When people are asked what the ideal smartphone is, the common responses that they give is a phone with all screen and no borders. There are no buttons or anything other than a screen. There is good news for those fans. This is very close to becoming a reality. For one thing, there have been smartphones released with a screen that takes up more space than usual. As a matter of fact, the smartphone is almost all screen and no borders. One company that comes to mind is Samsung. They have released the Galaxy S8 with the endless screen. Of course other companies are jumping on the bandwagon with what they can do with their screens.
Given that the smartphone market is heating up, it is important for other smartphone companies to make sure that they are coming up with something that is innovative. While Samsung does have the lions share of the smartphone market along with Apple, there are plenty of other companies that are just competing for a share in the market profits. However, the one who manages to bring forth something very new for the consumer is going to be the one to beat out all of the other competitors.
The edge-less phone is going to be the next step for smartphone technology. This is going to be the one that is going to have people in amazement. When they get to enjoy all of the benefits of a smartphone with a larger screen and no borders, then they are going to be enjoying devices more. Of course there are plenty of other inventions that people can bring forth in order to get themselves ahead of the smartphone market.
Verizon Wireless announced on Monday that it will soon start locking new smartphone purchases made in store or online. This lock would exist for a fixed period of time, during which the user would be unable to insert a new SIM card and activate service through a different cellular carrier.
In recent years, Verizon has sold unlocked smartphones in their retail and online stores. When a customer would buy a new Apple iPhone or Samsung Galaxy, a Verizon SIM card would come pre-installed in the device, but the owner could remove it at any time and activate a new network either in the United States or abroad. Verizon had agreed to follow this process as part of settlement with the FCC, which granted the company access to a block of 4G network space in exchange for not blocking customers from switching networks.
Verizon’s new policy regarding locked phones is expected to go into effect this spring. The company does not believe it contradicts the agreement with the FCC, primarily because the driver of the change is related to theft protection. Verizon believes that by locking all new smartphones after purchase, it will deter criminals from trying to steal the devices.
Verizon has yet to reveal how long the locking policy will apply to new phones. Currently, other major U.S. carriers have similar rules in place. At&T locks smartphones for a minimum of 60 days, while T-Mobile’s wait period is 40 days.
As a result of this announcement from Verizon, more of the network’s customers may choose to shop directly from manufacturers like Apple and Samsung. When a phone is purchased directly from one of those companies’ stores, the device is delivered fully unlocked with no restrictions on what type of SIM card can be activated on it.
The current landscape of smartphones looks promising for some manufacturers. For others, the landscape can be best described as dire. Smartphones are like any other product. Certain releases and brands will be hits while others find being called misses to be charitable. Samsung has done quite well in the current market. Sales of Samsung smartphones remain strong even though some believed the company would not do so well. The sale of Galaxy S7 models at a discount definitely aided Samsung’s sales.
Apple experienced a surprising dip. Overall, Apple’s stock has done quite well this year. Then again, the strength of the stock market overall has been strong. Apple is a diversified company so a dip in smartphone sales probably wouldn’t be enough to cause major stock headaches. If the company can survive the Apple Watch fiasco, it can handle a drop in smartphone sales.
Windows Phones remain steady in a consistent direction. Unfortunately, that direction is down. Consumers flat out are not interested in buying Windows Phones. How long are these phones going to last in the market until the plug is pulled?
If nothing else, the current sales figures show customers like to be consistent. Top sellers continue to be top sellers. Poor performers find moving up the ladder to be difficult.
Customers really need a great reason to switch brands when they are already happy with a particular manufacturer and product. Samsung reaps the rewards of these consumer sentiments while the Windows Phone suffers.
Can things change sales-wise in the future? Of course, things can potentially change. The likelihood of actual change, however, remains doubtful. Consumers just like to remain true to their current purchasing habits.