The smartphone as we know it today has been around for about a decade now and while the recent shift in form-factor did breathe some new life into it, there doesn’t seem to be much more “revolutionary firsts” left with this blueprint. Instead, it’s now a battle of perfection and I think Samsung’s brand new Galaxy S9 is evidence of that.
2017 was a fascinating year for smartphones and mobile tech in general. There were a lot of ups, a lot of downs and some pretty weird stuff along the way but there’s no denying that it was an eventful year.
Now that we’re on the cusp of the next wave of new products for 2018, we thought it’d be cool to take a look at some of the highs and some of the lows in 2017.
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The Mobile World Congress is the biggest mobile tech event of the year. This year, we’re going to be covering it (as usual) and we thought we’d give you guys a quick glimpse into the kind of equipment we’re bringing to cover a massive event like this.
These ultra-thin, skinworn displays may sound like the stuff from science fiction, but the researchers from the University of Tokyo have made it very, very real.
Interactions happen every day on every level. We use our senses to navigate the world around us but are often too preoccupied and stuck on our screens to experience life. Our reliance on these screens at all times of day are disruptive (not in a business sense) – they destroy some relationships and friendships; they sometimes are a matter of life and death and overall is just a nasty habit.
The disruption stops here with Sony Mobile’s Xperia smart products that’ll help you be more hands-free, eyes-free and voice smart when interacting with these devices. Smart assistants if you will.
Wild murmurous have been spreading that the new generation of iPhones and iPads might sport an organic light-emitting diode (OLED) display. A big change for Apple, since they’ve maintained LCD panels across all their mobile devices so far. It’s quite surprising who they allegedly reached-out to supply their newer displays.
Have you ever felt that the people younger than you were more tech savvy than you? If you have, then you are right, according to research published by Ofcom, the UK’s communications regulator, in its annual Communications Market Report.
Ofcom tested 2,000 adults and 800 children from all over the UK to measure their Digital Quotient (DQ), a new rating system that attempts to assess a person’s awareness and self-confidence around high tech consumer gadgets their knowledge of high-speed Internet, mobile technology and apps.
The tests revealed that the most tech savvy people in the UK were 14 and 15 year-olds, who scored an average DQ of 113. After that it’s a steady drop in DQ as we get older. At 45 to 49 years-old the average DQ was 96, two less that the DQ of 6 to 7 year-olds who presented an average rating of 98.
At the turn of the century if someone told you that a phone that’s better in almost every aspect than your computer will rule the world would you believe them?
We’ve come so far with technology. Thank God for that.
Check out this cool concept video of how advances in touchscreen technology could shape the devices of the future. The video showcase some pretty futuristic stuff with stretchable, flexible and semi-translucent displays as well as advancements in eInk technology.
Its very exciting to see what the future of devices could look like in just four years down the road, and at the rate in which mobile devices are advancing now, the future that video predicts looks completely possible.
Though the dependent on touchscreens might not go down well with those who can’t live without the tactile pleasures of using a proper hardware keypad.
Which side are you on. Full touch or hardware?
Head on over the jump to checkout the video.