As we become ever more connected and dependent on our smartphones, getting the latest and greatest technology becomes a top priority for many consumers. 2017 may finally be the year you can trade in your aging smartphone.

This could be the year for smartphone innovations, as big tech companies are expected or rumored to be planning the release of new devices. Beyond Apple's (AAPL - Get Report) iPhone 8, Blackberry (BBRY) , Microsoft (MSFT - Get Report) , Samsung (SSNLF) and Nokia (NOK - Get Report) may be introducing new phones.

Could this be the year Blackberry makes a recovery from its decline?

This article was written by a staff member of TheStreet.