3 mobile tech advances that would be great in 2014

Next year could be a great year in mobile tech if these advances become reality.
Written by James Kendrick, Contributor
Tech advances in 2014 (Image: James Kendrick/ZDNet)

It's time to put 2013 behind us and look forward to next year. Call these predictions, wishes, or guesses, but these three mobile tech advances would be nice to see in 2014.

iPad bump

Apple's been accused of just incrementally improving the iPad for a few years, even though the iPad Air's weight loss was impressive in 2013. What I'd like to see in 2014 is a major push forward, with a surprising big technology jump.

One such jump that would be impressive is an improvement in battery technology. Imagine an iPad Air with double its already good battery life. This is feasible as Apple has a solid track record of putting decent battery life in the iPad, even while improving performance. An iPad Air with 20+ hours on a charge while keeping the size of the current tablet from Apple would be a major bump.

Windows RT improvement

Windows 8 is a solid OS for tablets, but Windows RT with its restriction against installing legacy apps is lagging behind. This is unfortunate, as tablets based on ARM technology have a lot to offer to the Windows tablet space.

Wouldn't it be nice if Microsoft or a third party developer produced a Windows 8 app that allowed installing a single legacy app in an environment that could be distributed through the app store? It would kind of wrap that legacy app up in a Metro bubble. That would allow legacy apps to be installed on Windows RT, opening that up to a broader audience.

This would be good for Windows 8, too, as it would allow running legacy apps on the Metro side of things. Legacy apps would be just like Windows 8 apps, and that would make things seamless.

I would think this is technically feasible with enough bright minds behind it, maybe we could see this in 2014. It would be an important advancement in this writer's opinion.

Android BlackBerry phones and tablets

BlackBerry has been on the ropes for a while, and not even its BB10 OS could get it back in the fight. It's been suggested that the company's products might do better if Android devices were part of the product line, and this writer hopes we see that in 2014.

BlackBerry hardware has always been first-rate, so putting the most popular mobile OS on it would be a good fit. A Playbook tablet with Android KitKat would frankly be awesome, and consumers might snap them up. The same could be said for phones, with a good BlackBerry handset running Android.

The company could produce good apps to take advantage of Android while adding value for buyers so it would be a win-win all around.

What do you think?

These are the things I'd like to see appear in 2014 but your wishes may be different. Leave a comment in the section below with the advancements you'd like to see, and why. Maybe together we can catch the attention of those in a position to make them happen.

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