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Eric P
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10/15/2012 | 6:26:13 PM
re: 6 Features I Want In Future Smartphones
Actually, many of these features (as well as some discussed in the comments) are already available with the Tasker and DroidWall apps for Android. However, many of these features require root access--often a dealbreaker for devices on corporate networks.

Tasker: https://play.google.com/store/...
DroidWall: https://play.google.com/store/...
GAProgrammer
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10/1/2012 | 5:14:12 PM
re: 6 Features I Want In Future Smartphones
Galaxy S3 has a bigger screen and it's nice.

OS/App stores are fine right now - what are you looking for?

Video conferencing is already available on Android thru the Tango app and FaceTime is on iOS.
GAProgrammer
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10/1/2012 | 5:12:47 PM
re: 6 Features I Want In Future Smartphones
Thousand bucks a year?! I have 3 people on my plan and don't spend that much.

I'd suggest you shop around.
GAProgrammer
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10/1/2012 | 5:10:29 PM
re: 6 Features I Want In Future Smartphones
Some airlines are already relaxing the cell phone issue, so #3 is already taken care of.

#2 is 911. Many phones can hit that without even unlocking the screen.

#1 is already available on some phones.

You are welcome.
Atharton
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9/28/2012 | 11:03:12 AM
re: 6 Features I Want In Future Smartphones
Probably some more factors which u missed out on..
Bigger display
Right kind of OS
Bigger n better App store
Video Conferencing ability..
elliotross
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9/26/2012 | 11:16:46 PM
re: 6 Features I Want In Future Smartphones
Start simple: put 2 SIM slots like you can already get in Asia - One phone - two numbers - BYOD solved
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9/26/2012 | 10:06:35 PM
re: 6 Features I Want In Future Smartphones
Would love to be able to call a lost phone to remotely turn the ringer back on, so we can find my son's phone in the house!
moarsauce123
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9/26/2012 | 11:25:33 AM
re: 6 Features I Want In Future Smartphones
...and better pricing. Shelling out thousand bucks a year just to buy and operate a smartphone is ridiculous and the sole reason why I can't afford one. Even professionally I rarely get a real device for testing, most work is done using emulators.
It is mindblowing how much cash consumers waste on this stuff.
Andrew Hornback
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9/26/2012 | 2:26:22 AM
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Another thing that I'd like to see would be something that I first saw in a Microsoft promo video years ago regarding a fully interconnected lifestyle. Phones and tablets turning into screens for your PC when within the appropriate proximity would be a start. From there, being able to remotely control a system from either phone or tablet in a cohesive way would be great as well - I think that's one of the "killer app" functionalities that we'll see once Windows 8 really hits. Using cloud systems to hold data and different devices to access it - and delivering the same app experience from device to device to device. That would be a wonderful thing.
Andrew Hornback
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9/26/2012 | 2:22:27 AM
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Very good points... I would personally like to see a phone that stops actively seeking signal (and using battery life) after it's lost signal for a number of minutes. As it is, I've learned that commuting in the NYC subway that my battery lasts a lot longer if the device is still not actively searching for signal all the time (especially since there's little/none to be had underground, in most places).

I think multiple personalities will come as soon as virtualization on the handset occurs - one VM for business, one VM for personal. Or, maybe not in the form of VMs, but running each personality on a core of the device's CPU.

A nano-phone sounds like a good idea - as far as implementation goes, I can see something about 1/2 the size of the average smart phone with a very limited app selection acting as a remote to connect back to the primary phone. Set up a VPN link between the two to secure the data flowing between then and voila. We can already use our smartphones as remote controls for our home theater and cable systems, so why not?

Power management is a great idea, but then you wouldn't have things like Apple's hand-warmer feature on the iPad 3. The more circuits you stuff into a smaller device in order to make it go faster, the more juice it's going to take. Now, if the phone could power down sections of hardware that it wasn't using in order to conserve power, that would be a cool idea.

Social/physical awareness is coming - it's just a matter of time. That's one of the things that Google's working on with regards to correlating all of our personal data/habits and creating an enlightened device. That could be the one feature that sets Google+ apart from everything else once it gets rolled into the product.

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