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4 new smartphone features that debuted in 2015

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4 new smartphone features that debuted in 2015
With 2015 now gone, we can look back and say that it was quite an interesting year when it comes to smartphones. High-end models have become more diverse than ever (at least since touchscreens took over), while mid-range and low-end handsets have gotten better and better. What's more, 2015 brought us several new features that may play important roles in the future of the smartphone industry.

Of course, as smartphone makers are restlessly trying to innovate (in order to keep their customers, or win new ones), we're not surprised to see that new, important features are being developed year after year, and we're expecting 2016 to come with plenty of great stuff in this regard. For now, though, let's see what 2015 had to offer.


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posted on 04 Jan 2016, 00:04 2

1. zeeBomb (Posts: 1728; Member since: 14 Aug 2014)


Iris: S7 gonna use that for sure
USB type C: if Benson didn't do any detective work, many detective USB Cables *cough*Oneplus*cough* would be still selling them
Pressure: thought to be a gimmick, but can be a game changer
Display: just gimme an installed tempered glass out the box and I'm OK.

posted on 04 Jan 2016, 00:13

2. techperson211 (Posts: 1163; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)


Except iris scanner. All of this will be a basic feature for flagship devices.

posted on 04 Jan 2016, 07:43

17. tuminatr (Posts: 756; Member since: 23 Feb 2009)


One thought on pressure sensitive is that the Blackberry Storm could be credited as the insperation for this feature. It had a display that clicked like a mouse allowing you to launch features

posted on 04 Jan 2016, 08:06 1

18. buccob (Posts: 2490; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


Yes... it has the dual function... Tap for selecting and press for launching..... I had the Storm2 and it was miles away from the first one (which in my opinion was crap)...

Having used the Storm2 for a year and seeing how most "3D Touch" functions can be mimic either with long-press or with the area of capacity sensing, I would still call it a gimmick... but there is some potential for Gaming...

posted on 04 Jan 2016, 00:36 5

3. GreenMan (Posts: 754; Member since: 09 Nov 2015)


And where's the Continuum on the list, might I ask?

Okay, sure that technology is immature and as per now, only a handfull of apps support it. But that thing indeed has a future... We just need to nurture it, guide it and implement it practically...

Any Takers?

Anyhow, Same goes to Force Touch and Type C USB.

Now, curved displays and iris scanners are gimmicks, Meh...

posted on 04 Jan 2016, 02:51

10. rishav20193 (Posts: 174; Member since: 18 Jul 2015)


exactly....continuum deserves a place here !!

posted on 04 Jan 2016, 06:29 1

16. Feanor (Posts: 663; Member since: 20 Jun 2012)


Continuum is great but I think it's a concept, not a feature. It's a type of automation, but I don't think that it qualifies as a new feature.

posted on 05 Jan 2016, 10:48

22. MrElectrifyer (Posts: 1887; Member since: 21 Oct 2014)


It qualifies as much as Force Touch, if not more...everything the iPhone does with pressure is easily accomplished via gestures, just the application needs to support such. In fact, requiring pressure for app launcher icon menus is a useless gimmick. Nova Launcher does the same and more via simple gesture and tap-and-hold.

The software is immature and lame at the moment, just-as force-touch, but it's slowly getting there and will eventually mature to this:

www.pcworld.com/article/2907539/this-fake-microsoft-surface-phone-is-the-flagship-smartphone-we-want.html

posted on 04 Jan 2016, 00:56

4. phonearenarocks (Posts: 206; Member since: 26 Mar 2015)


If Google can develop a Chrome OS emulator for windows, continuum will be a reality in android world and all of its Apps can be run in it.

Just an idea that can be made possible.

posted on 04 Jan 2016, 01:04 6

5. Mfa901 (Posts: 247; Member since: 14 Jul 2012)


that shatter proof display is coolest

posted on 04 Jan 2016, 01:36

6. aashis.sapkota (Posts: 25; Member since: 27 Sep 2015)


Continuum must have been included.

posted on 04 Jan 2016, 02:12 2

7. ibend (Posts: 3167; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


what about: UFS-2 storage, LPDDR4, 14nm processor, 4k display o.O

posted on 04 Jan 2016, 02:43 2

8. Wiencon (Posts: 1710; Member since: 06 Aug 2014)


Those aren't new features, they are just the result of technological evolution.

810 should be inlcuded for being first CPU that can make you a hot coffee

posted on 04 Jan 2016, 04:47 2

13. catze86 (Posts: 503; Member since: 07 Dec 2015)


We need technologies as jokes purpose. For example, iPhone hi grade bendable aluminium, iPhone pregnant battery case etc.. hehehehe

posted on 04 Jan 2016, 02:47

9. epdm2be (Posts: 451; Member since: 20 Apr 2012)


Apart from usb-c all the others are gimmicks not features.

posted on 05 Jan 2016, 10:53

23. MrElectrifyer (Posts: 1887; Member since: 21 Oct 2014)


Shatter Proof display is a gimmick? What's your definition of a gimmick?

posted on 04 Jan 2016, 04:21 4

11. Feanor (Posts: 663; Member since: 20 Jun 2012)


4K resolution should be included too. As an owner of the Z5 Premium I can attest that it is a useless feature to have, but still an admirable technological breakthrough. The article doesn't assess the features according to their usefulness but according to their newness.
More and more I think that Phonearena is biased against Sony, denying to acknowledge their technological breakthroughs and completely ignoring other important ones, like the still unique Digital Noise Cancellation, which is actually a big deal. Never gets even a mention during Sony handset reviews.

posted on 04 Jan 2016, 04:51 1

14. techperson211 (Posts: 1163; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)


You noticed it too.

posted on 04 Jan 2016, 08:11 4

19. buccob (Posts: 2490; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


I recently made use of the DNC in my Z3 Compact... and I went to a Bose store and compared it to a QC20 ($300) and to my surprise I couldn't hear a noticeable difference both in sound quality and noise cancellation....
I don't consider myself an audiophile, but I do discern between good files and crappy sounding ones, when some people can't... so

For 70 bucks, Noise Cancellation from my Xperia ROCKS! It should really have more spotlight

posted on 04 Jan 2016, 09:52

20. Feanor (Posts: 663; Member since: 20 Jun 2012)


DSEE HX in Z5, which upscales the songs to HD, adds an additional layer of quality. These things are definitely far more useful than e.g. Force Touch display, which you may anyway confuse with long presses, or curved screens, which we still don't know why we have them. Millions of people need good sound and noise cancellation everyday, at least while they commute. And it really works.

posted on 04 Jan 2016, 04:43

12. catze86 (Posts: 503; Member since: 07 Dec 2015)


I wanta very smartphone with an AI that can insult and bitching me behind my back.

posted on 04 Jan 2016, 05:38

15. chenski (Posts: 323; Member since: 22 Mar 2015)


What about smartisan t2 remote assistance

posted on 05 Jan 2016, 08:14

21. Awaragardiyan (Posts: 121; Member since: 17 May 2012)


LOL, i was expecting 3D touch in this article given the reputation of phonearena (or iPhonearena). Disappointed

posted on 05 Jan 2016, 10:56

24. MrElectrifyer (Posts: 1887; Member since: 21 Oct 2014)


Did you miss number 3?

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