Big Things On The Horizon For Windows, Sony, Android, and Samsung in 2021
Isadora Teich wrote this article
As the year ends, it’s important to take a look at what’s to come. It’s been a big and interesting year for the business and creation of apps.
Some of the big highlights include the hype surrounding app clips and the legal war between Fortnite creator Epic Games and Apple. The boom in healthcare apps has had a rocky start and innovators are doing amazing things with app technology to fight the pandemic.
While Apple often takes the spotlight, I want to take a look at what’s coming for Windows, Android, Sony, Samsung — and new ways that these companies’ products may be enabled to work together in 2021.
Windows Is Making Big Changes
Windows Central reports that Windows has been making major investments in Windows 10 updates, which will launch in the Fall of 2021.
This will include new top-level features and a refreshed UI that is more consistent and usable for modern consumers. They are also expected to do a lot of work to close the app gap.
It is expected next year that Microsoft will ship x86 64-bit app-emulation for Windows 10 on ARM. This means that devices like the Surface Pro X will be able to run most legacy Windows apps. This update may be very app-focused in other ways as well.
There is some buzz that Windows may allow Android apps on the Microsoft Store on Windows 10.
Accessing a wide range of Android Apps on Windows devices will be easy in 2021 due to what Microsoft is calling Project Latte. It will reportedly make it simple to port Android apps to Windows 10. Developers will be able to do this with little or no coding at all.
As of now, Microsoft already allows some Android apps to be run in Windows 10. However, this is only in very limited circumstances. You can use the Your Phone app to stream Android apps from your smartphone. But currently, the service only works with a few Samsung handsets.
While there are already a number of unofficial ways to run Android apps on Windows 10, like The Bluestacks software, which is mostly aimed at gamers, Project Latte will be official, mainstream, and simple.
How Windows Aims To Compete With Apple
Apple recently launched a series of Macs that run on its own ARM-based chips, called M1. As this is the same technology that is used in iPhones and iPads, the new Macs can also run iOS and iPadOS apps.
These are also easy to use for developers. It is likely that Microsoft is working on Project Latte to directly compete with them.
However, Windows 10 PCs will have one massive advantage over Macs, and that is the availability of touchscreens.
Apple has been refusing to launch a touchscreen Mac for years. This means that many touch-optimized apps either will work poorly or not at all on their computers. Windows laptops and tablets with touchscreen displays, on the other hand, will work with mobile apps.
Next year, Windows is expected to launch Windows 10X.
These devices will be mid-range laptops and tablets. Windows 10X devices are designed to be direct competitors to Google’s Chromebooks. While Chromebooks were sent to many schools for free around the US, it seems that people are pretty split on whether they are good or not.
Many articles can be found talking about the experiences of student users who found them slow and unpleasant to use for even the basics.
If Windows 10X performs better, it will likely be a strong competitor. It will supposedly be a lightweight OS with excellent security, battery life, and performance.
Android 11 Updates For Sony Xperia Phones
This month, Sony is beginning to release Android 11 to its phones.
If you have a newer model, there is a lot of exciting news, however, for those with older phones, it’s not as exciting.
The Xperia 1 II will be the first phone to get Android 11. That upgrade will arrive before the year is our. The Xperia 5 II and Xperia 10 II should receive their updates in January 2021. The original Xperia 1 and Xperia will get their updates in February 2021.
Most of the updates included will revolve around improving the chat functions and privacy and security. However, for those with less cutting edge Sony phones, there has been no mention of when Android 11 will be available.
Looking Forward to Android 12
Even though the vast majority of phones will not have Android 11 for some time, but there is already speculation that Android 12 will possibly include some big improvements for app users.
According to a new note in the Android open source code, Google has plans to move the Android Runtime (ART) into Mainline with Android 12.
Essentially, this means that it will be able to update this central system component across potentially all new Android devices starting in 2021. ART is so important because, without it, your phone wouldn’t know how to run any of your apps.
Updating it will potentially lead to an increase in app compatibility, which would be great for users and developers.
Samsung’s New Affordable 5G Phone
In September of this year, Samsung announced the Galaxy A42 5G. This was its most affordable 5G phone yet, as its price is in the $400 range. In 2021, they are expected to unveil a few more affordable Galaxy A-series phones.
Recently, the first CAD renders of the upcoming lower mid-range 5G phone were leaked online.
Android Central reports that this new affordable phone will have an all-new design and some distinctive features. For one, the new phone will have an entirely new camera.
While the other A-series phones have a rectangular protruding camera bump, the Galaxy A32 is different. It will have a flat back with three vertically stacked lenses.
This is joined by an LED flash and a sensor that we do not know the purpose of yet. It will also have an integrated fingerprint sensor, USB-C charging port, and 3.5mm headphone jack.
It’s expected to be released in 2021.
Big things are coming in 2021! When it comes to the world of tech, there is always something exciting a new just around the corner.
Which of these updates are you most excited about?
Talk to me.
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