Trends and Innovations in Smartphone Market in 2016

SS Bassi_Philips Mobile

SS Bassi_Philips Mobile

S.S. Bassi, Country Manager – SAARC, Sangfei Mobility (Philips Mobile) shares five major trends in smartphone market in 2016:

The mobile phone industry in specific has transformed in the leaps and bounds. The advent of LPG (Liberalisation-Privatisation-Globalisation) has played a pivotal role in ensuring our graduation from one phone per village to multiple phones per individual. Today, India is a major player in the global smartphone market with a steady growth of 44%, and the rise of 4G has been highly beneficial to us. It is no surprise after all, as the kind of cutting-edge technology that is being constantly in developed is leading to the rise of new trends which will influence the smartphone market like the 5G technology, near-field communication etc.

2016 as far as we know it, promises to be another game changer in the mobile phone industry. Broadband technology is going to get much faster, processors will increase in capacity to manager higher workloads, more mobile phone applications and services, along with IoT are going to put pressure on the data and pressure on the networks, and so on. Below are some of the key technology trends that might emerge in the smartphone sector and rule the telecom space in 2016:

Smoother Navigation

Every new smartphone introduced in the market is one better than its predecessors and competitors. In this race for the top spot, it is often forgotten that not all might be able to navigate seamlessly through these high-end smartphones. The coming year will see the marked difference in the smartphones lending easy access to the users in terms of usability with larger buttons, bigger fonts, high volume speakers, and digital text magnifier which will make it simpler to use. This particular trend will especially come into being as the smartphones user base is no longer limited to the youngsters, the older generation is equally enthusiastic about buying high-end, state of the art smartphones.

Biometric Retinal Scanning

Retinal scanning will gain momentum and be one of the major trends adopted by smartphone makers in 2016. There are multiple smartphone producers in the market who have already cashed in on the fingerprint based validation. Indeed, they are quite the rage at present but the protection and data security they provide is again limited. The Apple phones in comparison to Android ones does a better job in securing the data as they store it in the local storage, once the fingerprint is traced but in the Android phones it is stored as unencrypted files which makes it quite easy to read. The biometric scanner will allow access by reading the patterns of the owner’s eye, thus ensuring the security of the system and apps inside.

Near Field Communication

Near Field Communication has been around in the tech space for some time but it might make a strong return next year. The advanced use of cloud technology will be a major facilitator of near field communication which employs short-range, low power wireless link evolved from radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology to transfer small amounts of data between two devices held away from oneanother.

3-D Smartphones

3-D smartphones are very much going to be the next big thing in the smartphone market, with one of the main triumphs being eliminating the need to wear 3-D glasses. The use of autostereoscopy can help achieve this feat, with a parallax barrier positioned on top of the display to project stereoscopic images. The parallax barrier will have a number minute slits on it which will help the human eye to see the various set of pixels.The 3-D technology can further lead to the use of holographic projections through successful combination of the 3-D features and projections.


A lot many smartphone producers have been trying to get the flexible display right, but it has yet to become a reality. While we have been able to experience the concept of flexible and transparent display through various movies, we might actually be able to own one in 2016 thanks to Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) technology. The application of OLED technology can not only result in flexible smartphones but can also provide lower cost of production and higher level of power efficiency.

Undoubtedly, the telecom and smartphone sector is keeping pace with the rapid progressions ad innovations in the field of technology.