12/12/2016

2017 Mobile Trends and Predictions

Those looking to upgrade their phones in 2017 have a lot to look forward too. Analysts and technologists are hinting at some great tech next year. The next-generation smart phones will be, obviously, thinner, faster and pricier – that goes without saying – but there are other aspects that the professionals are getting excited about.

Virtual Reality Becomes Mainstream

According to Price Waterhouse Cooper, Virtual Reality will, uh, become a reality in 2017. Not through the use of awesome games or movie players but through more useful resources, albeit some would argue boring. AI will be deployed as chatbot assistants and help support agents on websites and apps. The VR connection will end the lack of humanity current bots have in order to create engaging human to artificial human intelligence collaboration.

The Rise of OLED

The deployment and usage of OLED display technologies will be a key motivator of growth and sales in 2017. According to UBI Research, the OLED technology will help create a bezel-less smartphone experience that will lead, by 2020, to foldable or rollable smart devices. Reports suggest Samsung, the technology’s chief manufacturer, is to provide Apple, its arch-rival, with tens of millions of OLED screens for Apple’s 2017 iPhone offering.

Is 2017 Finally the Year for Wireless Charging?

Grandview Research argues that the US marketplace for wireless charging will reach $2,2 Billion with the bulk of this spending on mobile charging solutions. This increase is perceived to be based on a consumer demand for less hassle around charging smart devices – which have become cornerstones in twenty first century living. The implications of this massive sea change in consumer behaviour will impact on device sales in 2017, according to researchers at Grandview Research.

Augmented Reality combines with Virtual Reality Headsets

Augmented Reality will be a massive game changer in the smartphone marketplace argues Juniper Research. The applications for AR are diverse and bold. Juniper Research believes, video games and entertainment aside, AR will play a leading role in the healthcare, search engine and social communications sectors. Juniper believes these new markets could add $6bn a year in app revenues. The AR bandwagon will complement the VR experience whilst offering enterprise with a useful and utilitarian user experience.

Like all predictions, they are guestimates based on research. Whether these predictions pan out is another outcome altogether. However, by highlighting possible avenues of change we can start to understand how smartphone manufacturers will adopt and adapt to new technologies in relation to their own device’s core offerings. Therefore, 2017 looks like an interesting year for smartphone anoraks.

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