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2016 is just around the corner and the first quarter of the year will see many of the trends that reach Android in the coming months. CES and Mobile World Congress will mark the compass hardware in January and February while we wait to May and the Google I / O to better understand the future of Android and its presence in all types of devices. Some trends we the smell but with others we like to speculate and reflect on how to be what lies ahead.
This coming year is presented as a stage where Android has more windows than ever : smartphones, tablets, wearables, cars, televisions, internet of things, virtual reality … Hiroshi Lockheimer has happened to Pichai as head of the platform and faces a challenge as complex as exciting. Manufacturers, on the other hand, will have more competition than ever and rules of the game in 2015 have changed dramatically. With the introductions, I leave everything I think will happen in 2016 about Android
A midrange with more prominence
What we saw in 2015: smartphones in the fork of price ranging from 250 to 350 euros He has had much prominence. Good finishes, excellent materials and more than acceptable in all technical sections results. There has been much to choose from and this category has been imposed for one simple reason: it is possible to have a good Android without having to spend big money
This has hurt the top end <. / strong>: most of them have sunk knee to see how cheaper terminals and sales getting more prominence. Yes, Z5 Xperia, Galaxy smartphones S6 and terminal company are fantastic but in the middle range there is very tempting choices at prices a few years ago it was hard to believe. The trend for next year is to keep it strong and alzen. They will not be the media but will undoubtedly help improve sales volume manufacturers. The competition will be tough though.
Force Touch is the new technology race
Please, the Force Touch arrives to serve more than weigh objects.
Last year was the fingerprint reader and this year Force Touch (or 3D Touch, according to levels of pressure that are able to put ) será the new gimmick with manufacturers of high-end cutting-edge technology presume . Huawei has already done much with S Mate cuajarlo but not finished. Now it is rumored that Samsung will also introduce it in its next Galaxy.
Everything points, I hope to be wrong, it will be a tool that does not provide much value . At least not in the short term. If standardizing ends, probably the Nexus the next year shall bring him enter and Google API to manage it directly without the intervention of the manufacturers. Currently the iPhone has proven to be a curious added long haul and that implementation has been done so far is rather timid
Best screens and less discussion of Resolution
Some time ago a rumor dropped to Samsung and LG would forget to put more resolution of their mobile . If so, we could finally see the discussion of the resolution finally stabilizes and focus on improving the quality of AMOLED and IPS LCD panels. In 2015 we have not seen much progress, we will see if they give a significant leap in 2016, especially in top-end.
This year we have seen some technologies like Quantum Color have tried to be hollow but on mobile devices at least We have not seen much variety as has happened in other televisions. It will be interesting to see where manufacturers moved. A server that are committed to quality and forget about silly things like resolution and curves.
More competition than ever for Qualcomm
Qualcomm has suffered in 2015 and hope to reverse the situation next year with its new processors. So far they had occupied a privileged position in the market as the only real competitor was having MediaTek company also has focused in recent years to put processors to devices for the Asian market. In the West they have not had much prominence. Now, 2016 will be another story.
Four Snapdragon processors over more Qualcomm powerful. With 820 should return up but the competition is very tough.
Huawei with Kirin, a Samsung Exynos also reach the next mid-range, LG also aims and Xiaomi (the we will discuss later) would also be flirting with own chips. To Qualcomm would lose important partners and see how they manufacture their own processors. Currently in high-end Huawei and Samsung have demonstrated that they do very well. I recently had the opportunity to test the Snapdragon 820, os what we at Engadget .
A first approach to mobile payments
Pay Android announced and deployed in the US, it is quite possible that in 2016 we finally reach our mobile devices . Maybe some of you until ye may pay at the supermarket with your Android . My view here is quite pessimistic and the feeling I get is that the adoption will be very slow and careful because there are many links in the chain.
The manufacturers have to support your mobile, banks Google to get close to facilities and establishments finally introducing POS compatible. It will be difficult but hopefully someone can tell who has paid a hamburger at a fast food chain in Spain Pay Android. Samsung Pay eye also by the way.
Android Wear will open more manufacturers
In 2016 it will be two years of Android Wear. The manufacturers have done their homework demonstrating that it is possible to make attractive watches and a decent autonomy. What is the problem? Q EU are all equal to each other through a corseted Google has Android Wear to just make room for customization.
The coming year could see an opening and thus allow manufacturers to make layers of different software or give more freedom to put applications. Google could raise his hand a little clocks. Ojo also Chinese manufacturers as Bluboo, podríamos Wear have an affordable Android very soon time.
Xiaomi finally give the jump to Europe and USA
In February Xiaomi officially take a year in the United States. He did all his catalog, the phones stopped along the way and so far his strategy has been to sell accessories. Recently Mexico were opened to sell some of its devices. Are encourage finally make the leap next year? Who knows.
Xiaomi much is diversifying its business to appear in many categories and international expansion has not been never a priority. Know what you have difficult (potential patent lawsuits and plagiarism, increased costs and prices for the distribution and taxes …) but If you want to get recognition, can not simply continue to sell to the world through stores Import .
Now or never, Android TV
Google does not give up TV . Chromecast is doing very well Android TV but is struggling: there is little set top boxes with this operating system, and few manufacturers of TVs (Sony and Philips) have chosen them. CES should help us to see if the interest rate increases but the feeling that we are not positive. 2016 will be a peak year for them.
Android TV could emerge stronger and become a reference platform on Smart TVs or another failed project Google. Chromecast are seen more focused and with a stronger proposal. Increasingly applications, games connected with mobile … We will monitor
Android Auto go on pouring in more cars
Without much ado, android auto agreement to be achieved in many cars over 2015 . The trend for next year should be the same as in this industry good atmosphere breathes models introduced android auto leave choose the platform that you want to use (in addition to Google, carplay and the owner of each brand) so no major fights compatibility.
The car makers are more concerned suit your tastes and not so much that you have to adjust yourself to your preferences. We’ll see if progress is made on Google I / O because android auto is a good idea for the moment does not work as well as we thought. Soon we will explain why.
The first compatible products Gloss
CES us will bring many Internet-related products and things, with a little luck, some compatible devices Brightness. ¿Os remember him, right? Google introduced him last year in the I / O as u na Android based platform with which we can control devices at home . It is not the first time they move in that direction in Mountain View and maybe 2016 is finally the year to see the first fruits.
It will be hard but I keep a little hope that some products appear . The other companies are focusing on their own platforms and in a few open standards. We look forward also to Google if they themselves make a move to open up to others. Recall that there are Alphabet in projects like Nest.
Project Ara will cloud
I am very pessimistic Ara. In 2016 I think we will continue to see many proofs of concept that will give to talk about them but no specific project. Today the project is stopped and it seems very difficult that we will be able to test a modular smartphone in the coming months. The hype is killing them and that the project itself seems hard to develop and move forward with guarantees that anyone can use it and take advantage.
Hopefully we will see a prototype at the Mobile World Congress and a technical demo at Google I / O. Beyond that, I remain skeptical about it. I think there are other priorities in Alphabet and Ara could well expect to move forward more interesting and viable projects.
will be a tough opponent Cyanogen Android
Who would tell Android that one of his toughest opponents would be himself. Okay, but Apple is also CyanogenOS has become an uncomfortable fork to Google and necessary for users. Android with the passage of time has been taken up by Google and in some respects it is difficult to leave their tentacles. Cyanogen wants to open it and other services can occupy these privileged positions (app store, mail, browser, search engine …) in order to have more options.
In fact en Russia does not make them very funny sold smartphones with Android come with Google applications preinstalled so. This will benefit direct competitors like Microsoft who has been working with Cyanogen time and invest money in the company. In 2016 we will see smartphones with this ROM. India have big plans but remains to be seen if href=”http://www.xataka.com/analisis/bq-aquaris-x5-edicion-cyanogen-analisis”> and bq Wileyfox is something bigger or just a mirage
December 30, 2015
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