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Top 100 Mobile Trends in 2016

From Charitable Phone-Charging Cases to Minuscule Camera Adapters

— January 28, 2017 — Tech
As smartphones evolve, the accessories that go along with them do too, which these 2016 mobile trends demonstrate.

A slew of innovative cases arrived with the highly anticipated iPhone 7, as well as a few products to combat some of its major changes. In addition to Apple's adapters that allowed consumers to keep using their traditional headphones, a number of products that prevent the futuristic AirPods from getting lost also surfaced.

For those who find themselves constantly striving to take the perfect selfie, there's the 'Ty-Lite,' an illuminated phone case that was designed by Beyoncé's stylist, Ty Hunter. Small add-ons have become more widely available too, with miniature projectors and professional camera lenses able to clip-on to one's device.

In light of the Galaxy Note 7's unfortunate fate, creatives designed parody products in memory of its literal explosiveness, an example that's found within these 2016 mobile trends being the damaged battery iPhone case from UNIQFIND.

Those interested in discovering what the future has to offer in mobile technology and beyond should check out our 2017 Trend Reports.
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Popularity
Activity
Freshness
100
Intelligent Battery Chargers
Intelligent Battery Chargers
The 'Desire+' Portable Battery Pack Has Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0
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99
Cushioned Smartphone Charging Docks
Cushioned Smartphone Charging Docks
The 'Huggl' Dock Charger Brings a Soft Aesthetic to Charging
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98
Audiophile-Focused Smartphones
Audiophile-Focused Smartphones
The Nokia XpressMusic NX Smartphone Focuses on Music and Sound
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97
Smartphone-Charging Portable Printers
Smartphone-Charging Portable Printers
This Portable Photo Printer Charges Devices as it Operates
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96
Smartphone Port Adapters
Smartphone Port Adapters
The 'FORE' Device Enhances the Capabilities of the iPhone 7 Port
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95
Music-Enhancing Smartphone Accessories
Music-Enhancing Smartphone Accessories
The 'Accessport' Audio Amplifier for iPhone 7 is Versatile
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94
Exploded Battery Phone Stickers
Exploded Battery Phone Stickers
UNIQFIND's Samsung Galaxy Note7 Case Plays on Its Discontinuation
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93
Charitable Smartphone Cases
Charitable Smartphone Cases
Apple's New Red iPhone Battery Case Supports Aids Research
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92
External Storage Smartphone Devices
External Storage Smartphone Devices
The 'Dash' microSD Reader Reads and Writes Data on Smartphones
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91
Magnetic Smartphone Charging Connectors
Magnetic Smartphone Charging Connectors
The 'MagBolt' Magnetic Connector Ensures Optimal Usage
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90
Comprehensive Smartphone Cases
Comprehensive Smartphone Cases
'The Bank' iPhone Wallet Case from LivingSimple Packs Essentials
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89
Multimedia Charging Hubs
Multimedia Charging Hubs
The ChargeHub 7 is a Universal Station to Power Up Multiple Tech Devices
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88
High-End Wireless Earbuds
High-End Wireless Earbuds
These Prototype 'AirPods' Offer a Sleek Cord-Free Update to Headphones
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87
Sound-Boosting Smartphone Cases
Sound-Boosting Smartphone Cases
The ZAGG Speaker Case Amplifies Music, Calls and More
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86
Fire-Powered Smartphone Chargers
Fire-Powered Smartphone Chargers
JikoPower Uses Fire Power to Charge the Smartphones of Kenyans
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85
Luxury Automotive Smartphones
Luxury Automotive Smartphones
The Signature Touch for Bentley Makes the Luxe Car Aesthetics Mobile
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84
Solar Panel Smartphone Chargers
Solar Panel Smartphone Chargers
The Newest 'Sunbook' Products Were Debuted at CES 2016
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83
Intuitive Simple Smartphones
Intuitive Simple Smartphones
The O Phone Offers Just the Basics for User-Free Attachment
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82
VR Kitchen Simulators
VR Kitchen Simulators
IKEA's Virtual Reality Kitchen Experience Introduces Dream Kitchens
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81
Projecting Smartphone Concepts
Projecting Smartphone Concepts
This Technology Concept Imagines the Samsung G8 with a Projector
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80
Affordable Smartphone Projectors
Affordable Smartphone Projectors
Luckies of London Creates an Easy-to-Use Cinema in a Box
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79
Stabilizing Camera Mounts
Stabilizing Camera Mounts
The 'StayblCam' Video Stabilizer Works with Smartphones and the GoPro
<
78
Prismatic Concept Phones
Prismatic Concept Phones
The Nokia Prism is an All-New Smartphone Concept with a Unique Form
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77
Affordable Virtual Reality Systems
Affordable Virtual Reality Systems
The Xiaomi Mi VR Headset is Priced at Just $29
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76
Edgeless Smartphone Devices
Edgeless Smartphone Devices
The Xiaomi Mi Mix is a Concept Smartphone with a Ceramic Body
<
75
Stylish Mini Power Banks
Stylish Mini Power Banks
These Individually Packaged Power Sources Convenience Tech Owners
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74
3D-Printed Gaming Cases
3D-Printed Gaming Cases
This 3D-Printed Phone Case Makes It Easier to Play Pokémon Go
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73
Selfie-Lighting Phone Cases
Selfie-Lighting Phone Cases
This Extraordinary Phone Comes Equipped with Perfect Selfie Lighting
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72
Social Fast Food Geofilters
Social Fast Food Geofilters
McSnaps Were Special Geofilters Accessible Only at McDonald's Stores
<
71
Image-Stabilizing Smartphone Cameras
Image-Stabilizing Smartphone Cameras
The True Zoom Camera is Compatible With Motorola Handsets
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70
Device-Holding Laptop Clips
Device-Holding Laptop Clips
The Ten One Design Mobile Mount Clip Enables Dual-Device Viewing
<
69
Approachable Coding Apps
Approachable Coding Apps
The Autocode Platform Makes it Simpler for Consumers to Enter into Coding
<
68
Boxy Smartwatch Concepts
Boxy Smartwatch Concepts
This Microsoft Surface Smartwatch Concept Places Windows 10 on Your Wrist
<
67
Millennial Money-Managing Apps
Millennial Money-Managing Apps
Finance Coach Penny Uses Easy to Understand Emojis and Graphs
<
66
Record-Breaking Selfie Sticks
Record-Breaking Selfie Sticks
Ben Stiller Has Broken the World Record for the Longest Selfie Stick
<
65
Phone-Charging Smart Bags
Phone-Charging Smart Bags
These Lorna & Bel Bags Introduce Women's High-Fashion to Technology
<
64
Smartphone Magnification Sets
Smartphone Magnification Sets
This Smartphone Magnifier Turns a Device into an Old School TV
<
63
Virtual Dressing Room Apps
Virtual Dressing Room Apps
The 'Swivel Selfie' Made Its Debut at CES 2016
<
62
Kid Smartphone Alternatives
Kid Smartphone Alternatives
This Tracker Phone Was Designed to be a Simple Communication Device
<
61
Clever Mother-in-Law Cards
Clever Mother-in-Law Cards
Humanaut Creates Funny Sentiments for "Other Mother's Day"
<
60
CD Slot Smartphone Docks
CD Slot Smartphone Docks
The Radmo Mobile Car Mount Securely Holds Devices in Place
<
59
Handlebar Smartphone Mounts
Handlebar Smartphone Mounts
This iPhone Bike Handlebar Mount Secures Cellular Devices for Safe Use
<
58
Millennial Banking Apps
Millennial Banking Apps
The Neat App for Budgeting Teaches Young People Financial Literacy
<
57
Smartphone Photography Lens Cases
Smartphone Photography Lens Cases
The 'X-Lens' Camera Lens Case Enables Professional Photography
<
56
Affordable VR Smartphone Headsets
Affordable VR Smartphone Headsets
The DSCVR Headset Enables Smartphone Virtual Reality with Ease
<
55
Impressive Low-Cost Smartphones
Impressive Low-Cost Smartphones
The Asus Live Android OS Smartphone is a Cost-Effective Device
<
54
Rabbit Fur Phone Cases
Rabbit Fur Phone Cases
These Smartphone Cases Feature a Furry Yet Cruelty-Free Aesthetic
<
53
Precious Metal Smartphone Protectors
Precious Metal Smartphone Protectors
The 'Rmour' iPhone Silver Case is Make from Silver and Gold
<
52
Versatile Smartphone Holders
Versatile Smartphone Holders
The 'KlipAL' Can be Used in the Car, as a Kickstand and More
<
51
Levitational Smartphone Chargers
Levitational Smartphone Chargers
The Gryker 'Air Charge' Enables iPhones to Float Whilst Charging
<
50
Smartphone-Powered Fans
Smartphone-Powered Fans
This Mini Mobile USB Fan Plugs into Smartphones to Provide Cooling Relief
<
49
Luxury Smartwatch Straps
Luxury Smartwatch Straps
The Apple Watch Hermes Leather Straps Can be Separately Purchased
<
48
Non-Slip Charging Cables
Non-Slip Charging Cables
Native Union's Anchor Cable Won't Slide Off of Tables or Desks
<
47
Clip-On Smartphone Projectors
Clip-On Smartphone Projectors
The 'Moonlite' Bedtime Story Projector Works With a Smartphone
<
46
Phone-Charging Wallets
Phone-Charging Wallets
VoltNow's Smart Leather Wallet Doubles as a Charger
<
45
Luggage Purse Smartphone Cases
Luggage Purse Smartphone Cases
The Louis Vuitton Petite Malle Luxury Case is for the iPhone
<
44
Modular Phone Cases
Modular Phone Cases
The iMod iPhone Case Offers Wireless Charging, LED Notifications and More
<
43
Social Livestreaming Platforms
Social Livestreaming Platforms
Ingkee is a Chinese Livestreaming App with 50 Million Users
<
42
Suctioning Solar Panel Chargers
Suctioning Solar Panel Chargers
The GreenLighting Solar Phone Charger Power Bank is Efficient
<
41
Paper-Thin Smartphone Lenses
Paper-Thin Smartphone Lenses
The 'BLIPS' Camera Lenses Offer Macro and Micro Options
<
40
Activity-Encouraging Trampolines
Activity-Encouraging Trampolines
The Springfree Trampoline Encourages Kids to Get More Exercise
<
39
Minimalist Smartphone Protectors
Minimalist Smartphone Protectors
This New iPhone 7 Case Offers Safety Without Hiding the Device
<
38
Flexible Bracelet Smartphones
Flexible Bracelet Smartphones
Chinese Company Moxi Group Will Sell the First Bendable Smartphone
<
37
Multi-Tasking Driving Ads
Multi-Tasking Driving Ads
This Holiday Autos Ad Features Five Inventions for Travelers
<
36
Livestreamed VR Concerts
Livestreamed VR Concerts
Samsung + Years & Years Entertained with a Virtual Reality Performance
<
35
360-Degree Smartphone Cameras
360-Degree Smartphone Cameras
The Insta360 Nano Extension Turns Mobiles into Adventure Cameras
<
34
Retro Smartphone Designs
Retro Smartphone Designs
The Samsung W2017 Android Flip Phone Revives a Beloved Design Aesthetic
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33
Physical Touchscreen Toys
Physical Touchscreen Toys
The 'Pocket Racing 2.0' Racing Cars React to the On-Screen Action
<
32
Branded Wallpaper Deals
Branded Wallpaper Deals
This Wallpaper Advertising Scheme Uses Your Phone Background for Deals
<
31
Luxury Jeweler Smartphones
Luxury Jeweler Smartphones
The Cartier Millenaire is a Clamshell Phone Design with a Luxury Finish
<
30
Crowdsourced Barbershop Apps
Crowdsourced Barbershop Apps
The GetSquire Website Streamlines Booking Hair Appointments
<
29
Bedtime-Focused Smartphone Docks
Bedtime-Focused Smartphone Docks
This Smart iPhone Dock Simplifies Apple Users' Nightly Routines
<
28
Multifunctional Smartphone Cases
Multifunctional Smartphone Cases
The ZVE iPhone 7 Protective Cover Lights Smokes and Pops Bottles
<
27
Militant Compartmental Cellular Cases
Militant Compartmental Cellular Cases
The Urban Armor Gear Protective Phone Cases are Break-Proof
<
26
Hand Crank Smartphone Chargers
Hand Crank Smartphone Chargers
The Ampware Phone Case Allows Users to Charge Their Phone by Hand
<
25
Dual-Charging Devices
Dual-Charging Devices
The 'Thino' Portable Battery for Android or iOS Efficiently Uses Power
<
24
Classically Designed Smartwatches
Classically Designed Smartwatches
The Vector Luna Smartwatch Packs an Impressive Battery
<
23
Virtual Home Decor Apps
Virtual Home Decor Apps
The BeoHome Design App Lets Consumers Simulate Bang & Olufsen Products
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22
All-Screen Smartphone Concepts
All-Screen Smartphone Concepts
Apple Has Published a Patent for an All-Screen iPhone
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21
Construction Brand Smartphones
Construction Brand Smartphones
The CAT S60 Smartphone is a Strong Device with Plenty of Features
<
20
Handcrafted Custom Phone Wallets
Handcrafted Custom Phone Wallets
The JooJoobs iPhone 7 Handmade Leather Wallet is Personalized
<
19
Home Automation Assistants
Home Automation Assistants
The 'Lola' Home Automation System Helps Streamline the IOT Experience
<
18
Credit Card-Sized Phones
Credit Card-Sized Phones
The Aeku M5 Micro Phone Features Low Radiation Levels When Used
<
17
Wireless Charging Devices
Wireless Charging Devices
This Device Uses Radio Waves to Charge Smartphones
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16
Reductive Handset Designs
Reductive Handset Designs
The Ophone Is Stripped Down to the Basics to Refocus Energy Elsewhere
<
15
DIY Smart Rings
DIY Smart Rings
This DIY Technology Project Creates the ATtiny85 Ring Watch
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14
High-Performance Phone Lenses
High-Performance Phone Lenses
This 'Zeiss ExoLens' Partnership Was Officially Unveiled at CES 2016
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13
Self-Scanning Shopping Apps
Self-Scanning Shopping Apps
QueueHop Lets You Skip the Line With Smartphone Self-Service Checkout
<
12
VR Retail-Enabling Platforms
VR Retail-Enabling Platforms
The Sixense 'vRetail' Digital Shopping Platform Immerses Shoppers
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11
Multi-Sensory App Activations
Multi-Sensory App Activations
The Candy Crush Castle is a Scented Bouncy Castle for Adults
<
10
Sneaky Smartphone Camera Cases
Sneaky Smartphone Camera Cases
The 'COVR Photo' Smartphone Photography Case Snaps Covert Pics
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9
Magnetic Charging Cables
Magnetic Charging Cables
The MuConnect Prevents Cables From Being Unduly Damaged
<
8
Secure Phone Wallets
Secure Phone Wallets
This Phone Case Feature Could Be Useful for a Variety of Reasons
<
7
Skin Analysis Apps
Skin Analysis Apps
'Beautecam' Works with a Magnifying Phone Attachment to Look at Skin Closely
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6
Minimalist Metallic Wallets
Minimalist Metallic Wallets
Grovemade's Minimalist Wallet Offers an Anodized Aluminum Outer Shell
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5
Titanium Phone Protectors
Titanium Phone Protectors
This Bank-Breaking Phone Bumper Gives Your iPhone Ultimate Protection
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4
Levitating Smartphone Chargers
Levitating Smartphone Chargers
The OvRcharge Dock Rotates to Wirelessly Reboot Cellphones
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3
Recycled Virtual Reality Viewers
Recycled Virtual Reality Viewers
Coca-Cola Provides 3 Hands-On Options for Eco-Conscious Techies
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2
Night Vision Smartphone Lenses
Night Vision Smartphone Lenses
Snooperscope Lets Users See in the Dark While Hunting or Fishing
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1
Smart Security Door Locks
Smart Security Door Locks
The 'Altro' Smart Lock Blends Connectivity and Security
<