Mubaloo’s summary of this year’s innovations in the mobile industry identified a conscious shift away from hardware developments to core software development. Mobile phone manufacturers have stopped trying to outsize the competition with bigger screens and more powerful cameras and are instead focusing more on developing the AI abilities of forthcoming devices.

Covering the latest AI-enabled developments for the consumer market ranging from Amazon’s Echo to Google Home, Mubaloo predicts that 2017 could be the year that voice outgrows tap: ‘AI-enabled assistants mostly operate through voice control, so the days when a user checks their phone 150 times a day on average are slowly coming to an end. In future, users will manage and control their devices by simply speaking to them.’

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