4 new smartphone features that debuted in 2015

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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1. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 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.

2. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

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

17. tuminatr

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 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

18. buccob

Posts: 2952; Member since: Jun 19, 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...

3. GreenMan

Posts: 2694; Member since: Nov 09, 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...

10. rishav20193

Posts: 240; Member since: Jul 18, 2015

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

16. Feanor

Posts: 1327; Member since: Jun 20, 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.

22. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 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

4. phonearenarocks

Posts: 606; Member since: Mar 26, 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.

5. Mfa901

Posts: 291; Member since: Jul 14, 2012

that shatter proof display is coolest

6. aashis.sapkota

Posts: 85; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

Continuum must have been included.

7. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

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

8. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 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

13. catze86

Posts: 731; Member since: Dec 07, 2015

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

9. epdm2be

Posts: 816; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

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

23. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

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

11. Feanor

Posts: 1327; Member since: Jun 20, 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.

14. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

You noticed it too.

19. buccob

Posts: 2952; Member since: Jun 19, 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

20. Feanor

Posts: 1327; Member since: Jun 20, 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.

12. catze86

Posts: 731; Member since: Dec 07, 2015

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

15. chenski

Posts: 745; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

What about smartisan t2 remote assistance

21. Awaragardiyan unregistered

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

24. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Did you miss number 3?

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