As of April this year, more than 92.8% of the 4.7 billion people on the internet are primarily smartphone users—and the number continues to grow. As such, businesses who want their ventures to succeed long-term know to cater to the mobile market. This is why there’s a huge wave of successful companies that are introducing new ways to experience mobile, from equipping it with holographic technology to building it with military-grade materials. Here are some of them:
Compared to a desktop or laptop, the number of components that can be built into a mobile device is very limited. This is why the interface of business apps like Zoom and Trello are always less graphics-heavy on mobile. It’s also why smartphones don’t have the luxury of using powerful PC tools like the Adobe Suite. One of CodeWeavers’ solutions is a compatibility layer called ‘CrossOver’ that allows users to run Windows on nearly any OS, from macOS to Chrome OS. And while CrossOver was initially limited to PC, they’ve developed a version compatible with Android. ‘Wine for Android’ is free for users. CodeWeavers gets revenue from tech companies like Adobe who are looking to expand their software support on CrossOver.
While smartphones are becoming bigger and more feature-filled, they’re still easy to break. An iPhone’s screen cracks are after a hard fall, for instance. The surface of a Vivo or Samsung phone is also very easy to scratch. This is why there’s always some risk to bringing your phone with you when you run, bike, or perform any kind of outdoor activity. As the creator of the world’s most uncrackable smartphone, Blackview used military-grade materials like polyethylene and thermoplastic to create the phone’s casing and screen. In fact, the Blackview phone is one of few devices that holds the MIL-STD-810G certificate, which indicates that it has been military camp proof.
While there have been many 3D hologram technologies created throughout the years, such as HYPERVSN’s display system, there have been few attempts to integrate it into mobile devices. Normally, mobile devices have very limited hardware to work with, so 3D holograms were not possible with them. But Ostendo’s photonic microprocessor allows the latest smartphones, such as the Akyumen Holofone, to be used as the holographic image projector. Since 2015, they’ve been working on a microprocessor whose PCB contains multiple grids and are stacked together. This allowed it to keep its compact size but retain its power for hologram projection.
Vesper is a startup that has created a modified version of a piezoelectric cantilever structure and used it as a sound transducer to improve microphone quality. Not only has this enabled the company to create more sensitive microphones, but also ones that don’t drain the attached battery too quickly. It’s also immune to radio frequency and electromagnetic interferences, so it never picks up any static. While Vesper never reveals its clients, their technology has been incorporated in many smartphones, laptops, and other consumer tech devices.
Smartphones evolve every year, as more companies continue to improve the mobile experience. And since the mobile market will continue to grow, these innovations are unlikely to stop.