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2014 will be amazing: here’s what's next for mobile tech

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2014 will be amazing: here’s what's next for mobile tech
Mobile World Congress 2014, the world’s largest mobile show, is over and while it brought us devices like the Samsung Galaxy S5, the Sony Xperia Z2 and the LG G Pro 2, we still feel like we've barely scratched the surface of all the amazing things that are yet to come in 2014.

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.

First, Apple is rumored to unveil a brand new category of devices this year. We're talking about the rumored iWatch, of course. The latest rumors all agree that the iWatch is likely to be a fitness-oriented device that could be able to measure your heart rate, track your sleep and count your steps. Apple, however, has put a veil of secrecy over this project, and has not confirmed anything about it just yet, so we're yet to see how it pans out. This, however, will not be the only new thing for the company based in Cupertino - you’ll almost certainly have the new iPhone and new iPad launch towards the end of the year, and that's always surrounded with tremendous hype and excitement.

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!

Next on the list, the company is expected to start developer conferences for its Project Ara “Lego” phone that you build block by block. The idea is to make Ara truly affordable and customizable in not just hardware, but looks as well. Next, of course, Google I/O should become the biggest event for the company this year. It might also become the launchpad for two new wearables - the Google Glass and Google’s first smartwatch, with the latter said to be based on Google Now and manufactured by LG. Hey, and we did not even touch on the new version of Android that should ship this year, nor on the new series of Nexus devices!

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.

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posted on 27 Feb 2014, 09:28 3

1. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 2226; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)

@6: if any company is to beat Apple in market cap, it would either be Exxon or Microsoft.

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 10:10 3

12. Finalflash (Posts: 3527; 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.

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 10:15

14. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3576; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)

That your guess?

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 13:27

21. Sauce (unregistered)

Pretty decent post, although your comment on MS seems pretty funny.

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 14:57 1

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.

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 18:49 1

28. wolfsaviorzx (unregistered)

Apple is anti-freedom and is dying. Only Android and Windows Phone is gaining. IOS is a dead os.

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 10:54

17. megaSUNNY (Posts: 85; 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.

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 09:29 3

2. fouadqr (Posts: 326; Member since: 21 Nov 2012)

Wow ..this gonna be amazing ..for me I'm waiting for 8.1 + Lumia goldfinger

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 09:39

6. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3576; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)

Yep!!!! Come on Build!!!!

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 09:32

3. GMS85 (Posts: 215; 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!

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 13:57 1

22. sumwhatrediculous (Posts: 19; 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!

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 09:35 4

4. TechFreak123 (Posts: 85; Member since: 25 Feb 2014)

Note 4 the win :)

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 09:38 1

5. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3576; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)

And, Build will be the defining point of mobile in 2014!

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 09:41 5

7. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3689; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)

Google is a true innovator without too much focus on profits(looking at you greedy apple).

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 15:02

24. hulk_14 (Posts: 71; Member since: 14 Dec 2013)

There are two possibilities:

- you work for google
- you are blind and naive

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 17:08 5

26. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1635; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)

Young missed out then third option...

- it's his opinion and most probably true

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 17:50

27. hulk_14 (Posts: 71; 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.

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 18:51

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).

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 09:41

8. MarkArigayo (Posts: 240; Member since: 18 Dec 2013)

OMG, LG G3 wasn't there...

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 09:43 3

9. abhijithcs96 (Posts: 6; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)

Really excited about SONY.... :)

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 09:48 1

10. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3576; 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...

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 10:05 2

11. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)

They should make Windows 8 tablet

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 10:14 1

13. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3576; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)

I suspect they will.

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 10:20 1

15. Nabil2511 (Posts: 152; Member since: 27 Jan 2014)

PA forgot about LG G3..

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 10:31 2

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

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 15:06

25. dratomic (Posts: 483; Member since: 09 Oct 2013)

nope. note 4 will be. just like note 3 was.

posted on 01 Mar 2014, 06:42

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

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 11:23

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.

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 12:14

19. JMartin22 (Posts: 2013; 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.

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 13:05

20. Chris_Bakke (Posts: 240; 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.

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