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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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  • 4g LTE Radios that aren’t bullsh!t.

  • Scott

    Battery Life!

  • Regrub

    definitely more battery life!!

  • I would like someone to offer a phone that has all the CURRENT technology features. No compromising this for that. I want a phone with at least an 8mp camera that shoots as fast as the galaxy nexus minimum. I want a phone that has 4g that doesn’t crap out all the time. I want a phone that has a battery that can last through an entire day of heavy use without me having to have or even think about charging it. I want a phone with an unlocked bootloader, developer support, and the most current screen technology. For sure in 2012 I REQUIRE a phone with NFC. I will not buy another phone until this is standard, and I live in the middle of BFE.

  • Anonymous

    Batteries that can last a few days just like the good ole days AND
    Exchange syncing of TASKS
    WI FI everywhere
    Virtual tablets, keyboards, etc.

  • Jdiamjr

    Longer battery life.

  • Awfredricks

    I’m hopeful for better 4G technology going forward. Not just in regards to better battery life but reliability as well.
    It would be awesome to be able to buy a new 4G LTE phone from Verizon and not discovery connectivity issues days later.

  • Mosskingpin

    Better battery technology. Better cell tower tech for rural coverage

  • Simcona

    I would like to see bettery battery life by any means necessary. Software or Hardware

  • BestDeathEver

    All I want are batteries that last longer.  That’s priority #1!

  • longer lasting batteries

  • How about new battery technology…? It’s long overdue we need something to improve our battery life. Maybe even a MORE efficient screen which is tough to do

  • Cabraswell

    I’m looking forward to a Nexus tablet. Hoping it’s around the $500 price point or better.

  • Anonymous

    Hoping to see a new Nokia WP7 on VZW….just want a top notch rear cam and a FFC. If LTE can be involved, even better.
    As far as the Android side goes, I would hope Google will work on bug fixing and polishing what they have….they seem to have no patience for that sort of that thing, it’s going to cost them in the end.

  • Kevin

    Better battery technology should be #1 quad core phones are unnecasary when they only last 6> hours

  • Vulgaritypolice

    I would like to see more dick pix on Droid Life….really how do you guys let some of this stuff go on the comments section.

  • ItStillSucks

    I want a 4G phone from Verizon that will maintain a data connection and for the Google servers to retain a connection to the so-called push email service.

  • Anonymous

    I chose something else because CES is for all kinds of electronics not just mobile technology. Their is sure to be some great new ideas this year. I just want to see more openness across all things mobile. I want proprietary to be a thing of the past and their be some unification of things. But I suppose this is reaching to far in some ways. No one makes money if the system makes sense. Amirite?

  • Nick Wortley

    Better Batteries!

    “8 hours of battery life” is unacceptable.  I’m pretty sure I’m awake for at least 16 hours each day…

    And I’m not talking “switch to 3g”.  I mean, 24 hours of full power usage.

    That, or batteries that recharge in 15 minutes.   I’m sure MIT is working on something 🙂

  • Anonymous

    App Quality is really important to me. Can’t take the greatest phone ever seriously without more decent apps to go with it!

  • raphael gray

    some new battery or screen tech to make my phone last more than 10hrs or so.

  • Stating El Obvious

    I’m hoping to see an Android phone without lag, but I’m also hoping Megan Fox will bone me.

  • Jroc869, Cool story bro

    I would love to see crapple nut up and stop the pointless lawsuits and patent trolling. 

  • Anonymous

    From the mobile world specifically, better battery life, whether from battery tech or efficiency elsewhere.
    From the World of Technology, the death of patent trolls and sanity with so-called “Intellectual Property.”  I’m tired of hearing about another lawsuit or three every week..

  • Rebel447

    Better battery technology! Whats the use of all these quad core stuff but only lasts a few hours! Whoever makes a battery that lasts two days is gonna make Buku!

  • a phone with a 3.7 or 4 inch screen

    • gdcq

      That would definitely help battery life. I would rather have longer battery life than a big screen.

    • Tyler

      I like the larger screen that my Galaxy Nexus has. It has more screen real estate space for browsing the web or scrolling threw lists. I have large hands that can still use one hand and slide down my notification bar and then hit back without repositioning my phone in my hand so i can understand if that’s your complaint but you didn’t really explain. All personal preference i guess.

  • Anonymous

    VoLTE for the galaxy nexus

  • Porschephile2k3

    How about letting battery tech catch up first?

  • reliable battery life!

  • Anonymous

    All of the above.

  • Better apps and a more streamlined android across multiple carriers and manufacturers. 

  • Anonymous

    how about lte battery improvements.

  • Nkfujiwara

    Better battery or energy efficient lte chips and display.

  • Dan

    Battery life number one to make better use of the new technology

  • Anonymous

    I’d prefer to ammend your first choice and say “manufacturers ceasing to utilize skins with Ice Cream Sandwich.” It’s a fabulous UI, why ruin it with Blur, Touchwiz or Sense?

  • Kahnm22

    I voted something else….how about batteries catching up to our devices?

  • Jmasterj

    Better battery tech and lower power SoCs!

  • John Davids

    really needs to be “improved battery technology” on this list



  • Anonymous

    I’m going with something else… namely new battery technology.  I’m hoping for thinner, lighter, smaller batteries that last longer.

  • Android+1

    iPhones steal more Android ideas. Voice spoken GPS? Widgets? What will they steal next?

    • Anonymous

      Yeah…..I hope the iPhone steals multitouch, visual voicemail, pinch and zoom, proximity sensor, pop up keyboard, accelerometer, gyroscope, App Store, App Store business model, folders concept, magnifying glass pop up, and screenshots from Android……what??? You mean Apple had those features FIRST???? You mean Android COPIED EVERY ONE OF THOSE FEATURES??? You don’t say??????

      • Stating El Obvious

        android sheep response:  “these were trivial and obvious”
        normal person response: “android sheep are dumb”

        • Anonymous


      • Anonymous

        1) Multitouch – Developed most recently by Fingerworks (starting around 1999), BOUGHT by Apple (not invented by them, and clearly not the “first” to use it). Hell, Apple was sued and settled against Elan for multitouch as well, proving they didn’t “invent” diddly, nor did they have it first: http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2398412,00.asp
        2) Visual Voicemail – I can see an earlier application (2006) on BB via “SimulScribe” app, as noted here: http://www.blackberryforums.com/general-blackberry-discussion/52295-voicemail-text-services-simulscribe.html… in other words, also NOT invented by Apple (iPhone released in 2007)
        3) Pinch to zoom: http://gadgets.softpedia.com/news/Apple-Gets-Patent-For-Pinch-To-Zoom-Gesture-12014-01.html – Apple’s patent was severely hampered since pinch to zoom alone was not allowed to be patented, so they had to reword it to make this patent “only covers gestures that require the user to perform a second pinch to zoom within a preset timeframe”… ie, NOT the original pinch-to-zoom. The bottom line is, they didn’t invent this, nor do they “own” it, since they couldn’t even get a patent for it.
        4) Popup/virtual keyboard: http://www.google.com/patents/US6882337 MS has a patent far predating the iPhone here (2002). I didn’t look any further than this, since there is plenty of reference to other prior patents in that filing.

        With that, I am going to ignore the rest of your clearly factless ranting. I will grant Apple this – they certainly put all these together on one RELEASED CELLPHONE “first” (even that is somewhat debatable, since many features were available far sooner than the iPhone, including some of the ones above. If anything you can say that this SPECIFIC MIX of features was theirs “first” to be RELEASED… and that’s about it. And I certainly give them credit for that.) But they didn’t invent or even come out “first” with these features in any way. They bought their way to the iPhone feature-set, and put it together into a single package.

        And yes, Android did a lot of these too (keep in mind, “Android Inc” was created well before the iPhone (ca 2003?), though it wasn’t released as a product until Google bought it as a platform in 2005)… so Android didn’t steal these ideas from iPhone (nor the original concept of a smartphone). Hell, Palm had that released before either of these two.

      • Guest

        you a dick bro??

  • akhi216

    Xperia Play 2

  • Anonymous

    I think if they can figure out how to make batteries a whole lot stronger then we will really start to see new tech in our phones

  • Joejoe509

    I have a Galaxy Nexus sooo… Jelly Bean. Duh. Other than that, better apps and more prevalent NFC uses.


    Honestly i don’t see why everyone is exited about quad-core phones. In my opinion..im buying a galaxy nexus this weekend for my upgrade on verizon, and really i think dual core is enough. Really we need our phones more powerful than laptops? even some desktops? i think its a little absurd and as much as i do play probably 4-5 maybe even 10 hours on my xbox, we rely on technology a little to much. It also costs a lot… i mean really? how can you upgrade every year…your on contract which means you still have to shell out money to buy the new phone and then a new one the next year comes along and the process goes over again. I just don’t see the point of it so im looking forward towards the next android update.

    • Anonymous

      People said the same thing about dual core phones. 

    • Tyler

      What sort of crappy desktop computer are you looking at that are slower then the potential quad core phone?

  • Oie

    Battery life has to be #1.. no doubt..  

  • A phone from Moto/Sammy/HTC where performance isn’t thrown under the bus for design.  In other words

    1) At a minimum, a 2000+ mah REMOVEABLE battery, or something between what is stock and those ginormous extended batteries.

    2) A hardware shutter button and that small, but much appreciated, lanyard slot.

    3) No more compromise on flagship phones such as RAZR (waterproof, Gorilla Glass, but no removeable battery) and GNex (ICS, great screen, but a crappy camera -you all know it’s true- and no SD slot). 

    Damn it all!  They no how to make a phone with all these features-why won’t they?

  • Bewara2009

    I want motor built with a quad core, rumning jelly bean on a super al.HD screen 4.65″running Verizon second Gen 4g LTE with beats by dry solo headphones..did I miss something here?

    • Anonymous

      Yep. Stock, vanilla Android and an easily unlockable bootloader like that of the Nexus. Without this part it will just be another disappointing device from Motorola just as every device released post-D1 have been – no matter how good the rest of the specs might be.

  • Butters619

    AT&T G-Nex

    That and better battery life!

    • Anonymous

      While not subsidized, the GSM Galaxy Nexus will work on AT&T just fine. 

      • Butters619

        I’ve been up for contract renewal for some time so I want to actually use my discount instead of buying out of contract phones.  I know I could use it and sell the phone.   Still considering doing that.

  • I voted for more NFC, but not necessarily just in phones. I want to see it in other things… tablets, PCs, etc. Rarely am I going to want to send things to s friend that just so happens to have the correct phone, but I want to send things to myself every day (for example PC to phone, or phone to PC). I know several companies, including Broadcom, are working on it, now I want to see it.