The smartphone field is moving at lightning speed, and follow-up is not always easy. Technology that emerged a year ago, such as WVGA monitors and 8-megapixel cameras, is quickly old. Here we will look at the latest technology trends for smartphones in terms of both hardware and software.

Processors and displays were one of the most advanced aspects of smartphone technology. Dual-core processors began embedding in devices at the beginning of 2011, and are now standard on any first-class smartphone. What's more interesting is that the quad-core processors are here, and are included in the new Transformer Prime. Although Prime is a tablet, it's only a matter of time before smartphones start charging with these quad-core chipsets. Meanwhile, in the screen section, HD screens started to reach the latest smartphones. HTC Rezound is one of the devices that use the HD screen to make using the device super fun.

Another aspect of smartphone technology has been literally for days now, and this is the latest version of Android. Android 4.0, called Ice Cream Sandwich, was launched with the Galaxy Nexus smartphone on Verizon. The operating system brings many new features to drive the smartphone industry. One feature in particular is the integration of software buttons into the interface. While current Android smartphones include physical or touch-sensitive buttons to navigate the interface, Ice Cream Sandwich eliminates this. You expect smartphones to be released in the next few months that do not have buttons outside of the power button and rock music.

One of the noteworthy developments in smart phone technology in the past few months is speech recognition technology. With the launch of iPhone 4S, Apple introduced the world to Siri. While Google has already integrated its voice command software in Android phones for more than a year and a half, Apple has made the idea prevalent and revolutionary. Now, it is rumored that Google is running on a Siri competitor that would allow the user to interact with the phone through natural speech. Speech recognition is clearly the next big thing in smartphone technology.

Among all these recent jumps in smartphone technology, 2012 has really become a very wonderful year. With these strong sales in the industry, all manufacturers strive to acquire and maintain market share. This leads to some amazing hardware and a lot of innovations. Thanks to this perfect storm of competitive forces, consumers benefit greatly from what appears to be an unlimited number of amazing devices.


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