Another great year has come to an end. 2014 has seen some historic moments in mobile phone markets. The year noted a significant growth in the smartphone users as well as the smartphone sales, with some interesting strategies adopted by the giant makers. While most of the smartphone giants have launched a number of devices at various price levels, it is the new arrivals into the market that have stolen the show.
Motorola has begun the revolution with its smartphones that have the features of a flagship device, and at affordable prices. The first of the smartphone series was the Moto G (1st Gen) which had received a tremendous response from the buyers. Announced in 2013, the smartphone has great specifications like 1.2 GHz Quad Core Processor, Advanced Android KitKat Operating System, 5 Mp camera with a Front shooter and 1 GB of RAM with a price tag of just 14,000 (16 GB) and 12,000 (8GB), the phone went onto become the most sold phone of the year, with the online vendor flipkart overwhelmed with the site visits. In 2014, the Company has moved much forward and announced the cheapest phone in the line Moto E, with unbelievable specifications at a really affordable price tag of just 6999 INR. The phone was a super hit, and even won the praises of smartphone reviewers with its price tag. The Phone was announced in May 2014, boasting 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon Dual Core processor and 1 GB RAM, 4.3 inch qHD display with 540×960 pixels resolution, 4 GB internal Memory with 32 GB expandable External Memory Card Slot, 5 MP rear shooter. The phone was released with Android KitKat 4.4.2 Out of Box, with announced update of Android Lollipop (5.0). Although the missing Front Shooter was a bit disappointing, the phone went on viral in no time and was lauded everywhere.
The Company has next gone into making the Nexus 6, which is the most expensive phone in the Nexus Line priced at 45,000 INR. The phone comes with some extraordinary specifications, although a little bit higher than the Moto X, with added sensors and guaranteed updates from Google. Now the company has started announcing the second generation series for its popular Moto X, G and E. While The Second Generation Moto X and Moto G have already been released, Speculations on Moto E have come into the picture and is expected to be announced soon. Motorola has an advantage of rolling out updates faster than every other company for its devices. The phones have received Android Kitkat 4.4.4 update soon after the announcement from Google about the same came out. And the Same case with the next big update from Android, the Android 5.0 Lollipop. The update has already been rolled out for Second and first Generations of Moto X and Moto G while Moto E stills awaits it.
And the Next Game Changing brand that has come into Indian smartphone markets is the Xiaomi, with its affordable range of smartphones like Mi3, Redmi 1S and Redmi Note. The company has announced its debut into the indian markets this year with its mid-range smartphone Mi3, which is at the same price tag of Moto G (1st Generation). Sporting almost same specifications as that of the Moto G, the smartphone comes with MIUI which is the custom version of Xiaomi based on AOSP Jelly Bean 4.3. The Specifications and the Fresh UI from the company has attracted the first time smartphone users, and its sales have gone so high that its online vendor flipkart has suffered from site downs every time a sale was announced. The company has further increased the curiosity of people with its low cost Redmi 1S, which was launched to compete with the defending Moto E. And the specs of the phone was rather advanced and high when compared to the Moto E, although the phone was backward when compared with the software. The phone comes with a 4.5 inch display with a Quad Core processor, Jelly Bean 4.3 with MIUI 3, 8 MP rear shooter with a 2 MP seflie camera. The phone became popular in no time and had to be released in stages rather than going into a flash sale. The latest of the smartphone maker was Redmi Note which sported a 5.5 inch screen was also greatly lauded and was a hit. Although there were several issues that went through the company over a last few days on patents with ericsson, the company is expected to come into markets soon.
2014 has also seen some advancements in mobile phone softwares. Microsoft has come up with a stable build of Windows Phone 8.1 that includes an updated User Interface with three column tile home screen and a dedicated Action Center toggle that includes shortcut icons for various frequently used controls. Also the company has come up with its own Voice Assistant Cortana, that has been released as an update for Windows Phone 8.1. At the end of the yer the company is expected to come up with a denim update for Windows Phone 8.1. Apple has also come up with their iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 plus; the iPhone 6 Plus sporting a large 5.5 inch retina display and both run iOS 8, that includes a new UI with a new option called Apple Pay that the company calls it a new way of transacting through Apple phones. Although the update encountered several issues at first, the company has recently rolled out iOS 8.0.1 that comes up with several bug fixes.
Google has surprised everyone with two new announcements this year; The first is Android Lollipop (5.0), which is the next major update for Android Operating System. The company has rolled out the OS recently, and the company boasts it as an OS that provides rich user interface experience. The OS has come up with tremendous changes in the UI with its new materialistic design and Fluid layout, with rich icons and updated toggle bar and notifications in lock screen. The second is the Google Glass, that the company says it as a wearable over head mounted display(OHMD). users communicate to the glass through voice commands and are provided with a smartphone like hands free environment.
These are some of the important happenings in 2014 as far as I remember.
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