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Ten Exciting Trends Already Changing The Look Of Phones In 2018

Ten Exciting Trends Already Changing The Look Of Phones In 2018

The Mobile World Congress is the place to be for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and other stakeholders in the smartphone ecosystem. In keeping with this tradition, all roads in the mobile phone world led to Barcelona in March. In the famous Fira Gran Via halls, exhibitors and attendees poured in from more than 200 countries to participate in this annual mobile phone festival. Expectations are typically high, and this year’s outing did not disappoint at all. It was all about the future of mobile phones plus features and functions that will dominate phones this year and maybe even beyond. There is more to report than space will permit, but here are some titbits to whet your appetite.

1. Turning Design a Notch Higher

Trailblazing designs is part of the Apple DNA, so the notch at the top of the iPhone X becoming a standard design feature is probably expected. Apparently, that little cutout at the top of the phone has caused more than a mere stir. Meanwhile, competitors may have noticed the way their users have been casting admiring glances at the notch on the iPhone. Wasting very little time indeed, Android phones are already copying the feature. Asus and LG have been noticed to be ahead in this regard. No sense losing customers to a notch!

2. Facial Unlocking Technology

Mobile phone security is still a big issue, and previous experimentations were limited to security codes, but Apple raised the bar with its facial recognition security feature in the iPhone X. Although it was not exactly a novel mobile phone feature, it still made a difference by providing a biometric authentication that swift, secure and functional in a wide variety of lighting conditions. The stiffest competition in this area comes from Samsung which is introducing an iris scanning feature. Although this feature is superior to Apple’s Face ID, it falls short in terms of speed of execution and convenience.

3. Souped Up LTE

While waiting for the network carriers to up their game, the smartphone manufacturers are trying to stay way ahead of the curve. Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 Processor is looking like a standard feature for most high-end mobile phones. One major advantage this chip possesses is its in-built gigabit LTE capability which its manufacturer says should offer twenty percent more than what is commercially available at this time. Other capabilities of the 845 processor chip are its dedicated security chip for fingerprint and payment protection as well as battery life enhancements.

4. Augmented Reality

Augmented reality is becoming more of a reality than ever this year. The challenge is actually the existence (or lack thereof) of a killer augmented reality app. The expectation however in 2018, is that the upgraded capability of smartphones (ARCore for Android and ARKit for Apple) will be game-changers as far as augmented reality is concerned. Apple already boasts of some nice-looking ARKit app on iOS while Google Lens is pretty indicative of how Artificial intelligence will work with the inbuilt Google Assistant. Obviously, there is a whole lot to look forward to.

5. Dual Cameras

This is one feature that is fast proliferating among phones, even those manufactured by second-tiers OEMs. The reason? Well, everyone loves a great selfie and this is probably a selfie’s best buddy. The trend started last year but really gained a lot of ground this year. Examples? Think Samsung Galaxy Note 8, Appl iPhone X as well as Huawei Mate 10 Pro. You know what happens when a trend gains so much dominance; it becomes a demanded product rather than a luxury. In summary, this particular trend will catch up even more as the months roll by in the mobile phone world.

6. Wireless Charging

Once, it was seen mostly in adverts but with time and its adoption by the two main contenders in the mobile phone world; Samsung and Apple, wireless charging is expected to feature more prominently in mobile phones in 2018. There have even been experimentations of charging across a distance not just via a charging pad. This year is looking set to see many viable and commercially available options in the market. Consumers are eagerly waiting!

7. Slim Bezels

Slim bezel designs fall into that category of features that get accelerated acceptance and adoption across the board. The trend is catching on such that even second-tier smartphones are also sporting slim bezel designs. Chinese OEM, ZTE and Nokia have gone to market with their Blade V9 and 7 Plus which feature the slim bezel design. Of course, last year, it was the phones with slim bezels that stood out of the crowd, but with the ongoing trend, this year, phones without this design will stick out like a sore thumb. Well, no smartphone manufacturer wants to stand out for the wrong reasons.

8. Emojis

Having become a staple in the mobile phone world, emojis are seemingly making an upgraded appearance in 2018. Apple probably kicked off this trend with its face-tracking animated emoji but its competitors have fast caught on. Now, Samsung Galaxy 9 has the new AR Emoji. This one actually mimics the user’s face in the popular Nintendo Wii style and animated it as well. Not to outdone, Asus is debuting with its Zenimoji as well. Of course, the competition never rests, so we can expect other brands to introduce their versions of this feature. Well, well, well, the consumer wins all the time!

Final Word

There are still quite a few features that are being tried out and others already out there. For sure, it is expected that longer-lasting batteries will become a staple this year. Ongoing research into making lithium-ion batteries last longer should yield fruit this year for the benefit of smartphone users. Additionally, foldable phones are being spoken off albeit in hushed tones, but expectations are high, and manufacturers are unlikely to disappoint their teeming users. We anticipate a very active year, and consumers can look forward to a souped-up experience all around. Are you ready? OEMs are all set!

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Is Mobile VR Worth It?

Is Mobile VR Worth It?

We’ve seen plenty of hype around virtual reality and its various forms. Now that the public has become more familiar with VR, it seems that our smartphones are poised to become the primary way this new media is consumed. After all, mobile devices are ubiquitous and a basic part of our daily lives. We use them for just about everything that we happen to do. Many people have had their reservations regarding the quality of mobile VR and the capabilities of mobile devices. Fortunately, these concerns are no longer an issue now that developers have a fuller grasp of what virtual reality apps need. There are things you need to become more familiar with to fully appreciate mobile VR, but just about any smartphone can handle the apps. You’ll want to make sure you check out the headset you’re buying and not every phone is going to allow you to use every app. Regardless, the time for mobile VR is finally here.

1. Why Virtual Reality Is Perfect For Your Phone

Mobile VR started out as something of a gimmick with most apps being focused on simple but amusing tricks. You can now use mobile VR to watch movies, play games, and even write code thanks to certain headset display systems. The variety out there means you’ll find something that appeals to you no matter what you are looking for. You’re going to come away with something satisfying and maybe even pick up something you didn’t even think you would want. The idea of a VR aquarium may not sound exciting right now, but wait until you actually try it out before you dismiss it.

The most obvious reason most people decide to try mobile VR is the gaming experience. Movies have sold virtual reality as the ultimate in interactive entertainment. A portal into a new world alien to anything we’ve ever seen before. Although it’s going to take some time to get used to the experience, you’ll probably come away from mobile VR feeling very satisfied with playing mobile VR games. Mobile VR tends to lend itself to certain genres more than others, so don’t expect to play too many platformers or side-scrollers. First person shooters and racing games are extremely abundant among mobile VR selections, however.

One of the most surprising pleasures of mobile VR is the movie experience. You can experience movies as if you are actually in the scene and the characters appear as if they are actually standing next to you. The experience of watching a movie in VR makes it seem as if you have actually visited the scene itself. This experience is so powerful that many people actually “believe” they have explored the places in the movie. It creates a sense of false memories because of the up close and personal nature of the whole thing. With so many streaming apps out there it’s the perfect time to try this out for yourself. Even watching a typical viral video can feel completely different in VR. Hardly anyone comes from it without feeling completely satisfied.

2.What You Need To Know

One of the obvious concerns people have for mobile VR is the power of smartphones. We know that the strength of a typical smartphone is nowhere near what a modern PC can offer you. There’s going to be differences between the experience that you have with a VR app versus what you might get at home, but it isn’t too much of a difference to stop you from enjoying everything. You’ll certainly want to find a phone that better fits what you desire from your VR experience. If you want to watch HD movies or play games with high res graphics, you’ll want to pick something that can deliver that experience. Even on a relatively weak phone, you can enjoy mobile VR.

The most fascinating use of mobile VR is in its more serious utilities. There are already people using VR to communicate and work thanks to a variety of apps. Some apps allow you to use the VR headset for video chats and texting. It’s just as easy to use in VR as it would be in a more traditional phone format. You can even use VR to write code and develop software. These special apps, called virtual desktop, allow you to use VR the same way you would use your traditional desktop. It shows VR isn’t a radical departure from the norm and it brings smartphones yet another step towards becoming the only thing we’ll ever need for all our computing needs. The VR screen is wide and perfectly fit for just about anyone’s needs.

3. Enjoying The Experience

When you consider everything that mobile VR provides, it’s obvious it’s time to check it out. It takes time to get used to the experience, but it isn’t too nauseating. You’ll find that the issues that are often experienced by many people are easy to overcome if you practice using mobile VR. The sensations the VR experience brings become routine and even the most complicated VR becomes comfortable. Virtual reality is here to stay, and it will only become much more common as more developers decide to adopt the media form for their products or services.

Virtual reality is an experience that takes us away from the world around us, so it’s natural to have concerns about using it in a public area. Early mobile VR users probably did feel embarrassed when they want outside and had their headsets on, but there have been serious improvements in the design of mobile headsets. Augmented reality, an experience that overlays virtual reality onto the real world, is taking off and it’s improved the quality of public VR considerably. You’ll be able to see the world around you and what’s going on, but you’ll also interact with virtual objects. We already know AR games can work perfectly fine on a mobile device, and there are now examples of games using mobile VR headsets to great effect.

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