With the new year upon us, what innovations can we expect to see in the tech world over the next 12 months? As the pace of the industry is getting faster all the time, the potential for something truly exciting is never far away.
But while old wishlist items like flying cars and personal jetpacks are probably not likely to make an appearance in your local high street any time soon, the smartphone market is a little easier to predict. Even though on the surface, updated versions of last year's gadgets with a bigger number added on the end might not get the pulse racing, the huge leaps forward in capabilities should.
And for 2014, it's set to be a great year for Android devices. According to market research firm Gartner, over a billion gadgets running this operating system with be sold this year, including both smartphones and tablets.
While low-cost devices make up a growing number of these, you can also expect all the major manufacturers to bring out new versions of their flagship handsets this year. So with this in mind, we've trawled the rumours, speculation and confirmed features to put together our list of what to expect from the big players this year.
Samsung Galaxy S5
Given the huge success of Samsung in recent times and the positive reception to the S4, the emergence of a successor model is a no-brainer. And if past evidence is anything to go by, we can expect to see the next flagship Galaxy model appear around March.
While it will feature the usual performance upgrades, one whisper making the rounds is that it will come with an all-new user interface. Samsung hasn't made many changes to the look of its products in recent years, so a shake-up for the S5 could be just what the company needs to re-excite buyers.
The followup to the HTC One is also set for an early-year release,with commentators pointing to February's Mobile World Congress (MWC) event as a likely reveal. 'M8' is likely to be just a codename and when it hits shelves, you can expect it to take over the One branding from the firm's current flagship, though no-one seems sure exactly what it will be called. The HTC One Two perhaps?
Like many of this year's updates, it's set to benefit from a faster processor under the hood, while some reports suggest its screen could be bigger than the existing One's 4.7 inches.
Google Nexus 6
Yes, it's only been a couple of months since the Nexus 5 hit the market and redefined what you could expect from a phone in the mid-price range, but Google is already working hard on a successor, tentatively expected in mid to late 2014.
Some of the specs have been suggested in concept videos, so it seems users can expect up to 4GB of RAM and a five-inch plus display. However, some commentators have noted Google with have to beef up the Nexus 5's disappointingly tiny battery to cope with this.
As always, you can also expect the Nexus 6 to introduce to the world whatever new version of Android Google has cooked up.
Sony Xperia Z2
Another device expected to debut at MWC in February, the Xperia Z2 is likely to be one of the first big releases of the year – and yet still not much is known about the followup to the Sony Xperia Z.
Pocket-Lint suggests the device will build on the strong design shown in the Xperia Z, but try to slim down what was a fairly bulky device. Tech Radar added that it is set to be a "modest" upgrade of the original.
For the last few years, LG has been one of the forgotten names in the smartphone industry, with it pulling out of the UK market altogether for a while. But last year, it bounced back in style with the G2, which received great reviews and was seen as a real rival to the Nexus 5.
But can it pull off the same trick with the follow-up? Leaked specs for the G3 suggest it will come with a 4K screen that could give it one of the prettiest displays around. Other rumours speak of an iPhone-like fingerprint scanner and 64-bit processor.
Like many of this year's other top devices, we're set to find out at MWC, so keep your eyes peeled next month.