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If your smartphone’s connectivity accommodates 4G speeds — and in this day and age, it should — you can download a full-length movie in about eight minutes.

5G technology will make that happen in five seconds.

Expect it to be commonplace within the next two years. That’s impressive in itself; the original estimate was four years.

It’s not a surprise that the timetable has accelerated. That’s simply the nature of tech innovation building on itself and increasing the possibilities of what’s available now.

This has been the way of mobile phones development throughout their history.

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The rise of 5G is also expected to bring actual virtual and augmented reality into the mainstream.

  • Augmented reality is an overlay of data onto real information, such as a smartphone’s image of street scenes;
  • Virtual reality creates an entirely artificial view.

So while a nod is given to smartphone speed, it’s clear that 5G is really paving the way for the Internet of Things to become more smoothly integrated into our everyday lives.

What’s more, Google is among the communications giants who plan to deliver 5G to you without the use of wires. In fact, they’re planning on doing it in an extremely green sort of way:

The race to be first with a standardized transmission technology is crucial. For 5G to be commercially viable, all systems must be able to connect with each other. With the Internet of Things adding virtually uncountable data transmissions to the proceedings, this is truly a high-stakes competition.

The winner stands to earn billions, which is why the competitors are pushing their timetables so aggressively.

In so doing, of course, the real beneficiary will be the public.

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