The new android is available: android 4.4, better known as android KitKat!
Like explained in this article here (dutch), the first devices who are going to use KitKat is the nexus 5 series.
But I’m not going to talk about that. My focus today is on a new phenomena you can spot nowadays: “new phones == bigger phones”.
First some facts on best sold phones through the years: (source: here)
2013: Samsung galaxy S4: 5,38 inch
2012: Samsung galaxy s3: 5,38 inch
Apple iPhone 5 : 4,87 inch
2011: Apple iPhone 4s : 4,54 inch
2010: Nokia 5230 : 4,37 inch
2009: iPhone 3GS : 4,55 inch
2008: iPhone 3G : 4,55 inch
2007: Nokia 1200 : 4,00 inch
2006: Nokia 1600 : 4,09 inch
2005: Nokia 1110 : 4,09 inch
2004: Nokia 2600 : 4,25 inch
2003: Nokia 1100 : 4,18 inch
2002: Nokia 6100 : 4,02 inch
2000: Nokia 3310 : 4,45 inch
Obviously, phones before 2000 where bigger and bigger:
You can clearly see the race towards smaller and smaller phones in the early ages. The trend was then: the smaller the better. But around the year 2008, with the introduction of (descent) touchscreens, it went the other way around. That is somewhat strangely, because even with the introduction of the first iPhone, people were skeptical about the size of it (it was to big, to heavy, not easy to take with you,…).
But since then, it only got worse: the Samsung galaxy s4, the most popular of this time, is so big that it isn’t fitting in everyone’s pocket anymore, strange, won’t you think?
So the question to ask today is: “Will mobile phones still grow in size, or will the decrease again?”. Is their going to be a kind of fashion wave, where phones increase and decrease overtime like the size of glasses or pants?
And what about tablets? They are also getting smaller, so, is their going to be a difference between smartphones and tablets? Or are we going to talk about “smart devices” in the future, where their is no clear separation between tablets, smartphones and laptops…
Some thoughts to think about, let’s hear your opinion