In 2011, smartphones outsold PCs for the first time in history. By 2015, it's estimated that tablet sales will be on par with PC sales, while smartphones will have reached the 1 billion mark in sales.
These two tidbits of information appear in this rather eye-opening infographic
about the smartphones of the future.
Smartphones are already advancing with the inclusion of voice-recognition technology; Siri can (and hopefully will) only get better at understanding what you want and then getting you what you need. But imagine, if you will, a smartphone that can recognize your face. Or pick up your body language a la Xbox Kinect. Or perhaps track your eye movements.
Imagine what that kind of technology could do for the social web...
Subtleties like sarcasm might no longer get misinterpreted by plain text.
Mobile gaming could involve much more of your body than your brain, eyes, thumb, and forefinger.
Unedited "raw" video could look just as good as a produced piece thanks to advancements in video capabilities.
Has anyone ever told you "It's just Facebook?" Even though we often mention pieces of information we've seen on Facebook in everyday offline conversation, there's still a subtle suggestion that communication via social channels shouldn't be taken too seriously.
These advancements in mobile technology could very well put an end to that for good.
It'll be interesting to see what happens to mobile devices in the next five years. How do you think those changes will affect the social web?