Jan 1, 2015
It was a great year for Android users.
We saw some fantastic applications. We got to see some of the best flagships from a host of OEMs. We also witnessed some truly interesting accessories and affiliated gadgets.
If upcoming CES is any indication, 2015 might do the impossible: topple 2015 in terms of applications, gadgets and tech-related stuff. Expect to see more cross-platform innovation, and an increased focus on extended functionality.
On the application front, the iOS app gap still exists, but it is ever-shrinking. In the last year, simultaneous iOS-Android application releases became more commonplace. Android is a valuable option for most developers, from the big houses to the single-person Indie shops, and that is great for consumers. And reviewers.
The foundation OS got better too. We all speculated on its name, but were still mostly wowed by Lollipop. better yet, it’s being deployed faster and wider. Material Design is something we have really come to appreciate, too. As more developers embrace it, it is giving Android a more unified feel. And Google’s suite of in-house offerings get better and better, from Inbox to Calendar to Maps and beyond.
If I had to guess, I suspect we might see HTC look to build on the mindshare it grabbed with the M8. The rumors about the follow-up are in high gear. LG is becoming more of a household Android name, so I would love to see some more products from them. Samsung? Well, we all know the BMOC is going o wanna rebound from what it considers a rough year (though we’re sure several companies would love such a “rough” year). Huaweii… Sharp… Lenovo… we could go on and on, and we can’t wait.
As the Connected Home becomes a more tangible concept, we look forward to see how manufacturers bake in Android compatibility into their products.
When it’s all said and done, we can’t promise much, and don’t claim to be fortune-tellers. Still, with a serious degree of certainty, we can proclaim 2015 is gonna be a great year for the tech enthusiast.
Happy New Year.