In this edition of the Friday Debate, we look forward to a new season of hot Android smartphones and tablets. From the Galaxy S4 and the HTC M8, to the LG G Pro 2 and the Sony Sirius, we have plenty of appetizing high-end devices on the horizon. With MWC 2014 kicking off in a few weeks, new smartphones are just around the corner. And then there are the tablets, the wearables, and – we hope – the surprises.
So, what are you looking forward in the world of Android over the next few months? What device gets your pulse racing? What upcoming phone or tablet is on your wishlist?
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In this next up and coming months I’m mostly excited about a rumored device, the aforementioned Google Now watch. It seems that everything is pointing to Google developing one, or maybe it’s just our mental projections assuming they need to make one. Regardless of the case, I want to see Google’s take on a smartwatch and see how it ties in with newer builds of Android. This smart watch should focus on Android’s best feature: Google Now. Wearables will become more common over the next few years, and I’m sure Google is aware of this. My guess is that Google will release it during the same time as they announce the next Nexus tablet sometime this summer.
Beyond me just hoping and wishing for a Google Smartwatch, I’m really excited to see how HTC can improve on the HTC One. I felt the HTC One was HTC’s best smart phone they had since the days of Windows Mobile. The HTC One Two (terrible name by the way), should build on what the HTC One did well. I’m a fan of building the phone out of metal to give that premium feel, rather than the run of the mill plastic. As I’ve been on record in saying, I feel the spec war is not as important as optimization of the hardware and software. The Moto X is still one of the best running phones, even if the specs are not top of the line. I want an optimize experience, with great build materials. Now let’s hope HTC could do this.
The next series of flagship devices for me. The old “I need to upgrade” itch is starting to take hold and I can’t wait to see what the OEMs are coming out with this year. The Galaxy S5, the HTC One 2 (or HTC Two? Or whatever it’s called), the Xperia Z2, the next LG phone (rumored to be out by summer), and pretty much every one of them. This year is going to be an important year for everyone for a lot of reasons. Samsung needs to do something fresh because the S4 wasn’t a mammoth jump from the S3. The HTC Two (One Two? Ugh HTC, your naming conventions) needs to build on the slowly restored customer satisfaction the HTC One started. The next LG and Sony phones should be promoting their brands equally well. Everyone seems to be on the up and up and, thus, I can’t wait to see their phone offerings.
The two I’m most excited about are HTC’s upcoming offering and the Xperia Z2. I loved the HTC One and it may have been my favorite smartphone of 2013. For the Z2, I’ve always wanted a Sony product and it seems like the Z2 may make it to the states on time this year.
It’s a simple answer, but I’m not the only one. Can’t wait to see what the giants release in the coming months!
As usual we Android fans are spoilt for choice over the next few months. Samsung, Sony, HTC, and LG are all prepping some awesome sounding hardware.
I’m actually quite looking forward to the Samsung Galaxy S5. I could never get behind the Galaxy S4 due to its focus on software upgrades, but as soon as I heard the Galaxy S5 would be “back to basics” I was immediately interested. If Samsung can keep things simple yet innovative, like the amazing Galaxy S2, then they’ll be on to a real winner in my book.
However the hardware game has changed a bit since those old days, everyone’s offering really high quality stuff. I’m also particularly looking forward to the LG G3, as the G2 was possibly my favourite handset of last year. If LG can offer some outstanding hardware at a price lower than everyone else again, then I might just have to jump off the Samsung ship.
Aside from that I’m keen to see if Intel’s Bay Trail tablets are actually any good. Price is going to be a key issue here though, as there are already plenty of great Android tablets on sale at very reasonable prices.
If I peer even further into the future, the gamer in me really wants to see Nvidia’s Tegra K1 in action, possibly in a new Nvidia Shield. Ideally though, I want someone to build a SteamOS and Android dual-boot gaming tablet with the Tegra K1. Hook up some Bluetooth controllers or a keyboard/mouse combo and you have a product that’s far more interesting than OUYA, or any of the other mini Android gaming consoles. But that’s just wishful thinking I suppose.
What do YOU think?
What upcoming device are you looking forward to?
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Are there any waterproof smartphones planned? The Galaxy Active never made it to Canada but given my lifestyle – that is what I would like.
Sony Xperia Z2 (Sirius).
It is still glass…you want something you can scrach and not feel sorry for it!
Hoping for those merrifield phones with rogue to come out soon. Heard they’re showing it at MWC.
I know right!!!
The Nexus 10 is already boss, an upgrade will make it a sick contender against the iPad.
It’s about time…
aww come on, why compare to ipad? its a match for galaxy tabs not nexus tablets!
The Moto X2 is my number one primary future interest.
The Xperia Z2 is a close second for me.
I would like a Moto X with a higher resolution screen, better camera and improved Bluetooth. When I stream over BT the Moto X sometimes stutters. I love the Moto X.
I can’t agree more. Motorola needs to finally put a better camera and lens
The next Moto X will be at the top of my list, unless something with an unlockable bootloader comes to Verizon…
Something like an HTC One with 8-8,5 inch screen (so i mean a tablet of course), and ill be the 1st person in the shop.
I am looking forward to see the Galaxys5,HTCm8,LGG3,Sonyz2,Any or all of
These I would love to see before may, my two favourites are the S5,and M8,
And maybe the LG G3,
I’ve got to say, I’m really excited for entry level segments, sub $300 1080p toting, quad core phones. But I’m torn between LG’s next flagship, Samsung’s, and even Sony’s.
I agree the powerful sub 300 phone market is intriguing. It is the market space that is truly the undiscovered country. I look forward to the Oppo Find 7. The Find 5 was an amazing phone. The One+ phone seems interesting as well.
G3 with bezels thinner than paper! :)
Moto x 2 will be the device of 2014
Ill be honest, Im not really looking forward to anything as I have the phone I want ( Z Ultra ) but it will annoy the hell out of me if these companys ( Samsung, LG, Sony and HTC ) Stop development for last years flagships and focus on the current ones
They wont sell as many units as the first generation because its only just hit 2014, people have only owned there ” Flagships ” for a maximum of 6 months and their not ready to upgrade, thats why the GS4 was a fail, everyone went out and bought an S3 because it was a massive step up from the S2 which the S4 isnt from the S3
Dude are crazy? The s4 a fail? It probably wasnt the massive success samsung was hoping for. But it still sold more than any other handset. 40million plus it think. Hardly a failure.
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New Nexus 10!!
LG g3 for sure. Just curious about s5 but I think lg can bring better features than Samsung gimmicks.
You do know LG uses the same features as the samsung. Both are very gimmicky!
Not at all. Here in my g2 I use almost all of g2 features. In s4 most of my friends turned off air gestures stuff and other bloatware.
Both copy cats too
I’m fed up with the mainstream media continually plugging the iPhone and iPad. It is as if Android devices haven’t made any impact and as a consequence don’t enter their mindset.
The new breed of flagship phones from Sony, Samsung, LG, Motorola and HTC in combination with Google’s Kitkat O/S must turn the tide.
The combined resources of all of these major corporations need a new marketing focus.
Make the planet aware of why Android based devices are better than Apple.
My choice of new phone will be Sony’s Sirius because for me, it will be about total synergy with the Bravia UHD 55″ TV.
Looking forward to the sequel of the awesome HTC One (and now the Sharp Aquos 4.5″ 1080p phone as well actually!!)
Gs5 cant wait my gs3 is getting old and its cracked still usable though
For me its gonna be the small but powerful Xperia Z1 Compact.
Now I would really like to see Nokia Normandy in action. I loved nokia and always wanted that nokia running android. Now some news of custom android running on noika phones.
Samsung galaxy s5
This year will be huge
S5 vs htc 2 vs g3 vs z2 !!!!!
vs LG G3.
Considering what’s been said and confirmed about the Oneplus CM phone. How it’s going to be the best designed smartphone and will have LTE support. I think I’m looking forward to it just as much as I am looking forward to the HTC M8
Looking forward to finally buying a phablet this year.
My first choice is the LG G2 Pro but, judging from the news that i’ve heard recently about the display resolution it might not be worth buying.
My second choice is the Oppo Find 7.
It all depends on the phones which will be releasing and will be available for Pre-Order in February/March for me. I can’t wait till the summers.
I hope Motorola finally joins the phablet market this year with their smartphones. I’ve been waiting for one for a really long time.
I’m really excited for sony’s next tablet.
Moto X2 and a possible Nexus 8
There is no Nexus 8.
Right now I’m happy with my nexus 5 and will be for quite a while. I’ll wait for the next big thing to come like a new processor with 64 bit (and an android OS that’s supporting it) or a really powerful octa core processor (and games or apps which are making use of it).
I’m with you, love my N5, waiting for a 7″ UD 4k, 14nm, 64 bit tablet, with hundreds of GPU cores, 128 GB flash drive and 4/6 GB of GRAM.
Galaxy S5 and the new TouchWiz.
The urge to upgrade just isn’t there this season. My HTC One ticks all the boxes, and I don’t know what will come out that’s so compelling to make me want to buy a new phone. I’m waiting until next year.
I’m looking forward to the Note 4.
Moto x 2 and possibly Sony z2
I choose Z2, I’m just wonder what Sony Z2 would be, I dotn think will buy it, except if AA give me it with giveaway :P ,
About S5, I have issue with Samsung, they always offers awesome features, but please your hardware and its design need to be premium, not like child toy, and its interface need to change, well, interface not big deal since there is launchers but would be nice if got something nice from Samsung, like what HTC do.
And finally for me not really interested about HTC one 2 3 test test , mic working ?
Oppo find 7 and nexus 10
I’m looking forward to asus zenfone series. Would like to see full rewiew on these devices.
Same here, they seem awesome for the price
No device compares to this one: Lenovo K900 *-*
It’s not new, it’s not the most powerful, but it’s the most beautiful, for me.
I’ll have it. Gotta have it this year! @.@
The second, can be the Z2. I hope Sony can manage to add to it more customization options.
Still getting the LG G2 regardless of what phone comes out early this year.
I’m actually looking forward to what comes out this year seeing as I’m eligible for an upgrade half way through the year (June 1st to be exact). Right now, my main choice is the next device by Motorola.
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