Smartphones: What's next? (The Next Big Thing, Episode 3)

Now that smartphones are commodities, what's next? Also: why you may finally wear a fitness wearable, and the hype and hope around flexible screens.

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Smartphones have almost unarguably become commodities.
So what's next? Lost cost phones are a big trend to watch, bringing along the still large population that is stuck with "dumb phones" and not part of the always-on/always-on-you revolution.

Fitness wearables have arrived in a big way.
What was once a niche category focused on the extremely fit (or those who aspired to be) is now heading fast toward the crowd that just wants to sleep better or lose 5-10 pounds. But the smartwatch lurks out there, possibly ready to cannibalize the mainstream fitness band.

Flexible screens aren't.
At least not yet. The flex-screen devices that have hit the market lately are flexed by the factory not you, into curved products. But that isn't the same as a device that bends in your hand. We will tell you the three major directions flex screens are likely to bend, however.

E-mail me your thoughts and suggestions. Thanks for watching The Next Big Thing.

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