Two of the biggest sectors in consumer tech are on an innovation kick after years of stagnation, and the reason has a lot to do with 5G
- The smartphone and video games industries are coming out with some big innovations, like foldable smartphones and cloud gaming.
- It's not a coincidence that these innovations are emerging right when 5G is becoming a reality.
- Foldable smartphones on mobile 5G networks will dramatically enhance the smartphone experience we're used to today, and 5G and cloud gaming will mark a paradigm shift for the video games industry.
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Two major, multi-billion-dollar industries - smartphones and video games - are suddenly coming out with some big innovations.Those innovations are foldable smartphones, where phones can fold out to become tablets; and cloud gaming, where a game console is essentially being replaced by an internet connection. If you've been paying attention, you may have noticed that those new technologies and the rise of 5G have seemed to happen in tandem. Advertisement
"It's not a coincidence," Qualcomm President Cristiano Amon told Business Insider.
5G is the next mobile network we'll be connecting to after 4G LTE. The telecoms industry is touting that 5G will bring 10 times the speed of current networks, as well as near-zero latency. Soon, waiting for things to happen after a tap on a screen will be a thing of the past.Read more: Here's what to expect in 5G from the 'Big 4' carriers as Verizon, AT&T, and others battle for dominance
Foldable smartphones are the perfect opportunity for 5G.
5G would boost smartphone productivity — and so would a larger screen.Advertisement
With 5G, the everyday ways we use our smartphones will be significantly enhanced.
5G calls for foldable smartphones, and foldable smartphones call for 5G.Advertisement
The rise of 5G also has a hand in the biggest innovation in video games: cloud gaming.
But we're not there just yet.Advertisement
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