Mobile World Congress 2017Last Thursday marked the last day of the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Major manufacturers and carriers revealed new device designs and plans for the future. Here are three Android upgrades that are expected after this year’s MWC:

  1. Biometric controls
    1. Android manufacturers are recognizing the need for high-grade mobile security by introducing biometric controls on devices. Users will now have the opportunity to use their fingerprint to lock and unlock devices, in addition to traditional device passcodes.
  2. Similar-but-different operating systems
    1. Manufacturers will still put their own spin on the operating system in each device, and may not use the same version. Many of the devices displayed used Google’s Android 7.0 software, but one Samsung device ran on Android 6.0.
  3. More affordable devices
    1. High-profile devices such as the LG G6 gained plenty of publicity at the tradeshow, but MWC also showcased how more affordable devices are evolving. Affordable devices, such as the Moto G5 Plus, now have sophisticated biometric controls and the ability to charge 6 hours of runtime in 15 minutes.

The Mobile World Congress set the stage for many impressive device releases within the next year. With improved security, more affordable devices, and various versions of the operating system, Android may have a device for everyone.