Smartphones are becoming a more integral part of our daily lives. It’s no longer just a communication device, it also a way to stay up to date online, shop around, control our homes, and even record our lives.
Let’s take a look at some of the biggest smartphone brands around the globe to see where they will take our handy smartphones next.
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Apple, a California-based tech firm, has been at the forefront of groundbreaking mobile technology. Recent patents from the firm points to the company using facial recognition to keep the iPhone even more secure.
These patents have already come to fruition; the iPhone X uses “face detection biometric authentication technology” to bring the safest facial recognition technology. Apple are combining different light sensors with proximity sensors on the front camera of the iPhone X to record a 3D map of the face. Apple claims that fingerprint sensor technology has a 1 in 50,000 chance to have an error rate while their “FaceID” has a 1 in 1,000,000 error rate, which makes it one of the safest mobile facial recognition systems available.
Sensors on the iPhone X use proximity sensors, ambient light sensors, the front camera, and a structured light transmitter. All collected data from these sensors allow a 2D camera image to create a 3D security authentication. These sensors would have been costly; however, this advance in mobile technology has demanded mass production of these sensors. This made them more affordable and available everywhere such as RS Components’ listing online.
Google Pixel 2
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Rumored to be unleashed on October 4, rumors online say that Pixel 2 is gearing up to take on Apple. The Pixel 2 is alleged to have a water-resistant screen and wireless headphones.
The rumor mill also points to a squeezable frame on the Pixel 2 much like the HTC U11. This allows the smartphone to activate specific apps such as the Google Assistant simply by squeezing sections of the handset. This also leads to a potential removal of any physical button on the front screen to allow for more maximum screen size.
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After an extended absence, Nokia has finally come back in to the world of smartphones. Their latest handset, the Nokia 8, sports the latest design features such as an Always-on display, a fingerprint scanner, and a USB Type-C port, much like its contemporaries.
Aside from these, the Nokia has also partnered up with Carl Zeiss for the optics of its dual-camera setup. Expectations are high for the Nokia 8, especially when Nokia is partnering up with one of the best lens makers in the world.
The Nokia sports a “bothie” mode that allows uisers to record from both the front and rear cameras simultaneously. This change was brought upon by the increasing use of live broadcasts on Facebook and YouTube, and could even be implemented in various VR systems.
These rumors and trends in the market points us to the direction where the landscape of smartphones could go.
Apple achieving the one of the safest security authentication yet with its proximity sensors, light sensors, and camera allows us to see the increasing importance of the smartphone in our daily lives. With more and more going into our smartphones, it’s increasingly apparent that security is more important than ever before.
The design of Google’s Pixel 2 points to the importance of touch and style. This innovations are not just for the sake of innovation, it seems that Google is developing the handset to improve efficiency and overall aesthetics.
Meanwhile, the Nokia 8 makes the argument that the smartphone is the camera of tomorrow. With its partnership with Carl Zeiss, they are now rivaling some of the leading camera brands. It’s move towards a more friendly streaming and VR application also prove the future of the smartphone goes beyond that just being a phone in your pocket.
With Google Pixel 2 on the horizon, we can’t wait and see what the other smartphones will be developing in the near future.