According to the well-known technology consumer products media Gadgets 360, smartphone apps will present the following 14 major trends in 2018:
Trend 1: folding mobile phones come in succession.
Analysts say, folding phones will be the next battleground in the mobile phone industry in the next few years.
Trend 2:18:9 aspect ratio is popular.
The biggest shift in smartphone design over the years has been the introduction of the new 18:9 display format. This allows the phone to have larger screens and smaller boundaries.
In addition, there may also be a group of iPhone X “bang” design followers.
Trend 3: smart phone with curved glass.
Samsung and LG have experimented with curved glass screens on high-end models. Curved glass and flexible panels work well together.
Trend 4: Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 dominates the market for mobile chips.
Smartphone makers must strive for the best processors in the market to make their flagship products more competitive. In 2018, Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 is likely to dominate the built-in chips of other handset makers in the market, except for Apple, Samsung and Huawei, which make their own processors.
Trend 5:5G services will be commercially available in some countries and regions.
5G is being adopted as a new standard for mobile and iot communications in global. Last December, the world’s first 5G standard was completed and released.
Trend 6: digital payments will be further mainstream.
China, India and many other southeast Asian countries have led the way in digital payments. Samsung has launched Samsung Pay last year, and Android Pay and Apple Pay will shine this year.
Trend 7: more hot style apps are still needed in AR and VR.
The virtual reality technology (VR) on mobile phones is not fully realized yet, because you still need to fix your phone on the headphone, and the visual experience is just a good experience compared to the top-flight model. Google has launched an independent VR headphone, such as the next generation of Daydream. Apple has not yet bought the entire VR scene because its main focus is augmented reality (AR).
Apple’s ARKit will also bring a series of very interesting games and applications, and will be more mature this year.
Trend 8: the new Android Oreo is the highlight.
At the end of last year, Oreo was found on very few devices, but Gadgets 360 predicts that several companies will release updates by mid-2018.
Trend nine: artificial intelligence will become more distinctive.
Google attaches great importance to the combination of hardware, software and artificial intelligence with the Pixel 2 series. Amazon is trying to apply its Alexa assistant to every product you have. Companies that can pull away from their AI skills will have an edge in 2018.
Trend 10: faster, more comfortable mobile web standards.
Few people are taking full advantage of the potential of Wi-Fi 802.11ac, but the new Wi-Fi 802.11ad and 802.11ax standards are on the rise, and manufacturers can find creative uses for them. These standards can help people lead wireless lifestyles more quickly and cheaply. In addition to 5G, LTE multiple antennas will also help improve the network environment.
Trend 11: face recognition is a must option.
As a mobile device, smartphones will become more powerful when embedded in face recognition.
Trend 12: the fingerprint sensor can eventually be integrated into the glass.
At least Apple, Samsung and Xiaomi are expected to have figured out how to embed the fingerprint sensor in the front glass of a smartphone, but so far none has been resolved.
Trend 13: eSIMs will appear, but not being mainstream.
The eSIM or embedded SIM card is designed to replace the tiny SIM card we are losing. It can be used not only on smartphones, but also on laptops, tablets and Iot devices.
Trend 14: battery technology won’t improve much.
Battery makers and handset makers will have to rely on more efficient hardware and software to deliver better battery life.
Apple’s recent battery explosion has also attracted a lot of attention following Samsung’s “explosion gate”, which will push manufacturers to focus more on battery issues.