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Friday, January 16, 2015, Magh 3, 1421, Robiul Awal 24, 1436 Hijr

Phone to get new dimension
Published : Friday, 16 January, 2015,  Time : 12:00 AM,  View Count : 15

Chris Martin
Phones are about to get bigger and a lot better. We reveal what's in store for smartphones in 2015. It's been another big year for smartphones, which have yet again been one of the most popular gadget sectors. Major handsets have been launched by Apple, Samsung, LG, Sony, HTC, Google, Motorola and a raft of smaller rivals. Although smartphones have, to an extent, hit a bit of a ceiling in terms of innovation and new technology we're hoping for some interesting and useful breakthroughs next year.
Screen sizes have been increasing on average, with even Apple launching the massive 5.5in iPhone 6 Plus, but we saw little in the way of bendy or flexible screens. The LG G Flex was too big and more of a concept phone than a recommendable product while the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge was the most interesting, with its curved section on the side able to display different content to the main part.
In 2015 we're hoping to see (but probably won't) the next generation of the flexible screen in smart phones where the device itself is malleable rather than simply having a display fixed in a set arc. A phone you can properly fold or roll up would be cool and possible indestructible. The tech should also mean improvements in the wearable market where a curved and flexible screen makes so much sense.
An area we've seen almost no development in is battery life and it's something we all want improvements in. The smart phone remains most consumers' primary piece of daily tech and we desperately want to get back to the days of only charging a handset once a week or even less often.
Charging time will almost certainly be reduced, but that's a smaller victory. Whether smartphone battery life improves by the battery packs themselves or more efficient components or a combination of the two, we should see a noticeable difference compared to this year's devices.
Modular smart phones will make their debut next year and that's an exciting, if not proven, concept. Google's Project Ara is tipped to arrive as early as January. The idea is that you buy a phone but you can chop and change different parts of it as and when you please. It has the potential to completely turn the smart phone market on its head.
n Chris Martin is Consumer Tech Editor at PC Advisor

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