Mo­bile Ac­ces­sories: ‘What’s In’ in 2018

Watch out for wire­less charg­ing, USB-C, bet­ter ca­bles and screen pro­tec­tion

PCQuest - - PORTADA - Au­thored By: Kar­tik Bak­shi, In­dia Head, Belkin

Smart­phone users around the world are wellac­quainted with their de­vice’s ca­pa­bil­i­ties and con­tin­ued in­no­va­tion, and there is the de­sire from con­sumers to re­al­ize the full power of their tech­nol­ogy as a way to con­nect to the peo­ple and ex­pe­ri­ence they value most.

With the rapid pro­lif­er­a­tion and evolution of the smart­phone, mo­bile ac­ces­sories com­pa­nies such as Belkin must be­gin the prod­uct de­vel­op­ment process with deep re­search to truly un­der­stand con­sumer be­hav­iour and gain in­sight on what con­sumers need to en­hance con­nec­tiv­ity and op­ti­mize smart­phone us­age and longevity. In 2018, we pre­dict the in­creas­ing pro­lif­er­a­tion of wire­less so­lu­tions, the rise of USB- C and a big­ger em­pha­sis on the im­por­tance of smart­phone screen pro­tec­tion and ca­ble dura­bil­ity.

Wire­less Charg­ing

Though wire­less charg­ing has been around for years, there is no deny­ing the rapid growth of adop­tion since the iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus were in­tro­duced to in­clude wire­less charg­ing. Wire­less charg­ing al­lows con­sumers to charge smart­phones, tablets and smart­watches with­out con­nect­ing a ca­ble to their de­vice.

It is cer­tainly con­ve­nient to just drop your phone on the charg­ing pad and go about your life, whether you’re at home, at work, or even on-the- go (in- car).

Imag­ine giv­ing your iPhone or Sam­sung phone a lit­tle bat­tery boost ev­ery time you put it down. One thing is for cer­tain, wire­less charg­ing is chang­ing the way we charge our de­vices.

Qi is an es­tab­lished, evolv­ing wire­less charg­ing stan­dard owned by The Wire­less Power Con­sor­tium, and backed by more than 200 lead­ing com­pa­nies in­clud­ing Ap­ple, Philips and Belkin. Its goal is to de­liver wire­less charg­ing eas­ily and safely while en­sur­ing com­pat­i­bil­ity across all de­vices that bear the Qi logo.

Qi stan­dard prod­ucts in­clude iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, Sam­sung Gal­axy S8, Sam­sung Gal­axy Note 8. It’s im­por­tant to make sure you have the right charger to charge your smart­phone or tablet. Look for the Qi logo on pack­ag­ing to check com­pat­i­bil­ity with your Qi phone be­fore you buy.

USB-C

We also pre­dict the con­tin­ued in­crease of USB- C adop­tion. As many of the world’s most rec­og­nized man­u­fac­tur­ers are sup­port­ing this new tech­nol­ogy, it is likely to be widely adopted. With such sup­port, USB- C will grad­u­ally re­place pre­vi­ous USB types, in­clud­ing USB-A, USB-B, and USB Mini-B. Plus, as fu­ture de­vices are equipped with the new USB- C port, which is smaller than its pre­de­ces­sors, it’s likely th­ese de­vices will also be thin­ner and lighter than ever be­fore.

For peace of mind, pur­chase prod­ucts that are ap­proved by the USB-IF, which has in­sti­tuted a com­pli­ance pro­gram that pro­vides rea­son­able mea­sures of ac­cept­abil­ity. USB-IF is a non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tion made up of com­pa­nies that fa­cil­i­tate the de­vel­op­ment of high- qual­ity USB prod­uct and com­pli­ance test­ing. Pur­chas­ing a USB-IF cer­ti­fied USB- C ca­ble will en­sure that your de­vices and ca­bles work to­gether seam­lessly, and safely.

Pro­tec­tion and Dura­bil­ity

For those who are not ready to go wire­less this year, we will see the in­creased qual­ity in ex­ist­ing trends. Com­pa­nies such as Belkin are col­lab­o­rat­ing with the big­gest names in

Con­clu­sion

com­mer­cial- grade dura­bil­ity to pro­vide con­sumers with heavy- duty, qual­ity ca­bles to en­able seam­less con­nec­tiv­ity at op­ti­mal speeds.

Along with ca­bles, we will also see an im­prove­ment in screen pro­tec­tion for smart­phones. To pre­serve over­all look and feel of the lat­est mo­bile de­vices, screen pro­tec­tors are now be­ing de­signed with el­e­ments to ex­ude con­ve­nient lux­ury with ul­tra­thin and crystal clear glass ma­te­rial. They now of­fer im­proved scratch re­sis­tance and re­duced scratch vis­i­bil­ity. They act like an in­vis­i­ble shield and pre­serves touch sen­si­tiv­ity. As con­sumers look for more ways to en­hance their smart­phone ex­pe­ri­ence, key tech­nol­ogy play­ers are go­ing to con­trib­ute ex­ten­sively to the growth of mo­bile ac­ces­sories mar­ket in 2018. We will see in­creased wire­less so­lu­tions, the rise of USB- C and a big­ger em­pha­sis on the im­por­tance of smart­phone screen pro­tec­tion and ca­ble dura­bil­ity as smart­phones evolve and con­tinue to be in high de­mand.

KAR­TIK BAK­SHI, In­dia Head, BELKIN

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