13 March 2012

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5 Mobile Trends that Died, but Must have Lived

Posted: 12 Mar 2012 04:29 AM PDT

The major trends of present mobile era are touchscreens, high-megapixel cameras, HD quality gorilla glass displays, social network integration and many more. Along with these trends which have lived-up to our expectation and therefore have survived in the market there were few technologies which were not that bad, but they died up a bit too early. Here are a few unlucky trends whose future didn't click.

1. FM Transmitter

FM transmitter was one of the killer features to have in a mobile phone. Nokia was an early adopter of this feature, this technology allowed the user to transmit music from the phone trough FM signal. It was quite popular with car audio users where they can listen to their favorite music residing in their phone while driving and that too without those messy wires. This wireless technology was pretty cool, but surprisingly not many manufactures supported this trend and gradually it died off. The main reasons which hindered this trend are new mobile music app and streaming songs.


2. Xenon Flash:

Cameras have become an integral part of all new smartphones. Now a day most of the high-end phones come with a 5MP camera and it seems like in few years 8MP camera will be a standard for all high-end smartphones, but a good camera should always be backed with a good flash. Xenon flash has the best burst of light, but still they are not doing well in the market the main reason being its technical composition which is not fruitful for video recording. Most of the makers are shifting to LED flash; some of the phones even come with dual LED flashes like HTC Sensation and the Nokia Lumia 800. But Xenon flash is still trying to survive and is there in one of the latest phone Nokia 808 which comes with a terrifying 41MP camera.


3. Infrared Port:

Infrared port or IR port was there at the edge of many older mobile phones. This technology allowed the devices to transfer data wirelessly when both the devices are kept side by side. This trend was eaten up by the better Bluetooth which gave more connectivity and larger transfer range. IR ports have become out of date now; the only device which came up with this port recently is Sony Tablet S.


4. Flip Design:

The flip phones were really stylish and it used to feel so good to showoff that flap open, more than style it also used to give an extra protection to the screen from scratches. Many phone makers also embedded an outer screen on the flap to let you know about the incoming texts and calls without opening it. But unfortunately this flirty design became obsolete when more and  more advanced features came into phones and the scratch resistant and  more protected gorilla glass also become a new hinder.



5. Push To Talk (PTT):

The Push To Talk (PTT) feature turns your phone into a walkie-talkie, this technology allows you to talk to a group of people in one shot rather than just communicate with only one person at a time.  Nokia was the major phone maker who adopted this technology; there are also some Blackberry and Sony Ericsson phones with PTT.