In case you haven’t noticed we’re living in the future. Technology continues to change almost every aspect of our lives. With 2012 upon us, let’s take a look into the crystal ball and predict some trends for the coming year:
The Tablet Market Gets Tighter
While Amazon’s Kindle Fire is making a play to take on Apple, the iPad is still the king of Tablet Mountain. In 2012, more people will own tablets and more and more tablets will replace laptop and desktop computers. Google’s Android Ice Cream OS will dominate all non-Apple devices, with the tablet-optimized Windows 8 nudging it’s way into the market too. Microsoft is rumored to be working on an iPad killer (both from a price and performance standpoint) but when the iPad 3 comes out it won’t matter.
Dual-core Processors Become a Smartphone Standard
The iPhone 4S wasn’t the first smartphone to sport dual-core processors (that honor goes to the Motorola Atrix and the Bionic Droid) but Apple – and naturally the iPhone – is the gold standard that all phones will be compared to. The bottom line is that people do more with their phones and expect more from them. And any manufacturer that’s making a phone in 2012 without a dual-core processor, well, shouldn’t be making phones. And don’t be surprised to see some phone makers up the ante even more, Nvidia recently announced quad-core processors for tablets and smartphones.
Technology Continues to Kill Technology
Why carry multiple devices when you only need to carry one? As smartphones like the iPhone 4S continue to replace other devices, expect things like the digital camera market to shrink significantly. In fact, it’s already happening. Remember the Flip video camera? They stopped making it back in April 2011. Why? Because of the smartphone.
If you want another example, look no further than the optical drive – they’ll start disappearing from laptops. Why? People are downloading things directly to a machine or to the cloud. Devices are getting lighter, why be weighed down with an optical drive when you never use it?
Mobile Phone Plans Change and New Communication Providers Emerge
Service providers like AT&T and Verizon continue to revise their phones plans to take advantage of their customers and help their bottom line – as Skype, Google Voice and Wi-Fi continue to take a bite of providers profits. New providers will also emerge, in addition, look for partnerships like the one Walmart and T-Mobile forged this past year to spin off prepaid plans and other services.
You’ll Finally Open a Facebook Account
The last few hold-outs that haven’t hopped on Facebook yet, will finally have to sign up. Why? Many web services (like Spotify and Turntable.fm) will require that you have a Facebook account to use their service. It makes sense, it’s easier to stay connected to the userbase this way and it’s an easy way to nix fake accounts and abusive users.
Google Wallet and Mobile Payments Become More Common
Using your smartphone to pay for something will become more common in 2012, as NFC chips become more of a standard in smartphones. In fact, the latest version of Android, Ice Cream Sandwich, has built in capability for peer-to-peer connections there will also be more apps that utilize the tech.
HTML 5 Finally Comes Out of the Closet
HTML 5 will reinvent the web as web devs start to really grasp and utilize the language. In fact don’t be surprised if you see HTML 5 start to take the place of apps. Need further proof? This past November, Adobe announced it would no longer support or develop its mobile Flash Player because of how well received HTML 5 has been.
The Cloud Gets Control
Think outside the box. In addition to more people adopting the cloud for storage of their music, movies and other media, we’ll also see processing move to the cloud. Look no further than the iPhone 4S and the cool things you can do with Siri. When you ask Siri something, Siri in turn sends your voice request to Apple’s data center, in turn your request is processed there and the reply then sent back to your phone.
Google Googles did the same thing a year before and it’s been recently revealed that Google is working on a competitor to Siri that will do the same thing as the virtual assistant, Google’s new secret project is codenamed “Majel.”
Apps Continue to Dominate
Apps continue to make our lives better – and they continue to replace other forms of media, like games and websites. App development will continue to grow and apps will continue to get better.
Of course, no one can predict the future, but industry analyst echo what is we’ve mentioned here. Do you agree with our predictions or have your own?
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