Tech enthusiasts have a lot to look forward to in 2017, both in terms of [personal] gadgetry and work-based tools. At the Mobile World Congress last week (February 27th – March 2nd) mobile users eagerly awaited news on the latest flagship devices from big brands, and they weren’t disappointed.
To give a brief rundown:
– Sony unravelled the newest entry to their Xperia X range with the ‘Xperia XZ Premium’, a 4k HDR boasting mobile with Predictive capture, meaning you can capture images from moments before you actually press ‘capture’ (read more here)
– LG revealed the new G6, which many journalists heralded as ‘best of MWC 2017’. At its core, a refined G5, boasting a large battery life, HDR screen, full water proof capability and a wide angle camera lens (read more here )
– Porsche unveiled its entry into the notebook scene, in an attempt to compete with the recently announced Microsoft Surface. It’s basic model is offered at a hefty price tag (£2051), with premium versions also available, so likely only to appeal to advanced users or brand enthusiasts.
There were many other announcements, with new enhancements in wearable technology and many providers offering high resolution mobile screens as standard. Whilst on one hand this means users can look forward to crisp imaging and colour depth, the question on user’s minds is simple ‘How is this going to affect battery life?’.
Extended battery life is one of the most desired improvements, with a recent surge in mobile power bank sales has delayed the issue being addressed. Research into graphene-based replacements for the current chemical limitations of lithium ion batteries promising ‘charge in seconds to last months’. Nobody can put a date on this technology being available but the answer to the average consumer will be not soon enough!
Another area of interest was enhancements to AI and cloud-based processing. Some providers have already begun integrating Amazon Alexa into their devices, enabling a dedicated personal assistant on-the-go, which could be useful for a whole range of things, such as setting yourself reminders or finding the nearest pub on a Friday evening! There are even fully AI controlled hotels, which deliver your towels with amusing little robots.
In other exciting announcements, The management of data is getting gradually more sophisticated, we can likely expect automatic face recognition across multiple devices, rather than having to repeat the initial process. Voice recognition and automated services are slowly being utilised across a variety of industries and cloud networks are used in unison to provide a seamless communication path and allow for heavy processing to be done on a remote server, allowing for a smoother, more responsive mobile experience, where menial daily tasks are handled automatically. For business, it enables much more optimised data processing and utilisation, allowing for immediate insights into their users, in turn allowing them to adjust their USP’s and offerings to suit their clients demands.