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

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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31 Comments

1. cocote177

Posts: 21; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

And for the loyalist where are HTC innovations???

3. aayupanday

Posts: 582; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

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

30. mistertimi

Posts: 77; Member since: May 28, 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.

25. Epicness1o1

Posts: 303; Member since: May 30, 2013

I think the rounded metal design

2. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 2014

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

5. malakas87

Posts: 8; Member since: Jun 25, 2014

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

7. Duketytz

Posts: 534; Member since: Nov 28, 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:)

16. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 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.

26. malakas87

Posts: 8; Member since: Jun 25, 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....

31. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 2014

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

11. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Those are not innovations at all. At least anymore.

22. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

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

10. adwienc

Posts: 136; Member since: Mar 26, 2014

Jezz, stop making fanboy wars it sucks.

15. Duketytz

Posts: 534; Member since: Nov 28, 2013

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

17. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 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.

23. romeo1

Posts: 814; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

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

13. alrightihatepickingusernames

Posts: 474; Member since: Dec 29, 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.

4. cocote177

Posts: 21; Member since: Apr 12, 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.

18. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 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.

6. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

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

8. refillable

Posts: 1071; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

And so do it's competitors.

19. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Enlightment please *_*

20. refillable

Posts: 1071; Member since: Mar 10, 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.

9. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Quite lame, tbh.

12. mokhtar

Posts: 405; Member since: Jan 06, 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

24. romeo1

Posts: 814; Member since: Jan 06, 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

29. DerryAhmad

Posts: 296; Member since: May 05, 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

14. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

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

21. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

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

27. thunderkat

Posts: 23; Member since: Jun 23, 2014

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

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