Now that 2017 is done and dusted, it’s time to turn our eyes to the year ahead. What’s in store for smartphones, and the mobile industry in general? Let’s take a look at 5 of the trends set to make waves in 2018:
Smartphone security is a hot topic right now, and thanks to the launch of Apple’s iPhone X, facial recognition is the feature on everyone’s minds. Face scanners allow you to unlock your smartphone in the same way fingerprint scanners do - but they’re even more secure.
As online safety becomes more and more important, we can expect to see smartphone manufacturers to adopt facial recognition technology to ensure their handsets are up to the best standards possible. Keep an eye on the likes of Samsung and HTC this year!
While ‘Artificial Intelligence’ often conjures up images of killer robots, the technology can be found in everything from sat nav to voice assistants. And now, we’re seeing AI pop up inside our phones.
More and more manufacturers like Apple, Google, and Huawei have released phone with a dedicated AI processor to make their handsets perform better, faster, and respond to the way you use them. And as the trend becomes more popular, more affordable phones will undoubtedly start including these processors too.
Move over Virtual Reality, 2018 is the year of Augmented Reality! With Apple and Google both releasing AR gaming platforms, we can expect more and more AR-driven apps to be released in the coming months.
AR is fantastic for gaming (remember Pokemon Go?), but it can also be used in many other ways - for example, online shopping apps for furniture, or even things as simple as a virtual tape measure.
Dual cameras have been a thing for a while, but 2018 is the year where they truly go global. With more and more companies such as Apple, Honor, and OnePlus releasing phones featuring a dual-camera setup, this trend shows no signs of stopping.
But why are dual cameras so popular? Simply put, they take better pictures - especially when it comes to portraits. (Think about Apple’s ‘Portrait Mode’ on the iPhone 8.) They create more depth between the subject and the background, making your pictures look more professional. In 2018, we’re all photographers.
Apple and Samsung are two of the companies leading the way towards full-screen smartphones: Samsung’s Galaxy smartphones now feature ‘Edge-to-Edge’ displays, while Apple’s iPhone X is almost bezel-less.
This year, however, we should expect more manufacturers to get on board. And as screens take up more space on the front of the phones, we’ll see physical home buttons disappear - instead, fingerprint scanners will be embedded directly under the screen. Get ready for truly edge-less phones!