The year 2012 was a pretty exciting year for mobile phones. It feels like it was the year that brought the best of mobile tech within the grasp of the masses. Smartphones that have high specs are no longer just for the techies, which is why it is no longer surprising to find the best phones in the hands of family or friends. With more OEMs competing, the cost of mobile devices has reached a level where even the average person can own the best phones in the market. The best thing about it is that it looks like this trend will continue throughout the new year. 2013 is shaping up to be a great year for mobile tech.
2013 Smartphones: bigger and faster
The quad-core movement has already started in 2012 and it looks like it will be the new norm in flagship phones in 2013. A lot of the rumored phones coming out from the major brands will reportedly be sporting quad-core chips like Samsung Galaxy S4, HTC M7, and the Sony Yuga. In addition, these same phones will also be sporting bigger screens as well. The rumored S4,reportedly, will have a 5-inch 1080p AMOLED screen while the HTC M7 and Sony Yuga will have a 5-inch 1080 full HD screen. Will the iPhone follow suit?
More OS options
Windows has ended the year 2012 with their new OS Windows Phone 8 for smartphones. It did well enough to make some splash in the market but Android and iOS are undeniably still the crème of the crop. That is if RIM has anything to say about it. On January 30, they will be unveiling their new OS, the Blackberry 10 and the devices that will feature the OS. If the leaked images can be believed, it looks very polished and stylish. Will it be enough to bring the previous premier business phone (i. e. RingCentral) back to the map? We can only speculate. However, RIM is not the only new player. Canonical has also thrown in their hat into the ring with the upcoming Ubuntu Linux for smartphones. This doesn’t mean, however, that we will see Ubuntu branded phones. Rather, the company is offering the new OS to manufacturers as an open source OS like Android for their devices. Initial reactions have been positive, after all, Ubuntu Linux is one of the most well-loved desktop OS.
Hardware and software under same company
The Apple route, which is producing both software and hardware under one roof, looks like it is being adapted by the major smartphone Operating Systems. Microsoft already did it with their tablet Surface and it is not far-fetched to think that they cannot do it with smartphones especially with rumors going around that Nokia might be selling their mobile business. The same goes for Google. Although, their Nexus line has been produced in partnership with other manufacturers, it is still under their brand name. And with their purchase of Motorola, a phone borne from that partnership should be in the making.