LG and Samsung launched the first curved-screen smartphones in 2013. The LG G Flex has a vertical curve and the Samsung Galaxy Round is curved horizontally, but both raise the same question: What's the point of the curves?
Samsung gave us a glimpse of what this could look like during the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show, where it demoed a few devices with curved screens. Some of the gadgets had screens that wrapped around the edges of the phone, others had screens that could be rolled up like a scroll, and all of the screens were said to be much more durable than the displays we have on phones today.
We want to see LG, Samsung and others start using this technology to create innovative and more durable smartphones.
5. Truly customizable smartphones
Motorola toyed with the idea of customizable smartphones when it released the Moto X this summer, but users were limited to customizing the device's aesthetics. Next, users should be able to customize everything from the color of the device to the processor and the battery.
Fortunately, this fall a Dutch designer created Phonebloks, a concept smartphone built of modular parts, similar to Lego building blocks. The idea of Phonebloks quickly took off with consumers and a movement to make customizable phones a real thing began. The movement gained momentum when Motorola joined in by announcing Project Ara, a hardware platform that would allow users to essentially pick and choose the parts of their smartphone.Consumers have shown that they want customizable smartphones, but 2014 might not be enough time for Motorola to develop Project Ara. At the very least, we want the successor to the Moto X to be much more customizable.
4. More wearable technology
In 2013, the tech world gave users numerous smartwatches and fitness devices, as well as Glass, Google's high-tech eye wear.
But wearable technology should go beyond our wrists and foreheads. In 2014, we want to see tech companies start to expand the kinds of wearable technology that they create.
Already, we saw Microsoft begin to do this by developing a smartbra that can detect and notify users when they are stress eating. Although the device was mocked, Microsoft had the right idea, and more companies should be as daring when it comes to wearable technology. You can't stand out by doing the same thing as your peers.
3. iPhone 6
Even-numbered years mean one important thing for Apple fans: an iPhone redesign.
Starting with the iPhone 3G in 2008, Apple has given the iPhone a major redesign every two years, and that means consumers are due for the iPhone 6 in 2014.
We've yet to see any leaked images of the iPhone 6, but there have already been some reports detailing what users might expect -- and it's all about the phone's screen.
In November, Bloomberg reported that Apple might get in on the curved-screen craze and give the next iPhone downward-curving edges. And back in September, the Wall Street Journal said Apple is testing iPhone models with screens as big as 6 inches.
As has been the case the past two years, users should expect the latest iPhone, or iPhones, to be released around September.
2. General release of Google Glass