2013: World Wide War in the Tech sector

By on January 9, 2013
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Here are some of the trends Mr. Vishesh Bhatia saw going into 2013.

At the tbreak awards 2012, Jumbo’s CEO Mr. Vishesh Bhatia gave some predictions for 2013 and I tend to agree with most of what he said. If you weren’t present at the event, here are some of trends Mr. Bhatia saw going into 2013:

1) Tablets will continue to eat into PC Sales

I think this one is quite obvious given the insane popularity of the iPad. While the iPad will continue to sell really well in 2013, the overall market share for the iPad (in terms of percentages) will predictably drop because of the sheer number of Android and Windows tablets entering the market.

With Android, we’ve seen the Nexus 10 tablet from Google/Samsung priced very competitively on the higher end, while tablets from the likes of axtrom will continue to attract the price-conscious buyer curious about tablets. On Windows side, it is expected that Nokia and HTC will showcase their devices. You can also expect giants like Samsung and Sony continue to take a bite of the tablet market.

2) Smarter and more 4K TVs

In 2012, Sony was pretty much the only company selling the ultra hi-res 4k display but we will see a lot more players enter the market in 2013 if CES is anything to go by. All of the major players, Sony included, have announced a large number of models ranging from 55″ to 110″ and this will certainly bringing prices for these stunning displays lower.

As rightly pointed by Mr. Bhatia, the TV interface is still clunky and best used with a remote designed 40 years back. While we’ve seen gesture and motion based remote controls, I don’t think anyone has gotten it quite right yet. Will a certain fruit company show us how it’s done?

3) Android will continue to dominate on Smartphones

Google’s Android decisively won the race as far as numbers are concerned in the mobile phone space. While I see them in the lead in 2013, like the iPad, I think their overall market share will drop with Windows Phones gaining more ground and the new BlackBerry 10 based devices launching.

It will also be a somewhat tricky year for Google as Samsung has pretty much been responsible for the great success of Android and they have shown that they’re not committed to just making Android devices by releasing the Windows Phone based ATIV as well showing support for the upcoming Tizen OS. Samsung is also going to increase the usage of their Apps (Calendar and Notes at the moment) that replace Google Apps while Google is supposedly working with their acquired Motorola division to create a killer Google phone.

So there you have it. If you thought 2012 was a year that provided some great entertainment as Apple and Samsung battled it out, be prepared with even bigger showdowns in 2013.


Abbas Jaffar Ali is the founder of tbreak.com and a blogger, geek and self-declared tech pundit who can't stop talking about technology. Find him on twitter as @ajaffarali

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