Our smartphones are forever changing these days, whether it’s by forcing in some extra specs or adding brand spanking new features. Either way, it seems only a matter of moments after you’ve spent your cash that your new phone is suddenly obsolete.
However, there’s no need to get too down about your handset’s sudden and massive depreciation, as you can always bathe in the knowledge that you’ll soon* be able to jump onboard with another handset. But which smartphone trends should you be keeping your eye out for? Lucky for you, here are some we reckon should be topping your list.
*OK, maybe two years. But that’s kind of soon, right?
Mobile payment fun
It certainly took its sweet time to hit the UK, but the mobile payment trend is now officially in full flow, and is providing a real threat to our wallets’ and purses’ existence. Bringing a fast and consistent way to pay for goods, Apple Pay is the biggest name on the mobile payment bandwagon right now, and has only recently been introduced here in the UK.
Google is also bringing its own version of the kit, which works similarly to the Apple version – so regardless of which side you fall on the operating system debate, you’ll still be splashing cash left, right and centre through your smartphone.
For now, we’re finding ourselves spending the majority of our Apple Pay allowance on fast food trips or stops at the coffee shop. Give it a couple years, and we might find ourselves booking holidays and buying cars with our smartphones…
Getting on that health kick
Wearables like Fitbit are pretty cool, but what are the craziest wearables on the market?
Admittedly, sitting on your sofa playing Flappy Bird is not going to be beneficial for your health (or your anger levels), but smartphones are still offering a trendy health kick for us to get involved in.
The likes of FitBit and Jawbone are already getting friends going toe to toe to rack up the highest step count. Add in some more heavily integrate health tracking apps and you’ve suddenly got yourself a portable GP which can basically inform you of all of your vitals at the press of a button.
While we don’t think this is going to put too many doctors at risk of unemployment, it should certainly help us track our levels of fitness. Now it’s just down to you to either hide that app in a cobweb covered folder or get proactive with it.
This trend is already in full flow thanks to the likes of Touch ID, which reared its head back on the iPhone 5s. But it’s not just the iPhone crowds getting in on the action you know.
For those who aren’t entirely sure what biometrics are, it refers to rechnology with recods your bodily characteristics like fingerprints or eyeballs as a way of securing your devices. As we’ve just mentioned, fingerprints are the most common form of biometric protection, but talk surrounding retina scanners has also been pretty loud recently.
This means that you could finally ditch those hard to remember passwords and tedious lock patterns, instead relying on your eyes or fingers to do the hard work.
Wi-Fi callingOften find yourself holding your phone up to the heavens purely to get a bar of signal? If so, the growing love of Wi-Fi Calling could be right down your alley as it guarantees that you’ll at least have signal in the confines of your own home.
Wi-Fi itself has done a pretty good job with our smartphones already, allowing us to save minutes and texts with the likes of Skype and Whatsapp. However, bringing the Wi-F loving to our text messages is another step forward we’re thrilled to see.
Of course, now you’ll just have to make sure that your broadband connection is in ship-shape.
The passing of plastic
Whilst fancy looking smartphones are on the up, losing this quality design is something you might need to consider if you buy a budget smartphone.
Plastic has always been a fairly common friend when it comes to our smartphones, it often makes up most, if not all of our older handsets’ designs – but now it’s finally on the way out. Big name manufacturers have finally put it to the sword, replacing it with much cooler materials like metal, glass and leather and we couldn’t be happier.
The iPhone 6 for example is made up of a mainly aluminium build, whilst the Sony Xperia Z3+ sports a glass panel design – both of which are more likely to be spotted on the catwalk compared to those boring plastic builds.
Some manufacturers have even began to use wood in their smartphone devices, giving them a very unique look, as well as possibly helping them float should they become stranded at sea, although we wouldn’t recommend testing this.
Whichever way you put it, it seems like these smartphone trends are only on the up.