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Wednesday Poll: What are you hoping to see in 2012 from the world of technology?

2011 by all means, was an incredible year for Android and mobile technology. We saw dual-core processors everywhere, two new versions of Android, tablets galore, NFC, 4G LTE, and so much more. But now that we are 4 days into 2012, it’s time to start talking about the year ahead and the things you would most like to see. Next week’s CES is always a good gauge for how 2012 could unfold, but we have a feeling there will be more than what we see there that will still make waves throughout the year.

Are you wanting more tablets? More quad-cores? The next version of Android? More NFC? You tell us. Our poll includes some of the first things that come to our minds, but feel free to leave anything you wish to see in the comments below.

What are you hoping to see in 2012 from the world of technology?

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  • Anonymous

    Defffffinitely better battery tech, because all of these awesome new features we’re adding to our phones really make the battery struggle.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been on a train and I go to play a game or watch a video on my phone and think “Wait, when’s the next time I’ll be near a power outlet??” =

  • eze4

    An updated software for the galaxy nexus’s camera as well as the battery life lol

  • Vaporware

    The first batch of quad core phones is meaningless until the OS and apps are written to take advantage. Hell even the dual cores aren’t being utilized efficiently yet. I would prefer higher locked dual cores over quad cores until the next version of Android is released. To my mind the biggest omission from the poll is battery tech. I would most like to see some batteries that can keep up with our mobile needs.

  • How about better frigging batterie!!!!!!

  • Mikedeamicis

    Battery life. The rumored new batteries that will power phones for a lot longer and the new processors that suck less energy combined in a sealed handset that is waterproof. All this ruing ICS with a quad core 2gh processor and 32gig memory with selectable app and storage partitions without rooting your phone, maybe in a nexus devise.

  • how about improved battery life? seriously, we don’t need faster phones at this point, we need ones that can easily last a day, not just struggle through 8-12 hours with moderate use.

  • OR – Nothing, I just got the Nexus!!

  • Bogglefassie

    who cares I have my nexus!!!!!

    • Bewara2009

      U happy you got a plastic phone bro?

      • Bogglefassie

        you mad you dont????

      • Guest

        you a dumbass dick bro??

  • More Advanced Battery Technology!

  • Anonymous

    Other: Lower prices. One can dream right?

  • Anonymous

    A device released without bugs.

  • Dominick

    A Galaxy Note for Verizon LTE in the first quarter!

  • Anonymous

    More Android, Less skin

  • Unlocked bootloaders from ALL manufacturers… is that too much to ask?

  • I’m hoping for more advances and adoption and implementations for [email protected] and USB OTG. (and battery life, and Jelly bean.)

  • How about 4G phones that have a lot better battery life? My G-Nex does pretty well with the extended but I check it often to make sure. I’d rather just know it’ll last at least 36 hrs on normal use.

  • battery life

  • i might also be in the minority but 4g lte phones that use battery at the same amount as 3g chips

  • Anonymous


    • Anonymous

      Oh yeah and better battery life.

    • Lgreg64

      4″ would be just perfect 

    • Tyler

      How much smaller do you want? Verizon has two 4″ screen phones. Pantec Breakout and Samsung Stratosphere aren’t good enough for you? Guess you better keep waiting. Droid 4 is going to be the next good 4″ 4GLTE phone.

      • Anonymous

        I want a 4″ screen. I think both of the phones you mentioned are crappy. All the good ones are 4.3″+ I am going to probably end up getting the D4, but I don’t use physical keyboards so it’ll just be for the screen.

        I mean, I think about it and it’s like… they get all this crap for having 4G phones with terrible battery life so why don’t they make them with smaller screens so they are more efficient? No, we’ll just make the best one. 4.65!!! man, so annoying.

        • Anonymous

          If i wanted a tablet…

  • Anonymous

    What about better batteries? That’s what i want.

  • Flying Cars, Hoverboards.

  • Thin phone.. screen size 4- 4.3 in with 720p resolution no pentile(its not bad but no pentile is much nicer..) new 4g LTE chips.. better cameras.. at least dual core(quad would be nice ..) 

  • gregwilliams

    on the main page it thinks i already voted…and once i click on the article it gives me the option to vote. any ideas why?

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  • Anonymous

    My battery to last more than 4 hours!

  • From the Android world, I’m hoping to see higher hardware quality standards… make phones that look quality, feel quality, and are quality.

  • Pooch Nuts

     I would like to see Gameloft recognize more phones/tablets for their games.  How the hell is the Asus Transformer not compatible with any of their games except Uno.

    • lol because only one game is.. uno lmfao i crack my self up.. good thing im not an egg !! LMFAO 😀 IM SEXY AND I KNOW IT !!! BAHAHAHAHAHAH! !!

  • Anonymous

    Hoverboards.  Come on Mattel 

    • Anonymous

      I’m still waiting for a flying DeLorean.

  • Jim McClain

    i would just like for samsung to make my speaker and camera better, how do put a phone like this out and not know these two things suck?   my original droid has a 5 mega camera and its a lot better,when you blow the pics up the still have good detail, my nexus pics are blurry as hell when you blow them up

  • Anonymous

    I voted “something else” for battery life

  • Steve

     I want more energy efficient displays since it’s the number one killer of battery life. Heck, I’ll sacrifice visual quality for battery life like the Qualcomm Mirasol display.

    • Mark

       I saw the Mirasol display. If the battery life claims are true then I’d take it. It’s easier to read outdoors too.

    • Shogun45

       Lower power displays would be second on my list after better batteries.

      • Jae

        droid bionic displays take up almost no battery life.

        • djembeman

          So, is it just 4G and/or graphics processing that kills my extended battery so quickly.

      • Paul S.

        My top 2 also. I doubt Nvidia’s marketing claims will amount to much.

      • Timo62

        There really hasn’t been much advancement in the power efficiency of displays and batteries. I often hear about researchers making breakthroughs but I hardly see them in actual products.

  • More unlocked bootloaders!!!

  • Seeing a lot of “battery life” talk. Couldn’t agree more. We’ll do our best to see what we can find in the battery department at CES.

    • Anonymous

      Now, can you add it as a poll option?  🙂

      • Lgreg64

        to late to add it now but i think it’s what we all want. whats the use of quad-core phones and 4G with the battery life we have today.

    • Anonymous

      Simple. 2nd gen LTE radio.

      • Lgreg64

        this will help in the size of the phones and speed but 3G phones can’t make it a day with out charging. we don’t need lager and faster phones they need to work on battery life.

        • djembeman

          My wife’s Droid 3 recently had 50% battery left after 1day and 10 hours without any charging. Dual Core and 3G is a good combination.

          • Anonymous

            You are NOT allowed to say something positive about a Motorola product here. Shame on you. 

          • Lgreg64

            that is so ture. i love my OG and i like the new moto ui. if she got 34hours how much was she using it? to have it on and never pick it up most phones will go more than a day.

          • Guest

            you a dick bro??

  • Charlienesh505

    deff battery life

  • Anthony Armando

    battery life & software improvements across the board. these actually go hand in hand, as better software/apps would help to improve battery performance.

  • Anonymous

    Where is better 4g LTE tech so that the battery can last all day with very heavy use?

    • Ahh yes +1 here.

      • Anonymous

        I put new display because I still think the screens are sucking waay too much juice. On a rather sad note, I broke the display on my Droid RAZR on Sunday. Total crack out black out, complete loss. I got insurance and fired up my Droid X while I wait for my replacement to ship. (backorder due to SIM cards, weird right?) Anyway, what is funny though, could not power down the RAZR because I cannot see the screeen nor can I pull the battery. I know how to hard reset, but that resets, doesn’t actually power it off. I figured, what the heck, just let the battery die off. Well, it is still on, 3 days later…. since Sunday. Without the screen, the phone is actually pretty economical on battery… lol 

        • Lgreg64

          and that is with 1st gen LTE. 

  • Andrew

    i might be in the minority, but more phones with a physical keyboard

    • Anonymous

      I would add a tiny bit more to that. I want to be “wowwed” like the days when the Original Droid came out. I don’t want improved this and better of that, I want more BRAND NEW this, revolutionary that. Why not a RAZR thin device with a “detachable” Flip out keyboard ala Droid4? Maybe a design like the Asus Transformer on a phone scale. You could have an optional gamepad also that could plug into the same port. A flipout double touchscreen would be cool. Workdays, keep the keyboard plugged in, vacation days, keep your gamepad plugged in. Why not put a TV reciever or TV add on for our phones. There is a tuner that fits in a USB drive for my PC, can we not make a small one to fit into the headphone jack? Every device should come with some type of webtop interface pre-installed. If you plug an HDMI into your phone, it should be full capable of running on an HDTV wether mirrored or via improved interface. FM Modulators should come standard so users can play music or use speakerphone from a device in your car, wirelessly through FM radio. All devices should have enough onboard battery power so users can change batteries on the fly without powering down. All LCDs should have a “black and white, zero backlight” option to run under outside light. (like a kindle) A kinect energy charger and solar panel on the battery door would be cool. These are just a few things I think we all wouldn’t mind seeing in our future devices.   

      • Butters619

        I like the enthusiasm, but most of these ideas wouldn’t work.

        -TV Tuner in headphone jack = Co-ax cable running into phone….uhhh….
        -double touchscreen didn’t work for tablets and I don’t see it grabbing enough of the Nentendo DS crowd.

        I will stop there.  but again I like the enthusiasm

        • Anonymous

          I appreciate it. TV tuner was more for OTA stuff, adapter like the new credit card swipers that plug into the headphone jack, headphones double as the antenae. Could at least pick up some local channels.  Double Touch was a very random thought (enuf said). I am just itching for some new ideas. I have a feeling that Apple is going to pop out something very cutting edge this year, and I don’t want us all to be sitting here next holiday season wondering how we wound up behind the curve again. 

          • Butters619

            Lol I kinda like that OTA idea with headphones as antennae.

            And Apple has had 2 years (2.5 if they release in fall) to cook up something revolutionary in the hardware department….I’m betting you are right and they are going to come out with something that wows people again. 

          • Tyler

            Apple always has something that wows people (who don’t already enjoy the feature that Android user have been loving). But it will always be missing something, something that iPhone *Current generation plus 1* will have and that iPhone will be missing something that the next generation will have, that the previous one wont be allowed to do even though it can.
            /ends apple rant

          • Butters619

            Haha I’ll agree with you.  But they haven’t really had a hardware wow since the Retina, so I could see them doing something big hardware wise this iteration

    • Anonymous

      Same here. Also, longer battery life.

      • Anonymous

        Agree…I think battery technology will be the next big thing, but maybe not in 2012.  It seems the drive is for more CPU power and larger HD displays, so battery technology will have to keep up.

        Specifically regarding mobile phones, quad core doesn’t excite me that much as the top tier phones right now have plenty of processing power.  I don’t think there is an immediate need for better displays either (the galaxy nexus display is very good).

        For me, in 2012 I would like to see more improvements on the carrier side.

        • Tabe

          Indeed. I want to see REAL battery tech innovation in mobile devices. They really need to stop ignoring the battery issue and make it their top priority!

        • Tyler

          I agree batteries are very important and the technology needs to evolve for use to better utilize our phones. I just got a galaxy nexus so i could care less about hardware and manufactures skins, but a battery is replaceable. 

    • Anonymous

      I’ll second that.

      • Nexus

        iPhone 5. Really….

        • Anonymous


    • Hector Felix


    • Anonymous

      I’ll tell you what. I only had keyboard smartphones since 2004, until i got the Galaxy Nexus. The keyboard is freakin amazing. Even with the current landscape lag bug, i can still type pretty darn fast, and will probably easily match my keyboard typing speed once the bug is corrected.

    • Johan

      Same here. I have uses for both the physical and virtual keyboards. So, I need both.

      • S. Sloat


      • Shon K.

        Exactly. There are times when a physical keyboard is better while in other situations, it’s better to use a software keyboard.

    • Darren B

      Oh my god I’m not alone.

  • Dliuzzo110

    I don’t think we can go much farther until battery technology kick in

  • Hrypop

    Passive device rf charging to increase battery life with utilization of power introduce features and faster power intensive chips and net connections

  • xj333t

    Reasonable battery life on 4G LTE phones, unlocked bootloaders on Motorola phones, all OEM’s include the ability to turn off their skins (run stock Android)…

    • Tyler

      I like your idea of turning off skins, i think if manufactures didn’t customize every single thing and only added their custom homescreen and maybe some accents in menus and stuff i would be ok with it if they also game you the stock launcher too. Everyone loves options right?

  • NFC.

  • Anonymous

    Please add an option for Greatly Improved Battery Life, or Better Integration of LTE chipsets.

    • Lgreg64

      i would take a 3G phone with a battery that would last longer then 1 day. get me 2-3 days than we can talk 4G.

  • Anonymous

    New battery tech to help drastically improve battery life! (http://goo.gl/O5a8f)

  • sharks with freaking lasers!

  • Anonymous

    I’m really excited to see the next crop of quad-core tablets.  I’m finally ready to buy and I can’t wait to see what the other manufacturers have.

  • Better Battery life for me as well

  • Anonymous

    I want to see an improvement in battery life!!!  All this new amazing technology yet still the same dying  batteries.   

    • Anonymous

      THANK YOU SIR…. BATTERY LIFE is NUMBER ONE! . . . I shouldn’t be waiting for Seidio to Drop that 3800MAH for my LTE NExus


  • Dude

    Something else: ICS on all dual core phones.

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