2012 Mobile Surprises |Mobile News

Rumours about the iPad 3 have been striking the minds of people, yes; Apple will release its iPad 3 by March or April. Nobody knows about its specs and features unless of those in Apple, but for sure it will be equipped with LTE-4G, high resolution screen and it might be supported with NFC, Near-Field Communications. The all new iPhone may be introduced in summer or fall. It may be just the same with iPad, it may be supported with LTE-4G, faster processor, it might be supported with NFC and it may support the all new 802.11ac faster Wi-Fi standard.

2011 has been a dramatic year for mobile industry, where intensive competition happened, patent wars and etc. But what’s more with 2012? It is not just Apple has its surprises, but there are lot more. Here are some predictions for 2012.

Google will finally acquire its Android act together
There is no doubt for Google to conquer individuals using smarphones in everyday life. But it will soon create disorders as its marketplace produces multiple Android OS versions, different skins from manufacturers, security inconsistency and capability management.

Google believes that Android 4 or Ice Cream Sandwich firmware will be a solution from its incompatibility. It is smoother and much better than previous firmware. But the Ice Cream Sandwich is only compatible with some devices and it is not also because Google favours some manufacturers like Samsung and Motorola. It is just that some manufacturers do not suggest, instead, make their own skins and improvements for their devices.

In 2013, the situation will revolutionize since Samsung now is trying to bet with Windows Phone 7 and its own BadaOS. Google will still have Motorola, LG, Acer, and the rest which are Android dependent to stabilize and rationalize with the OS and centre apps. For sure that the 3LM Security that Google assigned will affect all android supported phones as well as its Motorola Mobility depending on the device and its capacity.

Samsung and Motorola will soon dominate the market share as it continues to produce devices that are manageable by Android. Some manufacturers will produce also Android supported devices that are lack of unity among other devices with nothing in common – like the 1 billion supported by Java devices but none of them has its similarities. It is all up to the manufacturers to give extra features that will support their devices.

Tablets remain an iPad vice-like grip
iPad will still be the king of tablets even Samsung has its Galaxy Tab 10.1 and LG has its Transformer Prime, even they are well-designed, we have witnessed that Android apps are inferior than the iOS. Even Google will release its Ice Cream Sandwich; it could not even defeat the iTunes and iCloud of iOS.

This issue only concerns with tablets (that are resembled to computers.) and not on smartphones user. As Apple continues to give best apps in its market place for iPad, Android supported tablets will struggle the competition as its apps are still inferior compared to iOS. Android developers still making apps that are originated from Apple apps store, in a low price or even free, least of them are Android designed.

NFC gets real grip but not for payments
In 2011 NFC (Near-Field Communication) has been a foundation of Google wallet mobile payments system. NFC is now more on talking than actions and only some devices are supported by NFC for Google transactions which use short-range two-way wireless technology.

2012 will be an important implementation for NFC for devices or at least of them. And as NFC goes quicker and faster exchange technology, NFC might support debit and credit cards as it is easier than compared to smartphones were you need to run an application to perform transactions. Maybe sooner or later, NFC will use the concept of Bluetooth that perform transactions such as trading contacts, URL’s and other important information. This process had shown by HP TouchPad’s WebOS 3 using its touch-to-share capability.

Sooner or later, Bluetooth will be used in performing transactions and maybe Apple will be the first to adopt since its iPhone 4s adopted already the new low-power Bluetooth spec.

A mobile shakeout is coming
For the coming years or even in 2012, mobile completion will rise and will increase the tension within Apple, Google, Microsoft, HP, Dell an more, and for sure Google and Apple will survive the phenomenon. It is like Apple is the Microsoft in the mobile market and Google is the one who will occupy their position.

RIM, Microsoft and Nokia have failed for several years and maybe 2012 isn’t still their lucky year and they are all at stake of make-or-break point.

RIM announced its delay of their new smartphones, as they have also completely rebooted the platform of its OS. They have promised to release the handsets by this year but on the later part. Maybe they are trying to wait for Apple and Android devices to introduce new devices in summer or fall to have ideas from the updates so they could make better than the leading smartphones.

Microsoft introduces the newest update Window Phone 7.5 Mango, just a minor update of Windows Phone 7 that has been falling since 2009. It could not vie against Apple and Google, even its market place haven’t dominated on the market share even after the release of Windows Phone 7.5 Mango. Its designs may be attractive to those people who are not really looking for a smartphone. If Microsoft will unveil Windows 8 by this year which supports tablets, then there is a possibility for Microsoft to hit the market.

There is a high percentage for Windows 8 will compete against iPad from Apple. There is a possibility that Windows 8 will rank as no. 2 tablet and will be followed by Android in the third rank. As Microsoft has shown us from their desktop ever since, Windows 8 would be a key for extending the desktop to tablets if the concept of Windows 8 is just the same with the desktop.

Nokia as the new partner of Microsoft which was hoping to hit Europe, North America and East Asia using Windows Phone OS where it will compete against Samsung and other Android supported manufacturers. Nokia lost lot of shares from having Symbian OS from the past years and Windows Phone will try to regain it. According to an IPSOS survey that only least of the European population are interested with Nokia’s Windows Phone devices, most of them prefer to use Apple’s devices and smartphones that are supported with Google’s Android. Maybe this year would be a dramatic event for Nokia and maybe they will retreat from the competition and associates with Google’s Android to regain back their lost shares.

The rise of Advanced Technology
As we have witness 2011, prompt mobile enhancement took place for competition. We will surely witness that this year are more on enhancement on the device, high-resolution display, lighter and cheaper. Even stealing a handset design will happen just to win the market share. All I can say is that this is a survival of the fittest.

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