Last year, we saw some amazing gadgets like Google Glass, Pebble, Google and Chromecast. We saw wireless charging pads, the Oculus Rift that allows us to enjoy virtual reality and great tablets like Google Nexus 7 2, Kindle Fire HDX and Tegra Note 7. However, another year has passed by and it’s time to look at the 7 most anticipated gadgets of 2014. These are not the only most anticipated gadgets we can expect this year but they are definitely on every tech lover’s “To buy” list. Some of the gadgets are not even real yet but we can expect to see them soon based on the speculations and rumors from reliable sources.
Apple is planning to release the next iPhone at the second half of 2014 (we can expect a June release) so we don’t really have anything concrete to share at the moment. However, we do have some rumors to share. According to techradar, Apple is planning to break their tradition of small screens and will feature a 4.7-inch screen iPhone 6. They are also planning to release a larger model this year. Another report from Business Insider suggests that the next iPhone won’t have any home button and will appear with a completely new form factor. It is also expected to include the new Touch ID finger print tech.
Other expected/rumored features of iPhone 6 are NFC support, quad-core A8 processor, 13-megapixel sensor, 1080p Full HD resolution and gesture control.
After Google, Samsung is all set to release their very own smart glass which is currently titled as “Galaxy Glass”. A report from the Korea Times said that Samsung is currently planning to release their own version of Google Glass because of the rising market potential for smart glass. Using the gadget, users will be able to connect to their smartphone, receive call notifications and listen to music. The source didn’t share much about the hardware, but we do know that the Samsung Electronics will be working with Samsung Display to make the Galaxy Glass.
Last year, the company unveiled another wearable gadget, the Galaxy Gear at IFA and we are expecting to see their next wearable gadget this year in the same trade show in Berlin in September.
What if we get to add some extra hours in your sleeping schedule? I know that’s not possible but the makers of NueroOn believes that they have found a way to create a “unique sleep schedule” for us using their first brainwave – monitoring sleep mask. This mask can help us to switch our monophasic sleep to polyphasic which means we get to sleep more efficiently in less time.
Using NueroOn, users get to sleep in smaller parts throughout the day and reduce the sleep time to just 2-6 hours daily. They will feel as refreshed as a person who slept for more than 8 hours. You get to sleep effectively because of the power naps and get about extra 4 hours of free time daily which is amazing. NueroOn will be available in market in May 2014.
HTC is one of the two Android device makers to use capacitive buttons but looks like their next big thing is going to follow Google Nexus’s steps by becoming HTC’s first smartphone with on-screen buttons. @evleaks managed to get their hands on some wallpapers of the purported HTC M8 and we can expect to get a 5-inch Full HD display judging by the leaked pictures.
If the rumors are true, the next flagship device of HTC will feature out of the box KitKat, HTC Sense 6.0 UI, 2GB of RAM and Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor. Another nice feature of this smartphone is its twin-sensor rear UltraPixel camera. We are expecting to see this smartphone in market this February.
Smartwatches are all set to be a part of the mainstream and Apple is also planning to compete with Samsung when that happens with their very own smartwatch, iWatch. We have been hearing rumors of iWatch since the release of Pebble but nothing is concrete yet.
According to a report of WSJ, Apple is working on iWatch and it would perform some normal smartphone functions like receiving call notifications and checking social networking site updates. Apple’s CEO Tim Cook wears a Nike Fuelband and designer Todd Hamilton has created some mock ups based on the design of Nike Fuelband. We are expecting to see the device this year.
Samsung Galaxy S5
The Samsung Galaxy S4 is slim, light and so far one of the best smartphones available in the market. However, people are already looking forward to see the next smartphone in Galaxy S series and that’s why it’s one of the most anticipated gadgets of this year.
The latest rumors from various sources suggest that the upcoming Galaxy flagship device will appear with full metal jacket. A report from Android Geeks said that the new Galaxy S5 will feature fully aluminium chassis with a completely new design. It will also feature 64-bit processor, 4GB of RAM, 2K qHD display, 13-megapixel camera with a new CMOS image sensor, fingerprint/retina scanner and a 2900mAh battery. We are expecting to see a March 2014 release of this smartphone.
Apple iPad Pro
The rumors about Apple iPad Pro are getting weird day by day and the latest rumor from Mac World suggests that the next tablet from Apple will feature a big 12.9-inch screen. Another rumor from techradar said that the hybrid device is being tested in two different displays, 2K and 4K. The mentioned some unnamed Foxconn sources to have hinted about a 12.9-inch iPad that might feature an A8 processor. We are expecting a 2014 release but not sure when.