What kind of innovations do you expect from smartphones? Although people have been doubting whether Apple could maintain its momentum of innovation as it did with the early iPhones, we still expect more. The iPhone 6 saw massive sales through the support of millions of Apple fans in love with the iOS system and Apple’s flourishing app ecosystem. Samsung’s latest models, the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, enthralled us with new materials, curved displays and LoopPay, while LG’s Flex 2 upended the traditional definition of flat-screen smartphones.

Though we’ve been overwhelmed by the innovations of smartphone makers at MWC, TechNode would like offer reminders of areas that shouldn’t be neglected. They remain the areas where users hope for most improvements.

1. Voice: Voice recognition is nothing new. Siri and similar technologies have long been applied in smartphones, raising our anticipations for more efficient human-machine interaction. However, most of us were disappointed. Siri may be a very powerful tool, but we still have to press the screen or button to trigger it. Besides the demand for increased voice recognition accuracy, existing voice recognition technologies rely on cloud services. So, will voice control become useless without good network connections?

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Emma Lee

Emma Lee is Shanghai-based tech writer, covering startups and tech happenings in China and Asia in general. We are looking for stories related to tech and China. Reach her at lixin@technode.com.