There’s a revolution going on as companies, individuals and organisations
across all sectors are redesigning their digital interface with the world. The
main reason is the spurt in innovation driven by two breakthroughs in 2019. The
first, 5G network technology, promises lightning speeds for data, while the
second is the foldable phone, which would mean completely altered screen
dimensions and the opportunities that unleashes for designers and coders. The
emergence of these two innovations could trigger the biggest design and usage
shift in mobile since the touchscreen.
The Mobile World Congress
2019 broke the bank for the unveiling of innovations. It showcased a wide
array of innovative tech and new devices which truly break the mould. It
especially promised a great future for mobile device users – phones with
gesture control, phones with five cameras and even a wearable phone were all
Fold your phone!
The principle advantage of a foldable phone is having a larger
display in a smaller device than a tablet. It’s not only suitable for work
tasks but ideal for an immersive experience like streaming videos, playing
games or online casinos. The dimensions of the screen are square rather than
landscape or portrait, helping designers to explore new design and app
5G… at the speed
of light (almost)
A multitude of applications will reap the benefits of this quantum increase
in speed and volume of data transfer. It is set to revolutionise the way we use
our mobile phones. The holy grail of data transfer is zero-latency (how long it
takes your device to fully load a page). At present, the latency for the
fastest 4G takes roughly 40 ms (milliseconds). The target for broadband
services for mobile device owners is 4 ms, an astonishing difference. That
means the elimination of buffering (that familiar circular symbol turning as data
is transferred too slowly).
Even for the most powerful devices, the main problem up to now in
graphics-rich gaming screens has been ‘lag’ – that slight juddering
imperfection in providing a continuous stream of moving images (a result of
buffering on a smaller scale). 5G will eliminate this, so this saves time for
users by making the process seamless with more precise and sophisticated
real-time data transfer.
The positives for
gaming and gamers
The result for individual and multiple-player gaming is a significant
enhancement in the overall experience. Storylines can be extended and new
graphics properties can be used, while popular gambling sites like Betfair’s online casino platform can get
in on the act by moving towards having similar interface quality and the kind
of added features only previously available on high-end PCs and laptops. The
simpler games available on such sites – slots, scratch cards and arcade games –
generally don’t require too much bandwidth anyway, but 5G will allow the more
complex systems in use for live casino a whole lot smoother.
Another success factor, especially for multiplayer games like World of
Warcraft and Fortnite is that the experience is far more immersive and exciting
when interacting with others. Steam, the gaming platform, is already investing
heavily in AI and virtual reality applications in its games streaming.
Using new technology, we can instantly download mobile gaming and leisure
activity applications where the visuals will easily render in
ultra-high-resolution in portrait mode, which is an important consideration for
adaptable device use.
The future is
research into the gaming industry suggests that user behaviour, spending
capacity and preferences are changing fast. Innovative companies now have
the capability to embrace and fuel these rapidly growing and evolving trends.
Super-low latency, high-speed and richer rendering of graphic detail, to create
immersive design for mobile gaming and entertainment are not only achievable
but within sight.
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