What are the Hot Trends in Android Phones?

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Just a few years ago, the iPhone defined the smartphone market. Today, Apple is on the defensive as consumers turn to increasingly powerful Android phones. It just goes to show how quickly things can change in the competitive smartphone market. While the future remains fuzzy, there are some trends that we can predict with a fair degree of confidence. Keep reading to learn about the biggest trends shaping the world of Android phones in 2013.

Bigger Screens

In 2010, Apple led the push for higher-resolution smartphones when it introduced the iPhone 4 with a 3.5 inch, 960 by 640 pixel "Retina display." Ironically, the trendsetting iPhone has failed to keep pace with subsequent Android phones. Consider Samsung Galaxy S4, which features a 5-inch screen with a resolution of 1920 by 1080--the same as that of an HD television. Another flagship phone, the HTC One, offers the same resolution on a slightly smaller 4.7-inch display. Meanwhile, the iPhones display remains stuck at 4 inches and a resolution of 1136 by 640.

Samsung also pioneered the awkwardly-named "phablet" category of smartphones so big that they verge on tablets. The Galaxy Note II featured a massive 5.5-inch screen, which is expected to expand to 6 inches when the Galaxy Note III ships. In 2013, the trend toward big, high-resolution screens shows no sign of slowing down.

Faster Processors

Like personal computers, smartphones get faster with each generation. And as with computers, the trend in the smartphone world is toward multi-core processors. In 2012, companies introduced the first quad-core phones. In 2013, you can expect quad-core processors to become standard on high-end smartphones. Meanwhile, octa-core smartphones are on the horizon. In fact, Samsung is already selling an octa-core version of the Galaxy S4, although it is not available in North America.

Better Cameras

When it comes to smartphone cameras, the megapixel arms race continues. Todays top Android phones, like the Samsung Galaxy S4, feature 13-megapixel cameras. However, more megapixels does not necessarily translate into a better picture. When it comes to taking quality photos with your smartphone, the limiting factor is not image resolution, but the small size of the lens. HTC has bucked this trend with the HTC One, which captures only 4 megapixels but attempts to compensate with a bigger lens and image sensor. Whether HTC will manage to persuade consumers to look beyond megapixels remains open to question. But it seems safe to say that photo quality will remain a key selling point for smartphone manufacturers struggling to differentiate themselves in a competitive marketplace.

New OS Features

The fourth quarter of 2013 is expected to see the release of Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie, the next major version of the Android operating system. Google placed a major focus on improving performance in Jelly Bean, the previous Android release, and rumor has it that the company will further enhance graphics performance in Key Lime Pie. Other rumored features include Performance Profiles, which will help users to balance performance with battery life, as well as the ability to test-drive any app for free. Key Lime Pie will appear quickly on devices that are part of Googles Nexus brand, but it will take some time to trickle down to other devices. For many users, 2013 will be the year that they switch to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean from earlier versions of Android.

Near Field Communication

Considering that Android phones already support cellular data, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth, you may wonder why smartphone manufacturers are keen to add Near Field Communication (NFC) to that list. NFCs advantages over Bluetooth include much lower power consumption, less risk of interference, and the ability to connect quickly to nearby devices without the need to tweak settings. With an NFC-enabled smartphone, you will soon be able to pay for your groceries without pulling out your credit card. NFC can also be used to simplify configuration of Bluetooth and Wi-Fi networks, and to quickly share data, such as contact information, with nearby smartphone users.

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Written By: Joshua Beidler, United States

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