As we are still celebrating the New Year, we can also anticipate some great things from Android as well. The year 2015 brought with it many great and not so great things, but what are some of the things to look forward in 2016:
A new Android version, the Android N
Although, the details concerning Google’s yet to released are scarce, one thing is for sure, you can expect a split-screen UI feature from it. This was revealed by the Pixel C team, which apart from disclosing their planned multi-window feature for the Android N OS, they also made known that there were a variety of other enhancements to expect. It is however, not known what the “N” in Android N will stand for, but hopefully something sweet.
Chinese smartphones take over
Reasons why China is important to Android, range from its huge market base and the number of fast-paced smartphone manufacturers in the industry of mobile phones. This is seen with companies such as the OnePlus and Xiaomi who have streamlined supply chains and also provide high-end devices at only a fraction of the price offered by their competitors. If this is anything to go by, we can all expect these companies to take over the Android smartphone market in 2016.
This year the iPhone users won’t be the only ones enjoying what 3D Touch features have to offer. Last year Synaptics began to work with major global OEMs to develop the ClearForce touch sensing technology. This new touch feature will be integrated with force-enabled handsets which are set to be shipped in the first quarter of 2016.
For the most powerful Android smartphones, you can expect robust processors such as the Snapdragon 820 and the Exynos 8. For flagship devices such as the Samsung Galaxy S7 which is yet to be released, we can expect an Exynos 8 processor, with other companies’ flagships embodying a Snapdragon processor.
Last year the biggest news from YouTube was perhaps the launch of the YouTube Red subscription service. This year will see the introduction of YouTube Music which is said to offer something similar to what you’d normally get from Spotify.
Blocking for ad blocking
There are already rumors related to the use of ad blocking. A few phone networks are already contemplating on introducing ad blocking features automatically to handsets while developers are featuring them on browsers. This is said to spare most of users’ data usage.
Ad blockers only mean losses to websites that earn from ads.
Android powered Laptops
Pixel C may be an example of what we should expect. Google chose to forgo the Chrome operating system for its Pixel C tablet-laptop hybrid and instead went for an Android software. Considering Android can be found in HDTVs as well Android Wear smartwatches, laptops embracing the same Android power is only fitting.
Anything in the iPhone 7
As we have already witnessed with Apple popularized features such as the multi-window and the 3D Touch, which are now being embraced by Android, we can only expect more with the release of the iPhone 7.
What do you hope to see from Android in 2016? Share your thoughts in the comments.