Share your tech predictions for 2014
Happy 2014! At long last, the future is finally here. Or is it? Share your boldest tech predictions for 2014. Are wearables here for real? 128-bit mobile CPUs? 8-inch Android phones? Will I be able to Hyperloop San Francisco burritos in exchange for New York bagels?
Share your 2014 predictions below.
OLEDs still wont be here, instead everyone will go for Curved 4K TVs.
Amazon finally releases a STB for their video service
Apple wont release a TV or Smart Watch and will still be called a disappointment by most pundits
Google homepage and Google+ will slowly converge into one entity
Also, can't wait to see Google triumphing above the rest in its Android OS, with Apple slowly decreasing below.
2GHz+ phones with 128GB storage and 2GB+ RAM anyone? Count me in for my next phone come my birthday. :D
Seriously, have you ever seen an app that needs more than 1.4 GHz processor, or have you ever seen your tablet or mobile phone fill up at least 2 GB of RAM? In my experience, the most demanding of games only needed 1.4 GHz to run without problems, and that's the Drastic DS Emulator (I also have the PPSSPP PSP emulator but I don't know its required speed). Furthermore, the devs even streamlined this app so that it will run efficiently on devices with lower clock speed.
I regularly check the RAM usage on my Nexus 7 through a widget I made, and my largest RAM usage was only a little above 1.1 GB RAM (probably it was 1.2 GB).
The Note series seems nice for having 3 GB of RAM, but almost every tech reviewer mentions that it lags even in the simple task of swiping around homescreens. But at least, the RAM is effectively utilized when using multi-window.
Even with the launch of Android KitKat, only a few types of devices can be seen with it, and most are even flagship devices. If Google made it for devices with less clock speed (through ART) and less RAM, then manufacturers should opt to run at least every device with Android 4.4. But they won't for the sake of profit and/or for making devices with larger specs.
For my last comment, I think your prediction is close to reality, with devices running very lofty processors and more space in RAM. But this trend will be unreasonable, since most of these are just marketing gimmicks. Developers should learn how to optimize their apps to run with even the smallest RAM (512 MB) and processors (at least 1 FB), just like what is happening to Windows Phone.
To summarize, what I am saying is that technology's running faster than what its speed could handle. Did you know that with Note 3's 4K video recording capability, you can record a 5-minute vid that will be larger than 1 GB? But our mobile storage currency's still in tens of GB, so that technology will only consume a lot of space. If our mobile devices sport tens of terabytes of storage, then recording 4K videos won't be a problem. And what's more: Note 3's screen is only 1080p, not 4K.
I think this will be the year that a really good Chromebook comes out for under 300 dollars that hits good marks for performance, build quality and battery life.
Apple will almost certainly bring out a bigger screen size for iPhone.
People like Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk will make big headlines for some outlandish sounding product they claim is less than 5 years off and in 5 years we will still only have expensive niche electric cars and new Kindle Fire HDs.
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