Smartphones: what are the new technologies in 2019 and beyond?
These last few months have been quite rich when it comes to new features in the world of mobile technolgies. Unless you spend your time reading all the announcements of the manufacturers’ new flagship products, it is difficult to have an overview of the latest developments. Actually, most of the new features are centered around the screen, in particular to try to maximize the space occupied by the display while reducing the size of the device. Whether it’s immersive displays, foldable screens, retractable cameras or faster connection speeds, mobile technology is far from stopping its innovations just yet!
Screen integrated elements
One of the elements that forces manufacturers to leave a strip at the top of the screen is the speaker. Some manufacturers have found a rather clever parry, by transforming the screen directly into a loudspeaker, by making it vibrate. Several phones already have this new feature, such as the P30 Pro or the G8.
The element that bothers manufacturers the most to enlarge the screen is the front camera. First they opted for a notch at the top of the screen to integrate the elements, then some simply integrated the camera into a hole in the screen, as with the Honor View 20 or the Samsung Galaxy S10.
Yes it will take a few years to see perfectly finished and affordable mobiles. Samsung presented its Galaxy Fold with the display inside, while Huawei announced its Mate X with the display folding outside. For the moment, they are not present in the stalls because reliability is not yet there.
Speed matters most!
Faster mobile technologies
In addition to the usual components that become more powerful, such as a faster processor, more RAM and storage, other elements of the smartphone are evolving. Seven years after the first steps of the 4G network, 5G is beginning to become a marketing element, but there is no need to rush to it, the network will not exist for at least a year.
Innovative applications for mobile technologies
Mobile phones are replacing fixed lines in many developing countries. They contribute to economic growth by promoting business growth by allowing companies to access a greater number of markets. They are also a more reliable means of communication for communities in remote or underserved areas than road networks or postal systems. Thanks to the evolution of technologies, these phones allow not only to make voice calls, but also to use an extraordinary number of ingenious applications. In developing countries, they facilitate access to trade information, health monitoring, remittances and literacy.
A 2005 study by Leonard Waverman of the London Business School found that each addition of 10 mobile phones per 100 inhabitants in a developing country resulted in a 0.6% increase in GDP2 growth in that country between 1996 and 2003.
Mobile technology is changing the lives of millions of people around the world