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Mobile technology has come a long way since the first phones to hit the market. What was once a brick that could merely make calls and send basic text messages has now evolved into a fully-fledged smart phone loaded with infinite capabilities. 


Whether you own an Android or iOS smart phone, the world is constantly at your fingertips, wrapped up in neat packaging and supported by a lithium iron battery that is portable. You can send emails, claim a casino slots bonus, watch the news or engage with others on social media, all from the palm of your hand.


That's exactly why new age devices like smartphones have become all the rage, and in some cases even led to addiction. Our modern lifestyles require get up and go living, new smartphones in 2017 have given us the possibility of on the go computing, with complete confidence and independence. 


The following features aren't exactly fresh off the technology press. These emerging mobile technologies are already starting to have an impact on the way we use our smart phones. Given the time and advances in these tech fields, the following emerging mobile technology could be flipping the smartphone on its ear for good. 


Forget About A Carrier With Wi-Fi Phones


Traditionally, mobile phones have relied upon a mobile carrier/network in order to be connected to the cellular realm. In today's modern times, the use of a carrier is becoming less and less attractive with new smartphones that can connect to a Wi-Fi network to make VOIP or Voice Over Internet Protocol calls without the use of a computer. 


This means that you no longer have to be associated with a particular network carrier in order to make and receive phone calls. It's forward thinking Tech that could also see your phone bill dramatically decreased come month end. 


Augmented Reality In Mobile Devices 



Augmented Reality technology is making waves in the mobile world with more and more uses for the tech; smart phones could be seeing an even smarter realization very soon. 


Augmented Reality technology captures our world in a layer style approach and superimposes it into the digital world. Since your smartphone is king of digital space at the moment, it only makes sense that more and more apps would be developed around AR. 


Users can look forward to features that would ideally incorporate the Internet, accelerometers and GPS devices to bring your world to life on your phone. The end result could have you pointing your smartphone at a random building only for your phone to dive into the buildings history, location, occupancy and more. 


Open Your World With Open Source Software


Developers are looking into bringing the world open source software for mobile phones. There are some big names on the playground already, with the likes of Google and Yahoo set to create this software for almost any mobile phone.


If open source smart phones become available it would mean a better user experience all round. Some of the advantages include enhanced features/mobile compatibility and lower costs derived from open source trade in the market place. 


These mobile services would be able to do just about everything current smart phones do and more at a minimal cost to customer. 


Make Payments With Your Smart Phone



With Near Field Communication technology improving at a rapid rate, it's becoming more and more accessible to use your smartphone as a payment portal. 


Users simply scan their mobile device and use an app that is directly linked to your debit or credit card and your payment is almost instant. When the technology has been perfected there won't even be a need for a wallet anymore, as your mobile phone will store all your information. 


Realistic Typing With Tactile Feedback


Most modern mobile phones have touch screen technology that is responsive and quick to the take. Some users do however have an issue with the response rate and feeling the keys slide away under your thumbs only to deliver a word that was never supposed to be there in the first place.


Certain smart phone developers like Blackberry tried to bridge this gap by offering users the best of both worlds, with a fully functional touch screen and keypad for texting/typing.


Now developers are looking into a touchscreen that would feel more responsive and ergonomic. This tech is still in development but we could potentially be seeing it in smartphones in 2018.



For many of us, our phones are an important asset in our everyday lives. They are our tool for communication, our cameras and even our alarm clocks.


Are you sure you are making the most of everything that this technology has to offer? From 360° travel tours to creating lip sync videos, we have found five great activities that you can do on your smartphone.


Ascape VR


Recent advancements in digital tech has paved the way for a variety of new Virtual Reality experiences, and you don't need expensive equipment to experience it for yourself. Ascape VR is a mobile app that allows you explore 360° travel videos and scenic tours from your own phone. Just tilt the screen to look in any direction.


Its content includes everything from tours of paradise beaches in New Zealand to footage of Disney parades in Disney Land Paris. For the most immersive experience, you can simply place your smartphone inside a VR headset. Whether you need a hand deciding on your next summer vacation or you would just like to see more of the world from the convenience of your own home, Ascape VR is an ideal app for discovering new places.


Mimo


Mimo is a new app that allows you to learn how to code from your smartphone. In a rapidly digitalising world, this is a skill that will not only help you in the job market, but will also help you to understand the technology that you use on a daily basis.


Mimo's courses give you the option of learning how to make a website, build an iOS app, become a hacker or even create your own game. Its lessons are split into interactive, bitesize pieces that make it easy to practice your coding skills any time you have a few minutes to spare.


Slots of Vegas


Why not use your spare time to take on new challenges and even win some money? Slots of Vegas is a mobile online casino with over 100 games to play. From table and slot games to video poker, Slots of Vegas has a wide variety of exciting casino games powered by a safe and secure Realtime Gaming software.


With the option to either play in your web browser or download the games directly to your phone, accessing the casino is easy. Why not play a game of 3 Card Rummy or Dragon Orb and see for yourself?


Soon: The Everyday Bucket List


If you are someone that likes to make plans to do new things and go on adventures but struggles to organise them, the Sweden-based app Soon will make a perfect addition to your mobile home screen.


The app allows you to find relevant content and categorise your to-do lists. Also, its map feature gives you the ability to find locations and add them to your travel plans. You can even invite your travel companions to collaborate and share locations with you.


This app is the perfect planning tool for helping you to complete your bucket list.


Dubsmash


Creating and editing home videos has never been easier! iOS app Dubsmash allows you to add audio clips to your own footage and lip sync popular internet sounds and videos.


Sounds include famous catchphrases from The Big Bang Theory, Mean Girls, The Simpsons and even popular memes such as Danielle Bregoli's ‘Cash me outside,' with this app it is easy to create funny videos within minutes.


Pick your sound, record your video and then use the app's messaging feature to share your new creation with friends.


These five apps are just a few examples of the creative and fun uses your mobile phone has to offer. Log on to your Apple or Google Play app store and start exploring for yourself.



Samsung's upcoming Galaxy X is the supposed foldable smartphone that never arrived even after years of speculations and predictions. However, the era of foldable smartphones is finally here, thanks to ZTE's brand new experimental smartphone, the Axon M.


The Axon M sports two 5.2-inch displays of identical properties, which can be folded in the middle to make for a more portable package. The phone still feels quite bulky due to the thickness, but it's the world's first phone which makes carrying around a potentially 10.4-inch display in your pocket, a feasible option.

 

 

Apart from the dual 1080p 5.2-inch LCD FHQ displays, it also sports a 2.15 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 SoC, 4GB of RAM, a single 20-megapixel camera with dual LED flash and dual image stabilization and 64GB of internal storage with micro-SD card slot. In the US, the ZTE Axon M will be available exclusively on AT&T for roughly $699. Check out the video by The Verge to see the ZTE Axon M in action.


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)



We use them to keep connected with friends and family, to navigate the world, find a date, take photos, watch videos, and play games at one of the high-end pay by phone bill casino sites, all at the swipe of a finger. Reports now show that more people use their mobile devices to have a bet or wager online, and because these online sites are operated under strict rules and regulations, and have to be licenced to run, increasing numbers are turning to online sites in preference to going out, for instance, to a bricks and mortar casino.


There is no doubt that the Smartphone has changed our lives yet we are still only starting to understand the full impact that this new technology is having on our lives, our relationships and the lives of our children.


Infact, there has been a great deal of research carried out on Smartphone usage, but we are still only scraping at the surface of how this use interfaces with our relationships. Questions like: Is the smartphone helping us be better connected, or is it taking us away from our relationships, and does using the smartphone help us to take a few minutes out from our busy lives, or is it distracting us from real problems, need to be addressed.


What should always be remembered is that the Smartphone is not the real problem as it is actually a pretty impressive tool, what is the issues is how we use that tool, how we use the computer we can carry about in our pocket or bag that is the real issue.


If you ask most adolescents if they could live without their phone, the answer would be a resounding no, but that answer is not just limited to adolescents as many adults would give the same reply.


Take Australia as an example, almost 85% own a smartphone, that is around 16 million people just in one country, and Australia is only the fourth biggest nation of smartphone users in the world, our love affair with the smartphone is well and truly established, so much so that it is the 'must have' fashion accessory to have, and there is even phubbing to contend with.


'Phubbing' (for those who do not know) is the act of snubbing your partner in favour of being on your smartphone and we have all witnessed it (as well as doing it.) How many times can we go into a restaurant and see a couple hardly speaking to each other over the table whilst they are texting away or taking pics of the superb meal, they are out enjoying on Instagram?


Knowing when and when not to use a smartphone, or where is appropriate to take pictures is one thing, but being able to put down that mobile device is a completely different matter.


 

Unknown to many, Sharp was the original company who introduced the world's first bezel-less or borderless Android smartphone with the Aquos Crystal. Although the credit has to go to Xiaomi for refining it further with the Mi Mix and giving us the world's most advanced bezel-less smartphone at the time. However, Sharp is not about to go out of the game it seems as the latest leak on Weibo is pointing towards another borderless smartphone from the Japanese company. From what we can see, it may resemble the Essential Phone in the way that it has a hole near the top of the display to allow for the front camera.

 

Rumored to be the FS8010, this one won't be packing flagship specs like the upcoming Mi Mix 2 or any other borderless smartphone. Check it out below (based on what the rumors have provided us with so far).

 

5.5-inch 1080 x 2040 flat, borderless LCD display
Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 SoC
4GB RAM
64GB internal storage
Single 12-mp camera
8-mp front camera
Android 7.1.1 Nougat

 

Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)

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