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Every year, there is some level of progress in technology. Eventually, the smartphones that are launched by the manufacturers are at least slightly advanced than their predecessors.
Likewise, the companies are coming up with new technologies and introducing them in the market in order to give a unique user experience and stay ahead of competition. It is important to keep a track of the new technologies as the same will be kept as a base and updated in the coming years.
Today, GizBot has come up with some of the best technologies and smartphones that have left no stone unturned in 2016. As we are left with just a couple of months for this year to end, let us take a look at the much talked about smartphones and technologies of this year from below.
Samsung Galaxy Note 7
The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 that was unveiled on August 2 has become a sensational member of the Galaxy Note lineup.
Following a series of explosions, this flagship device was recalled by Samsung for replacement. However, to the bad luck of Samsung, even the replacement units of the Galaxy Note 7 exploded and Samsung killed the device.
Apple iPhone 7, 7 Plus
Apple's recent launches - iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are unique ones that were launched by the company. These are the first models of iPhone that are water resistant.
Also, these models pack premium and advanced features such as dual-camera setup at their back.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 3
Xiaomi is one of the successful smartphone makers in India. The Redmi Note 3 launched by the Chinese maker earlier this year has created a record in terms of sales.
The sales of Redmi Note 3 crossed 2.3 million units in India this year making it one of the best selling phones in the country.
Google Pixel, Pixel XL
Google's recent smartphones are the Pixel and Pixel XL that will go on sale in India from today are completely designed and developed by Google.
Unlike the Nexus phones, these smartphones were made completely by Google.
Android 7.0 Nougat is the latest iteration of Android that is gradually being rolled out to the smartphones that are available in the market.
This new version of Android brings features such as an efficient notifications feature, improved Doze mode, enhanced data saver feature, changes in quick toggles, many new features, multi-window mode and others.
Apple iOS 10 that is the recent iteration that was announced with the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus comes with advanced features such as Siri support to third party app, new iMessages app with support for bigger emojis, invisible link to hide personal messages, sticker support, bubble effect, facial recognition in Apple Photos, etc.
Windows 10 has got impressive features such as the Start Menu that was removed in Windows 8, a smarter Cortana, Microsoft Edge instead of Internet Explorer, support to add multiple Desktops, and a lot more.
The Reliance Jio service is the most talked about one right now. It is a hit and it offers free and unlimited 4G data, calls and messages until the end of this year.
Also, the service is likely to be extended until March 2017. Even after the official launch, the tariff plans are quite cheap.
Google self-driving cars
An ideal example of artificial intelligence taking over our lives is Google's self-driving car technology. Google has been testing the smart self-driving cars in California since quite sometime.
Google Allo has is a messaging app that was introduced by the company at the Google I/O this year. It features the Google Assistant that lets you book flight tickets, check emails, get navigation details, and more within the app itself.
Skype's live translation tool
Skype recently announced a new translation tool that can interpret live speech in real time, across a number of languages.
Pokemon Go Game
Pokemon Go is an augmented reality game that created waves of excitement among people a few months back.
Now, the craze over the game has faded, but it was talked about a lot. Many users started hunting for pokemons in their locality with this game.
Iris Scanning Technology
The iris scanning technology debuted along with the Galaxy Note 7 after several rumors. It is an addition to the fingerprint scanner. Unfortunately, the Note 7 has been killed.
Dual Camera Technology
The dual rear camera units give users the ability to use the optical zoom that helps them zoom in and zoom out of the frame without losing the quality of the image that is clicked.
This tech is seen in many high-end phones that were launched in the recent times.