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