Claims that the Android operating system has taken the world by storm are not far from the truth. While the technology is available for everything from cars to cameras, it’s the smartphone and tablet markets where Android shines. Statistics portal Statista reports that Android is now responsible for a 48.8 percent share of the global market for smartphone operating systems and 64.04 percent for tablet computers. With that in mind, here are six of the most anticipated Android devices for 2015.
Most Anticipated Android Devices for 2015
HTC One M9
The HTC One M8 was a popular choice of phone during 2014, so the excitement about the looming launch of the HTC One M9 in March 2015 should come as little surprise. The 2015 model looks set to ship with a 5.2-inch QHD display and a 20-megapixel camera (marking a departure from the M8’s ultra pixel technology). Other anticipated features for the M9 include Gorilla Glass and a choice of grey, gold, or silver casing.
HTC One Wear
Not content with delighting Android fans with a shiny new smartphone offering, it looks likely that HTC will introduce their first wearable gadget in 2015. Rumors abound about the gadget being so much more than a smart watch. The current thinking is that it will act as a health and fitness activity tracker too. It’s all only rumors at this stage, as the company has twice put off launching the device. The latest thinking is that the world will get its first official glimpse during Mobile World Congress in March 2015.
Amazon Kindle Fire 2015
The Amazon Fire Phone may have gotten a lacklustre response, but the opposite is true of pretty much any Kindle device the retail giant releases. The 2015 version looks set to continue the trend. Although the Kindle uses a heavy custom skin, there’s no denying that it’s Android that makes it all work swimmingly. Again, there’s plenty of rumors surrounding the new edition, but a 12-inch screen size and a reasonable price looks likely to please consumers.
Nokia N1 Tablet
Nokia may well have wiped their hands of phones, but the company hasn’t given up on mobile devices entirely. The Chinese were the first to get their hands on the much-awaited Nokia N1 (it sold out in under five minutes), although a global launch shouldn’t be too far behind. Features you can look forward to include Z Launcher with Scribble (a cool function that allows you to literally scribble a letter to open an app), front-and-rear-facing cameras, and a nine-hour battery life.
Samsung Galaxy S6
A quick look at the current line of Android mobile phones from carriers such as T-Mobile should get you excited. But, if you crave even more from your device, you might want to wait for the Samsung Galaxy S6 to launch. The S5 attracted criticism for its slightly conservative style, but if rumors are true, features in the new version should address those concerns comfortably. Expect 64-bit processing, ample RAM, exceptional battery performance, and a better camera. There is also talk about a new look, but barring any leaks, you won’t find out for sure until the Spring unveiling.
If you ever dream of having your own chauffeur (without the price tag), Android Auto looks set to impress. The technology took center stage at the recent Consumer Electronics Show. The highlight in Las Vegas was perhaps the arrival of an Audi A7, which had driven itself from San Francisco. More practical examples of the technology include cars that can find their own parking space (and park in it) and gesture-controlled features. If you’re not in the market for a new car, look out for the new Kenwood aftermarket head unit.
This year looks set to yield a bumper crop of exciting Android devices. Whether you’re a technology enthusiast or not, it’s likely that you’ll come across the Android operating system more than once in the next 12 months. Whether that technology is on your smartphone or tablet or in your home or car is up to you.