A worker cleans glass in front of an iPhone
5C advertisement at an apple store in Kunming, Yunnan province, in this October 27, 2013
Smartphones have grown fast in recent years. Several developments have been prompt, better and extremely innovative. 2014 promises to be a year of possibilities when it comes to having some of the iconic improvements in the smartphone market. Gizmodo Australia elaborates the possibilities.
Display is no longer limited to screen sizes. The screen size matters as a smartphone is gradually replacing computers in more ways than one. However, the more important aspect about it is how a user uses the screen. Screens are expected to be larger and better. The Retina display from Apple is simply the beginning. There is a growing trend of AMOLED and Super-AMOLED display panels.
The processor is the brain of a smartphone. As we expect to have better smartphones, 2014 is expected to see greater development in terms of smartphone processors. ARM's Cortex A53 and A57 chipset designs are due next year. What these chipsets will do is to enable smartphones to support 64-bit performance. Samsung is also expected to launch its first 64-bit smartphones in 2014. Apple has already made a 64-bit chip in the form of A7 in the iPhone 5s. Another possibility is that Samsung is going to make A8 chips for Apple in 2014.
Android 5 is what users are expecting from Google in 2014. There is also enough prediction if Microsoft will leapfrog BlackBerry next year. Firefox OS and Ubuntu Mobile are two other exciting new arrivals which may storm 2014. DigiTimes claimed Sony is all set to launch the first smartphone based on Firefox OS in 2014.
4G for Australia
Only Telstra could be considered when Australia was offered 4G for the first time. However, there is a greater competition in the market now as other networks are also fighting to establish themselves in the 4G market. While Telstra works on making 4G less congested, faster and better, Optus and Vodafone are expected to work on the expansion of their coverage in 2014. Vodafone appears to move fast to cover the 2-year delay of its arrival in the market compared to the other two.
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