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December 30, 2013 by Dan Grose
With 2013 drawing to a close it’s time to look ahead to next year and what it may bring. The past 12 months have been a bumper year for technology, but 2014 is already shaping up to be even better. So, if you’re fed up with talk of Christmas, here’s five things to get excited about next year.
The iPhone 5s, Samsung Galaxy S4 and the like may be only a few months old, but there’s already advanced gossip surrounding their successors. It’s thought the new Samsung flagship, creatively titled the Galaxy S5, will land as soon as February and could see a curved display, an impressive camera and 64-bit processor.
Elsewhere the new iPhone is also expected to have a wraparound display, whilst the new HTC One could be as big as 5.2-inches and turn up at the end of Q1. And, with plenty more handsets expected from Sony, LG and Nokia, there will be plenty of high-end choice next year.
2013 has seen three more networks enter the 4G market, making next year a good time to get involved. Three, O2 and Vodafone have all released some very competitive tariffs, and with EE breaking ground on the pay as you go market, there will be an option for all budgets.
Coverage is likely to increase throughout the year also, with EE having added even more areas whilst the new networks fill in the gaps. So, whether you’re in Shetland or Shoreditch, you’ll have the chance to go superfast on your phone.
It’s fair to say that we’ve been spoilt for software this year, with iOS 7, BlackBerry 10 and Android KitKat being very well received. Whilst the former was a successful overhaul to a popular platform, the latter tweaked a winning formula and brought subtle changes to Google’s OS.
2014 will see that roll-out continue, and KitKat is expected to arrive on all major Android handsets early in the year. Elsewhere Windows Phone 8.1 is on the cards, with considerable improvements expected. A notification centre and voice activated assistant have already been leaked, and there should be plenty more to get excited about.
Developers have really been pushing the envelope with screen tech, something that prompts much optimism for 2014. The LG G Flex showed that curved displays are possible without compromising on quality, whilst Samsung has also shown off its potential. And with rumours increasing that Apple will have a go, next year is looking promising.
There’s also the case of 4k, and whether a device will offer Ultra HD playback. The Galaxy Note 3 was the first to record in the mode, but no capable display has been produced as yet. Could 2014 be the year?
Rather than the pursuit of the idle timewaster, mobile gaming is finally being recognised as a legitimate pastime. Titles such as QuizUp, Temple Run 2 and Candy Crush Saga have garnered huge mainstream success this year, and you can guarantee some anticipated follow-ups in 2014.
We can also expect to see an increase in gaming peripherals, so you can get the most out of the platformer. Grand Theft Auto’s emergence on mobile has prompted controllers like the superb Moga Ace Power, and this could well be the trend for the foreseeable future.
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