Another year has passed and another step towards mobile technology evolution has been taken. It looks like the world is going digital right before our very eyes and this trend is expected to continue until 2013.
From smartphones and tablets to cloud technology, 2012 has been a year of advancements and improvements.
To give you more idea, here are some significant things that happened in mobile tech last 2012:
Android Catches iOS
The Android vs. iOS debate has been going on even before 2012 but Apple’s iPhone and the iPad has always been the standard that other OEMs have looked up to. But when the Samsung Galaxy S3 came out, the game changed. Suddenly, there is a phone that is not only good enough to compete with the iPhone, but also has the brand name to attract consumers. After that, more people gave Android a chance which gave other devices like HTC One X more attention. And with the underwhelming improvements of the iPhone 5, iPad 4 and the iPad Mini, and the success of Google’s own Nexus brand complete with the latest Jellybean updates, the debate over which OS is better has become more heated than ever.
Windows is back in the Game… Sort of
Windows tried to make a big splash with their new operating systems for mobile devices. First there is the Windows phone 8 OS for smartphones. Though it was also featured on other devices like HTC Windows Phone 8+, it was really the Nokia Lumia 920 that represented the new operating system. Nokia and Microsoft banked on it to bring them back to contention but the sales have been modest. Same goes for Microsoft’s first foray to the tablet market. Unfortunately, the Surface RT was not the iPad killer Microsoft has touted it to be. A lot of it can be attributed to the confusion over what Windows RT is in the first place, especially when people were expecting a full out Windows 8 device. That said, though Microsoft is still a step behind both Android and iOS, I think they made enough splash to get some attention to their brand. What they do in 2013 should be interesting.
Hardware and Software under the Same Roof
Looks like a lot of the major players are following the Apple route, which is developing software and hardware under one company. As mentioned above, Microsoft has already produced their own tablet in Surface, much to the chagrin of some partners like Acer. Google is following the same route as well. Though their mobile devices were produced in partnership with other manufacturers, it already carries their Nexus brand. And with the acquisition of Motorola, Google might be poised to produce their own devices in-house in 2013 or 2014.
The Rise of Cloud Technology
Cloud technology has been around for a long time but with the rise of mobile technology through tablets and smartphones, there are now more and more cloud providers popping up to provide different services. From online storage apps like Box and Dropbox, to online PBX services like RingCentral, it seems like hosting and creating your own solution is really turning to something impractical and expensive. And with the frankenstorm Sandy hitting the East Coast and disrupting a lot of business operations, it looks like third party cloud service providers will be a common business technology route for a lot of companies from here on out because it can be accessed anywhere as long as there is Internet connection.