Expect more "AI" functions on phones next year
Flagship features to midrange devices
Next year should see Qualcomm’s next generation of mobile processors help bring flagship features to more midrange devices.
Apple investigating E Ink for folding phones
Might save power but will appear too late anyway
Fruity and nutty cargo cult Apple is apparently investigating the use of E Ink screens on the outside of its much delayed foldable phones.
Samsung expects more folding stuff from folding phones
Sales increased many-fold
Sales of Samsung’s foldable phones are increasing with the outfit claiming to have sold over 9 million Galaxy Z series phones in 2021.
LG is shutting down mobile phone business worldwide
Stepping away from manufacturing and sales
LG has sent a press release and informed its belloved fans and customers that it plans to close its mobile business unit. The company wants to focus on growth sectors, including EVs, IoT, and B2B Solutions.
Samsung has shipped 6.7 million Galaxy 5G smartphones
Better than expected
Samsung Electronics announced that it shipped more than 6.7 million Galaxy 5G smartphones in 2019 which was much better than the company expected.
Snapdragon 855 Plus announced
Gaming phones and VR target
Qualcomm has decided to announce an updated version of its flagship Snapdragon 855 7nm chip. It is simply called Snapdragon 855 Plus. The CPU is about four percent faster while the GPU gets a saucy 15 percent boost. It is clear that gaming phone manufacturers and VR enthusiast platform builders will be all over it.
Phone users are not bothering to upgrade
Old style is still the best
A report from Verizon has confirmed that smartphone users are hanging on to their old phones much longer.
Motorola offers slimmer bezels, bigger displays, and larger batteries
Moto G7 looks rather good for the price
Motorola is releasing three versions of the Moto G7 this year: the G7, the G7 Power, and the G7 Play. A fourth, more powerful G7 Plus model, will also be released internationally. These new devices offer slimmer bezels, bigger displays, and larger batteries than their predecessors.
New material could be the future of phones
More bendy than an iPhone and can turn electromagnetic waves into electricity
Scientists at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have created super-thin, bendy materials that absorb wireless internet and other electromagnetic waves in the air and turn them into electricity.
AMS develops behind-screen optical sensor for phones
Sensors for a larger display
AMS has developed a light and infrared proximity sensor that can sit behind a smartphone’s screen, reducing the area required for such sensors and so allowing for a larger display.