The next wave is coming, from rollable phones, 5G smartphones to Wi-Fi 6E. In the United States, there are nearly 328 million individuals and only 269 million of us use a smartphone. In reality, in 2020 alone, 126 million new mobile phones have been shipped worldwide. (Learn More About Wi-Fi 6)
Adding these figures to the 2019 study by Nielsen, 95.9 percent of the 120 million homes with TVs receive signals from cable or broadband internet access, and it is clear that our connected status is deeply valued by us Americans.
The annual internet report by Cisco says that 66 percent of the world community will be internet users by 2023. There will be 5.3 billion of us across a projected 29 billion networked devices linked to the internet.
The 5G Smartphones and Foldable Devices
Smartphone industry developments lead to moving those numbers higher, with being foldable, 5G smartphones and at the forefront in 2021.
In addition, Statista estimates that the U.S. smartphone industry contributed to the 2019 economy by over $77 billion, not exactly a fall in the economic pool.
With their Galaxy Fold, retails for $1,999.99 Samsung pushes the charge into foldable .
That’s a heavy asking price for the modern innovation, but those prices have dropped as more businesses get into the manufacture of folding displays. Surface DUO from Microsoft and Razr from Motorola 2020 are both selling for $1,399.99.
For their own versions of a foldable handset, Apple and Google have submitted legal cases, but there have been no clues about the release events.
In 2020, LG’s WING reached Verizon at $999.99 on the market. The WING has a swivel display that allows a user to watch their video, while still being capable of reading and reply to received texts and photos from the screen beneath, launched as the first 5G swivel smartphone.
There’s the speed in our future
We can’t really deny that it’s pretty awesome to roll and fold smartphone screens, but what about the technology that links the internet to all that coolness?
The hottest term for our connected future is speed. Cisco estimates that it is anticipated that fixed broadband speeds will double and that Wi-Fi and smartphone speeds will triple by 2023.
The worldwide average download speed on fixed broadband is 85.73 Mbps, according to Ookla, as of November 2020. In 2018, that’s up from 43.9 Mbps and Cisco predicts that by 2023 it will hit 110.4 Mbps.
Wi-Fi 6 is developing out of itself already.
Most probably, at some stage, you have managed to hang onto a Wi-Fi hotspot at a coffeehouse or bookstore. Those hotspots will continue to increase in size. Cisco predicts almost 628 million public Wi-Fi hotspots to be available by 2023.
With the rollout of Wi-Fi 6, Wi-Fi innovation is also moving along. This is the fastest emerging standard for connecting our devices to the web. Including Samsung’s Galaxy models, iPhones, and some LG phones, some Wi-Fi 6-compatible smartphones and routers became available.
It now looks like the next step is Wi-Fi 6E, with speed and power being by far the movers.
This new requirement, approved by the Federal Communications Commission pretty early this year, accesses bandwidth in the 6 GHz band. However, it hasn’t been commonly recognized around the globe.
You’ll need a compatible router and devices capable of accessing it to take advantage of Wi-Fi 6E at home. It seems like 2021.