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Smartphones getting weird is a sign of changing times

New models introduced by the industry’s biggest players, such as Apple and Samsung, have felt iterative more than revolutionary in recent years.

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Feb 28, 2019, 08.45 AM IST
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New unconventional phones launched under the Huawei, Energizer, and Nokia brands have made appearances at the convention this week, boasting features and form factors that are at least exciting and refreshing, if nothing else.
When Steve Jobs unveiled the first iPhone more than 10 years ago, he famously showcased its ability to function as three devices in one: a phone, an iPod, and an internet communicator.

But the breakthroughs that came in the years following the iPhone’s debut were almost just as impactful — the launch of the App Store in 2008, the emergence of larger-screened devices after Samsung’s first Galaxy Note in 2011, the rise of touchless voice controls with the launch of Siri in 2011followed by the original Moto X in 2013, and the iPhone 5s’ TouchID home button.

But it’s become increasingly difficult — if not impossible — to pinpoint new smartphones that have made a similar impact. New models introduced by the industry’s biggest players, such as Apple and Samsung, have felt iterative more than revolutionary in recent years.

But if the news announced at this year’s Mobile World Congress is any indication of the future, it looks like smartphones are about to change in a fundamental way. New unconventional phones launched under the Huawei, Energizer, and Nokia brands have made appearances at the convention this week, boasting features and form factors that are at least exciting and refreshing, if nothing else.
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