modern technology mediaAlthough smartphone differentiation has plateaued for the moment, the IFA trade show in Berlin showed some innovative ideas and technologies that will be integrated into the devices over the next several years. Since smartphone manufacturers have access to the same componentry, many of the upcoming technologies will appear on one device and then trickle down to other products shortly thereafter. Depending on the success of the innovation, it might become a permanent addition to many phones in the future.

The first advancement from the show was 64-bit processors, which have replaced 32-bit processors in PCs and will do the same in smartphones. These processors will bring improved graphics and the ability to decode high-resolution video quicker. In addition, once Google launches the 64-bit Android L operating system later in 2014, these processors can take full advantage of the software.

Another innovation was LTE-Advanced, a networking technology that delivers speeds of up to 300Mbps by sending information across multiple frequencies simultaneously. The Snapdragon 805 processor currently supports this technology, but mobile carriers must upgrade their networks for this to be successful. At the end of the first quarter of 2014, ABI Research estimated that around 60 trials had been conducted by mobile operators.

Finally, with larger displays being the biggest trend in the industry, the introduction of quad HD screens means that devices can delivery higher resolutions by fitting more pixels on the screen. Quad HD resolutions reach 2560 x 1440, which offers an incredible display.

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