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.