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Gadgets to Watch for in 2017

Patrick Pope - Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Every year the major tech hardware and software players to try one-up their competition while trying to best themselves at the same time, and in some cases trying to survive in the marketplace. From Samsung trying to bounce back after an explosive year (figuratively and literally), Google making a big play into the hardware realm to VR (virtual reality) potentially coming into its own, 2017 promises not to disappoint tech junkies and gadget enthusiasts.

Samsung Galaxy S8

Samsung's will launch its Galaxy S8 in the spring this year in its’ first attempt to bounce back after the explosive (pun intended) issues with the Galaxy Note 7. The phones were so prone to explode even mail carriers banned it from being shipped.

While the future of the Note product line is in question, Samsung’s flagship phone, the Galaxy S, is expected to be unveiled at the Mobile World Congress trade show this February

Expected updates are a virtual personal assistant, high resolution 4k display, a second rear camera, and maybe even an iris scanner.

Foldable Samsung Phone

A design it has been working on, Samsung may release a rumored foldable smartphone. A 2013 Samsung concept video showed a device that would let you read and view content on a tablet-sized screen that could then be converted to a smartphone-like size for convenient transport.

Other companies, including Lenovo, the Chinese phone maker Oppo, and the Japanese display maker JDI have also created dual-screen and foldable smartphones, but none have been released commercially. Samsung hopes to beat them to market.

iPhone8

It feels like the iPhone7 just came out with it’s ultra-advanced, and super annoying wireless ear buds. According Business Insider the iPhone 8 will be a “major refresh”, their wishful thinking, not ours.

Coming on the iPhone 10 year anniversary, Apple is said to be overhauling the design, to be all glass, not home button. So, expect the new iPhone8 to have easily losable ear buds, a glass case and no home button.

A New Google Laptop?

Google is expected to make a big splash into the hardware realm this year starting with a special version of Android, dubbing it, Andromeda OS. The Andromeda OS will also reportedly power a new laptop designed by Google. The laptop is said to work as both a tablet and traditional laptop with a lot of power under the hood.

Andromeda OS is still a ways off in 2017—expecting to make it’s grand appearance in the Fall of 2017.

A Smart-Watch By Google

Google put the breaks on unveiling its software update for the Android Wear watch until this year as well as launching their own smart-watch. The circular smartwatches will be Google's opportunity to inject new interest into its wearable computers, a category that's been dominated by the Apple Watch so far. According to Business Insider

And a new Google Phone

Google's first-ever phone, the Pixel, was by any measure a huge success this year. Though Google hasn't released its plans for the 2017 Pixel phone, it's anticipated to be another awesome phone. Be on the lookout for the Google Pixel 2017

Virtual Technology is now Reality

Virtual Reality looks poised to come into it’s own this year with HTC launching it Vive VR system, and Windows 10 adding VR compatibility to it's PCs via a free Windows 10 update.

And start-ups have already begun creating their own add-ons for the Vive, one-of-which will allow the headset to be used wirelessly.

Other headsets are expected to start at $299 from a variety of companies like Dell, Asus, and Lenovo—which will be much cheaper than other headsets like the Oculus Rift that have a starting retail price of $599.