Infographic - Softonic's software predictions for 2014


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What will happen in the software world in 2014? We have analyzed the latest news and trends in order to provide you with a series of predictions for next year.

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Infographic - Softonic's software predictions for 2014

  1. 1. The Messaging Wars Here comes the anti-WhatsApp In 2014, the rest of the applications will consolidate their user base, but some, like Skype, will stagnate or transform themselves radically. We expect strong growth in Hangouts -pushed by Android, Helpouts and Glass as well as Viber. What about BlackBerry Messenger? After an initial spike, it was left with just a small share of the market, while it waits for the new BlackBerry BB10 devices. The convergence of systems In 2014 we’ll see the rise of a powerful opponent to WhatsApp. It’s based on images rather than text, and it’ll have more developed security, including an ingenious system of messages that self-destruct, Snapchat style. Like WhatsApp, the new app will be free for a while, then there’ll be a small payment request. Seen already with Ubuntu OS, is a taster of what lies ahead: a few systems for a wide range of devices. 2014 will see the narrowing of the gap between Chrome OS and Android, which, in its version 5.0 will allow you to run Chrome apps. To do the opposite - run Android apps on Chrome OS - will only be possible on Chromebooks like the new Pixel. This new application won’t be promoted through aggressive advertising campaigns, like LINE or WeChat - it will rely on its message going viral, thanks (at the start) to youngsters through an invitationonly system. It’ll be inspired by the phenomena of Snapchat, Ketchup and Bang With Friends. The app’s handiness for flirting will be a major reason for its popularity. While some augmented reality applications will scan everyday objects for printing in 3D - printing objects will be another big thing in 2014 - others will recognize faces and add them to your agenda, or even identify food to record your caloric intake. The technology for object recognition apps already exist.. 8 Don’t forget one of the most important issues: health. In our view, 2014 will be a year in which applications to monitor and protect our health will improve in quality, especially thanks to specialized hardware. So, not only will we know our heart rate, but also our level of stress and endurance, and doctors may start to use the apps for medical diagnosis. DE OG AME S MES SAG E A link between two worlds Healthy new software OPER ATI NG L ICIA C ARTIFLIGEN INTEL Like all good butlers, your phone will start to drive for you - in some prototypes from Ford and Toyota - as well as transmit useful data. “That’s science fiction!”, we hear you cry. But there are apps that talk to your car, like Fuse, which would herald a radical change in the way we use our vehicles. And then there’s Google with its automatic driving experiments. Can you imagine letting Google Maps drive for you? Java 8 and new online threats The final nail in the coffin to traditional security will come with the release of Java 8, which promises to solve many of the problems that have caused security crises in recent years. A zero tolerance policy from browsers about vulnerabilities and third-party plugins, means that new threats will come from an unexpected route: HTML5. Windows 9 will be a system that’ll connect Windows Phone and Windows RT in a single product. Their union will mean that we can use the same applications in Surface tablets as we do on Lumia phones. When? In late 2014 we’ll have our hands on a beta of Windows 9, if not the final version... For free. PS4 and Xbox get Steamed S TEM SYS Apps for driving NG I Windows 9, free for Lumia and Surface SECURITY VI And what about the public’s response? We reckon that Windows 9 will have one of the best starts in the history of Windows, in part thanks to the scheduled death of Windows XP and the push on the Windows Phone. An upgrade from Windows 8.1 to version 8.11 or 8.2 will accompany the release of Windows 9 to align the desktop to the mobile versions. Nintendo goes mobile Nintendo can’t continue to ignore mobile any longer. In 2014 it will announce its first titles for mobiles and tablets. And it’ll be pretty crazy: we’ll see Animal Crossing and Brain Age on Android and iOS. At the same time, Nintendo will launch social games for Facebook, and new competitors from the Japanese firm will be King, Rovio and Zynga. Goodbye to antivirus Without Nintendo as a direct adversary, PS4 and Xbox One will face a new competitor, Steam, which, with Steam OS in its arsenal, is spoiling for a fight. The response from Sony and Microsoft? Games via streaming, that is, playing console titles from your phone, tablet or computer. How? Sony has Gaikai and Microsoft has its own technology. Second screens and augmented reality Next year will see the biggest change in the history of the antivirus. Less useful than before, many will disappear or merge. Others will start to convert to browser plugins or cloud-only solutions. The emphasis will be on web security and threat detection on social networks. The new avast! 2014 already demonstrates many of these new features. The end of classic passwords The NSA scandal will ensure that 2014 is a year in which the protection of private data is more relevant than ever. The mobile OSs will battle to be the most secure, and web applications will enhance their security with strong encryption and alternative authentication systems, such as the fingerprints on iOS 7, courtesy of Touch ID On mobile we’re always seeing how the auxiliary apps for games become commonplace: each major release is accompanied by extra apps, but they rarely stand out from the others on the market. The most spectacular are those that make use of augmented reality (for example, to superimpose game content on everyday life).