2013 will be remembered for many things, but in the world of consumer electronics it will be remembered as a year when techpreneurs proved that innovation still lives, and that the enterprising spirit burns strong as ever. Here’s a look at the year’s most significant developments in the world of consumer technology.
1) Smartphones: 2012 saw Samsung mount the first real challenge to iPhone dominance with the Galaxy S3. This year, HTC with geek favorite the HTC One, and Sony with Experia Z and the forthcoming Honami joined the fray. Google was on the fringes last year with the well-received Nexus 4 and wants to level up in 2013 with a mid-market device targeting the average consumer with the Moto X.
2) Gadgets: Small and inexpensive gadgets like Chromecast and Leap Motion made much news this year as they both have the potential to take consumer experience to the next level. Google Glass, however, was the most controversial because of ethical considerations regarding its use, and the novel ways in which wearable computing devices can transform daily life. Toward the end of the year, we’re set to see a major war between two giant gaming platforms. Sony’s Playstation 4 and Microsoft’s Xbox One.
3) Software: It’s all about operating systems this year. iOS 7 generated the most interest, as it veers away from the beveled and shadowed skeumorphic look, and goes for a flat UI design. Windows 8.1 is set to bring back the much lamented Start button, and everyone’s clamoring for Android 5.0 (Key Lime Pie).