This post was most recently updated on June 23rd, 2019
When smartphones start to become popular, some models support infrared remote control functions. Such models such as HTC one, Samsung s5, and s6 at the time. In addition, several mobile phones from Xiaomi also supported it. This happens to be a very useful function when there is no remote control at hand or when multiple devices need to be remotely controlled. Very useful, at the time was considered by many consumers to be the standard for future mobile phones. But with the continuous development of mobile phones, this feature is becoming less and less common on mobile phones. Today, i will be discussing why phones no longer have infrared.
What are the Uses/Usefulness of Infrared Remote on Phones?
Infrared technology on smartphones is very useful in the department of controlling household appliances remotely.
First of all, it used to control household appliances. Notable among the household appliances that the remote can control include TVs, home theatre sound system and air conditioners.
As it appears, today’s TVs and air conditioners are generally smarter, and the current remote control interactions are much simpler. We now have smart remote technology. With a smart remote, you can use your voice to directly control a lot of things, which is more convenient than infrared.
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Why Phones no Longer have Infrared Functions
Firstly, nowadays, many of the current home appliances now support Bluetooth/wireless remote control. Therefore, an infrared remote control is rarely seen. At this time, the infrared function of the mobile phone has gradually lost its use.
In this era where the smart remote is gradually becoming popular, the infrared remote control will gradually fade out of everyone’s life. So it is not necessary to add such a function to new mobile phones.
Secondly, the current mobile phone has a higher configuration, and more things are placed on it. If there is an infrared function, it will be placed on the mobile phone. Moreover, it will occupy the upper space of the mobile phone which can be used for other things. Therefore there is no need to add it.
Thirdly, Infrared function is indeed a very useful small function in the era when smart home appliances are not popular. But with the development of the latter, this function has lost its value. Not only that, as the full screen continues to develop, the front camera, microphone and other functions may be hidden, moved to other places, or replaced, which is the confirmation of the continuous development of mobile phones.
External Antenna on Phones Vs Infrared Remote on Phones
Finally, the infrared function’s fate is similar to that of the external antenna on a phone. With time, just like the external will gradually be eliminated by mainstream technology. In the future, the mobile phone will develop in a more integrated and compact direction, maximally reducing the use of internal space in the opening, and the infrared function will inevitably Be eliminated.