Key Trends 2017

The outgoing year has become a landmark for many consumer technologies. He brought breakthroughs in the field of machine

training, biometrics and augmented reality, along with a significant increase in prices for mobile devices.

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We present to you a list of the main technology trends for 2017.

Smartphones for a thousand dollars

The best smartphone models in 2017 have risen sharply. The price of the iPhone X, as well as many of its competitors' counterparts, now starts at $ 1,000.

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That's a lot - add a little and you canbuy iMac. Such a high price seemed crazy when Apple first announced it at an anniversary conference. However, the demand for the iPhone X after its release exceeded all expectations.

Apple insists high price driveninnovations such as the Super Retina HD display and Face ID, but recent studies have shown that the cost of manufacturing the iPhone X has not risen too much compared to the iPhone 8.

Galaxy Note 8 sells no worse, despite the price of $ 950. Google Pixel 2 for $ 900 was also able to afford a large number of buyers.

Enlarged Screens

Apple was not the first company to release a smartphone with a screen that occupies the entire front side, but thanks to the hype around the iPhone X, they have become very popular.

Now almost all major manufacturers havesuch smartphones - Samsung, Google, LG, Huawei, OnePlus ... If someone wants to release a premium smartphone with frames in 2018, he will have a hard time: they are rapidly losing popularity.

Even the new iMac Pro has been criticized because of this. It looks the same as the old one - with the usual frame and everything else.

Machine learning

Machine learning has begun to take root inConsumer Electronics in 2017. It not only made virtual assistants smarter, but also opened up completely new possibilities for many applications.

iPhone X uses machine learning toincrease the accuracy and reliability of Face ID. In contrast to previous face recognition technologies, Face ID can detect changes in your appearance without requiring you to re-scan it.

Machine learning is also used fordetection of objects in the photo, so that you can easily find the desired pictures by what is captured on them. Siri finds dates and events in your mail to remind you of them.

Google Photos App Machine LearningOffers extensive image editing capabilities. At one point, you can fix the focus or delete unwanted objects without a lot of fuss in Photoshop.

Google Lens on Android can find on yourphotographs pointers, advertisements and other objects. Lens scans phone numbers, addresses, and even Wi-Fi passwords so you don't have to rewrite them manually.

Third-party iOS apps can now do the same with the new Apple Core ML framework. It allows developers to easily integrate machine learning into their own applications.

Machine learning is expected to soon take an even more prominent place in our lives. All this is just the beginning.

Augmented Reality

We’ve heard about augmented reality for many years,but it achieved true success after the appearance of ARKit in iOS 11. Now many developers create amazing applications and games that immerse us in virtual worlds.

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Augmented reality technology allows you to plan the situation in the room, placing the furniture you want to purchase there, evaluate the goods before they are bought, or put Pokemon at your feet.

Other applications use it for instanttranslating text, indicating a route and providing information about objects around you. They will even point you to places with a weak Wi-Fi signal in your home.

The possibilities of augmented reality are endless - it’s scary to imagine that our devices will be able in the future when they advance even more.

Advanced biometrics

All of us sincerely rejoiced at fingerprint recognition, but a number of smartphone manufacturers decided that in 2017 it was time for new solutions in the field of biometric identification.

Samsung set the direction with itsGalaxy S8, which combined a fingerprint scanner with a face recognition system and an iris. Apple went further, deciding that only the latest technology really needed the iPhone X, and as far as one can judge, this expectation came true.

Now other manufacturers are trying to catch up with Face.ID that will finally stop the flow of complaints from users. In 2018, you can log in and make a payment simply by looking at the screen.

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