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 launched.
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 features.
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 now
Recent 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.