There is no doubt that Android smartphone market has grown huge in the past few years. The popular mobile operating system has evolved into many changes in the past few years and the latest version Android 6.0 Marshmallow is the most advanced platform for smartphones.
How Android plans to reach the next level in 2016? And what the company to bring up next? 2016 is going to be an exciting year for Android and really big things are coming. Here are top things to expect from Android in 2016.
The Next Android
The next Android version will have a split-screen UI as one of the key features. According to Glen Murphy, Chrome and Android Director of User Experience, "We're working hard on a range of enhancements for Android in this form factor... there are many things, like multi-window, that we've been spending a lot of time on - hopefully we can share more about this soon."
Android & China
China is one of the important market for Android in two ways: it's a huge market, and it's home for some fast growing smartphone makers. Companies such as Xiaomi and OnePlus have very efficient supply chains and can offer devices at a comparatively lower price. Xiaomi, in particular, is known as "the Apple of China."
Apple came up with 3D Touch feature with its latest iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. Well, Synaptics, a company which develops human interface solutions based on touch, display and biometrics technologies, has been developing ClearForce Touch tech with leading global OEMs. The firm is expected to unveil force-enabled smartphone expected to ship in early 2016.
The two big mobile processor of 2016 will be the Snapdragon 820 and the Exynos 8. Well, the Exynos 8 is expected to power the Samsung Galaxy S7, while the Snapdragon 820 will appear in other firms' flagship devices.
Google Play Music doesn't have the advantage of Spotify or Apple Music. But YouTube does, and the announcement of YouTube Music in November was overshadowed by the YouTube Red subscription service.
The first developer previews of Marshmallow contained a battery-friendly dark theme, but it didn't make the final cut. We think it'll turn up in Android N.
Some network provider considering to block ads to save users' bandwidth. Ad blocker could spell doom for ad-funded websites, and some of them are starting to strike back by blocking the ad blocker. This war is likely to get nastier during 2016.
Android On Laptops
Instead of choosing ChromeOS for its hybrid - Pixel C - Google went for Android instead. Embracing laptop and hybrids seems like a more sensible move for Android instead of scaling down to smartwatches and HDTV.