“Many consumers believe smartphones will cease to exist within five years, according to new research carried out by researchers on behalf of Ericsson,” Adam Boult reports for The Telegraph. “The company’s ConsumerLab questioned more than 100,000 customers in its native Sweden and 39 other countries, seeking their views on their technological desires for the future.”

“Half of the respondents said they thought mobile technology would be a thing of the past by 2021, with increasingly prevalent artificial intelligence superseding many of its functions,” Boult reports. “Rebecka Cedering Ångström of Ericsson ConsumerLab said: ‘A smartphone in the hand, it’s really not that practical. For example, not when one is driving a car or cooking. And there are many situations where display screens are not so good. Therefore, one in two think that smartphones will belong to the past within five years.'”

Boult reports, “Ericsson ConsumerLab’s new report, 10 Hot Consumer Trends for 2016, claims to represent the views of 1.1 billion people across 24 countries.”

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