Innovation in the field of mobile phones
Smart phones evolve pretty fast and the new innovative technologies are adopted by the consumers rapidly as well. As more and more features are being added to the modern day mobile phones, let’s take a journey down the memory lane, not too far back actually, and go over some of the very important innovations in the field of mobile phones in the past few years.
Dual lens Cameras or dual cameras - mobile phones with dual lens cameras, for instance the LG V10, are becoming increasingly popular these days as they allow for taking perfect selfies. Other well-known brands like Xolo, Lenovo, Huawei, Qiku and HTC have also launched devices with dual camera setups in the recent past. Majority of these devices have managed to create a good impression on the camera enthusiasts as they deliver improved sharpness, and refocus functionality in the post-processing stage.
Modular functionality – LG G5, one of the advanced level offerings from LG, is also the first of its kind modular mobile phone that has an expansion port fitted at its bottom. This expansion port enables the user to extend the phone’s functionality, using the LG expansion pack. The owners of the LG G5 mobile phone can purchase a camera pack known as LG Cam Plus which adds an extra battery and the physical controls of the G5 camera. Another pack adds extra audio functionalities to the smartphone. It’s probably the first of its kind mobile phone that features switchable parts.
True 4K display resolution – Some of the smart phone manufacturers have started producing mobile phones with 4K ultra HD display, having 4096 x 2160 resolution. Despite the fact that a good section of smart phone enthusiasts look at it as a technological overkill, the feature is indeed garnering a lot of positive attention. Sony Experia Z5 was the first one to feature such display.
Inbuilt projector – An inbuilt project is another in-demand innovative feature in the mobile phones of today, as it serves as a handy entertainment tool for many people. Samsung Galaxy Beam is one such major smartphone device that comes equipped with this amazing technological innovation.
Dual Screen – Another one of the recent innovations in the mobile phone industry is the dual screen feature, for instance in case of LG V10, wherein the phone has a second screen on top of the main phone screen. In case of this LG phone, it’s a 2.1 inch, 160 x 1040 pixels screen that is solely for the purpose of displaying notifications to the user. It consumes very less power and enables the user to stay on top of things without having to unlock the phone’s main screen.
Wireless charging – A very cool innovation, charging smart phones on wireless charging pads is a technology that almost every smart phone manufacturer is incorporating in its offerings these days.
Dual video recording – Recording simultaneous videos from the rear and front cameras on the phone is another in-demand innovative feature nowadays. It’s readily available in smart phones like Samsung Galaxy S4, LG Optimus G Pro and more.
Flexible mobile phones – Samsung’s Galaxy Round and LG’s G Flex are couple of smart phones that feature a flexible display. However, please note that a flexible display doesn’t mean that the phone can be bent; the phone stays as rigid as it normally is, it’s just the display that bends.
Screen sharing – This innovative feature enables you to seamlessly share the content on your mobile screen with other mobile devices, without the need of any network connection, Miracast or wires. Samsung has launched another very interesting functionality, courtesy its Multiscreen SDK which enables the iOS and Android apps to easily connect to the smart televisions and show the screen content on them.
Infrared powered remote control functionality – As can be seen in Samsung Galaxy S4 IR blaster and HTC one, this innovative technology turns your mobile phone into a powerful remote control that can operate devices which are normally operated only through their respective controls.
Fingerprint scanner - After Motorola introduced the fingerprint reader in its phones, Apple followed suit and incorporated a reader in its flagship offering - iPhone 5S, in the year 2013. It has been an excellent innovation for the mobile phone industry, as it takes the aspect of phone security to an altogether different level.
What to expect?
No matter how many innovations may have been done in the mobile phone industry in the past and the number of innovations that developers are working on right now, a certain section of experts believe that the modern day smart phones have possibly become as smart as they can never be. In their view, more and more functions will now be moving on to the cloud. Experts doubt that there will really be any major leaps forward as far as the capabilities of smart phones is concerned. Although there are certain areas where the smart phone manufacturers can certainly improve their innovation abilities, they are more around the services like connected homes, Apple Pay and more.
Suppliers are expected to fit the smart phones with more and more enhanced connectivity standards and bundles of sensors for supporting the phone’s role solely as a reliable hub for Internet of various things. In the coming times we’ll witness a revolution of various biometric technologies that will provide for authentication and more personalized smartphone experiences. These biometric technologies will surpass the presently available fingerprint verifications and incorporate facial, voice recognition, apart from other modes of authentication.
Although fingerprint scanners are rapidly catching up with the smart phones, iris scanning is something that more and more people are looking forward to these days. Through this innovative technology, the user can scan his/her eyes for biometric recognition by the smart phone, providing an additional and solid layer of security without the need of touching anything. Microsoft Lumia 950 and 950XL already comes equipped with the iris scanning technology for providing access to their phones. Samsung and LG are expected to follow suit very soon.
Users can also expect immersive experiences like virtual and augmented reality capabilities in their smart phones. For instance, Samsung gear VR employs a smart phone in the form of a portal for delivering virtual reality experiences to users.