They may not all be new gadgets, but they are new parts of gadgets or improvements to gadgets we already know and love. They are… (drum roll) the exciting device developments that we can expect to see in 2017. Each year brings with it new iterations of hardware and software, and the launch of something totally new. This year is no different; here is a quick synopsis of what you need to know.
Samsung Galaxy S8
Samsung's first opportunity to recover from the Galaxy Note 7 debacle will come with the launch of its new flagship phone, the Galaxy S8, in the spring.
We can’t find much info on this device, but Samsung has announced that it will include a new digital assistant powered by Viv, the artificial intelligence start-up Samsung bought earlier this year. (Viv was founded by the same people who built Siri.)
A foldable Samsung phone?
Speaking of Samsung, they have been working on bendable displays for years, but 2017 could be the first time we actually see it in a phone. The company recently filed a patent for such a device.
Apple is expected to refresh its iPad line-up in the spring of 2017, according to Bloomberg's Mark Gurman. The new iPad models will focus on the Pro line, with improvements to the Apple Pencil stylus and new screen sizes.
While the iMac has been updated with new, high-resolution displays in recent years, it's been a long time since Apple has significantly updated the computer. Bloomberg's Gurman reported that Apple has considered adding the new USB-C port to the iMac line-up, which makes sense since the company's other computers are adopting the new standard too. If there is a new iMac coming this year however, no one seems to know when.
The next iPhone is going to be a major refresh for the product, according to various reports. The so-called iPhone 8 is said to have an all-glass design, an organic LED display for better images, no home button, new screen sizes, and more.
An update to the Google Pixel phone
Google did well with its first phone, the Pixel, this year. And while there haven't been any reports on what Google is planning for 2017 in the phone arena, it is likely that there will be a new version of the Pixel launched in autumn of this year.
A new laptop from Google running a special version of Android
On the Google note, the company is planning a major overhaul of its Chrome and Android operating systems to work on many more devices.
The so-called Andromeda OS will also power a new kind of laptop built by Google. The computer is expected to launch in the autumn of 2017 and show off Google's vision for the future of Chromebooks. The laptop is said to work as both a tablet and traditional laptop.
Google is definitely attacking the hardware space! Google is also expected to launch its own watch. The circular smartwatches will be Google's opportunity to inject new interest into its wearable computers.
New virtual reality headsets that work with Windows 10
A new, free update coming to Windows 10 early this year will let just about anyone use a VR headset with their PC. The headsets will be a few hundred pounds and be sold by a variety of companies like Dell, Asus, and Lenovo. Cool!
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