People play with virtual reality head gear "Gear VR" of Oculus. Photo: AFP, Toru Yamanaka

Over the last decade, smartphones rocketed from the realm of the novel to that of the ubiquitous. But for how much longer will we find these devices indispensable?

Steve Ranger writes for ZDNet that augmented and virtual reality technologies are going to replace smartphones for most people, and it will happen soon.