When the first mobile phones were introduced to the public, people had a hard time believing that one small gadget can connect them to the rest of the world within seconds. However, after years have passed, mobile phones have evolved into smartphones, which have become a real necessity to users worldwide. From only a handful of mobile phone developers, today we have a fierce market made of tech giants that try to attract as much attention as possible with their products.
As a result, each and every year we witness the introduction of innovative concepts that seem like something that is simply impossible to come true. Also, year after year we see how those incredible concepts are actually incorporated into latest smartphones. Knowing this, people always wonder what’s next and therefore we’ve listed several things we all can look forward to in 2017.
Well, if 2016 was marked by the release of VR headsets created to take mobile experience to another level as well as with the quick rise of mobile casinos, 2017 will combine and improve these concepts. As a result, if the top mobile gaming news this year were about special bonus offers found only at Thunderbolt casino or guides on how can kiwi players play pokies at top nz casinos, next year top topics will be virtual reality mobile casinos as well as guides on how to use VR headsets in order to play for real money on your smartphone.
While we’re at this topic, it should be noted that Google has announced the launch of its impressive Daydream initiative, meaning smartphones in 2017 will have to make sure to meet certain standards in order to become Daydream-certificates. For example, we can expect phones to have better performance, latency and thermals in order to provide smooth gaming without experiencing nauseating lag or overheating.
In terms of the smartphones itself, there are two concepts that could redefine the market completely. The first one is Google’s Project Ara, which focuses on creating a modular smartphone, whereas the second is Samsung’s flexible screens.
The Ara project has been talked about for quite awhile now, but the things got serious after the innovator and giant tech company Google released a promotional video for the concept. Modular smartphones, as it seems, will let users create their perfect device by putting together all kinds of useful parts. In the video, viewers can notice a selection of useful features such as speakers, camera stand and even a slot for keeping medications.
Similarly like the Ara project, flexible screens have been a hot topic for years. Actually, the first time they were mentioned dates back to 2011. However, six years in the future from that moment, people may actually get the first mobile phone with a flexible screen thanks to Samsung. Reports have revealed that the company has already been actively working on a device which from a 5-inch smartphone transforms into a 7-inch tablet and, reportedly, it should be out on the market next year.
Naturally, aside from these revolutionary concepts that could change the way we perceive and use our smartphones, in 2017 we will see a lot of improvements in terms of standard issues. For instance, more dual-lens cameras are expected to be featured on smartphones in order to provide a better photo-taking experience. It is expected for the iPhone 7 to introduce this trend once released in early September and that should be more than enough to motivate other suppliers to follow.
Also, the everlasting problem with the battery life of smartphones, which are used for a lot more than just talking and texting, should be something that developers will pay attention to in 2017. Experts in the field have pointed out Lithium-sulfur batteries are a good replacement for the current technology, which doesn’t seem to meet users’ needs anymore. However, the chances to actually see this concept incorporated in 2017 smartphones, in our opinion, are fairly low.