TechSpot: 10 Mobile Tech Predictions for 2014

In the past 12 months we were introduced to a range of cool new tech in the mobile space. High resolution 1080p displays made us question whether the smartphone you were holding was sharper looking than real paper, quad-core processors dominated every device from the top-end to the entry-level, and some smartphone cameras packed more megapixels than a professional DSLR.

So what will 2014 bring? Here’s our list of predictions for the next year in smartphone and tablet technology...

Curved Displays

Towards the end of 2013 we got a glimpse of what might be the future in Samsung’s Galaxy Round and LG’s G Flex. Both smartphones come with large curved OLED displays – the Round’s is horizontally curved; the Flex is vertically – as each company trials a new form factor in their home nation of Korea. Expect that to change in 2014 though, as Samsung, LG and others push curved-screen handsets in Western nations as well.

It’s unclear what the advantage is to having a curved display rather than a standard flat display, although it might have something to do with attempting to ergonomically fit your face during phone calls. What it does bring, though, is the goal of a flexible smartphone one step closer to reality, which has remained a pipe dream for many companies producing handsets today. A curved handset may not be the ideal form factor for the majority of users, so don’t expect your favorite flagships to change that much, but curved displays will be available for those wanting something different.

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Considering that Android doesn't currently support 64-bit addressing

Pretty much stopped reading there. Android does support 64-bit addressing. The problem is that there are no 64 bit builds of Android. Get your facts straight please.

If Im wrong, please someone correct me

The kernel supports 64-bit, but no libraries, drivers or runtimes (so essentially no part of Android itself) do. As no runtimes (neither Davlik or ART) support 64-bit addressing, no apps can either. All of these parts would need to be modified for Android to actually be 64-bit ready.

Hmmm I pretty much read number 5 as a we want more x86 chip tablets in our phones and tablets. Yet if they supposed to be so much better, why is it only the Windows camp using them and not android so much? Especially with Intel's billions.

There is a ARMdroid Wintel mentality going on here

When it comes to display, I'd like to see us develop e-ink more. Backlit is nice but draws so much power and creates eye strain. A device powered by e-ink with maybe a smidgen of backlighting for low light would be so good, and would be similar to the devices shown in the futuristic Office videos.

Your screen shouldn't be a torch, basically

MikeChipshop said,
Urgh. We could do without the stupid megapixel race again.

At least the trend of chinese phones using interpolated megapixels didn't take off.