Buying an android phone in 2018?

With all this action, we’re beginning to get a picture of what smartphones in 2018 will look like. Here are some of the more interesting trends you may see on your next phone.

Notches Galore

It’s been years since smartphones didn’t all look mostly the same. In 2018, we can expect mobile manufacturers to once again get on the same wavelength—with that wave coming straight from Cupertino. Apple put a controversial notch at the top of its iPhone X screen and we’ve already seen Android phones start to adopt it.

Asus has already shown off a line of phones with Apple’s new signature notch chopped out of the top, and the LG G7 and others will likely follow it into Notch City. With Google offering support for “display cutouts” in its early Android P developer preview, it looks like the notch invasion is just beginning. The Essential Phone already had a camera cutout in 2017.

By year end, the phone market will be full of phones with really long, edge-to-edge screens, and a notch cut right out from the top. Many iPhone X users don’t seem to really like the notch, but don’t expect that to stop anyone. When the iPhone makes a design change, the industry tends to follow.

Knockoff Animoji

If you were creeped out by Apple’s new face-tracking animated Animoji, you ain’t seen nothing yet. Samsung has already debuted “AR Emoji” on its Galaxy S9, which mimics your face in a Nintendo Mii style and animates it. Asus’s Zenimoji are coming next, which look more like Apple’s version. And now that Samsung has its own Animoji, you can bet its Korean rival LG probably will soon too. Goofy animated faces, not to mention pigs and dogs, are just beginning to seep out of the woodwork.

Helpful Android Enhancements

In its new developer preview of Android P, Google pulled the lid off a few tasty new things you’ll start to see on Android phones in the next year or two. As usual, Google’s Pixel phone will get these features first, and the next Pixel is likely coming out around October. Once the new features launch on Google’s flagship device, they’ll start to trickle out to other phones.

To start, Google is adding support for Wi-Fi 802.11mc, which will let it give more accurate indoor mapping directions in places like museums, casinos, universities, and malls that have shared their indoor layouts. New Android devices that support the wireless protocol will be able to ping nearby networks of Wi-Fi hotspots to pinpoint your position indoors and give more precise guidance. Google Maps may soon be your go-to app when you need to navigate an unfamiliar airport.

Upcoming one plus 6 mobile

In 2016, the OnePlus 3T arrived as an upgrade for the OnePlus 3 that was launched six months earlier. OnePlus introduced the new model with the same design but tweaked specifications. The same was expected in 2017 for the OnePlus 5, but it doesn’t look like a OnePlus 5T is in the works anymore.

OnePlus, according to Android Marvel, will skip releasing a OnePlus 5T in order to focus on the OnePlus 6 for 2018.

The possibility of a OnePlus 5T being released has been greatly reduced by the lack of a new processor on the market. Flagships introduced in the first half of 2017 have the Snapdragon 835, and Qualcomm hasn’t expressed interest in creating something new for the rest of the year.

Companies like Samsung and LG have been forced to reuse the Snapdragon 835. It won’t be until 2018 when Qualcomm releases a new high-end processor the next round of flagships.

OnePlus, due to its smaller structure, would like to avoid reusing an existing processor. Last year’s improvements for the OnePlus 3T included a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor with 6GB of RAM, a 3400mAh battery, and a 16MP front-facing camera. It wasn’t a major upgrade; however, the phone still offered a better value than its predecessor. If the OnePlus 5T was to be released, OnePlus would need to tout performance improvements but can’t if the same processor is used.

Although there won’t be a new phone from OnePlus soon, the cancelation of the OnePlus 5T might move up the release date of the OnePlus 6. There could be a desire by the company to place its 2018 flagship right up against the competition. OnePlus has a very loyal fanbase, meaning the hype generated might be able to steal just a bit of thunder from Samsung.

Mobile Phones for Women

 Fortunately, it’s fine to use a mobile phone. In fact, although only 16 percent of Palestinian households have Internet access, 81 percent have a cell phone, according to a 2009 United Nations report. Salameh was thus able to sign up for a text message–based job-matching program sponsored by a service called Souktel. She posted a “mini-resume,” browsed for suitable jobs via text messages, and then interviewed in person after an appointment was set. On September 22nd, she started a data-entry job with the German aid agency GTZ.

Although the job does not take advantage of her training in physical therapy, “this is better than staying at home,” she says through a translator, “and I think that I am gaining new experiences to be a useful woman in my community.” Without mobile phones, says Souktel co-founder Jacob Korenblum, a lot of the approximately 750 women worldwide who have work through the program would still be unemployed.

Mobile technology was available to Salameh, but that’s often not the case for women. A 2010 report by London-based telecom industry advocacy group GSMA (for Groupe Speciale Mobile Association) and the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women found a “mobile gender gap” in low- and middle-income countries: women are 21 percent less likely than men to own a mobile phone. The rate is highest in Asia, at 37 percent. Once they get phones women nearly uniformly report feeling safer, more connected and more independent. Nearly half say the phones help increase income and professional opportunities.

So, in October GSMA launched the “mWomen Program,” with support from Cherie Blair and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (“mWomen” is for mobile women). The goal is to half the number of women in the developing world who lack mobile phones within three years by putting phones in the hands of another 150 million women.