Looking Ahead to the 2016 Smartphone Market

2016 Smartphone Market

As a whole, smartphone technology gets better every year. Some of that can be attributed to improved technology that allows users to take better pictures, store more data and possess a more durable phone. Another major factor has to do with third-party app developers and marketing efforts. Every year, better, more relevant apps are released and businesses continue to push mobile marketing. As a result, consumers have more choices, options and a better overall product.

What does the 2016 smartphone market have in store? Time will tell, but the rumors are already flying around:

The Samsung Galaxy S7

Expected to be unveiled in February of 2016, Samsung may be working on some sort of pressure-sensitive screen that rivals Apple’s latest original feature, 3D Touch. Other hot rumors about this phone include the potential capability for it to project holographic icons and that a new type of USB connector will open the door to a whole new class of devices.

LG G5

Despite the fact that LG released it’s relatively successful LG G4 this past April, experts are predicting the release of the LG G5 sometime between February and May of 2016. With a 16-megapixel sensor, the LG G4 was one of the best cameras seen in a smartphone in 2015. If LG takes things a step further, expect to see a high-res 20-megapixel camera in the next model.

HTC One M10

Some are saying that the HTC One M10 will determine how well of a shot the company has in the smartphone industry. Expect this new device to be released in the spring of 2016 with more RAM, a better display, USB Type C connection support and Android Pay functionality. It also wouldn’t be surprising for HTC to release a smaller model.

iPhone 7

Despite record sales from their last two models, Apple might just release a new smartphone for the third year in a row, along with the second version of the Apple Watch, in September or October of 2016. Early rumors suggest a thinner, yet strong frame, 2k display, wireless charging, front-facing speakers and an 8MP front-facing camera.

Remember, all of these predictions are really just in the rumor stage. Nothing is certain yet. Perhaps the only certainty is more change and upgrades. As mentioned above, third-party developers have a major hand in the utilization of this technology and along with the tech upgrades, expect more apps, more marketing and increased participation from emerging markets.

What do you want to see next as far as smartphone technology? Are you excited or burnt out by the constant need for the next thing?

Samsung Introduces Z3 on its Household Tizen Operating System

Samsung Z3 on Tizen

While Samsung Electronics Co. relies on the Android platform for most of its devices, the company has big hopes for its own OS, Tizen. They recently released the Samsung Z3 which will be the second smartphone to operate on Tizen.

Haven’t heard of or used Tizen? That’s because Samsung is focusing on releasing it in emerging markets, specifically India. Samsung has, however, released their wearable, the Gear S2, with the Tizen operating system here in the U.S.

The Samsung Z3 is designed specifically for the market in India and certainly won’t be a competitor to the Android and Apple operating systems that dominate here in the U.S. Let’s have a look at the spec sheet anyways:

  • 3 GHz quad-core processor
  • 1 GB of RAM
  • 8 GB of expandable storage
  • 5-inch 720p display
  • 8 and 5 MP cameras

As we mentioned, this spec sheet pales in comparison to the dominant phones and operating systems on the market. However, it is a step up from the Samsung Z1— their first experiment with the Tizen OS.

Time will tell if the Tizen platform will ever make its way into bigger markets. As of now, third-party app developers are hesitant to jump on board, which is a major hurdle. The first step for Samsung and Tizen is to achieve success competing with Microsoft and Blackberry in emerging markets around the world.

Read more on Tizen and Samsung’s newest smartphone here.