With the advent of smartphones, the developments only continue to grow, just the number of users does. A mobile phone is becoming an almost essential part of our everyday lives, as a device that allows us to communicate, organise, and manage.
As well as traditional features like calling and texting, with the development of new applications you can now use your smartphone to manage your bank account and transfer money – you can even pay in-store with your phone!
The developments in smartphones are only expected to continue, as the main developers fight for their share of the market. Here are five trends for developments in mobile phones!
Improvements in battery
Battery is a key part of mobile phone technology and we can only expect it to improve in future models. We have already seen the huge improvements in battery over the past decade, as mobile phones have increased their battery capacity exponentially.
However, as mobile phones themselves increase in capabilities and features, better battery capacity is necessary to allow for our usage of such features. We are using our smartphones more than ever throughout the day and their batteries must accommodate for this increase in usage.
As smartphones increase in their capability of features, developers are looking to balance design against capability. Having a visually appealing and ergonomic device is important for usability and consumer preference.
The latest models on the market have opted to leave the traditional home screen button behind, expanding the surface of the screen and allowing for slimmer bezels and a sleeker design. The omission of the traditional headphone jack is another example of this minimalistic design.
Smartphones are becoming the pinnacle of convenience, and their cameras are no exception. The camera capabilities of smartphones have only continued to grow – what was once a convenient, low quality substitute for an actual camera is quickly becoming on par with actual camera devices.
Innovations in camera hardware on mobile phones have reduced the need to carry around a camera. The introduction and constant improvement of the front-facing camera is an added feature that users gravitate towards.
Mobile phone cameras are only expected to increase in quality, providing an avenue for the everyday user to take high-quality photos.
The wireless connection can make it much easier and seamless to connect your mobile phone to other devices. Bluetooth has been regularly used to connect phones to speakers or car radios, and the omission of the headphone jack on recent mobile phone models has encouraged the use of wireless headphones.
Bluetooth also allows for ease of file-sharing without an internet connection. It seems that as mobile phones do more to increase design and minimise hardware, the job will fall to software capabilities such as Bluetooth.
Fingerprint and facial recognition have arrived, and it looks like they’re here to stay. The use of biometric in mobile phone devices as a security mechanism is smart and convenient for users.
Recent models have adjusted the placement of fingerprint scanners to the back of the phone, or emphasised facial recognition to allow for user convenience.