If you follow the Mayan calendar, speculation about how cool next year's phones will be might seem kind of trivial. However, if the world doesn't end, then we're in for a treat next year, according to our various sources across the mobile industry.
There have been enormous leaps forward in smartphones in the last two years, with advancements in screen technologies, processing power and photo image quality to name a few, and there is no indication that we'll see smartphone designers and manufacturers slowing down in 2012. In fact, we expect to see a few exciting new technologies becoming mainstream next year, inside bigger, brighter, badder phones and tablets.
Film still from 2001: A Space Odyssey, credit: Warner Bros; Morph phone concept by Nokia / CNET Australia