In the past few years, there was a lack of innovation in the phone industry, where Apple became the equivalent of success for many. For a while, the design of all phones became the same and they were frankly boring to everyone.
However, this was the year of changes in the industry, as phones ditched features that made them look the same. Now, companies have added bigger far more sophisticated screens, dual-camera setups for a better quality and most brands have removed the home button, which was considered a necessity for a number of years. So, let’s check what’s new this year!
New Construction Materials
First and foremost, most companies have changed the materials they’ve been using until now. At first, Apple introduced their original iPhone, mixed aluminium, stainless steel and plastic. For few years, they went to steel and glass with the iPhone 4 & 4S, which is something that we can enjoy again with their latest arrivals 8, 8 Plus & X.
The Android device had a similar history, but the majority stuck on a design similar to the iPhone 6, which includes a thin CNC-ed unibody aluminium with antenna bands on the back. An example for an iPhone look-alike was the OnePlus 5’s design which was clearly inspired by the Cupertino-based company.
However, most manufacturers have switched back to the metal & glass design, firstly used by the iPhone 4, by making it much more appealing and functional.
The glass used on most premium devices is now scratch-resistant, allows wireless charging and it’s harder to break. Of course, this isn’t the only new material used by most companies.
Recently, The Essential Phone was featured with a titanium body, whereas the Xiaomi’s Mi Mix 2 had a ceramic back. Google’s Pixel 2 was released with aluminum frames coated with matte finish, which adds a better grip to the device
The mobile industry’s vision is to create a phone that has nothing else but the screen. This vision becomes clearer every year as companies continue to review screens that are more sophisticated than their predecessors.
Most manufacturers have made the shift from rectangular screens to edge-to-edge displays, trying to remove the bezels from every side. Moreover, most phones are now with rounded corners, making the phone look even thinner.
Currently, the iPhone X is by far the most advanced phone, offering a screen that touches every side of the phone. However, it includes a “notch” that houses a variety of sensors required for certain functions. It might look strange, but the fact is that you can spot that device from a mile. Moreover, they are highly important as they allow the implementation of larger screens.
Putting things into the past
The phone industry has changed a lot in the past few years. Even though that there are tons of new features, everybody still mourns their loss.
In the past year or two, most phone manufacturers have ditched headphone jacks, single cameras, and home buttons, making them a part of the museums. Yes, some phones haven’t evolved yet, but it’s a process that will take time before it’s accepted by all companies.
Apple was the first company to remove the jack, for which they received huge criticism, but it looks like that they were right as most companies have followed the same path.
It is really unpleasant when you can’t find your dongle or you find out that there’s no battery on your wireless headphones, but it’s for the greater good of all phone designs.
The result of this decision? Better cameras, water & dust resistance, larger battery and smaller phone. The same goes for the home button, which is already considered as a blessing in disguise. Forget about the constant failures and enjoy the larger screen. You might not have a Touch ID button now, but the Face ID is even better! Moreover, most Android phones still have a fingerprint sensor on the back, so you still have a choice.
Plus, no fingerprint means that the company has to concentrate on improving the face ID feature. We’re really looking forward to the more sophisticated versions as they will be far more accurate, quicker and secure.
The newest smartphone addition is the dual cameras, which were firstly introduced by HTC, but then improved by Apple which made them a leading choice for individuals eager to make better photoshoots.
The introduction of dual cameras came in fast and most manufacturers rushed into implementing them, without ensuring the perfection of the technology. The result was catastrophic for the cameras of Android phones, which allowed iPhone to reach the first place when it comes to quality shooting.
Are the companies going to surprise is in the upcoming two years or the market will be dominated by Apple once again? Well, we can’t say that right now as competitors in the face of Xiami, Google, Samsung and the Essential Phone are gaining momentum. It looks like the next two years will be fateful for the smartphone industry.