11 Best Smartphone Innovations Since the iPhone

By Hemaja Burud

The first phones with dual cameras were the HTC M8 and LG G5. the Galaxy S22 Ultra, Pixel 6 Pro, and iPhone 13 Pro Max come with a choice of telephoto or standard-equipment lenses.

Multiple Camera Lenses

AMOLED displays are the preferred choice for flagship mobile devices. The Nokia N85 was the first phone to feature an AMOLED display.

AMOLED Displays

OnePlus' "Warp charge" technology can charge its flagship phones from 1% to 58 % in just 15 minutes. It charges an Android phone from 0% to 100% in less than 40 minutes.

Fast Charging

Wireless charging is convenient for topping up at work or before going to bed. The Lumia 920 phone from Nokia was the first commercially available phone with wireless charging. It used the Qi standard, which is still used by Samsung, Apple, Google, and OnePlus.

Wireless Charging

The Motorola Atrix was the first phone to include a fingerprint scanner. It was two years ahead of Apple's iPhone 5s in terms of this feature.

Fingerprint Sensors and Facial Recognition

Siri debuted as an iOS app in February 2010 before being integrated into the iPhone 4S. Smart assistants can be found in a wide range of devices, including a variety of smart home devices. 

Virtual Assistants

It will provide much faster speeds, lower latency, and increased capacity and bandwidth. 5G promises to replace  home internet while also enabling multiple high-resolution video streams

3G, 4G LTE, and 5G

One of the first versions of "Portrait Mode" was Google's "Lens Blur" feature. Apple's version employed two lenses to better distinguish the foreground from the background.

Portrait Mode

Smartphones with Night Sight can capture sharp, noise-free images in low-light conditions. It gives photos taken at night the appearance of being shot with professional lighting equipment.

Computational Photography

Sharp's Aquos Crystal smartphone was the first to feature a "bezel-less" display. Since then, phones have abandoned home buttons in favour of extending the screen to all four edges. 

Giant Screens

The original Galaxy Fold was so brittle that review units had to be recalled. Samsung's new model addresses the majority of the durability issues that plagued its predecessor, but it remains clunky and overpriced.

Folding Screens