Mobile industry in 2019: trends and forecasts

The results of 2018 have long been summed up. It has become a success for the mobile industry, and 2019 promises to be no less bright and interesting. What to expect? What will surprise the developers? What are the main trends in the development of mobile technologies? Let's risk voicing a few forecasts.

Smartphones for gaming will become even cooler

With the development of mobile gaming, the number of phones focused specifically on launching games is constantly growing. Now most development companies are looking to create their own model of a gaming smartphone, and this trend is successfully demonstrated by the Razer Phone 2, Asus ROG Phone and Xiaomi Black Shark.But, according to our forecasts, in 2019, a high-performance processor alone is unlikely to be enough for a gaming device. Already, every flagship in the current year will be created on the basis of the Snapdragon 855 processor, which means that the performance of mobile gamers will not be surprised.

Therefore, I would like to see on board such a gadget at least some semblance of a cooling system, the presence of controllers or controls like them, improved sound, a high refresh rate of the screen, as well as special software for gaming.Facebook Facebook will hold its position2018 was not a very good year for Facebook and its users, who were affected by a lot of scandals this year.

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Even more cameras

If 2018 was the year of the appearance of triple cameras, then in 2019 we may well expect four or even five main cameras on board the flagship gadgets. Combinations of telephoto cameras with wide-angle, monochrome and depth sensors will also become a trend this year. Given that Samsung has already introduced a smartphone with four cameras, and leaks are talking about the appearance of five cameras in the Nokia 9 model, it seems that triple cameras will be a thing of the past. At least in the flagships. But whether the pictures they take will be better than the photos from the Google Pixel camera is a question.

Goodbye frames, long live cutouts

Cutouts for the front camera on smartphone screens, it seems, will become the standard. This trend has already been demonstrated by Honor View 20. It is also confirmed by information about the Infinity-O display from Samsung. This allows you to remove the upper frame above the screen, but complicates the task of developers, because, in addition to creating a screen with a cutout, they will have to figure out exactly how to hide some sensors under it.

The first fingerprint sensors located under the screen have already appeared in several smartphone models. Now it's up to the face scanners. The advent of Samsung UPS display technology will most likely allow you to integrate not only sensors, but also cameras into the screen. The frames around the screens, respectively, will become even thinner.

Autonomy will not be added

This forecast hardly sounds comforting, but, nevertheless, it is unlikely that smartphones will become more autonomous in the coming 2019. And here's why. Yes, the battery capacity is gradually increasing, and the processors are becoming more energy efficient, moving to the 7-nanometer process, but, in parallel, the screens are getting bigger and brighter, the number of cameras is growing, the video is moving to the HDR format.

As a result, a 20 percent increase in battery capacity will provide only about an hour of additional battery life for the phone, and this is hardly a significant result. Even the best smartphones work in active mode only for one day, which means that an hour solves almost nothing. I would like the smartphone to be able to work without additional charging for several days – but so far this can only be a dream.

Updates to Android Pie will have to wait a long time. It seems that the update of devices to Android Pie will not happen as quickly as users would like. Even the introduction of Project Treble for Oreo-based devices didn't really speed up the software update process. Therefore, it is unlikely that Samsung, LG, HTC and other developers will be able to ensure the appearance of Android 9 Pie on their smartphones during 2019. There is nothing to say about less well-known companies – they will not allocate the necessary resources for this.

"Eyebrow" does not disappear

We can only hope that 2018 will not be remembered as the year of smartphones with " eyebrows". Everyone, who is not lazy, criticized this idea of the developers, calling such phones ugly copies of the iPhone. Also criticized were the Android Pie apps, designed with the presence of "eyebrows"in mind. However, this design trend looks set to continue in 2019.

16 GB of RAM – why not?!Given that the OnePlus 6T McLaren already has 10 GB of RAM built in, and the recently announced Lenovo Z5 Pro GT model will be equipped with 12 GB of RAM, we can expect further growth in memory capacity. At the moment, 8 GB can be considered the standard for flagships, so 10 and 12 are hardly the limit.

5G will not affect anything. The 5G vision is unlikely to radically affect the state of the mobile industry. The advent of 4G LTE has certainly had an impact, speeding up access to Internet resources, but this coverage is still available to users only at a point, for the most part, in large cities. Therefore, it is too early to talk about the mass development of 5G networks and the release of smartphones that support them.