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We know that the year 2019 is going to be big for foldable smartphones and we have already done a piece on that, but the real question is, will you buy a foldable smartphone? Sure, they offer a bigger screen without compromising too much on the portability factor, but given the high price and the added heft, would it really matter to the real world user?


The Huawei Mate X is expected to be priced at roughly $2600, while the Galaxy Fold will cost nearly $2000. Other smartphone manufacturers have not yet confirmed the price tags for their respective foldable models, but they are not going to be much cheaper and that much is for sure. However, Xiaomi might just change the game here too, like it so often has with ridiculously aggressive pricing.


The Xiaomi Mi Flex or Dual Flex will probably be the cheapest foldable smartphone of the lot and it could even be the most impressive, given its double fold design. Even then, it is going to be far more expensive than any of Xiaomi's other models and that leads us to the question once again, is all that extra money worth it? I mean you can get a brand new 65" LG OLED TV or the latest 65" Samsung QLED TV at the same price and sometimes even for less than that! The comparison in between the two may seem absurd but given that a smart TV is a much better and bigger machine for media consumption than a foldable tablet, and it usually lasts at least 5 - 8 years, if not more, should you really pay $2600 for a smartphone that will become completely outdated in two years time? Is portability worth that much to you? Let us know what you think in the comments section.


Saikat Kar


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2019 is going to be the year of the foldable smartphones without a doubt, and while the technology may still take a few years before it can be more standardized and improved upon, foldable display is the trend that every OEM wants a piece of apparently. On that note, here are all the smartphones that have so far been revealed by OEMs and should be available for purchase in the coming months.


The Samsung Galaxy Fold

 

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It is a huge device and it sports a huge price tag as well at $1,980! Nonetheless, the foldable smartphone sports impressive specs which includes an external OLED display of 4.5-inches and an internal foldable OLED display that measures 7.3 inches, which is only revealed on opening the phone. Powered by the latest processor from Samsung, 12GB of RAM, 512GB of internal storage, a 4,380mAh foldable battery and a tri-lens module (16MP+12MP+12MP) at the back, the Galaxy Fold will be available for purchase from April.


The Huawei Mate X

 

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The foldable display on the Huawei Mate X measures 8-inches and on closing, the display stays on the outside, unlike with the Galaxy Fold. If you thought the Galaxy Fold was expensive, wait till you get a load of the Mate X's $2,600 price tag! Powered by the extremely capable Hisilicon Kirin 980 and 5G capabilities, the exact date has not been set for the Mate X's release yet, although it was unveiled at the MWC 2019.


Xiaomi Mix Flex

 

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Revealed only by a teaser, the Xiaomi Mi Flex has gained a lot of attention recently. The prototype has been shown on camera by President of Xiaomi Lin Bin already, so it's only a matter of time before the device becomes official. What makes the Mix Flex Unique is that unlike most of the devices that we have seen so far officially or via rumors and leaks, the prototype was shown as a tablet that could be bended on both sides to leave enough room only for a smartphone display. The double folding smartphone can also be called Xiaomi Dual Flex when it finally comes out, as stated by the Lin Bin himself.


Do note that the rumored LG Bendi, the Moto Razr 2019 and the Oppo Foldable Phone were kept out of this list intentionally, as they have not yet been confirmed by their respective manufacturers. Which one do you find most impressive? More importantly, can you justify the price tags that Samsung and Huawei are putting on these devices? Let us know in the comments.


Saikat Kar


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Smartphones are not divided into male or female, but there are models that are very popular with the beautiful half of humanity. What are these devices? Well, here is our top 10 of them.


  1. Huawei P10 Lite 3 / 32GB

Want a stylish smartphone with good features but do not want to overpay? Check out the new Huawei P10 Lite. The smartphone strikes first of all with its very beautiful glass and steel case. On the back of the case, there is a decent 12-megapixel camera, as well as a fingerprint scanner.


  1. iPhone X 256GB

Of course, it is impossible not to talk about the new iPhone, especially since this is a completely new model. The main feature is a frameless case, that is, in front of us is a full-screen smartphone. For example, the width of the case is only 70.9 mm, which is noticeably less than that of the iPhone 8 Plus with a 5.5-inch display. The second important feature is Face ID - the unlock function by identifying the owner's face.


  1. Samsung Galaxy S8

Galaxy S8 is very popular with both men and women. It should be noted that the latest generation of the flagship from Samsung has received not only a great case design but also a large screen with a diagonal of as much as 5.8 inches. Still, the width of the case is small: only 68.1 mm. Not only the design of the case was changed but also the location of the buttons. For example, the buttons are now touch-sensitive and onscreen, the mechanical Home key is no longer there, and the fingerprint scanner is located on the back. There is also one of the best modern smartphone cameras.


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  1. Meizu Pro 7 64GB

The new flagship from the company Meizu can be safely recommended to the all women out there, especially the ones who like to take selfies. Why? The secret lies in the presence of an additional screen on the back of the device. It is small and only 1.9 inches, but this screen is very useful - you can display a picture from a double rear camera and take a selfie on it!


  1. Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact

This smartphone is called the most compact among the flagships on Android. And this seems to be true since, in the market, you can hardly find another equally powerful 4.6-inch smartphone. The Xperia XZ1 Compact has a very stylish, high-quality plastic case, an excellent display, the most powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, 4 GB of RAM, and 32 GB of internal memory.


  1. Xiaomi Mi A1 64GB

Xiaomi Mi A1 is perfect for both the male half and the female. It received a stylish metal case, the color of which can be chosen (for example, gold or pink gold), a large 5.5-inch display with a resolution of 1920 × 1080 pixels, a dual rear camera, a powerful platform based on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor with 4 GB RAM. But the main feature of this smartphone is the presence of "bare" Android instead of MIUI firmware from Xiaomi, which will certainly attract a separate group of users. At the same time, Mi A1 is relatively inexpensive.


  1. iPhone SE 32GB

iPhone SE is still a great success, and this is understandable - a 4-inch smartphone built on the basis of the powerful iPhone 6S. If you do not like large smartphones, be sure to check out SE. As mentioned above, it is basically the iPhone 6S, so when it comes to raw performance, SE is beyond praise.


  1. Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017) SM-A320F

This is not the most powerful device, but it's very stylish. The case is made of glass and metal; in this generation, Samsung offered several interesting color options. By the way, the display is quite small, being only 4.7 inches.


  1. Meizu M5c 16GB

Speaking of budget smartphones, it is impossible not to mention the Meizu M5c. Why? At least because this device looks very cool - the case is made of plastic but of very good quality; the quality of assembly is also excellent. Since we are talking about an inexpensive smartphone, do not expect miracles: there is no fingerprint scanner, dual camera or fast charging function, but there is a high-quality 5-inch screen, an interesting interface based on Flyme OS.


  1. iPhone 8 64GB

If before, the case was completely metal, now, the back cover is made of glass, and the case colors have changed slightly. What is more? The new processor, updated cameras, the new wireless charging function, and the True Tone color technology.


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We are so dependent on our smartphones these days that just a single day without one can feel quite disconcerting and extremely inconvenient, but what about a whole year? While there is little doubt about the fact that it would be very, very hard as long as you are still living within civilization, Vitaminwater (Coca Cola subsidiary) will give you a total of $100,000 for your inconveniences, provided you can complete the challenge without cheating! How will they know if the contestant cheated? Well, the contestant will have to take a polygraph test at the end of it to prove that they are indeed telling the truth about their technological abstinence!


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In order to enter the contest, you will have to post on Instagram or Twitter about what you would do if you couldn't scroll or swipe for a whole year. The answer will have to be the most creative and entertaining to win of course. Also, don't forget to include the hashtags, #nophoneforayear and #contest. Just in case you are serious about entering this contest by Vitaminwater, here are a few other points that you would need to know in advance.


·        There is a $10,000 prize if you can last for even six months


·        The use of the internet via laptops, desktops and smart speakers will still be allowed


·        A feature phone will be given to the contestant to allow basic communication via calls and SMS



Saikat Kar


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Mobile apps shot to popularity at an impressive rate during the early smartphone years around 2008, and it seemed that they would be around forever. Suddenly, users were able to click on the game or feature they wanted to use and have it instantly open and be ready in a matter of seconds. Apps were perfectly geared to the smaller mobile screen and were the ideal answer to the problem of having to painstakingly trying to view websites designed for desktop on the smaller screen.


Many businesses that didn't quickly get in on the app craze faded away, and those which did, flourished. But ten years on from the dramatic rise of apps, they could soon be about to decline. The advent of HTML5 means that apps aren't as essential as they once were, and they could easily become obsolete in the near future.


Record Low Number of Apps in App Store in 2017


Ever since the introduction of mobile apps and the opening of Apple's App Store in July 2008, the platform had never seen a decline in the number of apps available to consumers. That was until 2017, when Apple reported a drop in the number of apps available for the first time in the history of the marketplace. During 2017, the store shrank from 2.2 million apps at the start to 2.1 million by the end of the year. This doesn't sound like a considerable difference, but the fact that the platform had been growing each year up to that point makes it seem more relevant - and it is.


Granted, some of this decline is down to Apple deciding to scrap old apps which are no longer compatible with newer iPhones. But there are other factors in play. The internet has progressed at an astounding rate over the last ten years, and the web now a lot more advanced than it was when apps were first introduced. Businesses are now looking towards using other technology in their web design, along with progressive web apps. Native mobile apps as we know them now may no longer be as useful or essential as they once were. As seamlessly as apps first became an integral part of people's lives, they could soon disappear as swiftly.


Why are Apps on the Decline?



The main reason that apps could be on the decline is the emergence of HTML5, which is arguably the most efficient way of structuring and presenting content since the advent of the internet. With past versions of HTML, businesses needed to create completely different websites for desktop and mobile, while users of both also needed to install plugins for viewing certain content. This is why apps were used, because they made all this possible on mobile.


With HTML5, however, there are seamless transitions for websites between different platforms. Opening a company's website from a mobile or desktop screen provides the same, smooth experience. Because of this, businesses are realising that there is less of a need to create separate apps for mobile customers now. Because HTML5 is fairly new, some companies are choosing to continue running apps while also updating their websites with the new markup language. Amazon, LinkedIn and Box.net have already flocked to HTML5, while still offering apps for certain services. On the other hand, sites like The Guardian have kept their mobile apps, but also updated the website with HTML5 to allow mobile users to access it that way. For many, third-party mobile apps pose a problem, if they're using a company-owned phone, which is why companies like Wink Bingo are using browser-based mobile apps to circumvent this issue. Apps are likely to continue to exist while the transition is completed, but after that, there might not be much need for them in the way we know now. Instead, there is likely to be a move towards a newer, sleeker kind of app known as the progressive web app.


Is the Future Bleak for Apps? What do the Experts Say?



The emergence of HTML5 does make it seem like the future is bleak for apps, as a lot of the things that made them so popular in the first place are not unique to them anymore. Yet, it is still useful for mobile users to be able to see the various different games and services available to them on their home screens. Being able to click on the thing you want to use and have it open instantly will always be a popular method of using mobile. This is far superior to having a number of different tabs open on your mobile browser, for instance. John Watton, the marketing director at Adobe, has also insisted that good mobile apps are vital to boosting repeat visits. However, this can also be achieved with progressive web apps, which also have an icon on the mobile device's home screen.


In the US, the number of app installs since 2014 is down by 38 percent, while there has also been a 28 percent decrease in apps opened. These figures could suggest that users are less interested in apps, but also that companies are more focused on using newer methods such as HTML5. Experts believe that in the not so distant future, progressive web apps will take over the market and serve as a happy medium bridging traditional apps and websites. According to Andrew Gazdecki, the founder and CEO of Bizness Apps, progressive web apps are more efficient and functional than native apps. One of the highlights is that there is no need to sacrifice the convenience of a traditional app because all progressive web apps are available with a handy home screen icon.


Traditional mobile apps as we know them could well become obsolete in the next few years as more modern alternatives look to replace them. HTML5, along with progressive web apps, is likely to be the preferred options for businesses moving forwards over the next few years. From a consumer's point of view, the difference is unlikely to be too noticeable and the change will occur gradually.

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