Alongside new smartphones, interesting trends have been launched, whose real dimensions for now may only be intuited. In addition to milestones, Android has also suffered some significant casualties. See the year of Google OS extremes in our retrospective.
The year of casualties
Three important members of the Android family severed their direct relationships with the operating system. To begin with, one of its co-founders, Andy Rubin, left his position as vice president responsible for Android in March. Under his command, an unknown operating system has become the number one in the world market.
Then Android Open Source Projects (AOSP) head Jean-Baptiste Quru threw in the towel, allegedly annoyed by Google's troubled relationship with its hardware partners, notably processor maker Qualcomm. He feared that Android's philosophy of freedom as an open source system would be abandoned for reasons of marketing policy.
Finally, Google's vice president for Android product management, miner Hugo Barra, swaps the company with Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi. It was always seen in product introductions like Nexus 7 and OS versions, and so to some extent represented the face of Android.
The Year of the Phablets
Not so long ago that the typical screen size for a smartphone was 3.5 to 4 inches. Last year (2012) it had already risen to 4.5 to 4.7. Now a 5 inch diagonal is the absolute standard. But it didn't stop by. Almost all of the name makers have surrendered to the phablet format, and have released 5.5 to 6-inch models, whether the Note 3, Galaxy Mega Series, HTC One Max, Huawei Ascend Mate or Asus Fonepad Note 6.
The rise of Wearables
They came up with the weirdest names, ultramobile or wearables (in the translation, "wearable") and define the devices that could become the new technological trend. This year, Google started the Explorer Program for Glass, and other manufacturers are already working on similar glasses. In addition, the booming market for smartwatches has gained weight: there are now smart watches from Sony, Samsung, Qualcomm and Pebble – and that's just the beginning. Next year, copies of other major manufacturers, especially Apple, are expected.
The 64-bit era begins
And it was Apple again that paved the way (and being Samsung again in its footsteps). The iPhone 5s was also the first smartphone with 64-bit processor. And the trend will spread like wildfire next year. We will not yet be able to talk about an absolute standard in 2014, but its predominance will only be a matter of time.
The magic billiard
Also in the numbers 2013 was a milestone for Android. In April, Google OS vice president Sundar Pichai announced that Android had reached a billion active users. The next billion should be won in the new markets, with more popular handsets and a version of the OS accessible to everyone (KitKat is up for it).
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