Topmost emerging tech products for 2009
If 2008 was rather busy for technology freaks,indications are that 2009 will only get busier.There are going to be sequels,revisions and,of course usual bunch of all-new products that will claim to change the world.This post lists top nine emerging products for the year 2009.
The first android phone may have been released in 2008,but 2009 is going to see Google’s mobile platform come into its own.With the likes of HTC,Sony Ericsson,Motorola,LG and even Garmain working on Android-based phones,users are going to be flooded with options.Not all of which will be as bullky as the G1.On offer will be innovative interfaces and stacks of applications at relatively low prices.
After most major manufacturers lined up iPhone killers
(most of which turned out to be duds), it is now the turn of
GPS expert Garmin to offer an alternative.The touch-driven Nuviphone has been earning rave reviews and is expected to take GPS on phones to the next level (it switches to GPS mode automatically when you slip it onto its mount in a vehicle).Garmin’s newcomer status among phones may work against it.
Since every major computer manufacturer has come out with its own netbook, all eyes are now on Apple.Although the company is tight-lipped , it is speculated that Apple intends to do something radical .Touchscreen ,sync over Bluetooth with iPhone,packing in an optical drive without compromising on weight are some of the predictions. One thing is for sure, though.If released, Apple’s netbook will be nothing like its competitors . After all, the company does have a reputation of thinking different.
2009 is going to be the year of operating systems.While Apple is expected to release a new version of its Mac OS, Palm is betting on the Nova to shore up its rapidly-sinking fortunes.Then there is Nokia, which is taking its Symbian Series 60 into the touch territory with the Fifth Edition.This,even as it works with the Symbian Foundation to come up with an opensource Symbian operating system.Black-Berry will further tweak its operating system , while there’s a fair chance that iPhone’s next edition will offer something new.Looming in the background are Windows 7 (though,an official release is not expected in 2009) and several Linux versions.
Nintendo DS 2:
After releasing an update of its dualscreen gaming console in 2008, Nintendo is now expected to go the whole hog. It may come out with a completely revamped DS in 2009.It is rumoured that the new device will have more connectivity options, dual touchscreens and perhaps even a touch of the motion-sensing magic that has made Wii such a hit.Nintendo is keeping its lips sealed about it.
Nokia might have come to the touchscreen party with its 5800, but it is the N97 that is expected to provide real competition .Expected in mid-2009 , the phone will combine a touch interface with a QWERTY keypad and a 5.0-megapixel shooter. With just about everything on board, it promises to redefine both the multimedia and enterprise segments.Although some say the device is more likely to compete with Nokia’s own Communicator rather than the iPhone.
There is no doubting the game that is going to hog the headlines next year.After almost a decade out in the cold, Diablo returns to the PC in 2009 and expectations are great enough for Dickens to have written another book.Gamers can expect loads of demons, numerous character development options, stunning graphics and gameplay that remains relatively simple, in best Blizzard tradition.
Industry observers are betting on Microsoft unleashing a completely revamped version of its Zune media player.On the table, if rumours are to be believed, is Windows Live compatibility and options that will bring the Zune closer to a PDA.In fact, some even believe that Microsoft might take the plunge in the phone business and come out with a Zune phone.
Its first two versions completely changed people’s perceptions of phones and touchscreens , so expectations for the next iPhone are in exosphere territory.
We can bet on a more powerful camera, cut and paste facility, Flash support for the browser and significantly beefed-up enterprise features.Rumour has it that work is also underway on a “mini iPhone” which has a form factor similar to the iPod Nano. Let’s see.