Samsung shipped more smartphones than any other brand in 2017

Two reports just published by Strategy Analytics and International Data Corporation reveal a snapshot of how the smartphone market did in 2017, and how specific manufacturers have fared in the past year. The data shows that 2017 saw little change in smartphone shipments overall, and Samsung managed to ship more units than any other manufacturer by far. Let’s take a look at the details.

Compared to Q4 2016, Q4 2017 was especially tough for manufacturers. According to the latest report from Strategy Analytics, global smartphone shipments fell 9 percent, from 438.7 million to 400.2 million units, making it the biggest annual fall ever. Strategy Analytics Director Linda Sui says this was due to demand in China, a massive market, falling 16 percent from longer replacement cycles, fewer carrier subsidies and a lack of ‘wow’ models. International Data Corporation’s data showed a smaller decline in the slow holiday quarter, though it was only 6.4 percent rather than the whopping 9 percent found by Strategy Analytics, with 403.5 million units shipped compared to 430.7 million units in the same quarter of 2016.

Nevertheless, looking at the year as a whole rather than comparing quarters between years, 2017 saw little change. According to Strategy Analytics, there was 1 percent growth in smartphone shipments (setting a 1.5 billion unit record high). International Data Corporation, on the other hand, reports a less than 1 percent decline, with 1.472 billion units shipped compared to 2016’s 1.473. Regardless of which report you’re looking at, you’ll see that 2017 overall didn’t deviate greatly from 2016.

Which manufacturer came out on top in 2017? Despite pressure from Chinese competitors in large markets like China and India, according to Strategy Analytics Executive Director Neil Mawston, Samsung remained the largest smartphone brand in the world in 2017, shipping 317.5 million units. That’s compared to the runner up, Apple, with its much fewer 215.8 million units, followed by Huawei, OPPO and Xiaomi with 153.0, 118.0 and 91.3 million units, respectively. International Data Corporation’s ranking for 2017 was the same, though the shipment numbers vary slightly. Samsung remained number one in 2017, in spite of losing the top spot to Apple in the holiday season of Q4, thanks to a strong comeback from the Note 7 disaster with the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Note 8. Looking forward, the Galaxy S9 could cement its position at the top in 2018.

What do you think of these results? Are you surprised Samsung is still the number one?

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Poll results: What was the best smartphone of 2017?

The new year hasn’t had a chance to give us any big surprises in the smartphone world yet, so let’s take this moment to reflect on the hits of 2017. We posted an opinion poll last week asking which smartphone of the past year was the best. Now that the votes have come in, we have the final results to share with you.

Which 2017 smartphone made it to the top of the list? The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 took 24 percent of the vote, making it the number one, by far. In the comments, one user referred to the Note 8 as the “swiss army knife of phones” while another noted that it has “[a]ll the premium features you could ever need. The absolute best display, great camera & of course the S-pen”. In spite of all the praise, it was a bit too expensive for some people’s taste.

Everyone’s favorite underdog, the OnePlus 5(T), came in second place with 15 percent of the vote, which is no surprise as we already had it as our pick for the best alternative phone of the year. Third and fourth place also go to Samsung, with 11 percent for the S8+ and 10 percent for the S8.

It wasn’t just the Note 8 that took the crown for best smartphone. Samsung took the crown for top manufacturer, with an impressive three phones in the top four places, totaling 45 percent! These devices represent the best trends 2017 had to offer, with elegant design, gorgeous displays, small bezels and unfortunately large price tags.

In fifth place, the larger of Google’s 2017 phones, the Pixel 2 XL, took 9 percent of the vote. This was followed by the LG V30 with 7 percent and the Huawei Mate 10 Pro with 5 percent. All of the other devices in the poll received less than 5 percent, including the LG G6 and the controversial iPhone X.

Which phones are you looking forward to in 2018? What features do you hope manufacturers will keep or ditch in the coming year? Let us know in the comments!

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The most significant tech trends to remember from 2017

Screens have a new format

In October 2016, Xiaomi presented the Mi Mix, a smartphone with a huge screen. This device inspired many manufacturers to opt for the same screen system in 2017: a huge display for a medium sized device, making it as bezel-less as possible. LG hence presented its G6 (and later its Q6 and V30) at the MWC. Samsung also began by introducing its Galaxy S8 and S8+, followed more recently by the Note 8. Unlike LG smartphones, Samsung smartphones have an 18.5:9 format, not 18:9.

Of course, other manufacturers followed the trend. Huawei offered its Mate 10 Pro, OnePlus its OnePlus 5T, and Apple its iPhone X. It’s interesting to note that this feature, which is associated with high-end smartphones, is slowly settling in on the lower range smartphones. Wiko has demonstrated this with its Wiko View, and it’s very likely that Samsung’s future A range will also adopt an 18.5:9 screen.

samsung galaxy note 8 s8 plus front The Galaxy Note 8 and the S8 Plus both have an 18.5:9 screen. / © AndroidPIT

Android versions are becoming increasingly fragmented

This is not a new problem. Google releases a new version each year, but unless you buy a new device or have an update (which most of the time only happens on high-end smartphones), you’re unlikely to have the latest version of the operating system. At the moment this article is written, only 0.5% of users use Android Oreo, and the two versions of Nougat (7.0 and 7.1), combined don’t even make up a quarter of users.

Google has decided to act by proposing Android Go. This theoretically allows a fast update of old and/or low power smartphones (1 GB RAM) to the latest version of Android. This initiative is commendable, but unfortunately there’s another variable in the equation: the will of the manufacturers. Although Android Go vastly simplifies things, their team still has to work on implementing the update given that most manufacturers tinker with the interface, which therefore requires manual improvements.

Facial recognition is gearing up to be popularized

The facial recognition system isn’t fully developed yet. The Galaxy Note 7 offered one (with no luck), and the top-of-the-range Samsung devices that followed did too, but they weren’t very convincing. OnePlus also uses a facial recognition system, but it’s ultimately Apple that has made it the talking point with its Face ID, which is currently the most successful technology.

Since it offers a new unlocking system, Apple has decided to abandon the fingerprint reader and its long-time companion: the Home button. Since the high-tech world is populated by companies copying each other, it’s very likely that some manufacturers will follow in Apple’s footsteps and also abandon the fingerprint reader during the course of next year.

That being said, Apple’s abandonment of the jack plug wasn’t followed by other manufacturers, so there is a good chance that this will play out the same.

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Intelligent assistants pave their way into the market, one way or another

Google’s artificially intelligent Assistant made its way to Android by appearing on all smartphones with a recent version of software and minimal configuration, and later on appeared on the connected Google HomeGoogle Home Mini and Google Home Max speakers.

Google was not the only one offering an assistant. Amazon also did it with Alexa on its Echo range, Samsung tried its luck on the smartphone with Bixby, HTC offered Sense Companion, which was far from perfect.

AndroidPIT google home 6975 Google Home just blends right in. / © AndroidPIT

All in all, Google Assistant stands out on smartphones and is the strongest contender in the fight with other voice assistants, especially between Google and Amazon. In short, artificial intelligence has a future.

Flagship prices are only increasing

This one was hard to miss: prices are skyrocketing. Of course, the gold medal for expensiveness goes to Apple, which offers a smartphone for $ 999. Of course, the magnanimus manufacturer justifies it in several ways: the large bezel-less screen, Face ID, the combination of hardware and software, etc. The argument “technology has its price” is an old one, and occludes the huge margins of profit that big manufacturers make for themselves.

AndroidPIT iPhone X 6036 The first brand to charge a grand? / © AndroidPIT

The case is similar with other manufacturers. Samsung also passed the 900 dollar mark with its Note 8 (to say that some people were hoping for a reduced price after the Note 7 fiasco!), and Huawei has increased the price of the Huawei Mate 10 Pro compared to the Mate 9. They’re all experimenting with charging a little more to see if it works, and apparently it does.

What tech developments were the most memorable for you this year?

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Editors' highlights 2017: The year in tech

The year 2017 was quite an interesting one, but it was also somewhat boring at times. Like every year, of course, every big-name manufacturer released their latest flagships with every single one of them becoming increasingly expensive. One thing is clear in 2017: If I want to buy a high-end smartphone, I’d really have to shell out a lot. A whole lot. Samsung, Google and Apple have all crossed the $ 900 threshold. The iPhone X, in particular, somewhat exaggerates things: “The device is interesting and shows a clear evolution in the Apple world, but what you get for the price is a joke”, says Benoit.

New factors are coming into focus

But the price is not the only reason why smartphones are not the real highlights for our editors. Smartphones are becoming increasingly boring, and in a positive sense at that. Nowadays, even smartphones that cost less than 500 EUR provide so much performance that they are easily adequate for any day-to-day tasks.

The year 2017 mainly saw the prominent emergence of smart assistants. Our Italian colleague Jessica Murgia sees it the same way: “Google is bringing its assistant to nearly every home with its Google Home Mini for 59 euros”. Of course, Amazon, too, sells an affordable loudspeaker, the Echo Dot, which admittedly does not sound as good as its big brother but is just as smart. Jessica merely sees this current development as a harbinger for something much greater: “The smart home revolution is just getting started.”

AndroidPIT google home mini review 3229 The Google Home Mini looks good, is smart, and won’t break the bank. / © AndroidPIT

Eric Ferrari-Herrmann also thinks that conventional smartphones are not the centerpiece of the year. Furthermore, there is an upcoming product that many Germans in particular will like: Purism’s Librem 5. For all intents and purposes, customers currently can only choose between iOS and Android, which is not OK from a privacy standpoint. This viewpoint is also shared by the developers behind the new smartphone, including the operating system. Eric elaborates: “They are promising a smartphone for the year 2019 that is fully open at its core and lets the user decide which data is collected and which isn’t.” We wish the team the very best, since they could really stir things up in the smartphone world. We are very excited!

Smartphones still play a very important role

By no means are smartphones relegated to the bottom of our hotlist of the year. Our Italian colleague Luca Zaninello has felt extremely happy with smartphones this year: “After so many years of boring smartphones without real innovations, we have finally seen profound changes in the smartphone world.” He is referring to the bezel-less displays, AI-driven smartphones, new face-recognition hardware and AR abilities. Artificial intelligence, above all, opens up a whole new array of possibilities for smartphones, even if they are only used to a very limited degree at the moment. As with the Librem 5, this is probably more of a promise for the future, but we are already excited about what we will see in the year 2018.

AndroidPIT HTC U11 LG V30 Galaxy Note8 Pixel2 plus Huawei Mate10 pro 1983 A lot has been done this year, mainly from a technical design standpoint. / © AndroidPIT

For our French colleague Pierre Vitré, Xiaomi’s arrival in Europe is the definitive highlight. This manufacturer has already been familiar to and popular with technophiles in this part of the world for several years, but unfortunately, the phones could only be officially be purchased in Asia, which was a shame when it came to some devices. The Chinese manufacturer wants to grow as organically as possible and avoid making mistakes by entering a new market too quickly (as in the case of LeEco). After years of waiting, it finally happened in 2017: Xiaomi brought its smartphones to Spain. As such, other Western markets are not far off. Perhaps we will see Xiaomi smartphones officially released in US stores in 2018?

On the other hand, our Steffen Herget is a bit more nostalgic. His highlight of the year was the return of Nokia, even if it’s only under new leadership by HMD Global: “Because I am old and still remember the good ol’ days of Nokia cell phones, which were quite indestructible and simply worked as you expected them to”. With the Nokia 3, 5, 6 and 8, the manufacturer has strutted its stuff, at least from a technical design standpoint. Otherwise, the new smartphones were not exactly a hit, but hey, every (new) beginning is difficult, right? In any case, the Nokia 5 has recently shown that the new smartphones are at least as resistant as their legendary predecessors.

The secret star: software

For our Spanish colleague Luis Ortega, it’s not Android, iOS, smartphones in general or other technical gimmicks that have impressed him this year. It’s an operating system that has not yet been officially announced and that you can’t see much of either: Fuchsia. Google is working on a new product that does things differently than Android. One definitive highlight: Apps can be developed in Swift, Apple’s own programming language, therefore making the development of two separate apps for Android and iOS a thing of the past. Will we finally be able to take a look at it? We’re pretty stoked.

Both VR and augmented reality were major topics this year, so it’s no wonder that our editors were thrilled about it. Hans-Georg Kluge and Shu On-Kwok see exciting new developments, mainly in Google’s ARCore and Apple’s ARKit. “Innovation has declined in smartphones over the past several years, but augmented reality takes our beloved smartphones to a whole new level”. The accuracy exhibited by ARKit, which it manages to do without additional hardware, is unbelievably impressive. You could tell how good Apple’s new development was since Google announced similar technology shortly thereafter. Project Tango has now been declared dead – and it doesn’t surprise me, to be honest.

ar stickers 6 A lot of fun can be had with Google’s AR stickers. / © AndrdoidPIT

But there have also been some developments in virtual reality this year. For Nicholas Montegriffo from our US team, the new games by developer Bethesda were particularly important and exciting for the VR world. VR versions of Skyrim, Doom, Wolfenstein and Fallout 4 have been released, which is a milestone for this technology. There has been a lot of discussion on how forward-looking VR is or even isn’t; but this step taken by one of the major development studio shows that the technology is by no means dead; au contraire. “The next step is Skyrim-like blockbuster games that are specially developed for VR. Then the true revolution will have begun.”

But that’s enough of our highlights for 2017. What were your highlights for the year? Is it still smartphones or something entirely different?

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Poll: What is the best smartphone of 2017?

Today, you can help us pick the best smartphone of 2017. We’ve preselected from all the newcomers of the year, and now it’s your turn to vote: Which makes it to the top of the list this time?

2017 was a big year in the smartphone market. Displays grew as bezels shrank, and the $ 1000 price ceiling was definitively shattered. From dual cameras to digital assistants, there have been technical trends and iterative innovations on many fronts. It’s tough to pick the best smartphone since many of them received similarly positive reviews on our site, though there are flaws with each of course.

If you haven’t kept up with all the reviews on our site this year, you might be interested in reading up on our top picks of the year. We’ve narrowed down the best of the best (at least among Android devices) for several categories that are based on what users might be looking for when they shop, like price, battery life, photography, size, etc.. In any case, we want to know your opinion on the absolute best smartphone of 2017 in any category.

Tell us more about why you chose your favorite in the comments. We look forward to seeing the overall result, and to hearing how you made your choice!

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Events that rocked the high-tech world in 2017

What were the big events that stirred up the high-tech world this year? As 2017 draws to a close, we take a look back over these significant events with you: Developments, money, birthdays, nostalgia… Let’s take a journey through time.

The Nokia 3310 made its return

Many of you will know of the famous Nokia 3310 as it is a real legend in the mobile phone world. Several years after the appearance of the first 3310, technological advancements meant that the device fell into disuse, giving it a dinosaur status. This year, it returned under the spotlight because the popular Nokia brand, by means of its buyer, HMD, decided to offer a new model of this device.

This 3310 wasn’t anything extraordinary (it doesn’t even have Wi-Fi), but HMD played the nostalgia card to draw attention to it and its new products. Its first year hasn’t been as successful as they had hoped but this year should be much better.

AndroidPIT nokia 3310 7376 The Nokia 3310 v2. / © AndroidPIT

Android Oreo emerges

Each year is marked by the appearance of a new version of Android. Google’s little game is to link the name of a candy with a letter, which becomes the name of the future version. So, M became Android Marshmallow, N became Android Nougat.

Although there was a rapt audience of Android fans that were awaiting the presentation for this new version, there was in the end no presentation, simple the unveiling of the new name: Android O became Android Oreo.

Of course, this new version just adds another layer to Android’s fragmentation problem: there are currently as many users on Android Oreo as on Android Ice Cream Sandwich. Let’s hope that the manufacturers will help Google to resolve this problem with the help of Android Go, but it’s far from being achieved.

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iPhone celebrates its 10th birthday

The little iPhone is all grown up. It’s 10 years old, and (finally) adapting to fashion by adopting a borderless display, facial recognition and even proves to be original by abandoning its Home button. Cynics may laugh: “it’s taken it 10 years to change its ways”. Whatever they say, Apple still has a horde of fans that remain loyal to the brand and, to celebrate their birthday, Apple has offered them a different type of iPhone.

Of course, the users pay for their own birthday present, and all we can say is that it’s pricey. The new device from Apple costs no less than $ 999, which is probably influenced by a price increase trend among Android manufacturers. Samsung, for example, is selling its Note 8 for over $ 900 too .

AndroidPIT iPhone X 6006 It’s a little expensive for what it is, right? © AndroidPIT

Google buys back part of HTC

HTC went downhill, that’s no secret. After a negotiation phase, Google decided to buy the HTC mobile division for more than a billion dollars. However, this doesn’t mean that Google bought HTC and now the Taiwanese company belongs to them, but both companies are working in collaboration with one another. This is well known as HTC has worked with them on the manufacturing of the Pixel, Pixel XL and Pixel 2 devices.

Despite everything, HTC continues to create smartphones that it markets under its own name, and their virtual reality department is also continuing with its activities. The HTC Vive is, with the Oculus Rift, a benchmark in terms of VR headsets, and HTC intends to develop this technology in the future.

AndroidPIT Google Pixel 2 1661 The Pixel 2 was manufactured by HTC. / © AndroidPIT

Huawei’s chip dedicated to artificial intelligence.

In recent years, artificial intelligence seemed to be a futuristic concept worthy of a science-fiction movie. It has now become a reality, the most obvious proof of this is, of course, Google Assistant that can now be found on many smartphones as well as connected accessories. Artificial intelligence is synonymous with many software algorithms, but this year, this technology has taken a more material form

Huawei has decided to include a special chip in its Mate 10 Pro: an NPU chip. This chip makes computations related to artificial intelligence much faster, for example, recognizing objects or people in real time in order to improve image rendering. It is also possible to use it to translate online, firstly with text and then with your voice. Yes, with time, its potential will develop into new uses.

What did you think was this year’s most memorable event?

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Merry Christmas from AndroidPIT: A look back at 2017

It’s still a few days until the year is officially over, but for us, it’s time to call it to a close. Let’s take a look back at the past year and analyze its ups and downs together.

In retrospect, 2017 has been a more challenging year than we could have imagined. It was a year of change, with some old faces leaving and some new faces joining for the ride. We transitioned from having several editorial teams divided by country to a global editorial team – which might sound easy on paper, but in reality it was much more complicated – and on top of that, we tried our hand at a few new ambitious goals, which you will have the chance to hear more about in the new year. 

The main objectives we set for 2017 are: 

  • New video formats and more videos.
  • Better quality content.
  • A community blog with content written by readers.
  • Strengthening the community.

We worked on these four goals all year with our entire, undivided international team which includes our six different domains. But, we have to admit, it wasn’t all smooth sailing.

I could give examples for each of the points above to illustrate why it wasn’t so simple. For example, with creating more videos, things are made complicated when you are a global team creating videos in six languages. A plan for publishing efficiently had to be made through trial and error. While you might think livestreams could make things easier, there are other technical requirements and those in front of the camera have to feel at ease.

But, we’re on the right track, testing livestreams out on several domains already. We’re gaining experience behind the camera and in front of it in order to bring weekly English language livestreams to soon.

Better and more diverse content on AndroidPIT

There are conflicting opinions on article updates among our readers. Some regular readers, who may visit the website several times per day, might be uninterested in updates to existing articles, while others may find it helpful to have comprehensive, up-to-date information in a single article. Our editorial team has discussions about how to strike the right balance often.

Personally, I believe we have been successful in our goal of publishing better quality and more diverse content over the past year. The best example of this has been the result of our various Expert Groups, which have formed around topics like AR/VR, smart home and wearables. 

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Strengthen community and community blogs on AndroidPIT

For us at AndroidPIT, the community has always been the backbone of our site. However, in the last few years we have put it aside a bit. We had planned to work on it this year but we couldn’t manage it as well as we would like to have due to some projects which required our resources and attention. However, we are working hard to make communication better between moderators, administrators, the product team and the whole crew in general to bring out the best for our community.

We haven’t forgotten about our community. Through our contacts, we have launched campaigns with partners like Devolo, Asus, OnePlus and Huawei, even if not in the English website for now. We still have plenty of room to make our community even stronger. 

Conclusion: It has been an exciting 2017, and an even more exiting 2018 is on the horizon. 

I’d like to close the article by saying goodbye to 2017 and hello to 2018, and by thanking you for sticking with us on this journey as we evolve to better cover the tech world in the future.

And in the spirit of Christmas, we should focus on the positive aspects of 2017, not just on the negative ones. If you want to hear more about our future projects and plans, all you have to do is wait for Fabien’s article on January 1st. Meanwhile, Merry Christmas to all of you and your loved ones!

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The definitive smartphone features of 2017

For good or ill, these are the most significant smartphone innovations of 2017.

Bokeh comes to the fore

The bokeh effect, or the blurring of the out-of-focus areas of an image, has been an element of photography for years, but it’s only been this year that it’s been easily reproducible by all of us with our smartphone cameras. Often used to blur the background in order to make the subject of the photo in the foreground really pop. Naturally, this lends itself fantastically to art of the selfie.

oneplus 5 fixed bokeh The bokeh-blurred background gives us more appreciation of the beauty of the subject / © AndroidPIT

The widespread use of the bokeh effect is largely attributable to the popularity of a dual-camera setup in new smartphones. Although dual cameras have been around for longer, we’re finding out how to get the most out of them, and the effective use of bokeh is one of the most eye-catching ways to show it.

AI: leaning about us as we learn about it

 At the beginning of the year we were confident that 2017 was going to be the year that artificial intelligence really comes into public consciousness. And we were right, although AI was more prominent this year in the form of smart home assistant loudspeakers and software than being housed in the phone itself. We interacted with AIs like Siri and Alexa through the handset, but the ‘brain’ was in another device. But that all changed with the announcement of the Huawei Mate 10.

AndroidPIT Kirin chip 8669 Mate 10’s Kirin 970 chip brings AI into the actual phone / © AndroidPIT

The Mate 10 packs the Kirin 970 processor, with a dedicated NPU (Neural Processing Unit). At the moment, this doesn’t just mean better computing and graphical performance off the bat, but that the chip will analyse your app use and phone habits, intelligently allocating resources to save power and improve efficiency. AI also assists photography and provides translation services.

It won’t be long before the NPU becomes standard issue in flagships that hope to compete with the Mate 10. Even Google, which has an ‘AI-first’ strategy that doesn’t really center around the smartphone, has quietly included a smart chip in the Pixel 2 intended for photography, waiting for the right moment to activate it.

AI has arrived in our hands and there’s no rolling back. While AI will enable our devices to learn about us, it’s still a relatively new phenomenon in the consumer world and most of us could stand to learn a little more about AI, too. I’d recommend to check out our primer to get to know the basics.

Bezel-less displays take us one step closer to the edge

It’s this year’s must-have look. Bezels, those borders around the actual screen of the phone, are out and unlikely to return. Bezel-less displays have a longer history than one might think, but it’s only recently become the defining look for new phones. Of course, this can largely be attributed to Apple and the iPhone X, although opinion is divided as to the aesthetic qualities of the camera notch.

AndroidPIT samsung galaxy S8 vs xiaomi mi mix comparison 5602 Xiaomi Mi Mix and the Galaxy S8 / © AndroidPIT

Now it seems like every company is trying to do away with bezels entirely, mostly by making the borders as small as possible, rather than making a notch like Apple. The near completely bezel-less Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 may just be the best example of this so far.

Aw, the cute little phone thinks it’s a PC!

Flagship smartphones are always becoming more and more powerful in their computing power to the point where they can easily boast as much memory and processing capability of what were once the high-end PCs of yesterday. And the latest Android phones are more than capable of stepping up and actually being PCs, if you’ll give them a chance.

Samsung got in first, with the Galaxy S8, the S8+ and the Note 8 all being capable of being connected via DeX to a PC display and peripherals, allowing you to use the same machine for your mobile and desktop computing needs. Samsung has even provided a complete Linux OS as an app to encourage developers to use it as their main desktop device.

Huawei’s Mate 10 Pro is even more confident about stepping up to the desktop throne, as it doesn’t require any special dock. Any dongle can connect this powerful smartphone to your desktop and allow you to use the same machine both as your home computer and on-the-go solution.

As more high end smartphones become capable of easily running full desktop OS systems like Windows 10, we might see more users, particularly those without a need for especially high-end PCs, save money by relying on just one device as both phone and PC.

Hit the road, headphone jack

One of the more controversial signs of the times is that high-end handsets are basically ditching the traditional audio jack, increasingly trusting that the user will adopt a wireless (or thunderbolt/USB-C) solution for speakers and headphones. At the moment, lower-to-mid tier phones are still found carrying the jack, while upper-tier flagships do without it. But inevitably, what is the norm in the upper-range will become typical across the board.

AndroidPIT Smartphone Audio jack 5561 We’ll be denied the satisfaction of plugging into the jack / © ANDROIDPIT

This is not exactly convenient for a lot of people who want to keep their new phones compatible with older audio solutions, but as has always been the case, consumer technology can only be held back by this for so long. 

There’s still a lot of teething problems as we move to new audio solutions though. The very best headphones still work most effectively through the jack, and wireless models can be unreliable, and require an extra battery to worry about.

Here’s our pick of the smartphone feature innovations that defined 2017. Which are your favorites? Are there any you think are a step in the wrong direction?

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