Android evolved rapidly since its inception in 2008 and now Google is set to release its next-generation version Android 4.4 KitKat. In 2020, Google's Android OS innovation and improvement may dominate almost every aspect of the mobile industry. What can we expect from the Android Rocky Road OS version in 2020?
1. Wearables and Accessories
Google Glass is the beginning of Android's influence in wearable items and this small but terrible device can take a picture, record videos hands-free, share files, get directions in front of you, send message using voice commands, access Google Now, translate languages and know airline schedules.
2. Android Running Appliances
Next-generation refrigerators are going to run Android OS soon and you can browse the Internet for recipes, send tweets and post updates on Facebook right on your cooling appliance. Samsung's 4-door refrigerator is equipped with Android OS and it features Google Calendar and apps such as Evernote for keeping notes. In addition, this smart fridge has a built-in Sodastream sparkling water dispenser for bubbly refreshments.
3. Google Maps and Navigation
Google Maps reached the next level with customization based personal searches, Google Now and Google Latitude integration and Street View feature to peek inside buildings. Expect better imaging, live video streaming and more features on the Android Rocky Road version in 2020.
4. Messaging on Next-Generation
Today, Android applications such as Viber, KakaoTalk and others enable users to send message or call friends using the Internet and free of any charges - except for data usage over 3G or 4G. Using these apps can permit group chatting, almost unlimited hours for calls and live video chatting on mobile devices. In the near future, we might see streets, roads and highways supporting Internet connection for constant communication.
5. Digital Payments
Banks support billing and payments online with apps available from the Play Store to view your account in real-time. Chipsets such as NFC and Fingerprint sensor may allow us in the future to pay our bills by using our smartphones and let bank-to-service translation online to take place.
6. Tattoos and Pills
Authentication triggers using tattoos and pills have been demonstrated to work which may become stable by 2020. Authentication technology such as fingerprint scanners and face recognition are now available and in the future, we can see all of your information right on top of your hands.
7. Flexible and Unbreakable Screens
Today, display screens are breakable and manufacturers are developing flexible screens to improve device durability. YOUM from Samsung is one among others currently under research and it features flexible, foldable, unbreakable and thin characteristics once imparted to a device.
8. Floating Touch Interface
In fiction, virtual interface acts like keyboards and controls in a supercomputer and with the help of flexible screens, gesture controls and advanced recognition of operating system; we can access our tablets or laptops by just using holographic keys via watch or glass.
Star Wars introduced the hologram call from planet to another and science has already achieved this somehow. Airport Virtual Assistant or hologram assistant have been installed in port authorities of New York and New Jersey which are programmed to answer basic question frequently asked by passengers. In 2020, Android OS could allow us to call someone with 3D holographic imaging using the front camera in addition to voice chat.
10. Cloud Computing and Operation
Chromebooks uses apps from the Chrome Browser via Internet connection and allow users to work or study from these applications. Chromebooks are light, slim with quick booting capability which represents cloud computing. Chrome and Android OS are similar to one another and integrating their services may help people to work at home and even perform school report via live chat.
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