How will the next generation of smartphones be smarter?


Next-gen smartphonesGoogle's Sundar Pichai, who heads both the company's Android efforts as well as its Chrome OS, has downplayed expectations of new Google-branded Nexus hardware ahead of the company's annual I/O developer conference, which kicks off today in San Francisco. But there have been persistent rumors that Google will give developers more information about Motorola Mobility's rumored "X Phone" during I/O, if not the device itself: Talk of the device dates back to December, when the Wall Street Journal reported that Motorola was working on the next-generation smartphone, said to include potential enhancements such as a bendable screen and materials like ceramics, which would make the device more durable. Since then, leaked images and pictures have popped up online.

Google executives have never officially acknowledged the X Phone, but Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside, a former Google top sales executive, told the Journal in December that the company is "investing in a team and a technology that will do something quite different than the current approaches." FierceWireless is taking Google's lead to investigate what's next in the world of smartphones, asking a range of industry analysts for their thoughts on what could be game-changing improvements in the years ahead. Obviously there will be advances in screen resolution and processor speeds, but what could be some of the major innovations that change the way people interact with their smartphones? Feature