The smartphone market has been declining for quite some time and, as the old adage says, it will get worse before it gets better. Fortunately, a new report says that while sales will decrease further this year, the situation will begin to improve with smartphone shipments in 2020, and we can only imagine that this has to do with the influx of 5G-ready phones that are likely They will be sold en masse as More networks worldwide commit to changing to the next generation connectivity standard.
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According to the latest Gartner estimates, with total shipments of 1.74 billion units in 2019, it is expected to be the worst year for the phone market. The aforementioned number is expected to represent an interannual decrease of 3.2 percent. However, smartphone shipments in 2020 can give phone manufacturers something to be happy about, because the report says that next year they are expected to record 2.9 percent more sales than this year. As you may have guessed, the report states that 5G will contribute greatly to the revival of the industry.
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Gartner also states that consumers no longer see an incentive to upgrade and that improved phone quality has made it easier to keep older devices for longer. Therefore, unless a new phone offers a new utility, more consumers will ignore it. That’s where the phones ready for 5G come in. These will provide better speeds and greater security, which will force smartphone owners to make the leap. Sure, there are a handful of 5G-enabled phones on the market right now, but these are very expensive and 5G services are not active in most regions of the world.
In the next few years, your smartphone will be transformed. Not only at the edges, as expected, but in revolutionary ways: dramatically higher battery life, download speeds a hundred times faster than we have now, extremely low latency and the ability of device and application manufacturers radically rethink how they design their products. By 2029, your smartphone may not even be the main way you interact with the digital world, and you will almost certainly use other mobile devices in a way that is simply not possible today.
The reason is the data network. Smartphones have improved greatly in the last decade, with sharper screens and better cameras, and we have finally got rid of that annoying microphone connector. But the data networks in which they run (4G and LTE (long-term evolution)) have been largely the same since 2010. That is about to end, with a new standard, 5G, which will begin to be implemented in 2019 and will reach the masses in 2020 and 2021. On Wednesday, Samsung revealed that a version of its Samsung Galaxy S10 with 5G capabilities will be available in the second quarter of 2019. LG has confirmed that it will also bring a 5G phone to the market in 2019. Huawei He has promised that his first 5G phone will be available before “end of June 2019”. And although Apple will surely not offer a 5G phone this year, most analysts agree that that will change in 2020.
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The next generation
At the most basic level, 5G means fifth generation. Since the emergence of cellular networks, there has been a new generation every ten years. 1G was wireless cellular technology that used analog technology to transmit voice. (It never became explicitly clear, but Zack Morris was probably using a 1G phone in Bran by the bell). 2G was largely the same, but it allowed the transmission of data: the phones that used it could send text messages and download emails.
3G brought the Internet everywhere: suddenly, you could load a web page on your phone without feeling that you were using a dial-up connection. 4G and LTE (with a slightly faster LTE connection than a basic 4G connection) were implemented in 2010 and 2011 and made the Internet faster. 4G LTE is the reason you can stream Netflix at a park bench, or make a FaceTime call from virtually anywhere. And 5G will offer much, much faster speeds