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6 Trends That Define Android Of 2013


The Single ecosystem which probably was the most dominant in 2012 is Android. With an array of devices exploiting the power and charm of Google’s operating system, Android has grown into an undeniable force. And with the New Year, come a lot of expectations, rumors and speculations. So brace yourself, here is the immediate future, to where the world’s most popular mobile O.S. is headed, compiled by Cnet.

6. Screen Size: Will Grow And Sharpen

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Until recently, Smartphone screens that exceed 4 inches were a rarity. But thanks to popular Androids like Samsung’s Galaxy S3, and Galaxy Note 2, which probably lead Android race, people are becoming familiar to larger screens. The trend is catching, but Motorola on its part did something different- Squeezed a 4.3-inch display into the body of a phone that is roughly same as a 3.5-inch phone- edge to edge displays. And that is going to be the standard high end experience for Androids in 2013. Beyond that, the resolution will sharpen. According to reports, almost all Android vendors are working on their sub 5 inch phones with 1080p HD display. HTC already has one- The Droid DNA. Android, with its new iterations like Jelly Bean, support this big displays.

5. Cores Will Multiply

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Gone are the days of dual core Smartphones. As the Smartphones replace computers in computing operations, quad-core processors are the new norm. Android is leading this turf too. Almost all high end Android devices in 2013 will come with Qualcomm or Nvidia powered quad-core processors with 1.5GHz processors and some even hitting 2.0 GHz.

The memory and storage options of the Androids will increase on par with the cores. The current 2 GB RAM, which is high end, will turn a norm in 2013. With some manufacturers opting for fixed batteries and removing the external storage, the storage capacities will yield 32 GB for the mid range and 64 GB for the high ends, and an Android with 128 GB storage will not be a dream in 2013.

4. One Device Around The World

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With Android devices born every minute, manufacturers, unlike the previous years, will adopt single form factor for their devices across the globe. A good initiative, shown by company like Samsung, when they released its flagship Galaxy S3, which was the same device, irrespective of you getting it from Verizon in U.S. or an online store in India. HTC, another major Android manufacturer is following the same path. The accessory manufacturers and the people will benefit from these single specifications used worldwide.

3 Technologies Popularized by Android

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Android was ahead in popularizing many mobile technologies ahead of others in 2012. This will continue in 2013. NFC will gain a foothold in Android devices to the point of becoming a standard. More NFC enabled accessories will emerge, like tap to play speakers. Mobile payment and transaction spaces will exploit the possibilities of this technology in full swing the coming year. 3D technology, which didn’t see much popularity in 2012, is expected to have the same fate of QR codes- die young. However, specialized Androids for gamers will have this technology embedded.
But the biggest issue faced by Smartphone vendors is battery life. As the screen size, performance and display goes up, it’s the battery that takes a toll. So 2013 will see Smartphones with internal high capacity batteries. With Android hardware exploiting every unique form factors, this wouldn’t be a problem.

2. Android Ruling New Territories

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Samsung surprised the world with its Galaxy Camera, which is entirely built on Android Operating system. Other camera makers like Nikon and Polaroid are also experimenting with the same. So more “smart” shooters will emerge in 2013. Moreover, more devices, especially tablets focused on different age groups like kid-centric tablet, Nabi XD, will see light in 2013.
Moreover, the hardware vendors will build electronic devices including micro-waves and washing machines based on Android operating system, which will essentially “connect” your entire home with you.

1. Google I/O and Major Releases

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2012 was not short of major Android releases. With major trade shows CES in January and International Mobile World Congress in February, Android fans can see an array of new devices in shelf. In the mean time various manufacturers will be running standalone press conferences like the expected one from Samsung announcing the launch of its flagship Galaxy S4.
Above all, Google’s annual developer conference, Google I/O is the most anticipated one for Android fans as it is promised to display the real ecosystem changing stuff.

 

 

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Ubuntu’s Mobile OS Launched, Coming to Phones Later in 2013


The gap between mobile devices and PCs is becoming smaller and more blurred as handsets and tablets evolve. Now, a major player in the PC universe is making a presence in the smartphone industry, as Canonical has just unveiled the first Ubuntu themed operating system for mobile devices.

Just yesterday Canonical began to tease that an Ubuntu-based software for phones would be revealed, but until Wednesday many of the details remained a mystery. The company wasted no time, as Canonical posted a countdown teaser on Ubuntu’s homepage on the first day of 2013. The phrase “So close, you can almost touch it” was posted alongside the countdown, alluding that a significant announcement would come soon.

Touted as a “superphone that’s also a full PC,” the Ubuntu mobile operating system will be built around existing Android kernel and drivers. However, it will not use Java Virtual Machine but does promise to use “the full power of the phone.” This Ubuntu-based smartphone OS will support both ARM and x86 processors, which means that Android hardware manufacturers and developers should be able to adopt the operating system with little trouble.

Although Ubuntu’s mobile software is still in its early stages, an Android version of the Linux-based operating system was announced about one year ago in February 2012. This marked the first step toward a mobile presence for Ubuntu and Canonical chief Mark Shuttleworth says that the software’s Android variant is set to launch this year. No carrier or manufacturer support has been announced yet, but the mobile Ubuntu handset should be provided by a “high end” Android manufacturer, according to The Verge.

Full-fledged Ubuntu handsets are expected to come in early 2014, and this would line up with the company’s production schedule seeing as Ubuntu for Android was announced in early 2012. While we may not be seeing an Ubuntu device anytime too soon, a number of demo phones have been shown off in the UK. Over the next couple of weeks, downloadable images of the development platform will be available for the Galaxy Nexus. This device is the only known handset that will support Ubuntu for now, but Canonical is likely to roll it out to more devices as developers perfect Ubuntu’s mobile ecosystem.

Sources– lifehacker, digitaltrends

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What to look out for in tech in 2013


Here’s our quick rundown of 13 key technology launches and evolutions that will be taking place in the coming 12 months.

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If you love technology then here are 13 reasons to get excited about 2013.
Early in the year, we’ll see the much-anticipated ‘comeback’ of Blackberry, with its make-or-break new BB10. Can it scale the heights again?
Expect new consoles from Sony and Microsoft, a lot of new Applegear – and some unexpected tech surprises.
Here’s our quick rundown of 13 key technology launches and evolutions that will be taking place in the coming 12 months.

A new updated Xbox

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Xbox 720 : ehack

When Microsoft finally announce the successor to its best-selling Xbox 360 console, we very much doubt it will actually be called the Xbox 720. The machine looks set to have – according to the rumours – Microsoft’s motion-sensing Kinect at its heart, doing away with the need for controllers. It could also feature Blu-ray – plus a far bigger slant towards downloadable games and content. Microsoft want their box to be the hub of every living room, hence the release of all sorts of apps for the Xbox 360 bringing films, music and connectivity to the console. The good news is, we could see it on the shelves just ahead of Christmas 2013.

The follow-up to the PlayStation 3

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Rumours are now swirling that the PlayStation 4 won’t actually arrive in the flesh until Spring 2014 – but it will probably first be on display E3 in 2013. A recent leak suggested its classic-design controller will split in two to enable it to also become a Move sensor. It would be surprising if it wasn’t called the PlayStation 4 given previous naming conventions – it’s also rumoured to have 4K resolution compatibility, and could be the first mainstream gadget to show films at four times hi-def resolution.

See the bigger picture with 4K

Next year should see the arrival of the first mainstream TVs featuring 4K, also known as Ultra High Definition or UHD. It has four times the resolution of 1080p HD – it’s already been used during the Olympics with the resulting images shown on massive cinema screens. It will take a few years for mass-market pricing of tellies – the first two are more than £20,000 apiece –  but broadcasters including the BBC are already experimenting with it.

Print your own products at home in 3D

The 3D printing phenomenon has already caused excitement in 2012 but next year it should really explode into homes thanks to mainstream machines like MakerBot and the Cubify Cube. Both should fall below the £1,000 mark allowing home inventors to create designs and turn them into real and colourful hard plastic products from the comfort of their living rooms. By building up a product in tiny layers using plastic mainly, but also metal on more expensive machines, we could eventually be printing out shoes, jewellery and even musical instruments from designs we buy on the web.

Apple’s iPhone 6, iPad 5 and iPad mini 2

It wouldn’t be a surprise to see the iPad mini gain a Retina screen, an addition which could potentially make it the best tablet computer available – and rumour suggests this could happen sooner rather than later. A much thinner iPad 5 in-keeping with the new iPod touch and Mac ranges would be likely while an iPhone 6 will no doubt arrive in September or October with many moaning it’s failed once more to live up to the hype and rumour, despite millions still buying it. By then Apple will hopefully have sorted their Maps too. Who knows, we may well see that much talked about Apple TV as well!


The wide availability of 4G

The past couple of months have seen the first superfast mobile network launched in Britain from Orange and T-Mobile owners EE. But in 2013, we will see Vodafone, O2 and possibly 3 come to the party once the Government holds its much-anticipated 4G Auction. They’re in desperate need of the cash it will raise too, so it shouldn’t be much longer until a fair chunk of the country has the ability to download movies and music without any waiting and stream on the move with no lag or buffering. It should also ensure outlying areas of the country get broadband across the airwaves, opening up the internet to those who’ve previously been denied it due to slow fixed-line speeds.

A Kindle phone from Amazon?

The online shopping giant has already branched out into offering all sorts of downloadable entertainment from music to films to books and its latest Kindle Fire HD tablet takes advantage of having so much content available at their fingertips. So it would be a mistake not to assume they could be working on their own mobile phone to take a byte out of Apple’s business. If they do manage to bring one to market, expect it to be cheap as chips with Amazon again making their money from people downloading music, books and apps once they’re signed up.

A home of appliances talking to each other

Smart appliances with the ability to connect to the internet and be controlled from afar are now becoming more popular. Recently we’ve seen apps that can turn your central heating on and off when you’re out while startups such as Lockitron are creating software that turns a mobile into a set of keys, opening your front door. But the next big advance will be common home devices such as kettles, toasters, ovens and fridges that become smarter. Soon you’ll be able to boil up a cuppa from an app or turn the dinner on to cook when you’re leaving the office, not to mention start the washing so it’s spun and ready when you get home. Appliances will also be able to talk to each other and to you using the web, giving you details of what you need to buy to stock up the fridge. It’s dubbed The Internet of Things and will only get bigger, more creative and far more intrinsic to all of our lives.

More exciting news from Google’s Project Glass

We’re unlikely to see a mass market version of Google’s futuristic glasses in 2013 but thankfully we’re bound to hear a lot more about them to keep us enthralled. Like an accessory from a sci-fi movie, these specs have a little screen that can bring to life the world around you. From displaying directions when you’re walking to overlaying maps of the best places to visit, they will be able to connect to your mobile to power the internet connection – although there are rumours that eventually they will have built-in 4G. They will also be able to take pictures and stream video and likely do a host of things we can’t even yet imagine or dream of.

Our lives fully contained in the skies

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Already the need to have a hard drive on your computer is becoming less and less important. Cloud-based systems that contain all of our files, music tracks, films and other data have surged in popularity over the past 12 months and this looks set to continue. Google Drive and Microsoft SkyDrive will give access to all your personal stuff on the move using mobiles and tablets and your own personal cloud will become the centre of your digital life sharing content and preferences across all different devices and hooking you up to other services from the likes of Government.

Cyber-terrorism will be on the rise

With the increasing importance of connectivity on our lives, it’s undoubted that the threat from so-called “cyber-terrorists” will increase. Attacks that attempt to shut down power grids and utilities may still be the stuff of movie fiction but viruses such as Stuxnet and Denial of Service attacks on major websites have already shown the dangers faced by countries, businesses and communities that now need to be online and connected 24/7. A recent report by the UN highlighted the lack of international agreement on the issue and this is likely to be a bigger issue for Government policy in the coming 12 months.

Flexible and Foldable screens

The next wave of the tablet revolution will surely come down to the design of the screen, with roll-up and foldable displays having been talked about for the past few years. Rumours suggest Samsung could show off an unbreakable fold-up mobile phone screen at CES 2013 and this could spark a real futuristic race for putting new types of entertainment and communication devices in our pockets. Other display advancements for mobile could see gesture-based controls used in the same way they are on our consoles, rather than touch-based ones.

A fightback begins from BlackBerry

One of the first technology launches of 2013 will come when BlackBerry maker RIM announce their latest software version on January 30. BlackBerry 10 promises a “re-designed, re-engineered, re-invented” operating system in a bid to hit back at the success of Apple’s iPhone iOS and Google’s Android. They certainly need to produce something spectacular to turn around their fortunes but with a flagship touchscreen-only device on the horizon, will the lack of a QWERTY keyboard for now be an own-goal considering how much of BlackBerry’s original success was built on the popularity of having a device with one?

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Apple testing new iPhone, iOS 7


REUTERS – Apple Inc  has started testing a new iPhone and the next version of its iOS software, news website The Next Web reported.

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Apple Logo : ehack

Apple shares were up 2.6 percent at $546.06 in premarket trading. The stock closed at $532.17 on the Nasdaq on Monday.

Application developers have found in their app usage logs references to a new iPhone identifier, iPhone 6.1, running iOS 7 operating system, the website reported. (r.reuters.com/fyd94t)

Apple’s iPhone 5 bears the identifiers “iPhone 5.1” and “iPhone 5.2” and is powered by iOS 6 operating system.

Developer logs show that the app requests originate from an internet address on Apple’s Cupertino campus, suggesting that Apple engineers are testing compatibility for some of the popular apps, the website said.

“Although OS and device data can be faked, the unique IP footprint leading back to Apple’s Cupertino campus leads us to believe this is not one of those attempts,” the website said.

Apple launched iPhone 5 in September and it has been reported that the new iPhone will be released in the middle of 2013.

 

 

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