech landscape in 2024 might witness AI models running on phones to gauge an individual's hydration levels with a simple touch on their skin.

Additionally, advancements like a photo expansion feature and real-time air quality assessment using time-of-flight sensors showcase the potential of technology to improve our daily lives.

Generative AI Reshapes

AI tools have transcended voice-based assistants, as demonstrated by the arrival of ChatGPT.

The focus is now on processing generative AI tasks directly on devices at the chip level, heralding a future where developers, OS providers, and OEMs adapt their software to fully leverage on-device AI.

The spotlight is on Apple to respond to Google and Qualcomm by integrating generative AI features into the iPhone.

Screen-less Gadgets and Toys

With devices like the AI Pin, designed to be worn, the era of screen-less gadgets fueled by artificial intelligence is approaching.

Humane's Imran Chaudhri envisions a future where devices like the AI Pin, roughly priced at Rs. 58150 in India, challenge traditional smartphones.

Other experiments, such as Grok, an AI-powered interactive toy, hint at a potential $35 billion market for AI-enabled smart toys by 2030.

Mixed Reality Headsets Emerge

Despite setbacks in Mark Zuckerberg's Metaverse, the tech industry in 2024 welcomes mixed reality and augmented reality headsets, with Apple set to launch the Vision Pro. 

Though consumer interest remains limited due to early missteps and high prices, the groundwork laid in 2024 promises a new ecosystem akin to the smartphone revolution in the early 2010s.

Gaming's Evolution Continues

Following a resurgence in 2023, handheld consoles shine in the gaming realm.

Valve's Steam Deck OLED, Asus, Lenovo, and others introduce their handheld consoles, creating a buzz.

Anticipation surrounds Nintendo's rumored next-generation hardware in 2024, potentially delivering the next breakthrough in portable gaming experiences.

As people step into 2024, these tech predictions offer a glimpse into the exciting innovations that lie ahead, shaping the way people interact with and benefit from technology in their daily lives.