Mobile trends for 2019

Here is my collection of relevant trend for smart phones in 2019 (links to source on quetes::

Market: It seems that crazy growth times in smart phone markets are over at least for some time. Without Chinese brands, growth in the smart phone markets in 2018 would have been dramatically negative. Smartphone Shipments Expected to Rebound in 2019 article says that shipments of smartphones, the mainstay of the electronics industry, are expected to rebound, returning to low-single-digit growth in 2019, according to market research firm International Data Corp. (IDC). Shipments are expected to grow 2.6% in 2019 after falling by 3% to 1.42 billion units in 2018. It is expected that emerging markets, 5G, and new product form factors will help revive the smartphone market. Effect of the US-China trade-war is hard to define.

Faster mobile: Mobile networks are getting faster in many countries. Mobile networks are killing Wi-Fi for speed around the world. Average data speeds on mobile networks now outpace customer’s Wi-Fi connection, on average, in 33 countries. That’s the The State of Wifi vs Mobile Network Experience as 5G Arrives.

5G: It’s a bit tricky — after all, plenty of publications are going to claim 2019 as “The Year of 5G,” but they’re all jumping the gun. It is true that 5G is coming this year to some locations with some devices,but the number of devices and where you can use them is pretty limited. OnePlus and LG have committed to a handset and Samsung has since committed to two. You have to wait to 2020 for larger scale deployment and good device selection. It seems that Apple Will Wait Until at Least 2020 to Release a 5G iPhone. If you jump to 5G train, you’re going to be paying a hefty premium for a feature you barely use. So far, 5G is a mixed bag of blessings and curses. More on that at my 5G trends posting.

New chipsets: The Snapdragon 855 Brings 5G to Mobile Devices. Mediatek Helio P90 aims just below flagship handsets to China.

Duopoly market: Smart phone market is 2019 is practically duopoly with Android and iOS operating systems. Android is far and away the dominant operating system, with a global market share of about 77 percent (or more). US market is becoming a smartphone duopoly where Apple and Samsung dominate, while others are left behind. US Android market is consolidating, with companies such as Motorola and LG losing ground to Samsung. Other Android makers have marginal single-digit share. On other markets especially Chinese manufacturers are growing and there are many competing manufacturers.

Smart phones first to web: According to Ofcom, the PC has lost its place as the first device and platform for web browsing in UK. Almost half of the web browses the web with a smart phone, which places a requirement on all online services from shops to news sites.

Interchangeable devices: As the cloud becomes more secure and reliable, we’ll increasingly store less and less on the phone itself,at least on those markets with fast, cheap and reliable connections. In theory this could make our devices much more interchangeable.

More accurate positioning: IEEE 802.11mc (better known as Wi-Fi round-trip time, or RTT), which can increase accuracy to 1m while providing vertical (Z-axis) location information that has been long awaiting a solution. Wi-Fi RTT operates according to the Fine Timing Measurement (FTM) protocol within the IEEE 802.11-2016 standard that uses a variety of techniques to pinpoint the location of someone’s smartphone or tablet. Wi-Fi Alliance® calls the capability a “Wi-Fi Certified Location.”

Waterproofing: Waterproof products are a trend in the industry because users want to be able to take their devices with them wherever they go. The iPhone, Samsung Galaxy, Huawei’s high-end phones, and other mobile phones tout their water resistance as one of the attributes that consumers want. Such smart phones will need waterproof connectors and preferably only a one connector or less to waterproof. Waterproof USB Type-C connectors are emerging as the go-to solution for today’s consumer products. USB Type-C connectors with IPX8 waterproofing performance are becoming the new standard for a wide range of products because they deliver go-anywhere reliability, fast charging, and fast data transfers.

Phones without connectors: Phones are already doing away with ports (most notably, the headphone jack). In fact, all ports may soon be a thing of the past on some phones.

Bendable and foldable phones: Samsung’s Galaxy F (for foldable) is the first flexible phone that offers the benefits of a tablet and a smartphone in one device. Small enough to fit in your pocket, it unfolds to work more like a tablet when you need it. There are also other manufacturers that have showed foldable smart phones. The Royole is fascinating, but its execution leaves something to be desired. Of course these designs are going to come at a major premium.

Wireless charging: No Need to Wait for the “Best” Wireless-Charging Solution—Qi Is It article says that there are now more than 360 companies  (including Apple) supporting Qi and no other competitors, it’s game over. Qi is the go-to solution for most of the industry.

Security: Android 9 Brings Significant Security Advancements, Google Says. The latest Android iteration brings along a great deal of security improvements, including better encryption and authentication. The Android Keystore provides application developers with a set of cryptographic tools that are designed to secure their users’ data.

Smaller card standards: NM Card (Nano Memory Card) has been launched and used by Huawei. The NM card is 45 percent smaller than MicroSD. The capacity of the NM card, the reading speed and, in fact, the price, are already at the level of MicroSD cards. If you think NanoSIM is the last physical SIM card size, then the NM card has a good seam to get to the standard position. Huawei works with JEDEC to standardize the NM card.

eSIM: The term “eSIM” simply means an embedded SIM card. eSIM is backed by the GSMA. It seems certain that future smartphones will adopt electronic SIM cards – essentially removing the need to have a physical SIM card (and SIM slot). California based Apple has turned to eSIM. Google Pixel 2 and 3 series phones also support eSIM. eSIM needs to be supported by the network or carrier and enabled by them and not all networks supoort eSIM as yet. More carriers to support Pixel 3 eSIM as Google helping build more eSIM Android phones.

Notched displays: There will be more phones with notch in the front to accommodate the front camera and sensors in order to maintain a full-screen profile. Practically everyone has embraced the cutout in an attempt to go edge to edge

Camera under display: Two smartphone-makers have unveiled handsets featuring a “hole-punch” selfie camera, which is is intended to be less obtrusive than a “notch” – as popularised by Apple and later by many Android smartphone manufacturers.

Sensors under display: Biometric identification in electronics is gaining momentum, and in smartphones, the latest trend is to plant a fingerprint sensor underneath the screen. Qualcomm announces 3D Sonic Sensor, a new under-display fingerprint sensor for smartphones that uses sound waves to map fingerprints.

Touch-free technology: All major phone manufacturers are researching “in-air gesturing technology” that would let you control your phone without actually touching it.

Better cameras: Huawei debuts Honor View 20 with a 48MP rear camera. Smartphone cameras are pretty good across the board these days, so one of the simple solutions has been simply adding more to the equation. For example Nokia 9 Pureview has five camera sensors and LG has patented a camera with up to 16 lenses. In addition to adding more cameras, Companies will also be investing a fair deal in software to help bring better shots to existing components (a little AI and ML can go a long way on image processing).


  1. Tomi Engdahl says:

    This company will sell refurbished Android phones with all of Google’s services removed

    Gaël Duval, the creator of the now-deprecated Mandrake Linux and a longtime open-source developer, launched /e/ OS in 2017 to “unGoogle” his smartphone.

    /e/ OS is available in various official, community-made, and unofficial forms to flash on 81 devices from OEMs including Essential, Google, HTC, Motorola, OnePlus, Samsung, and Xiaomi among others.

    However, Duval’s non-profit /e/ Foundation wants to make a splash by offering phones with full-distribution /e/ OS betas pre-installed.

  2. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Exclusive: Google suspends some business with Huawei after Trump blacklist – source

    Alphabet Inc’s Google has suspended business with Huawei that requires the transfer of hardware and software products except those covered by open source licenses

    Huawei Technologies Co Ltd will immediately lose access to updates to the Android operating system

    will also lose access to popular applications and services including the Google Play Store and Gmail app.

    Huawei will continue to have access to the version of the Android operating system available through the open source license that is freely open to anyone who wishes to use it.

    Trump administration officially added Huawei to a trade blacklist

  3. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Angela Moon / Reuters:
    Source: Google will stop collaborating and providing Huawei with technical support for Android and Google services, including Google Play — NEW YORK (Reuters) – Alphabet Inc’s Google has suspended business with Huawei that requires the transfer of hardware, software and technical services except …

    Exclusive: Google suspends some business with Huawei after Trump blacklist – source

  4. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Top U.S. Tech Companies Begin to Cut Off Vital Huawei Supplies

    The impact of the Trump administration’s threats to choke Huawei Technologies Co. reverberated across the global supply chain on Monday, hitting some of the biggest component-makers.

    Chipmakers including Intel Corp., Qualcomm Inc., Xilinx Inc. and Broadcom Inc. have told their employees they will not supply Huawei till further notice, according to people familiar with their actions. Alphabet Inc.’s Google cut off the supply of hardware and some software services to the Chinese giant

    Tall chip tale? Huawei’s backup plans leave experts unconvinced

    Chip experts are calling out Huawei for its claims that it could ensure a steady supply chain without U.S. help, saying the technology the Chinese telecoms network gear maker buys from American companies would be “hard to replace”.

  5. Tomi Engdahl says:

    U.S. Banks Are Terrified of Chinese Payment Apps

    If mobile payment apps became as popular in the U.S. as they are in China, banks would lose a projected $43 billion in revenue annually. Bloomberg QuickTake explains how cheap and easy payments by phone are threatening one of the banking industry’s most profitable businesses.

  6. Tomi Engdahl says:

    How Smartphones Sabotage Your Brain’s Ability to Focus

    Our phones give us instant gratification. But there’s a cost: loss of attention and productivity. WSJ’s Daniela Hernandez goes on a quest to understand the science of distractions and what you can do stay be more focused and productive.

  7. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Jeremy Horwitz / VentureBeat:
    Google unveils Google Glass Enterprise Edition 2 with a Snapdragon XR1 chip, an improved 8MP camera, and ~8 hours of battery life; orders open today for $999 — Six years after Google Glass was unveiled, it goes without saying that the first major augmented reality headset wasn’t the massive success …

    Google Glass Enterprise Edition 2 drops to $999 and adds Qualcomm’s XR1

  8. Tomi Engdahl says:

    How did Samsung and Huawei make those foldable screens? | Upscaled

    2019 is the year we’re going to see foldable OLED screens in phones and maybe even laptops and tablets. If the early setbacks with the Galaxy Fold weren’t indication enough, there’s a lot of complex challenges around making a device that bends.

    Despite this, flexible OLEDs have been around for more than a decade. In this episode, we dig into all the parts that have to work together to make a foldable screen.

  9. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Piilaaksolaiselta tuomarilta musertava isku Qualcommille

    Kaliforniassa on käyty pitkään oikeutta siitä, onko Qualcomm käyttänyt väärin hallitsevaa asemaansa mobiilipiirien tekniikan lisensoinnissa. Nyt San Josessa toimiva tuomari Lucy Koh on päättänyt, että yhtiö joutuu neuvottelemaan kaikki lisensointisopimuksensa uusiksi.

  10. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Teleoperaattori DNA aloittaa eSIMien pilottimyynnin, jotka voidaan ottaa käyttöön Applen iPhone XR -, iPhone XS – ja iPhone XS Max -puhelimissa sekä uusimmissa iPadeissa. Laajemmin eSIM korvavat perinteiset erilliset SIM-kortit vasta nykylaitteiden poistuessa käytöstä.

  11. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Qualcomm found to violate antitrust law, in judicial order that could shake up smartphone industry

    Federal judge sides with FTC in antitrust case, saying Qualcomm’s patent-licensing practices ‘strangled competition’

    Qualcomm Inc. unlawfully suppressed competition in the market for cellphone chips and used its dominant position to exact excessive licensing fees, a federal judge ruled in a decision that could challenge the company’s business model and shake up the smartphone industry.

  12. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Amazon sold someone a Moto Z4 before Motorola has even announced it

    Someone managed to buy a phone that doesn’t officially exist yet

  13. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Global wearables shipments reached 49.6M units in Q1 2019, up 55.2% YoY as ear-worn devices grew 135.1%; Huawei grew 282.2%, Samsung 151.6%, and Apple 49.5% — Global shipments of wearable devices reached 49.6 million units during the first quarter of 2019 (1Q19), up 55.2% …

    Ongoing Demand Fuels a Strong Growth Trajectory for Wearable Devices in Q1 2019 with Wrist-Worn and Ear-Worn Leading the Market, According to IDC

  14. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Smartphones Replace Fobs for Keyless Vehicle Entry

    Roll-up windows. Cigarette lighters. Physical ignition keys. All of these features have gone virtually extinct in modern automobiles. The quaint metal key gave way to transponder fobs, which led to “proximity keys” that don’t leave your pocket at all. Now, smartphones are becoming the new gatekeepers, as car companies roll out features that let drivers unlock and start their cars through an app.

  15. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Arjun Kharpal / CNBC:
    Huawei delays launch of its foldable Mate X phone from June to September, says it is doing extra tests after Samsung’s troubles with the Galaxy Fold —

    Huawei delays foldable phone launch until September to do extra tests after Samsung’s troubles

    Huawei said that its foldable phone, the Mate X, will launch in September.
    The company had initially targeted a June launch, but a spokesperson told CNBC, that it was doing extra tests after Samsung’s foldable smartphone broke down earlier this year during reviews by the media.
    Huawei’s spokesperson said the company was more “cautious” after Samsung’s foldable device, the Galaxy Fold, began to break when tested by reviewers in April.

  16. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Dave Gershgorn / OneZero:
    Pew: 26% of US adults earning under $30K are “smartphone only” internet users, up from 12% in 2013; only 6% of those earning over $75k are “smartphone only”

    Home Internet Is Becoming a Luxury for the Wealthy

    Poorer Americans are increasingly reliant on smartphones as their primary way to access the internet

  17. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Google and Apple are ushering in an era of ugly square phone cameras
    Is it really hip to be square?

  18. Tomi Engdahl says:

    The Pixel 4 is shaping up to be a Huawei Mate 20 Pro by Google
    Let’s give Huawei credit for its trailblazing spirit

  19. Tomi Engdahl says:

    The Company behind OPPO, VIVO, OnePlus and Realme Smartphones

    Are they Same?
    Yes, You might know these brands as a massive Competitor of each other but at heart, they all are the same.

    OPPO, VIVO, OnePlus, and Realme share the same parent company mainly known as BBK Electronics Corporation (Headquarters at Dongguan, Guangdong – China).

    BBK Electronics is also considered as the world’s third-largest phone manufacturer company

  20. Tomi Engdahl says:

    The Company Behind OPPO, VIVO, OnePlus And Realme Smartphones Is Same?

    Are they Same?
    Yes, You might know these brands as a massive Competitor of each other but at heart, they all are the same.

    OPPO, VIVO, OnePlus, and Realme share the same parent company mainly known as BBK Electronics Corporation (Headquarters at Dongguan, Guangdong – China).

    BBK Electronics is also considered as the world’s 2nd-largest phone manufacturer company, (according to a report from 2017)

  21. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Vivo touts 120 watt fast charging: Charge a 4,000mAh battery in 13 minutes

    Vivo hasn’t revealed any details regarding a release timeline, so it’s likely still months away from commercial availability at best. The firm did use a “Vivo 5G” hashtag on the Weibo post though, suggesting that we’ll see it on an upcoming 5G device.

    It isn’t the only company working on super-fast charging though, as Xiaomi demonstrated 100 watt fast charging earlier this year too

  22. Tomi Engdahl says:


    Google will provide RCS Chat directly to any Android user… eventually

  23. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Horns are growing on young people’s skulls. Phone use is to blame, research suggests.

    New research in biomechanics suggests that young people are developing hornlike spikes at the back of their skulls — bone spurs caused by the forward tilt of the head, which shifts weight from the spine to the muscles at the back of the head, causing bone growth in the connecting tendons and ligaments. .

  24. Tomi Engdahl says:

    75% of the smartphone across the globe run on Android!!

    How To Challenge Android’s Monopoly? Is It Even Possible?

    Around 75% of smartphones across the globe run Google’s Android in some form — either as Stock Android or with third-party launchers.

    The remaining 25% share is mostly captured by Apple’s iOS, with leftovers taken by others including KaiOS and Windows. Android even has a neck to neck fight with Microsoft’s Windows OS which is available on PCs.

    the debate over Android (and Google’s) monopoly in the smartphone ecosystem is getting more real

    in some sense, having the same software on many devices has its list of pros as well.

    For example, right now, when you need to change your smartphone, you don’t think about the fact whether it would support your apps or not. What will happen to your data?

    There seems nothing wrong with the idea of having a unified software. But the fact is that OEMs have become very much dependent on Google, for it which could make them totally crippled if there is no Google.

    But are AOSP-based operating systems really an alternative?
    The answer is ‘No’ if you consider them at the fundamental level.

    “in 2019 you cannot consider only the mobile Operating System. You need to think about the “whole ecosystem” including the operating system, applications, and online services. That makes complete sense.

    The harsh reality is that even if the base Android is open-source, Google doesn’t forget to put a ‘closed source’ label on every aspect of Android that’s good. This includes all the Google-made apps like YouTube, Gmail, Maps, Google Play services and so on.

    companies that are part of the OHA are legally restricted from building non-Google approved devices.

    One of the biggest downsides that other operating systems face is the lack of apps. “It’s exactly the same story as Linux on the desktop. I know this story too well,”

    Anyway, the possible Android alternatives for smartphones include Plasma Mobile, Librem and postmarketOS.

    “Probably, we have a common opportunity to bring in PWAs as a new standard for mobile applications. It’s the only way to free us from Android apps in the long run,” Duval said.

    “And we can start the transition now, even if it will probably take 10 years.”

  25. Tomi Engdahl says:

    HMD Global moving Nokia user data to Google servers in Finland

    Some Nokia handsets had reportedly sent user data to servers in China earlier this year.

  26. Tomi Engdahl says:

    No, Teenagers Are Not Growing ‘Skull Horns’ Because of Smartphones

    In theory, constantly tilting your heavy head forward to look at screens, instead of holding it upright as it’s meant to sit, may strain the neck and back of the head enough to result in bone growth in the surrounding tendons and ligaments, the researchers say.

    However, neither study actually assessed individuals’ phone use, so they couldn’t draw any concrete conclusions about whether the bumps were cause by device use; that’s a hypothesis the researchers made based on the demographics of frequent gadget users.

    Causation issues aside, calling these growths “horns” is a bit of an overstatement.

    In addition, skull growths of this nature, albeit typically smaller ones, have been spotted plenty of times before.

    It’s no secret that constant technology is destroying our posture. The phenomenon of “text neck,” or neck strain associated with staring down at a screen, is widely reported

  27. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Smartphones Might Be Having A Bizarre Effect On Your Skull

    A study published in the journal Scientific Reports in 2018 argued that heavy use of smartphones and handheld devices might explain why an increasing number of young people have an unusual boney spur on the back of their skulls.

  28. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Google To Finally Roll Out RCS Chat As Carriers Aren’t Doing Anything

  29. Tomi Engdahl says:

    IBM patents a smartwatch that folds out into smartphone and tablet

    IBM smartwatch transforms into smartphone and tablet

  30. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Android Q Releases New Feature: Now Capture Audio From Other Apps

    The final name is expected to be announced at the ongoing Google I/O 2019.

    Android Q update is second only to Android 9 Pie, and in that case, we can also term the new OS update to be as Android 10.0.

    With this update, Google has allowed the Pixel smartphone series to get a feel of the new update, but we may soon see third-party models like OnePlus, Xiaomi, Nokia, and Vivo embracing the Android Q.

    Android Q has been stuffed with a lot of exciting features, which were missing in all the earlier updates. Right from the multiple device support to dark mode

  31. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Fuchsia OS: Everything About Google’s New Operating System

    Google Fuchsia OS is packed with the Ledger system, that store everything in the cloud storage.

  32. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Flutter Latest Version 1.7 Released With Support For AndroidX, Game Controller and Other Enhancements

    Flutter new version will now offer support for both 64-bit and 32-bit Android apps from a single submission.

  33. Tomi Engdahl says:

    This Smartphone Airbag Automatically Protects Your Phone When You Drop It

    The design was a thesis project for a German engineering student

  34. Tomi Engdahl says:

    How to wirelessly transfer data from Android device to PC

    however what if, there’s some way to wirelessly read and transfer all the mobile content on computer just like a Windows drive. questioning how? Here’s our step-by

  35. Tomi Engdahl says:


    two doctoral students at ETH Zurich have come up with an interesting way to embed information into music. What sounds crazy about this is that they’re hiding data firmly in the audible spectrum from 9.8 kHz to 10 kHz. The question is, does it actually sound crazy? Not to our ears, playback remains surprisingly ok.

  36. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Know About React Native 0.60 Update With its Compelling Features

    The new React Native release is can optimize with the features of React Native 0.59.

  37. Tomi Engdahl says:

    UbiquitiLink Wants To Turn Every Cellphone Into a Satellite Phone

    UbiquitiLink has developed technology that enables everyday cellphones to communicate directly with satellites in orbit.

    For a start, they calculated that cellphones should—just—have enough power to reach satellites in very low earth orbits of around 400 kilometers, as long as they used frequencies below 1 GHz to minimize atmospheric attenuation. Messages would be queued until a satellite passes overheard—perhaps once a day at first, rising to hourly as more satellites are launched.

    Satellites would use the same software found in terrestrial cell towers, with a few modifications. Signals would be Doppler shifted because of the satellite’s high velocity (around 7.5 kilometers/second).

    UbiquitiLink also brushes off concerns about interference. In a filing with the FCC, the company noted that the downlink signal from its satellite “is very low and is intended to be the ‘tower of last resort.’”

    The technology has already been tested. In February, an experimental satellite briefly connected with cellular devices in New Zealand and the Falkland Islands before a computer on board failed.

    Miller says UbiquitiLink has trial agreements with nearly 20 operators around the world, and plans to operate a basic messaging service in 56 countries


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