Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - COVER STORY -

Smart­phones are not just about hard­ware, but even the OS plays an im­por­tant role. The ma­jor play­ers – Ap­ple, Mi­crosoft, Google and RIM — are at the verge of in­tro­duc­ing the next ver­sions of their oper­at­ing sys­tems that will be closely knit­ted with the hard­ware.

Along with in­tro­duc­ing Face­book in­te­gra­tion and turn-by-turn nav­i­ga­tion, the iOS 6 will in­tro­duce some new fea­tures such as na­tively stor­ing and ac­cess­ing tick­ets to events, set­ting call re­minders, off­line Web read­ing and 3D maps.

Win­dows Phone 8 will be in­te­grated with the Win­dows 8 OS for tablets and hy­brids. An­droid smart­phones will have Jelly Bean soon, while RIM’s Black­Berry OS 10 is also round the cor­ner.

On the hard­ware front, we ex­pect smart­phones to get even big­ger dis­plays. The re­cently an­nounced Note 2 boasts a 5.5inch touch dis­play. As Nokia has an­nounced with the new Lu­mia, wire­less charg­ing for smart­phones could also be­come com­mon.

Text: Nidhi Sin­gal & Nandagopal Ra­jan

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