mobile forecast 2013

What to Expect from Mobile in 2013

This is a guest post by George Peebles, a technology writer who is passionate about new and upcoming gadgets.

Mobile phones have claimed their role as our nearest and dearest technological friends. From falling asleep and waking up beside a mobile phone to carrying one around with you at all times, they are as much of a companion to some people as dogs and cats are to others. This year, expect an abundance of different fantastic smartphones to hit the market.

Bigger & Bigger

In 2012, a lot of people made hay over the fact that the iPhone finally got a 4-inch display. Now phones from other manufacturers are approaching and exceeding 5-inches. Expect bigger phones.

Wireless Charging

Wireless charging has been around for a while as an aftermarket solution, but it was a little clumsy and awkward as you had to open up your phone and have specific accessories. Now manufacturers like Nokia are building it into their phones and we can expect to see more of this in 2013.

Improved Phone to Phone Communication

This year will also see more talk about sharing pictures, music and videos from phone to phone and the technology that will allow this to happen is called Near-Field Technology (NFC).

Paying By Phone

There’s been a lot of talk about paying by phone for a number of years but this year it seems that the stars are aligned. Using NFC, this will leverage many phones’ key advantages such as their built in network connections, computer like smarts and large screens, so that when you’re at a cash register your phone can automatically detect the right credit card, discount programs and whatever other information that’s needed for it to be ready to go.

Expect to soon be able to pay for items by simply bumping your phone on a cash register.

HTC M7

While many of us are looking very forward to the Samsung Galaxy SIV and iPhone 6, there’s another quieter impending smartphone that’s worth every bit of the hype. HTC’s M7 will make you want to sell HTC Desire S or HTC One X hardware just to afford it. Hell you could even justifiably sell your iPad to save up for it, for it will be worth every penny.

With a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor at 1.7GHz, a 47-inch 1080p HD display and a 13MP rear camera it could very well be the phone of the year.

BlackBerry

We haven’t seen any significant updates from the BlackBerry line for almost a few years but RIM plan to introduce a new platform and the phones to go with it sometime in March and we’ll certainly be looking forward to it.