5 expectations of Android Planet

What can we expect from the smartphones that come out in 2022? And what about the brands that develop the devices? The editors of Android Planet makes five predictions.

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Looking ahead to smartphones in 2022

In 2021, the smartphone industry has gone through all kinds of changes, smaller and bigger. Not only have dozens of new devices come out, brands have also used better specifications and in some cases improved their software support. Below does Android Planet five predictions around the smartphones of 2022.

1: Charging is getting faster and faster

Smartphones don’t really get bigger batteries these days, so the battery life is stuck at one to two days of use. Where there is innovation, is the charging speed. Devices are charging faster and faster, expressed in Watts. Where a few years ago charging with 65 Watt seemed unrealistic, it is now very normal. Oppo, Xiaomi, OnePlus and Huawei, among others, sell cheaper and expensive devices that fully charge in half an hour thanks to the 65 Watt charger.

Manufacturers are already working on chargers that deliver 100 Watts or more. In 2022, the first commercial devices seem to come out with a 125 Watt charger. For example, the OnePlus 10 Pro would fast charge with 125 Watts and be full in less than twenty minutes. Oppo and Xiaomi are also working on such chargers. Xiaomi already sells the 11T Pro, which comes with a 120 Watt charger.

De Xiaomi 11T Pro

Wireless charging is also getting faster and faster, but can’t match the charging speed via the USB-C cable. In 2021 there will be a few smartphones that can charge wirelessly with 50 Watts. There is a good chance that this limit will be moved next year.

2: More folding and folding devices

We also expect more smartphones with a folding or folding design in 2022. Such devices are not new, but still very scarce. Manufacturers are working behind the scenes to technically improve the folding and folding mechanisms to make the smartphones more robust, beautiful and advanced.

These developments are increasingly reflected in practice. Oppo presented its first folding smartphone, the Find N, in mid-December. At the time of writing, it is not yet clear whether and if so when it will be released in the Netherlands. Huawei will announce a new flip phone at the end of December, the P50 Pocket. This device may also be released in the Netherlands.

Oppo Find N
De Oppo Find N

Samsung has been selling folding smartphones in the Netherlands for some time and is expected to release at least two new models in 2022. We are counting on successors to the folding phone Galaxy Z Flip 3 and folding phone Galaxy Z Fold 3.

3: Fast 5G is delayed

We think the introduction of really fast 5G will take longer. The government had planned to auction the necessary 3.5GHz frequency in April 2022, but has had to postpone this indefinitely. The company that now uses the frequency spectrum may continue to do so for the time being. Originally, the government planned to introduce 5G via the 3.5GHz frequency in the Netherlands in September 2022.

Recently, the responsible minister said that ‘the aim remains’ to make the 3.5 GHz frequency available to telecom providers ‘as soon as possible’. We do not expect the 3.5GHz frequency to be available in 2022, but rather early 2023.

Only when the 3.5GHz frequency is put into use will the 5G network be able to enable much higher upload and download speeds. Until then, 5G will remain practically as fast as 4G, so there’s little reason to be excited about 5G.

4: Langer updates

A fourth expectation from the editors of Android Planet is that manufacturers are going to improve their update policy. That also happened in 2021, but there is still plenty of room for improvement. Google raised the bar again this year by promising five years of security updates for the Pixel 6 series. So far, other brands guarantee a maximum of four years, with the exception of a single business Samsung smartphone (also five years).

Google Pixel 6 Pro
De Google Pixel 6 Pro

In particular, brands like Motorola, TCL, Realme and Poco can further improve their security update policies. This also applies to version updates, of which they are now rolling out one or two of them for their devices. Brands such as Nokia, Samsung and Google are making three version updates available, which introduce new features.

Interestingly, many manufacturers are only too happy to compare their top Android smartphones to Apple’s specifications iPhone, but don’t do that on update policy. Apple guarantees five to six years of version and security updates for its iPhones – no brand of Android devices can match this.

5: Brands change

Finally, we expect interesting changes regarding smartphone brands in 2022. For example, Realme – which is part of Oppo – wants to gain a foothold in the Netherlands, both with smartphones and with its first tablet.

At the beginning of 2022, we will also see the first OnePlus smartphone(s) with software co-developed by Oppo. The companies announced in June as one company with two brand names to continue. There is a good chance that the OnePlus 10 Pro will be the first smartphone with the new software shell.

OnePlus and Oppo software
On the left the current software shell of OnePlus, on the right that of Oppo.

Other brands are also changing. At the end of this year, Google released its first real premium smartphones, the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro. This after years of more mid-range devices. Will Google go high-end again in 2022? We will see.

And what will Huawei do? At the time of writing, the manufacturer does not actively offer Huawei smartphones in the Netherlands. These are not popular because they run on an Android version without Google certification (and therefore Google apps). Huawei has been banned from working with Google since 2019 because the US government accuses Huawei of spying for the Chinese government. Huawei recently said at a Dutch press event that it will release a new P-series in Europe in 2022. There are no details yet.

What do you expect from smartphones and the underlying brands in 2022? Let us know in the comments below this article!

Source: Android Planet by www.androidplanet.nl.

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