This will be the 'smartphone' of the future

the alarm goes off, we open our eyes. And the first gesture of the day is to turn us towards the smartphone to turn off the alarm or see what time it is. The phone is the first thing we use in the morning and we won't part with it until we go to bed, many hours later. In a few years, this mobile device has become an essential element in our lives and forecasts indicate that its use will continue to grow in the future.

The consultancy IDC Research estimates that by 2023, 1.520 million mobiles will be reached, with an average annual growth rate of 1.6% in the period 2018-2023. 5G technology will play a key role in the short and medium term, with 26.3% of total sales in four years. And that will involve a profound and radical change in all areas of our daily activity, because its possibilities are extraordinary,

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s not anticipate what's coming and go slowly. Today, 80% of the world's population has a mobile phone, and more than one billion units are smartphones. Currently, we check our mobiles an average of 150 times a day and nine out of ten people are unable to separate more than a meter away from their device.

what do we use it for? For almost everything: to listen to music, catch up with newspapers, photograph and record videos (does anyone remember the cameras?), check the weather, play video games, search for traffic information, locate directions on maps, plan a trip, manage our daily schedule, communicate through social networks, read and send emails, watch TV, make all kinds of management (banking and administrative, among others), buy... The list is inexhaustible, which shows that today the phone, beyond its traditional use, serves almost everything. It is a tool that makes life easier and brings people closer than ever to,

Thanks to the technological advances that are coming, many of them associated with 5G technology, their possibilities will multiply in the coming years. Aspects related to augmented reality and virtual reality will be part of our day-to-day life. All this will be made possible by the higher speed, the lower latency and the higher capacity involved in 5G and that will develop the Internet of Things (IoG to unsuspected limits.

Fill the fridge or supply medicine

The IoG will enable an ultra-connected world in which autonomous driving, remote surgery and telemedicine, immersive games, automation of industrial processes will be deployed... Today all this sounds like science fiction, but it will come true in no time. Thanks to the placement of sensors in our homes we will be able to know through our mobile, for example, if the temperature in our house is cold, and connect the heating through the smartphone. Or we'll know if our fridge is going empty and certain foods need to be replenished. We will even have sensors in our own body that will inform us in real time of possible health problems

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It is somehow what already happens with smartwatches: they measure sleep hours, rest times, how often we drink water, the exercise we carry out... If we use responsible, smartwatches help improve our daily habits. Exactly the same will happen with mobile phones, which will be even more integrated into almost unsuspected areas of our lives. They will, for example, be able to detect unhealthy food or supply medicines. To some extent, technological advances will make the smartphone an appendage to our body,

With one click, we'll manage our medical appointments, know what exercise we want to do and how long. We will control our own well-being but we will also know in a matter of seconds what traffic jams there are in the city and what transport alternative is best to get around it. The same will happen (already happens) in the field of our economy: through mobile we have control of our bank accounts, we can make the arrangements immediately, quickly and comfortably; it is possible to pay or buy directly with the terminal any product and that the movement appears immediately on our screen...

'CaixaBank Sign': code-free operations

This trend is already unstoppable. CaixaBank, for example, exceeds one million customers who sign their digital banking operations with mobile through the application CaixaBank Sign, without the need to enter codes. It is the only mobile app specific to these features of the entire Spanish financial system. A tool that improves the customer experience and gives users greater confidence when it comes to performing their operations online.

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In short, a gigantic universe of possibilities that help us better manage our lives, our health and our time. Or what's the same, to live better,