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.

About the author

Brian Cooley joined CNET in 1995 and always comes at technology from the real consumer's point of view. He brings his high energy, often skeptical style to all avenues of CNET coverage, with an emphasis on car tech. You'll also find him frequently on television, radio and the TV screens at Costco!

 

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