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Top 50 Mobile Trends in May

From Modernized Retro Cellphones to Dual Device Smart Docks

— May 28, 2017 — Tech
The relentless pace of change in the mobile technology industry leaves many with the consumer equivalent of the nausea-inducing downhill chute on a rollercoaster ride, and the May 2017 mobile trends show that companies have taken note. Instead of ceaselessly pushing forward, tech producers are opting to revert to more retro technological devices — while still adding a touch of contemporary convenience.

Throughout the history of phones, there have been several iterations. For decades, one's only access to a personal phone was through the use of a home landline. The Invoxia NVX 200 brings modern smartphone users back to that generation of phones with a dock that charges one's smartphone while doubling as a handset and teleconferencer. The LBER KR999 goes even further in the retro direction, with a shape that's indistinguishable from the very earliest cell phone models despite its smart capabilities.
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Data-Saving Social Apps
Data-Saving Social Apps
'Twitter Lite' Offers Optimized Features for Mobile Users
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Video-Steadying App Features
Video-Steadying App Features
The Google Photos Stabilize Function Smooths Out Videos
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48
Digital Dating Snapshots
Digital Dating Snapshots
The Lively App Introduced 'Quickies,' or the Snapchat of Dating
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47
App Tester Platforms
App Tester Platforms
'Taskers' Finds the Ideal Users for App Testing
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46
Desktop Smartphone Connector Docks
Desktop Smartphone Connector Docks
The Samsung 'DeX' Smartphone Desktop Unit Extends Usage
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45
Smartphone-Shaped Landscape Frames
Smartphone-Shaped Landscape Frames
This Phone Advertisement Shows the Galaxy S8's Large Screen
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44
Vintage Communication Apps
Vintage Communication Apps
Teletype for iMessage Lets You Send Virtual Telegrams
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43
Social Sandwich Payment Options
Social Sandwich Payment Options
Subway Can Now Be Purchased with Mastercard's Masterpass
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42
Text Message-Scheduling Apps
Text Message-Scheduling Apps
The Scheduled App Sends Stores Text Drafts and Sends Reminders
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41
DIY Selfie Lights
DIY Selfie Lights
Adafruit's 3D Printed Project Helps to Enhance One's Phone Photography
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40
Card Payment Management Apps
Card Payment Management Apps
'WalletFi' Shifts Subscriptions When You Get a Replacement Card
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39
Hands-Free Filming Wearables
Hands-Free Filming Wearables
Thanko's 'Smaneck' is a Hands-Free Phone Holder for Filming
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38
Musical Heartbeat Websites
Musical Heartbeat Websites
The 'Russ Per Minute' Site Matches a Russ Song to a User's Heartbeat
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37
Contextless Video Apps
Contextless Video Apps
'Yo Stories' Shares Video from Friends Without Additional Details
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36
Runner Training Smartwatches
Runner Training Smartwatches
The Polar M430 Run Watch Offers Actionable Guidance During Use
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35
Dual-Streaming Smartphones
Dual-Streaming Smartphones
The Samsung Galaxy S8 can Stream Dual Bluetooth Audio
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34
ATM-Replacing Apps
ATM-Replacing Apps
soCash is a Start-Up That Aims to Make ATM Machines Obsolete
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33
Single-Use Smartphone Chargers
Single-Use Smartphone Chargers
'Powrtabs' Smartphone Battery Chargers Offer Four Hours of Power
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32
Smartphone Pocket Locks
Smartphone Pocket Locks
C-Safe's Anti-theft Product Helps Phone Users Effectively Prevent Theft
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31
Device-Charging Alarm Clocks
Device-Charging Alarm Clocks
The Sandman Clock Alarms Enable Device Charging While You Snooze
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30
Emoji Language Courses
Emoji Language Courses
This App for Learning Language Teased an Emoji Course for April Fool's Day
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29
Digital Payment Messaging Apps
Digital Payment Messaging Apps
This WhatsApp Update Will Allow Users to Sell and Buy Goods
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28
Social AR Geolocation Apps
Social AR Geolocation Apps
The 'Grifidi' Social Experience App Creates Location-Based Socializing
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27
Multipurpose Phone Cases
Multipurpose Phone Cases
Protean Turns iPhones Into a Pro Camera, GPS, Wall Speaker or a TV
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26
Voice Recognition Safety Apps
Voice Recognition Safety Apps
The 'SecretlySafe' App Offers Emergency Safety When Danger Strikes
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25
Customizable Smart Buttons
Customizable Smart Buttons
The 'TAG' Bluetooth Tracking Button is a Smartphone User's Best Friend
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24
Promotional V8 Ringtones
Promotional V8 Ringtones
Ford's 2018 Mustang GT Ringtone Shows Off the Muscle Car's New Features
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23
Shifting Smartphone Charging Docks
Shifting Smartphone Charging Docks
The 'Lecan I/O' iPhone Aluminum Dock Deters Damage
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22
Unbanked Mobile Credit Cards
Unbanked Mobile Credit Cards
The 'boon' App Allows French Consumers to Use Credit Without a Bank
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21
Dual-Device Smart Docks
Dual-Device Smart Docks
The Gravitas Apple Dock Accommodates the iPhone and the iPad
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20
Retro Computer Smartphone Stands
Retro Computer Smartphone Stands
The Elago M4 Stand for iPhones Turns Them into Mini Retro PCs
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19
Anti-Radiation Smartphone Cases
Anti-Radiation Smartphone Cases
The SafeSleeve Smartphone Cases Block Radiation and Deter Damage
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18
Cartoon Subscription Services
Cartoon Subscription Services
Boomerang TV is Now Available as a $5 Monthly Streaming Service
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17
Dedicated Smartphone Storage Cradles
Dedicated Smartphone Storage Cradles
The 'nuk' Phone Caddy Offers a Space to Keep Your Device
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16
Ornately Mirrored Phone Cases
Ornately Mirrored Phone Cases
This Magic Mirror Phone Case Reminds of Beauty and the Beast
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15
Digital 3D Smartphone Microphones
Digital 3D Smartphone Microphones
The 'Lolly' Smartphone 3D Mic Upgrades Capabilities Instantly
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14
Anti-Technology Smartphone Apps
Anti-Technology Smartphone Apps
The 'Forest' App Plants a Garden That Flourishes Without You
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13
Shifting Angle Smartphone Lenses
Shifting Angle Smartphone Lenses
The 'ShiftLens' Smartphone Photo Lens Adjusts Device Capabilities
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12
Smartphone Photo Drives
Smartphone Photo Drives
The 'Fotofami' Photo Storage Device Backs Up Your Camera Roll
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11
Snarky Fitness Trackers
Snarky Fitness Trackers
The Walk Against Humanity App Taunts You into Reaching Your Goals
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10
Interchangeable Battery Smartphone Cases
Interchangeable Battery Smartphone Cases
The 'CoBattery' iPhone Charging Case Kit is Convenient
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9
Reclaimed Wood Smartphone Cases
Reclaimed Wood Smartphone Cases
'Kerf Cases' Creates Device Cases in Pittsburgh from Solid Wood
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8
UV Light Phone Cleaners
UV Light Phone Cleaners
This Conceptual Phone Sterilizer Can Clean a Smartphone Effectively
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7
Dedicated Documentation Cameras
Dedicated Documentation Cameras
The Nokia 'Twist' Media Camera Captures 15 Second Bursts
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6
Anti-Distraction Smartphone Docks
Anti-Distraction Smartphone Docks
The 'RiVE' Dock Scales Down Devices to Help You Drive Safer
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5
Modernized Retro Cellphones
Modernized Retro Cellphones
The LBER KR999 Brick Cell Phone Works with Most GSM Carriers
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4
Card-Sized Wallet Trackers
Card-Sized Wallet Trackers
The KiwiCard is an Ultra-Thin, Waterproof Bluetooth Tracking Device
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3
Landline Smartphone Speaker Docks
Landline Smartphone Speaker Docks
The Invoxia NVX 200 Charges Devices and Enables Teleconferencing
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2
Slim Solar Smartphone Cases
Slim Solar Smartphone Cases
The 'Synthetic' Solar iPhone Case Enables Eco-Friendly Charging
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1
Upscale Smartwatch Collections
Upscale Smartwatch Collections
The Movado Connect Smartwatch is Designed for Android Wear 2.0
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