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Will artificial intelligence cause the end of apps on our phones?

Artificial intelligence could lead us to a future without applications on our devices, radically transforming the way we interact with technology on a daily basis.

Martial Triguero
By Martial Triguero

When Steve Jobs took the stage in 2007 (it's incredible how quickly time flies...) to present the first iPhone, few could imagine the monumental impact this device would have on our lives. It wasn't just a phone; It was the trigger for an absolute technological revolution. At that time, the iPhone arrived with a handful of pre-installed applications designed by Apple itself, with no possibility of adding new ones, since there was not even an application store.

However, this changed radically in 2008 with the arrival of the App Store ('party' that Google Play Store on Android would join shortly after), opening the door to a universe of possibilities that has transformed not only how we interact with our devices, but also how we live, work and relate (both good and bad).

Curiosity

Did you know that users who have smartphones spend 88% of their time on mobile devices using applications? This reflects how integrated they are into our daily lives.

The transformation of the market with the development of applications has been so profound that today it is impossible to conceive our daily lives without them, making us practically slaves to our devices. They have changed from the way we communicate to how we consume entertainment to our purchasing practices and much more.

But what if we were on the verge of a new revolution? The arrival of the Artificial Intelligence and emerging technology make us wonder: Are we moving towards a world without applications, as we know them today?

The evolution of human-device interaction

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Yes, since the arrival of the iPhone and the subsequent explosion of the application market, we have been main protagonists in how technology has been shaping our relationship with devices. But let's not stop there, evolution continues at a dizzying pace (which is scary). The way apps, notifications and voice assistants have changed the way we 'relate' to devices is just the tip of the iceberg of what lies ahead.

Applications, notifications, voice assistants…

Stop and think for a moment how notifications have changed the way we receive information, allowing us to access it instantly without having to open an app. Or think about Siri and Google Assistant, which free us from the need to interact with a graphical interface, making it easier for us to complete tasks via voice commands.

These innovations have simplified our interaction with technology, making it more natural and efficient.

The role of smart watches and other emerging technologies

On the other hand, smart watches have taken this evolution one step further. Not only do they allow us to receive notifications or interact with voice assistants directly from our wrist, but they also offer a wide range of functionalities that previously required multiple devices or applications. They allow us to control our health or music playback, and even manage our agenda. Smartwatches are a clear example of how emerging technologies are redefining human-device interaction.

It is clear that we are on the cusp of a new era. One where devices not only understand and anticipate our needs, but also integrate even more organically into our lives. The question that remains to be answered is: How will this relationship between humans and devices continue to evolve, and what role will applications play in this near future?

Are we moving towards a world without apps?

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The question on our minds is, without a doubt, provocative: Are we moving towards a world without apps? This question not only questions the omnipresence of apps in our daily lives but also challenges our perception of technology and its evolution.

The idea of ​​a post-applications future

Let's imagine a future where, when we wake up, we don't have to scroll through a screen full of icons to find the app that shows us the weather forecast. Instead, we could simply ask out loud and get the answer instantly. This scenario is not science fiction, but an increasingly tangible possibility thanks to advances in generative artificial intelligence.

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It is vital to keep an open mind about the possibility of big changes. The history of technology is full of examples of innovations that completely transformed the existing landscape. Many times the change is so gradual that we don't even realize it...

How generative AI is changing our reality

Generative AI, with its ability to create new and unique content from existing data (in seconds), is opening doors to forms of interaction that once seemed like something out of a science fiction movie. When thinking about a personal assistant that not only understands our questions but anticipates our needs, we are looking at a reality where apps as we know them could become relics of the past.

Let's look at it from this perspective: if an AI-based personal assistant can manage our appointments, recommend music based on our mood, or even help us plan a trip without having to open multiple apps, what would be the role of the latter in our lives? day to day?

The possibility of an app-free future is not only fascinating but also raises questions about how we will adapt to these new ways of interacting with technology. Generative AI, with its potential to simplify and enrich our lives, could be the catalyst for this revolution.

The persistent application domain

Amid speculation about a future without apps, we cannot ignore the current reality: Apps continue to be undisputed protagonists on our devices, that is more than clear. Today, who could imagine a smartphone without WhatsApp, Instagram or Google Maps? They are tools that have become almost vital in our daily lives.

The popularity and widespread use of applications today

According to a recent study, the average user has between 60 and 90 applications installed on their smartphone. This is more than a number; It is a testament to how these small digital tools have become embedded in the fabric of our daily lives. From managing personal finances to staying fit, apps cover virtually every aspect of our existence imaginable.

Curiosity

Did you know that on average, users check and look at their smartphones every 5 minutes? That's almost 200 times a day if we take away 8 hours of sleep...

The crucial role of apps in commerce and everyday life

From a commercial point of view, applications have opened up unimaginable avenues of business just a decade ago. The ability to buy anything, from a sofa to dinner, from the comfort of our smartphone screen, has radically transformed commerce.

Apps have allowed companies to reach consumers in more direct and personalized ways, generating, in turn, an economy that moves billions of euros/dollars a year.

Imagining alternatives to applications

It is time to open our minds and ask ourselves a question that, although it seems straight out of a science fiction movie, is closer than we could imagine: What if our smart device could anticipate our needs without us having to tell it anything? The idea of ​​eliminating the “overload” of apps is not only seductive, but also presents a scenario of simplicity and efficiency that until now seemed unattainable to us.

The possibility of a smart device that anticipates and meets needs

Let me put it into perspective: you wake up in the morning and your phone has already prepared a list of your tasks for the day, checked the weather to recommend the right clothes... it has even reserved a table at your favorite restaurant for dinner (something you do every Friday), all based on your previous routines and preferences.

This is basically what the Artificial Intelligence could do for us, turning our devices into assistants that know our needs even before we ourselves are aware of them. This is as incredible and striking as it is terrifying, depending on how we see it.

Eliminating application “overload”

Application “overload” is a real phenomenon. Surely on more than one occasion you have found yourself browsing through a huge number of icons on your screen (of which you don't even use half), trying to remember which application does what. A future without this overload, where voice commands or even gestures are enough for our devices to carry out our orders, is something that would not only alleviate our mental load, but would also make our relationship with technology more comfortable, natural and fluid. .

The question we ask ourselves is not if these alternatives to applications will arrive, but when they will arrive and how they will be integrated into our lives. Having a device that not only responds to our commands, but also anticipates what we need, is a vision of the future that, personally, excites and terrifies me in equal parts.

Technological visionaries and the future of software

And now that we are fully immersed in the world of technological predictions, we cannot overlook figures whose vision of this market has marked the course of the industry. Among them, Bill Gates, with its ideas that always go beyond what the rest of us do, stands out for having anticipated an evolution that we are beginning to see.

Bill Gates' predictions about software-based personal assistants

Already in the 90s, Gates spoke of “agents” that, in his own words, would allow us “not to have to use different applications for different tasks.” He imagined a future in which, simply by speaking everyday language to our devices, they would be able to perform personalized actions thanks to a “rich understanding of your life.” This concept, which at the time seemed like alien technology, is getting closer to becoming a reality thanks to advances in Artificial Intelligence.

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It is impressive and incredible how visionaries like Gates have been able to foresee the impact of technology on our lives, reminding us of the importance of dreaming big and thinking ahead. Nothing is impossible…

Disruptive innovations on the horizon

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Now I will tell you about Ai Pin by Humane. This device is a clear example of how technology is advancing towards solutions that, on paper, would be of little use. Oh, nothing could be further from the truth. We are talking about a device that you can wear like a pin on your jacket or t-shirt, which responds to your voice commands and gestures, projecting the information directly into your hand.

And all this without screens and without the need to unlock or move through a tangle of applications. The idea behind Ai Pin is incredible because it shows us a path to a future where everything becomes more intuitive, more natural. Without the need to carry anything in your pocket.

AI Phone: the promise of an app-free smartphone

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An example of where we are going would be AI Phone, an idea that challenges (and changes) everything we know about smartphones and how they work. But what exactly is the AI ​​Phone and how could it change our daily lives with a smartphone?

What is AI Phone and how could it simplify our daily lives?

The AI ​​Phone is the culmination of years of advances in artificial intelligence, offering a device that, instead of relying on a list of applications, uses an intelligent virtual assistant that would manage all our needs. This would allow us to plan a trip or make purchases, create videos, edit photographs... the AI ​​Phone promises to be able to do it all using simple voice commands.

Statements from Jon Abrahamson on the future of mobile devices and AI

In the words of Jon Abrahamson, “Artificial intelligence and large language models will soon be an integral part of mobile devices“. Abrahamson also noted, “Our vision is an assistant for a smartphone without apps. A true everyday companion that meets the needs and simplifies digital life“. It is clear where we are going.

Reflections on this future new reality

The promise of a world where apps as we know them today may be a thing of the past, and where devices like the AI ​​Phone become our personal assistants, is exhilarating for those like me who enjoy technology.

We are at a point where AI is simplifying our daily tasks and allowing us to focus on what really matters. Progress will be faster and faster and we must keep an open mind.

Let us be prepared to embrace this future, ensuring that technology continues to serve us and enrich our lives in ways we are only beginning to imagine.

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Technology veteran with more than 20 years of experience, passionate about mobile devices, home automation and artificial intelligence. In addition to my fascination with movies and series, I have solid experience in server and database administration. Committed to continuous learning, I always seek to stay up to date with the latest technological trends.
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