Wired Magazine has come out with their list of the breakthrough technologies for 2008. With the list containing everything from USB 3.0 to flexible displays, the telecommunication industry has landed the top 2 spots thanks to the Android OS and Apple's App store.
Apple's App Store
In the previous years the developers have always faced a problem in getting their software to the consumers, resulting in having to go through carriers. The Apple's App Store has been a positive breakthrough which eliminated the excess carriers and has allowed consumers to directly get software from developers. The App store have completely changed the way phones are used, allowing you to store your personal data, access to utilities, hand tools and many other beneficial products which have turned a basic phone into a proper communication device.
A large number of handset makers have been trying to add Android to their line-up. The G1 was the first one to come forward with Google's free and new OS. Being an open source based system, it has a large growing developer community and a high number of mobile phone manufacturers are promising to introduce more Android phones in 2009.
source: Wired via Intomobile