2014 will be amazing: here’s what's next for mobile tech
What else will this year bring us? The biggest remaining new launches depend on hardware, of course, and the Snapdragon 805 system chip that is expected to launch around the middle of the year could finally bring us the much-rumored Quad HD displays (screens with a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels). This mid-year timeframe for the Snapdragon 805 also coincides with conferences from the two companies we expect most from this year - Apple and Google.
Google, on the other hand, has been on a roll lately with pricey acquisitions and even bolder moonshots. This year, we expect a few ground-breaking products from the search giant. First, Google is expected to start shipping its futuristic “Project Tango” 3D mapping smartphone to developers on March 14th. Tango creates indoor maps (in preparation for our future robot overlords, right Google?) by beaming infra-red light like a Kinect and recording how it bounces of walls, while at the same time the phone is constantly keeping track of its orientation, angle and position using a combination of sensors including the gyroscope. This way, a depth map can be created, and the phone also feature a motion tracking camera in what we imagine would come in handy for augmented reality applications. The whole technology is not new, but it is tremendously processor intensive, and what's new is being able to do all the needed calculations on a mobile phone. Neat!
If that wasn’t enough, Samsung is also rumored to be far from done for the year. The Galaxy S5 might have disappointed many, but Samsung is said to be actually secretly working on a new F series phone that should introduce us to a new, premium design and ground-breaking new features, materializing all our wishes for the S5. Did we mention that Samsung could bring a new Note phablet this fall, and it could feature a curved display? That's what the expectations are!
Right below, you can see the dates when all of this will happen. Stay tuned, 2014 promises to be amazing.
2014 will be amazing: here’s what's next for mobile tech
1. HTC - the “All New One” is coming (March 25th)
2. Microsoft - calm before the storm (Build conference, April 2-4)
3. Google - Project Ara aims to bring the “Lego” phone dream to reality (Dev conference, April 15-16)
4. Re/Code conference - Interviews with the biggest name in tech (Conference, May 27-29)
5. Apple’s WWDC - The future of iOS (June, 10-14)
6. Google I/O - On the road to becoming the world’s biggest company (June, 25-27)
7. CTIA - A new format (Sept, 10-15)
8. IFA - Mark the date for Samsung’s new Galaxy Note, plus a ton of new gadgets (Sept, 9-11)
9. WSJ.D Conference - The new “D Conference” is here (Oct, 27-29)
1. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 1457; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)
@6: if any company is to beat Apple in market cap, it would either be Exxon or Microsoft.
12. Finalflash (Posts: 1872; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)
Nah, it is going to be Google, and this year will probably see that through. They have been steadily climbing and are on the verge of releasing Glass more widely as well as their other endeavours on driver less cars maturing as well as their regular Android expansion. MS is leagues from beating anyone is "progress" and Exxon doesn't really have "growth" since they produce only so much oil (due to restrictions on how much drilling can be done at home). Aside from that, unless Apple deliver on their smartwatch, TV and larger phones very significantly, they will likely see more declines in their share price. They have no real "future tech" because now they are literally done with innovation and are focusing on playing it safe. Analysts and investors don't price and invest for "now" (not the smart ones anyway), they do so for the future and that will be key. If Apple can show a bright future through current line ups then maybe they can keep a bit of distance from the competition.
21. Sauce (unregistered)
Pretty decent post, although your comment on MS seems pretty funny.
23. strikercho (banned) (Posts: 156; Member since: 20 Mar 2012)
Giggle is parasite company. It does not create anything, just copies or buys. Giggle has only one thing in their sleeve - the search engine. And it is already not the best. The only one, that can beat Apple are...Apple.
28. wolfsaviorzx (unregistered)
Apple is anti-freedom and is dying. Only Android and Windows Phone is gaining. IOS is a dead os.
17. megaSUNNY (Posts: 66; Member since: 26 Jun 2012)
Google will still rule.but highly waiting for wp 8.1.
they are really trying hard.hoping a lot from them.
2. fouadqr (Posts: 306; Member since: 21 Nov 2012)
Wow ..this gonna be amazing ..for me I'm waiting for 8.1 + Lumia goldfinger
3. GMS85 (Posts: 157; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)
And PA still wanna tell us about the Samsung S5, IT'S UGLY WITH POOR SPECS. Point blank move on!
22. sumwhatrediculous (Posts: 18; Member since: 22 Jan 2014)
looks like my note 2 and btw I love my phone the s5 could not make me buy a new phone just as I wouldn't take the s4 over my note just not what I want so how about you say it is not what you want because it will be amazing for most but gn4 will be out soon lol and I will wait!
5. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3561; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)
And, Build will be the defining point of mobile in 2014!
7. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3580; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)
Google is a true innovator without too much focus on profits(looking at you greedy apple).
24. hulk_14 (Posts: 46; Member since: 14 Dec 2013)
There are two possibilities:
- you work for google
- you are blind and naive
26. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1633; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)
Young missed out then third option...
- it's his opinion and most probably true
27. hulk_14 (Posts: 46; Member since: 14 Dec 2013)
As I wrote: it could be his opinion, but then he is blind and naive. And no, it is not true. If you think so, then read my previous post.
29. wolfsaviorzx (unregistered)
Google wants power more than short term profit. But yeah I agree in the long term they are looking to be very very profitable. Reason they are investing in robotics so much (it's the future of many thing including manufactuing).
10. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3561; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)
Yes, and Sony is awesome!!!... They should broadened there horizons by trying something new other than Android... It's time they made a WP device.. They could really give Lumia devices a run for it's money... Sony is very good at what they do...
16. skinny95black (Posts: 113; Member since: 06 Jan 2013)
The new htc One will bethe best android phones this year I can feel it and the windows phone 8.1 will awesome as well and at top of that gold finger will make better
25. dratomic (Posts: 471; Member since: 09 Oct 2013)
nope. note 4 will be. just like note 3 was.
32. skinny95black (Posts: 113; Member since: 06 Jan 2013)
The note 4 will be a bigger screen with updated hardware and the same plastic on it we need a beautiful android device and the only one to that is the All New One
18. SAO101789 (Posts: 123; Member since: 10 Feb 2014)
I'm a iphone user so I'm waiting for ios 8 and the iphone 6 if it comes out this summer. If it doesn't impress me then I might wait for WP8.1 and the new nokia devices. I wasn't impress with Samsungs S5 it looked like someone shot holls n the back case.
19. JMartin22 (Posts: 1242; Member since: 30 Apr 2013)
So far, this year hasn't quite lived up to the hype that leakers, journalists and other pundits said it would. I'm hoping this premium version of the Galaxy S5 (if it exists) crushes the garbage we've seen or know about so far.
20. Chris_Bakke (Posts: 209; Member since: 23 Jan 2013)
I really hope the Note 4 does NOT come with a curved display. I was gonna get the S5 but I now want to hold out until the N4 is released.
30. jphillips63 (Posts: 184; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
Kinda funny how one company can sit and hold the major market share with what? Two phones and two tablets? And look at how many companies makes and distributes google products? It amazes me really that google still sits behind apple on market shares with all those manufacturers building the products. Just think how far behind they be if apple allowed other companies to build phones using iOS god google then be what another blackberry.
Oh and for the record I own android phone so I'm not anti google I'm just stating facts that it is what it is one company against at least 6 others.
31. mas39 (Posts: 62; Member since: 17 Jan 2013)
nokia lumia 1525 (6", QHD, 25-30mp, s805) will be the phone of the year, closely followed by lg g3 (5.5", QHD, 16mp, s805) and the rest will follow way behind.