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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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Original post at – siliconindia
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