It's a dreary Sunday here on the Gulf Coast. Or a perfect time for a few unsolicited predictions.
Some of these will be a little obvious. Some less so. All, however, come without any inside knowledge. Maybe I'll be right. Maybe I won't be. I'll sleep fine either way.
So let's get to it.
- If you've just got to have a removable battery and microSD card, Samsung will continue to offer them ... in the Galaxy Note. The Galaxy S line will continue to be the sleek smartphone, and the Note will be the workhorse.
- There won't be some magic cure-all for Galaxy S6 battery life. It is what it is. Be ready to charge at some point during the day.
- Quick Charge will continue to be more important than wireless charging.
- Look for a lot of Chrome convergence at Google I/O this year. (With the introduction of ARC Welder, however, that's hardly a tough prediction to make.)
- New Android Wear and (I hope) Android Auto updates. (Again, not really going out on a limb there.)
- No new Nexus till the fall, for obvious reasons. (But folks tend to forget those reasons every year.)
- OnePlus will keep on being OnePlus as it unveils its next phone. Its invite strategy may be unpopular with users and crotchety editors, but it works for them.
- The leather option for the LG G4 will feel better than it's looked in pictures.
- The software will continue to confound us, however.
- Huawei and ASUS will find it more difficult than they thought to break into the U.S. markets in any real numbers, despite having interesting devices.
- Alcatel OneTouch's Idol 3 will be one of the low-cost phones to beat.
That's it for this week. Be back Monday.