Smartphones are going to be even smarter in 2013

| November 22, 2013 | 0 Comments

In 2013, smartphone screens can feel completely different. Apple has announced a “feedback” screen. The term feedback means that you feel a vibration as soon as you touch the screen thus emulating the feeling of having a real keyboard.

Screens will go HD. The HTC Droid DNA, one amongst the first phones with a Full HD screen, will come to the USA. The Samsung Galaxy S4 (rumoured for release in April) is rumored to have a 4.9-inch Full HD screen.


imagesMeanwhile Samsung, Apple and LG have all patented their own screen technology. Just to give you some examples: OLED (active-matrix organic light-emitting diodes) — screen technology that is utilized in high-end TVs that’s skinny enough to be placed on plastic rather than glass. Next year might bring ultra resistant OLED screens that can’t take any damage whatsoever, even from hitting it with a hammer.

Some of these new innovations include a bendy, very flexible screen that you can roll up like a news paper. Some manufacturers patented a technology that allows a phone to be fully elastic, meaning you can fold it and just play around with it like a piece of paper.

Windows 8 brought this year in the USA a complete assortment of phones that can come in a variety of colors, from HTC and Nokia. Rumors has it that the next iPhone will be available in the same color range as the iPod mini.

We’re already seeing cases turning phones into another device. The + turns your iPhone into a interchangeable lens camera and the AliveCor transforms it into an ECG monitor. Many third party manufacturers are currently working on creating a cases to for the iPhone to turn it into a game console console. Others embrace a case that provides the iPhone a second screen on the rear and one that turns the phone into an arm.

At the guts of phones next year are a variety of recent apps. Highlights are apps like Nokia Music, that lets users stream music free of charge — like Spotify but without the annoying adds.

The Mailbox app, incoming early in 2013 from  Orchestra, treats emails like lists and will alert you once you receive a vital email.

To catch up with Instagram, Yahoo has updated its Flickr iPhone app so users will be able to transfer photos to Twitter. Meanwhile, Instagram is developing a variety of cameras for snapping quick photos. They installed a built-in printer and it can connect via WiF.

Next year we are going to see some more cores. We’ve already seen quad-core processors in phones like the HTC One X + and also the Google LG Nexus four. Firstly these processors enable you to do lots of things quickly — like run a game and send emails at the same time. Samsung is claimed to be making a device that has an 8-core (or octo-core) processor!!!

That will, without a doubt, require a very powerful battery, meanwhile, other manufacturers designed their product specifically to prolong battery life. The processor within the Nokia Lumia 620, due early in 2013, is intended to minimise power use. The phone claims to last for up to ten hours, or 330 hours in standby mode.

And, since the present Nokia Lumia (820 and 920) devices have taken off wireless charging (they sit on a charging plate, rather than being blocked in) raises a lot of questions about this innovation. If you’re curious on how to reduce the number of cables you have, we’re seeing, for the first time, the possibility of having USB ports built into the sockets of our walls and soon there will be no more need for those pesky adapters.

Don’t forget that 4G will roll out between the other networks next year (and you’ll be able to get those high speeds that come with 4G)  and you should expect a variety of 4G phones to be released.

Imagine if all of your credit, debit and store cards, your gym card and your workplace pass can be held on on your smartphone. In the US, Google pocketbook has been offered for a couple of years. It allows users to attach their smartphone to personal banks, debit or credit cards. Users can then swipe their phone over a card reader, even as several already do it with contactless credit and debit cards within the UK.

The NFC (near field communication) technology Google pocketbook uses is already within some Android smartphones on sale here. The iPhone five doesn’t have NFC, however it is rumored that it will be included in the next model.

Google pocketbook is anticipated to return to the United Kingdom next year. Because the sign-up page (already available) presently asks whether or not you utilize iOS or Android, some speculate that it won’t allow NFC.

Unlike a pocketbook, your phone is faster and Google pocketbook needs a PIN for payments. If your phone is stolen, you can just disable the payment facility remotely.

You can also use your phone as an electronic key. Lockitron, technology that allows you to unlock your front gate with your smartphone, will be available soon with additional hardware. A detector fitted to the door works with NFC, Bluetooth and WiFi. It is unlocked remotely and you can grant your friends access while not having to offer them a group of keys and therefore the mobile app tells you if somebody has knocked while you were out.

Category: Smartphone & Android Tech

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