With the launch of the iPhone 7, 2016 marked a big year in the history of mobile phones. Mobile devices are getting more powerful and connected than ever before, but what’s in store for 2017? We look at some of the key trends to watch out for this year.
Apple might be releasing the iPhone 8 towards the end of the year. New features could include facial recognition software for authentication, new AR/VR functions and potentially a wireless charging system. We’re excited to see what innovations are in store.
The rise of AR and VR
AR and VR stand for Augmented and Virtual Reality. They’re already key components of wearables like the Hololens and Moverio smart glasses, but we think 2017 could be the year that the technologies make their impact on mobiles. With the news Apple has secured a patent for building a “transparent” smartphone, we’re expecting AR and VR to become increasingly important in the designs of the future. To discover more about AR and VR, make sure you look at our dedicated posts here and here.
MWC 2017 – the year of the comeback?
Mobile World Congress is taking place on February 27th-March 3rd and is an event to look out for. There’s already plenty of speculation, the most interesting of which is a new BlackBerry phone might be announced…well, sort of. BlackBerry doesn’t manufacture handsets anymore, but another company, TCL owns the rights. Similarly, Nokia phones could be making a comeback, run under licence by HMD Global.
5G isn’t going to be widely available for several years yet, but keep an eye out for announcements relating to trials of the technology. 5G refers to the next generation of wireless standards and is set to power the smart cities of the future. To find out more about what it means, check out our dedicated JAG post.
Growing importance of security
Unfortunately, we think we could see more cybercrime conducted through mobile devices this year. Mobile security software is going to become increasingly crucial. As we conduct more of our personal and professional lives through mobile devices, there could be more opportunities for cyber-attackers. That’s why we must get the security right.
What are your predictions for the mobile world in 2017? What are you most excited by? Let us know by posting a comment below, or sending us a tweet at @JustAskGemalto.