The holidays are here, and a 2018 is approaching. With a new year comes new technology, and we have compiled some of the most exciting smartphone trends to look for in 2018.
Even Better Health Apps
Many people are already taking advantage of health apps, but there are even better ones on the way. Apple announced they have partnered with Stanford Medicine to create their Apple Heart Study app. The app works in conjunction with the Apple Watch to collect data on irregular heart beats and alert users who may be experiencing atrial fibrillation (AFib), which is the leading cause of stroke and is responsible for 130,000 deaths each year.
If the app detects an irregular heart rhythm, the user will be notified on their Apple Watch and iPhone, get a free consultation with a study doctor, and receive an electrocardiogram (ECG) patch for more advanced monitoring.
Most smartphone developers are moving toward edge-to-edge screens. With these full screens, users can more easily watch crisp videos on their devices. Some bezel-less phones already on the market include iPhone X, Galaxy S8, Elephone S8, the Maze Alpha series, and the Doogee Mix series.
While flip phones may be a thing of the past, manufacturers are working on technology which allows users to fold their smartphones. ZTE has introduced the Axon M that has dual screens that fold, and Samsung told Business Korea that its Galaxy X will fold like paper. There are also rumors that Apple has partnered with LG to create its own foldable phone.
More People Will Be Talking to Devices
While there may have been some initial reluctance to interact with Alexa, Siri, and Google Assistant, people are using their voice activation to interact with their phone more than ever. Branded3 compiled a list of studies about voice searches and found that experts estimate half of all searches will be voice searches by 2020, and 30% of searches will be done without looking at the screen by that same year. Currently, 40% of adults are using at least one voice search per day.