Smartphones are getting faster, sleeker, and more robust in 2013. Look for more computing power with quad core processors that will make apps as fast as you’ve ever seen them. Is this the year that Android phones will become as beautiful and sexy as the iPhone, or will Android be happy with their larger market share and lower profits? Will we see an iPhone 6 this year? Or at least an iPhone 5S?
Here’s a round up of smartphone gossip and trends for 2013:
The 10 hottest phones you can’t buy yet – Digital Trends
We don’t report every leaked shot of every rumored handset — there are blogs for that — but we try to keep you informed about what’s out there and what’s coming up. Lately, we’ve been hearing a number of new rumors and leaks. Below is a list of the major smartphones we’re expecting to see companies like Apple, Samsung, Sony, Nokia, HTC, and Motorola unveil this fall.
Read more: Digital Trends
CES 2013: New Smartphones On Deck – Information Week
Surprisingly few smartphones have been leaked in the days and weeks leading up to the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show. There have been plenty of rumors, to be sure, but no bona fide revelations of significant new devices. Judging from the full press day schedule, however, we’re sure to see at least some new hardware, especially from Samsung and Sony.
Read more: Information Week
Smartphones at CES 2013: Gotta have more quad-core – CNET
In general, I think we’ll see more of the budget and midtier smartphones holding down the fort, with a sprinkling of premium devices as handset manufacturers reserve their best stuff for events that they control from start to finish.
Read more: CNET
Trend Watch – Switching to Monthly and Pre-Paid Carriers with Premium Phones
Not seen until this year is an aggressive push by companies such as Straight Talk and Net10 Wireless that are vying for consumers looking to have a pre-paid monthly contract with premium phones such as iPhones and the Galaxy S3. It used to be that these carriers would target more budget conscious consumers looking for the cheapest phones on the most basic plans, but more and more people are becoming fed up with wireless carriers and their draconian two year contracts.
Straight Talk and Net10 are two of the more popular companies offering premium phones AND the ability to bring over your phone from another carrier. We broke down the difference between Straight Talk and Net10 Wireless so you can get a feel for both of them. Both companies are owned by Tracfone and run on their network which runs on Sprint’s network.
The growing trend is consumers not wanting to be tied to a long term contract and do not mind paying the full price of a phone up front when they can be saving up to $1,000 a year.