In 2011 a lot of things in mobile moved on. Some things that changed in 2011:
- Nokia chose Windows Phone as it’s primary smart phone platform
- Windows Phone development took off big time – 50,000 apps now
- The Nokia N9 was released to huge amounts of press interest
- The iPhone 4S and Android Ice Cream Sandwhich were released.
- In the US, AT&T tried but failed (thankfully) to take over T-Mobile
- In the Android real, Dual core is now standard
- Oh, and Of course, we got QtQuick, which is excellent
So to 2012:
So in 2012, what am I looking forward to and / or hoping for:
- Nokia “rolling thunder” to bring plenty of Windows Phone devices at CES (which I will be at)
- And to continue at MWC
- Windows Phone Apollo to include NFC, Skype integration, Bluetooth file transfer, and some way to transfer documents to it from a PC without using the cloud or Zune.
- Microsoft to open up the Windows Phone SDK to allow things like the ability to integrate MySocialNetwork into the People hub, or MyPhotoService into the pictures hub, and other dumb things like not being able to access recoded videos through the SDK.
- Windows Phone to get features like notifications and clock on AMOLED screes that Nokia fans have been used to for years.
- Elements of the N9’s Swipe UI to turn up in new versions of Symbian, Series 40, or Windows Phone.
- Wider NFC adoption
- Nokia’s successor(s) to the N8 – hoping it’s run as best camera phone ends this year, and even hoping for the first optical zoom camera phone.
- Wider LTE adoption
- No mergers involving the 4 major US cell phone companies.