The most significant tech trends to remember from 2017

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Screens have a brand new format

In October 2016, Xiaomi introduced the Mi Combine, a smartphone with an enormous display. This system impressed many producers to decide for a similar display system in 2017: an enormous show for a medium sized system, making it as bezel-less as potential. LG therefore introduced its G6 (and later its Q6 and V30) on the MWC. Samsung additionally started by introducing its Galaxy S8 and S8+, adopted extra lately by the Word eight. In contrast to LG smartphones, Samsung smartphones have an 18.5:9 format, not 18:9.

After all, different producers adopted the pattern. Huawei provided its Mate 10 Professional, OnePlus its OnePlus 5T, and Apple its iPhone X. It’s attention-grabbing to notice that this characteristic, which is related to high-end smartphones, is slowly settling in on the decrease vary smartphones. Wiko has demonstrated this with its Wiko View, and it’s very doubtless that Samsung’s future A variety may also undertake an 18.5:9 display.

The Galaxy Word eight and the S8 Plus each have an 18.5:9 display. / © AndroidPIT

Android variations have gotten more and more fragmented

This isn’t a brand new drawback. Google releases a brand new model every year, however until you purchase a brand new system or have an replace (which more often than not solely occurs on high-end smartphones), you’re unlikely to have the most recent model of the working system. For the time being this text is written, solely zero.5% of customers use Android Oreo, and the 2 variations of Nougat ( and seven.1), mixed don’t even make up 1 / 4 of customers.

Google has determined to behave by proposing Android Go. This theoretically permits a quick replace of previous and/or low energy smartphones (1 GB RAM) to the most recent model of Android. This initiative is commendable, however sadly there’s one other variable within the equation: the need of the producers. Though Android Go vastly simplifies issues, their workforce nonetheless has to work on implementing the replace given that almost all producers tinker with the interface, which subsequently requires guide enhancements.

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Facial recognition is gearing as much as be popularized

The facial recognition system isn’t absolutely developed but. The Galaxy Word 7 provided one (with no luck), and the top-of-the-range Samsung units that adopted did too, however they weren’t very convincing. OnePlus additionally makes use of a facial recognition system, but it surely’s finally Apple that has made it the speaking level with its Face ID, which is at present probably the most profitable know-how.

Because it presents a brand new unlocking system, Apple has determined to desert the fingerprint reader and its long-time companion: the House button. Because the high-tech world is populated by corporations copying one another, it’s very doubtless that some producers will comply with in Apple’s footsteps and in addition abandon the fingerprint reader through the course of subsequent 12 months.

That being mentioned, Apple’s abandonment of the jack plug wasn’t adopted by different producers, so there’s a good probability that this can play out the identical.

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Will the iris scanner survive in 2018? / © AndroidPIT

Clever assistants pave their method into the market, a method or one other

Google’s artificially clever Assistant made its approach to Android by showing on all smartphones with a latest model of software program and minimal configuration, and afterward appeared on the related Google House, Google House Mini and Google House Max audio system.

Google was not the one one providing an assistant. Amazon additionally did it with Alexa on its Echo vary, Samsung tried its luck on the smartphone with Bixby, HTC provided Sense Companion, which was removed from good.

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Google House simply blends proper in. / © AndroidPIT

All in all, Google Assistant stands out on smartphones and is the strongest contender within the battle with different voice assistants, particularly between Google and Amazon. Briefly, synthetic intelligence has a future.

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Flagship costs are solely rising

This one was arduous to overlook: costs are skyrocketing. After all, the gold medal for expensiveness goes to Apple, which presents a smartphone for $999. After all, the magnanimus producer justifies it in a number of methods: the big bezel-less display, Face ID, the mix of and software program, and so forth. The argument “know-how has its value” is an previous one, and occludes the massive margins of revenue that massive producers make for themselves.

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The primary model to cost a grand? / © AndroidPIT

The case is comparable with different producers. Samsung additionally handed the 900 greenback mark with its Word eight (to say that some folks had been hoping for a decreased value after the Word 7 fiasco!), and Huawei has elevated the worth of the Huawei Mate 10 Professional in comparison with the Mate 9. They’re all experimenting with charging a bit of extra to see if it really works, and apparently it does.

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