5 years ago, Android fans were trying to guess what the future of mobile would look like. Today we can say that they were absolutely right.

We looked back five years at Reddit users’ predictions about the future of Android, and it was surprising how accurate they were.

Sometimes the power of foreknowledge in the Android community is amazing. Five years ago, this thread started on Reddit, in which users were asked where they thought phones and the operating system were headed. While at Netcost-security.fr we are all about science and data that can be compared, it is surprising how specific some reviews are.

That is why we decided to write this article, in which we will collect some of the most interesting predictions (good or bad) that have been made on this topic.

5 years ago, Android fans were trying to guess what the future of mobile would look like.  Today we can say that they were absolutely right.

Image of an Android phone.

Under-display fingerprint reader

OPPO Reno8 Fingerprint Reader

OPPO Reno8 fingerprint reader is optical / Image: Christian Collado

This prediction is the first “serious” one that can be found in the thread. User BigbyNorthwind commented exactly on the title of this section, and today finding an under-display fingerprint reader is one of the most common in almost every Android phone. It’s also worth noting that there is one user who finds it uncomfortable, which is what many complain about these sensors at the moment.

Higher refresh rates, virtual reality and QLED displays

5 years ago, Android fans were trying to guess what the future of mobile would look like.  Today we can say that they were absolutely right.

One user mentions these three things in a comment on the thread. Two of these three technologies are currently used in mobile phones; A smartphone can be used as a VR headset viewer, and screens achieve refresh rates of up to 120 Hz. QLED screens have remained exclusive to smart TVs, but two out of three isn’t bad either.

rotary phones

Galaxy ZFold 4

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 is the Korean firm’s fourth book-style foldable phone.

A user who deleted his account says the following in the thread:

I really want flip phones to see the light of day, like in Westworld. This would allow me to carry a single device anywhere.

Apparently, this user also carried a tablet for work.

With the foldable phone craze that seems to have taken over the market, foldable phones are a very present reality even though they target a very specific audience. What this user probably didn’t count on was the high price of many of these devices.

AAA games on Android

Apex Legends mobile game cover

Now you can play Apex Legends Mobile on your Android or iOS mobile.

User aakash658 really wanted to see the headlines on Android phones. Today, there are very faithful ports of PC and console games, such as Apex Legends, Minecraft or Civilization VI. Even Age of Empires for Android has just been announced.

AI-enhanced photography and DSLR-like quality

5 years ago, Android fans were trying to guess what the future of mobile would look like.  Today we can say that they were absolutely right.

Sony expects phones to surpass DSLR photography before long.

In the thread, we could see this prediction, and it’s true that AI has been working as an option to enhance photos in camera software for some time. As for the second, Sony, the world’s leading manufacturer of photo sensors, estimates that by 2024 phones will have overtaken DSLR photography. Of course, this user was absolutely right with his prediction.

Bigger batteries, USB C and NFC

5 years ago, Android fans were trying to guess what the future of mobile would look like.  Today we can say that they were absolutely right.

USB C is now the standard charging connector on all Android phones.

User dinosaur_friend in his predictions talked about batteries over 4000 mAh. The current standard is 5000 mAh at the top end, and the value will surely continue to increase over the years. He was also talking about adopting USB C as the charging connector standard and currently all Android phones use it. Finally, it talks about using the NFC chip to make payments, which is completely commonplace today thanks to Google Wallet.

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