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H1 2014 in review: 5 innovative technologies that made their way into smartphones

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H1 2014 in review: 5 innovative technologies that made their way into smartphones
Mobile technology has reached a state where coming up with a truly unique and innovative solution takes tremendous amounts of thought and resources. At the same time, consumers and critics alike are expecting significant, tangible improvements with each new round of smartphones that comes along. You know, something to convince them that a new smartphone is better, that it can do more, that it is worth upgrading to. But the fact of the matter is that smartphone innovation has slowed down its pace. Just think about it: virtually all smartphones fall into the same form factor; there's very little that flagship smartphone "A" can do and flagship smartphone "B" can't. 

Long story short, it is not easy being a smartphone maker when buyer expectations are at their current levels and competition is more fierce than ever. This, however, is not stopping the world's greatest minds from coming up with fresh ideas. In fact, over the past six months we have seen a great deal of innovation across many fields of the smartphone industry – innovations implemented into great smartphones in order to give them an edge of differentiation over their competitors. Here are 5 examples of that.

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posted on 26 Jun 2014, 09:44 2

1. cocote177 (Posts: 16; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)


And for the loyalist where are HTC innovations???

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 09:47 8

3. aayupanday (Posts: 520; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


BoomSound v.2014. Better than last year's M7.
Meanwhile Duo Camera was an epic fail.

posted on 27 Jun 2014, 04:41

30. mistertimi (Posts: 76; Member since: 28 May 2014)


Improving something a bit from last year isn't innovation pal. If this was 2013, then the boomsound speakers would definitely be innovation. But it isn't, so they're not.

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 15:07

25. Epicness1o1 (Posts: 213; Member since: 30 May 2013)


I think the rounded metal design

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 09:45 12

2. WahyuWisnu (Posts: 1001; Member since: 29 May 2014)


5 innovative technologies.... all in android phone!!!

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 10:01

5. malakas87 (Posts: 8; Member since: 25 Jun 2014)


Yeap..... Fingerprint sensor,64bit and dual led is not ... Fanboy.....

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 10:09 23

7. Duketytz (Posts: 514; Member since: 28 Nov 2013)


Fingerprint sensors exist in phones way older than IPhones.
64 bit an innovation? Maybe? But Apple didn't really take advantage of it I'll say.
Dual led found in Nokia N series phones.
I love rebutting such comments:)

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 10:44 11

16. VZWuser76 (Posts: 1761; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


Dual led was also in early android phones as well. My Incredible phones, 1&2, my Rezound all had dual led. And those are just the ones I owned.

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 15:37

26. malakas87 (Posts: 8; Member since: 25 Jun 2014)


I haven't mentioned Apple... Why did you believe that I was talking about Apple,fanboy....? You really have to get over your complex about Apple....

posted on 27 Jun 2014, 10:57 1

31. WahyuWisnu (Posts: 1001; Member since: 29 May 2014)


It was implied that you meant iphone from the reply tone you used while replying to me.

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 10:15 7

11. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3176; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


Those are not innovations at all. At least anymore.

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 12:14 3

22. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5493; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


The first mobile phone with a fingerprint scanner was made by Siemens in 1999, it was Siemens SL 10 D.

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 10:14 1

10. adwienc (Posts: 134; Member since: 26 Mar 2014)


Jezz, stop making fanboy wars it sucks.

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 10:35 1

15. Duketytz (Posts: 514; Member since: 28 Nov 2013)


Economics, there is a need for competition if not we won't get innovation my friend!

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 10:46 1

17. VZWuser76 (Posts: 1761; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


So fanboys are the source for innovation? No.

Manufacturer competition is the source of innovation, fanboyism and the need to justify ones choices is merely a byproduct of that.

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 12:59

23. romeo1 (Posts: 273; Member since: 06 Jan 2012)


In general you are right but with "fanboys" or customers input the brands can get ideas to improve or even innovate.

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 10:23

13. alrightihatepickingusernames (Posts: 426; Member since: 29 Dec 2013)


Yeah it's H1, pretty much nothing else notable has been released.

So what everything on the list is from an android device? That's like getting a ribbon just for participating.

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 10:01 2

4. cocote177 (Posts: 16; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)


I´m a Apple Fan Boy, but I sincerelly think that Samsung is much needed in the market. They push to themselves and other companies to innovate, including Apple. The two iPhone 6 (4.7 and 5.5), the QHD display, and other innovation are merely responses to the big dragon that Samsung is. Yes they copy some features from Apple and other companies, but I think they presence scared to the bones every company in the market, so necessarily those companies have to innovate.

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 10:48 1

18. VZWuser76 (Posts: 1761; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


All of these companies copy from each other, Apple included. It's called competition and staying relevant in the market by offering similar features.

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 10:07 4

6. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3580; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Touchwiz has some gimmicks and bloat, but Sammy is innovating constantly.

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 10:13 4

8. refillable (Posts: 652; Member since: 10 Mar 2014)


And so do it's competitors.

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 10:50

19. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3580; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Enlightment please *_*

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 11:05

20. refillable (Posts: 652; Member since: 10 Mar 2014)


At Post #14, you mentioned one of them. Anyway this site is going to help you with that :), keep searching. Cuz that request was too easy to be fulfilled.

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 10:13

9. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3176; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


Quite lame, tbh.

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 10:22 3

12. mokhtar (Posts: 265; Member since: 06 Jan 2014)


Best techno usefull is the noise concelling in my z2.. U just cant imagine how the sound is great while u are in metro or any noise condition.. Really very innovative

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 13:04

24. romeo1 (Posts: 273; Member since: 06 Jan 2012)


I agree its a brilliant feature that really improved the audio experience.
I got it on the z2 tablet but am waiting for an z ultra like phone to upgrade as i got used to the big screen and going back to a smaller one isn't really enjoyable for me

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 21:12

29. DerryAhmad (Posts: 245; Member since: 05 May 2012)


Yep.. I'm loving the Noise cancelling ability of the Z2.
It's quite an innovation by Sony.

I also find the Stamina Mode (debuted last year with the Z) more useful than the UPSM/EPSM , since we practically saving some battery life without turning the phone to a dumb phone. Moreover, the Low Battery Mode works almost the same manner as the USPM/EPSM

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 10:28 1

14. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3580; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Wondering what Moto X would bring on table this time, last year Moto X brought some really innovative stuff.

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 11:52

21. AfterShock (Posts: 2886; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


Waiting for the big boy haters.
No 2 post is sure to draw their ire lol.

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 20:11

27. thunderkat (banned) (Posts: 23; Member since: 23 Jun 2014)


To get a fan war started just say an os sucks or that someone had a feature first.

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 20:46 1

28. brasstax (Posts: 144; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


To be honest - there has been no innovation this year thus far & not much hope for the rest of it either. Innovation in my opinion is a feature in hardware or software that is truly useful & that nobody else has thought of implementing in their offerings. Said feature need not necessarily be cutting edge or a quantum leap in technology.

Sure H2 will see a note 4, a larger iPhone & hopefully z ultra & one max successors. But again they are going to feature customary upgrades in CPU speed & camera megapixels. But nothing out of the box. Maybe one of these brands might have a surprise up their sleeves

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