In less than four years' time, smartphones will be so advanced they will be cleverer than their owners, according to new research from Gartner.
At its Gartner Symposium event in Barcelona this week, the analyst claimed that leaps forward in cloud computing will prompt the smartphone's learning curve, meaning the devices will know what humans want to do before they themselves know.
The analyst used bad traffic as an example and said that cloud data will be used by smartphones to tell users that their preferred routes are blocked and as a result, will alter their alarm clock to wake them earlier. On top of this, the phones will be able to automatically send messages to those the user will be late to meet.
"The smartphone will gather contextual information from its calendar, its sensors, the user's location and personal data," Caroline Milanesi, vice president for research at Gartner, said. "Smartphones are becoming smarter and will be smarter than you by 2017."
Gartner put the move down to cognisant cloud computing – the next step for the technology.
Earlier this year the analyst hailed the coming of cognisant tech and claimed it is the natural evolution from a device-driven world to one propelled by collections of data, applications and services.
The analyst warned that smartphones will only ever be allowed to gather the information its users want it to, but said as confidence in outsourcing more menial tasks to the phones increases, devices will learn more.
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