My predictions for consumer technology in 2013
Disclaimer: These are just my personal opinions based on what I’m reading and seeing happen right now.
* We’re already seeing 4K HDTV’s starting to show up and I wouldn’t be surprised if CES is filled with 4K HDTVs from more manufacturers. With the HDTV market being pretty stagnant for the last few years outside of 3D, and sales hurting, this will probably be a big push from manufacturers to get people buying TVs again.
* 5-inch cell phones and not phablets will take over the cell phone market. HTC and Apple showed you can increase a dislay’s size while keeping a modest design without breaking someone's hand.
* I don’t think we’ll see any new consoles being released in 2013 but I wouldn’t be surprised if come E3 Sony and Microsoft have something new to show off for 2014, maybe even holiday 2013. I think both Sony and Microsoft (especially Microsoft) realize they have a true ecosytem right now, in their current console offerings and will continue to evolve that further.
* Google Glass will still not be on the market
* This is bold, but I think HTC will either stop making Android phones or look to merge with another company. It’s been written that HTC is struggling and with the success Samsung had this year with the S3, it’s only digging deeper into HTC.
* Crowd-sourced funding projects will continue to rise but will ultimately hinge on the success of previous projects. Kickstarter has spawned a lot of popular projects this year with the Pebble Watch, TikTok nano watch, Brydge Keyboard, Ouya, Double Fine and more. While the TikTok and Brydge keyboard got out before the end of 2012 people are still eagerly awaiting the Pebble Watch and Ouya Console. I wouldn’t be surprised if these two very unique projects can make or break how well others do going into 2013.
* We’ll see more fun and affordable projects like the Hue and WeMo make their way into homes and the market.
* Obligatory it’s the year of the Linux desktop statement
What plausible, or even outlandish, predicitions do you have for next year?
Care to field a guess on who they would merge with? I can't see them bringing anything special into the picture to the likes of many companies out there. Their phones have some of the best displays, but companies like Sony and Nokia are doing fine with mobile bravia and puremotion display respectively
I don't know who they'd merge too, maybe Sony or Google, but it's pretty clear they're failing pretty bad right now. I like HTC and am pulling for them to make a comeback but I'm afraid they wont be able to, at least in Android. So that's why I make the statement about Windows Phone since there is no real dominant player there except for Nokia and even that is going on a limb.
I hope you are right about there being more specialty nerd items for household automation, but it feels like we have been predicting this for at least a decade. Here's hoping this is finally the year.
I suspect we may also see Microsoft scramble to get the next XBOX out on the shelves in time for the shopping season when they perceive the inertia they will be up against and the threat of the PS4, which will likely be early 2014. The continued press around Windows 8 could affect their timing as well. The worse the press for 8, the keener they will be to release something that will distract attention away from Windows until 9 is ready.
However you slice it, 2013 should be pretty interesting.
The difference between this year and previous years on home automation type kits is they're finally affordable. $129 for the Hue kit and $99 for the WeMo kit isn't that bad considering all the different things they can do for you.
Then Windows 7 was released, sales of Macs blossomed, and Ubuntu's popularity within the Linux community declined after Canonical kept making controversial decisions. Now you don't hear about the year of the Linux desktop anymore.
But that being said, last year we saw Valve announcing Steam for Linux, a mixed reaction to Windows 8, and Canonical working on getting Ubuntu running on the Nexus 7 and their recent Ubuntu Phone announcement. They're too early in development of most of that stuff to have a big impact in 2013, I think, but 2014 might be Ubuntu's best year in a long time.
I know some will argue that it is still Linux as long as they use the Linux kernel, but I doubt they will be using an unmodified kernel even in the desktop distro beyond the point of establishing the phone OS.
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