5 Smartphone Innovations That Really Mattered
5TH March, 2018
5TH March, 2018
With mobile phone makers constantly trying to outdo themselves, it's often easy to get carried away by gimmicky tech ideas at the cost of true innovation that make everyday life easier. The explosion of smartphones has seen these great innovations in the past decade.
- Capacitative Touchscreens: In the earlier days of smartphones and touchscreen tech, there were 2 types of screens the more stressful Resistive Screens and the much easier to use Capacitative Screen. Capacitative screens are generally more sensitive, easier to use and much more amenable to gestures and multi touch. Contrary to popular belief Apple did not release the first capacitative device that honor actually goes to the LG Prada.
- Multi Touch and 3D Touch: Alongside the introduction of easier to use screens was the introduction of newer ways to interact with devices. Multitouch allowed the use of gestures like pinch to zoom and double tap to zoom in and out. 3D touch allowed screens detect variable levels of pressure and display contextual menus that varied based on the app in use (Similar to a right click on a mouse). Both aspects of this were introduced by apple with the Original iPhone and the iPhone 6s respectively.
- Biometric sensors: One of the most exciting tech innovations of the last decade was the introduction of biometric scanners to basically all sorts of tech including Fingerprint sensors, Iris Scanners and even Facial Recognition to Mobile phones, Laptops Tablets and even Cars. This Tech was introduced by the Motorola Atrix while the more popular more accurate capacitative scanner was introduced in the iPhone 5S. The Galaxy line of Samsung Devices popularized the Iris scanner and the iPhone X and One Plus 5T have the most secure and Fastest Facial recognition systems respectively.
- Shatter proof screens: With 50% of smartphone users experiencing broken screens at one point or the other the shatter proof screen is one of the best innovations ever in smartphones. The first device to launch with this feature was the Motorola Droid Turbo 2 and this was achieved by using 5 Layers of Plastic rather than glass which Motorola coined “ShatterShield” and while the screens were basically impossible to shatter from everyday use they did suffer scratches and dents.
- Water Proofing Last but not the least is a relatively more recent feature seen mostly on Flagship devices, water and Dust proofing with phone makers releases devices with successively better IP ratings water damage will soon be a thing of the past at least for flagship devices.
With the constant innovations in the tech world, one can only imagine what our phones would look like in the next ten years. Features like artificial intelligence, smartwatches, phone mirror etc, may mean we would probably rely less on our phones in the next ten to twenty years. As exciting as the prospects of all these innovations may sound, we must not forget to appreciate the game changing innovations over the past decades.