What is novelty?

What Does novelty Mean

Novelty , from the Latin novitas , is the quality of new (something recently manufactured or made; that is seen or heard for the first time; that is different from what there was before; or that it has just joined a group or a place).

A novelty, therefore, is a new thing . For example: "The main technological novelty of the year is a laptop with the necessary processing power to run the most demanding games of the moment" , "There are no big news in stores" , "The novelty of my wardrobe is this coat made with 100% ecological materials ” .
At present, the technology industry advances without rest, no longer by leaps and bounds as could be seen in the early 90s, but by launching one product after another, many times without offering improvements that justify the investment of money necessary to stay up to date. This phenomenon is especially seen in the mobile device market, more precisely in telephones (also called smartphones ).

A good portion of mobile telephony consumers desperately seek to get hold of the novelty at all times, without giving much importance to the advantages that a product offers them with respect to the previous one. This excess demand can arise for many reasons, and in part it originates from a lack of satisfaction. However, this does not mean that a product unable to quench the market's thirst for innovation is necessarily poor at the design level or that it offers few features; on the contrary, one of the reasons for the frenzy is to give the public more than it asks for and what it can take advantage of.
Smartphones and tablet PCs, for example, are promoted as increasingly powerful devices, capable of recording and playing high- resolution videos , running very demanding programs and video games, allowing video calls, remote access to other devices (including computers) and to run all kinds of applications, which allow everything from retouching an image to composing a symphony. The problem is that most users do not take advantage of even 10% of these features, so they quickly tire of the most recent model (the novelty) and demand the next one.
The change produced in something is also known as a novelty: "The novelty of this new line of televisions is that the devices can be operated remotely from the mobile phone" , "These planes previously had capacity for fifty passengers: the novelty is that now they can transport up to a hundred people thanks to the new seating arrangement ” , “ Martínez's entry through Escalante is the most important novelty of the local team ” .

Another meaning of the concept of novelty is associated with a news item or a recent event: “Have you heard about the novelty? Marta is pregnant ” , “ When I got to the office, I found the news that Juan had resigned ” , “ I have a news to tell you: next month we will go on a trip to the Caribbean ” .
In this sense, a news can be positive, as in the case of the news of the trip, or negative, such as the unexpected resignation. Similarly, the intonation and inflections used when pronouncing the term "novelty" can change markedly, depending on the preceding message . When it is used to respond with irony to a news that was already known to the interlocutor, it is possible to say "What a news!" with a certain mocking tone, wanting to express the opposite.
Two Spanish rooms became known as Teatro Novedades . One was built in Madrid in 1849 and ceased to exist in 1928 due to a fire . Another existed in Barcelona between 1869 and 2006 .
Finally, Novedades Editores is a Mexican publisher that published Marvel comics for several years.

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