2014 was quite the year for gadgets. That's the good news for the whole tech industry. For now, that means we'll continue to see innovation in this space - but for the big players, the focus will be on how they rewrite the future.
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Here's what's likely to happen next.
Starting Friday i.e. today, Samsung's latest flagship Galaxy S6 as well as the Galaxy S6 Edge will be made available in 20 markets, including India. Samsung recently claimed that pre-orders of the two Galaxy variants are really huge, meaning people have shown interest in Samsung's flagship devices. Is it an iPhone killer? Well, it's definitely better than the iPhone 6, with a 5.1-inch QHD screen, Exynos 7 processor, 3GB of RAM, 20MP camera and much more.
While the iPhone 6 remains one of the most popular devices of all time, we're already craving to hold the next-generation handset from Apple. If Apple follows its tested strategy, the iPhone 7 won't look drastically different from the iPhone 6. Past rumors have pointed that the Apple iPhone 7 would come with a 1080p screen, an improved camera, A9 chipset and the wireless charging capability like the Samsung Galaxy S6.
So far, the much-hyped Apple iPad Pro is merely a speculation. Nevertheless, Apple has been rumored to come up the large sized tablet to take on the Surface Pro 4, which is rumored to arrive this fall. According to industry insiders, the iPad Pro will most likely to come with a 12-inch 2K screen, a fast processor and an optional keyboard, just like the Surface Pro 3.
Earlier last month, HTC made its big debut in the connected entertainment segment, with its Re Vive Virtual Reality (VR) headset. Developed in collaboration with Valve, it is being described as the most immersive and premium VR experience on the market. The HTC Vive will support full room scale for this immersive experience. The developer edition is set to launch in the spring with a consumer edition scheduled to launch before the 2015 holiday season.
Intel's new RealSense 3D Camera for smartphone is not a gadget, but rather a technology that enable users to produce and manipulate three-dimensional images. The tech was first ported to the Dell Venue 8 7000 Series tablet, which incorporated a RealSense Snapshot Depth Camera, and was launched back in September.
Google's latest gadget, the Asus Chromebit, is a tiny Chromebook on a dongle which can be plugged into a television or monitor. The Chromebit is a new device that puts a Chrome OS-running PC on a device "smaller than a candy bar." The Asus-made device plugs into any HDMI port, effectively turning any TV or monitor you have into a Chrome PC.
Apple is reportedly planning to unveil a new version of its Apple TV in 2015. The tech giant has not updated its streaming device since 2015, so there might be a possibility to see the updated device this fall. They recently dropped the price of the Apple TV from $99 to $69, suggesting that a new version might hit the market sooner than expected.
The Apple Watch needs no introduction. We've been hearing a lot about the Apple Watch these days that's probably because of its price - the cheap one, which starts at Rs. 22,000. Apple Watch aims for high fashion, but it still looks like an ordinary watch. The Apple Watch will go on sale in select markets on April 24.
Project Ara is a development effort to create a modular hardware ecosystem--rivaling mobile apps in the pace and level of innovation--around smartphones, with the goal of delivering the mobile internet to the next 5 billion people. The modules also have user-replaceable covers or "shells," which provide a creative canvas for users to make their phone look exactly as they wish. Ultimately, customers will be able to buy a complete Ara phone, configure one from scratch, or buy additional modules through the Ara Module Marketplace.
The OnePlus One was a massive hit, regardless of end number of issues. Now, if rumors are to be believed, the OnePlus 2 will be launched in Q3, 2015. It is expected to come with an updated screen, fast processor and better cameras.