Happy 2013 New Year from Gadgetorama

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Dec 312012

Happy New YearAs other parts of the world begin to ring in the new year, I would like to take this time to wish everyone a very happy New Year. I hope that 2012 treated you right and that 2013 will do an even better job.

As usual, rather than another 2012 list, here is another installment of our own Gadgetorama tradition: Looking at the stories we found most interesting over the last year:

  • Despite the setback of having to push the launch of its BlackBerry 10 devices to 2013, Research In Motion remained in the news as the topic of numerous rumours and its own build-up to the launch of its new operating system and devices in January 2013. RIM seems to have weathered the transition better than most expected. It still has 79 million subscribers and anticipation is very high for its new devices. Will we see a RIM turnaround in 2013?
  • The ongoing domination of Google and Apple in the mobile space continued in 2012 with the two accounting for over 90% of all smartphones shipped in Q3 2012 (Expect similar numbers for Q4). Can RIM, Microsoft or another player really establish a viable third player? 2013 may hold the answer for us. It’s no different in the tablet space. iOS dominates but Android is catching up fast. Meanwhile, Microsoft looks to have a steep road ahead of it with Windows RT and Windows 8.
  • Google picked LG as its partner for the launch of its next smartphone, the Google Nexus 4. With a strategy to sell it unlocked at an aggressive price, the Nexus 4 could have been a real market disruptor. Instead, who would have guessed that two industry giants would so badly bungle the launch of this device? It sold out in minutes with Google Play clearly unable to cope with the “huge demand” and supply has since been “scarce and erratic.” Google may be a giant in the mobile OS space but it has a ways to go in the e-commerce space.

The stage is set for 2013 to be yet another exciting year in the world of smartphones, tablets, and other mobility gadgets. We look forward to bringing you the top stories once again. Thank you all again for your ongoing support and for making Gadgetorama a regular stop for your mobile gadget news.

Happy New Year!

Video: Happy Holidays from Android

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Dec 222012

With Christmas just around the corner now, the Google Android has put together a video to wish the Android community happy holidays:

Thanks for being part of the Android community in 2012. Happy holidays from everyone at Android!

It’s nice to see that even Bug Droid, the Android mascot, will celebrate surrounded by friends and all the latest Nexus devices.

Is that an unannounced Nexus 7 docking station (last spotted earlier this week) we spy at the 0:52 mark of the video? And is that a Nexus 10 dock a bit further (around the 0:58 mark and again at 1:15)?

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Welcome 2012! Happy New Year from Gadgetorama

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Dec 312011

Happy New YearWith parties breaking out in other parts of the world, I would like to wish everyone who stops by Gadgetorama a very happy new year. As always, thank you for your ongoing support.

2011 proved to be an important year for Gadgetorama if only for the fact that I finally got around to redesigning the site (albeit I recognize that there is still work to do on the new design). It only took more than 6 years! With the new platform, new features and improvements should come a bit faster!

And now on with the Gadgetorama tradition of looking back at the stories that I found the most interesting in 2011:

  • The promise and demise of webOS: The year started with much anticipation for HP’s upcoming webOS products. Who would have guessed that it would all come crashing down only weeks after the HP TouchPad hitting the market? After promising so much for webOS, by the end of the year, HP open-sourced the mobile operating system. It will be interesting to see if it can rise again like the proverbial phoenix.
  • RIM’s ‘anno horribilis’: Nothing seemed to go right for Research In Motion this year. From poor sales of its PlayBook to an oft-delayed update, from trademark infringements to service outages, RIM seemed unable to do right. 2012 is shaping up to be another tough year with BlackBerry 10 devices not expected until the latter portion of the year. Will BlackBerry 10 devices launch or will they be further delayed? Will there be a management shake-up? Or could RIM even find itself bought out?
  • Steve Jobs and Apple: 2011 was another banner year for the manufacturer. The iPhone remained a bestseller (despite there being no iPhone 5) and the iPad continued to trounce the competition. The unfortunate death of Steve Jobs in late 2011 set the stage for the next chapter of Apple’s story. Can the string of successes continue without Jobs at the helm?

As always, the year ahead promises to be another exciting one in the world of mobility and gadgets! What are you most looking forward to?

Again, thank you for all your support and Happy New Year!

WIND Mobile announces Boxing Week Event

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Dec 242011

WIND MobileWIND Mobile has already posted details of its upcoming $99 Boxing Week Event which will run from December 26th to December 31st. Here’s a look at the offers.

First up are a number of devices that will be offered for CA$99 on WINDtab+ with selected plans (including the Holiday Miracle Plan, which has been extended until December 31st). On the list are the BlackBerry Torch 9810, BlackBerry Bold 9900 and HTC Amaze 4G.

A number of devices will also be on sale. The price of the BlackBerry Curve 9360 will be reduced by CA$99 to CA$250 with no contract. If a data stick is more what you are looking for, the WINDspeed Mobile Internet Stick E1691 will sell for CA$99 and include a 1GB per month data plan.

WIND Mobile will also feature a PlayBook door crasher at a number of locations. Anyone activating a BlackBerry smartphone will have the option of picking up a 32GB BlackBerry PlayBook for CA$99. Each participating location will have a minimum of five. All locations will also offer the Huawei U6150 for CA$49 with no contract (minimum of 10 per store).

Time to do a little Boxing shopping planning while Santa begins his gift deliver run…

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Happy New Year from Gadgetorama

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Dec 312010

Happy New Year!

As festivities welcoming 2011 begin in other parts of the world, I would like to wish everyone a very happy New Year. Thank you for your ongoing support and for making Gadgetorama a regular stop for your mobile gadget news.

2010 proved to be another interesting year. Gadgetorama headquarters are still under renovations (although we are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel now) and life outside of Gadgetorama continues at its breakneck speed. Just keeping up with the news was a challenge at times and my ambition to do more reviews and a site redesign remain just that for now. Hopefully things will quieten down a bit in 2011 and allow me to focus more energy in these areas.

In the meantime, I will continue my Gadgetorama tradition and look at the stories I found the most interesting in 2010. CES 2010 held much promise for tablets and Apple, much as it did with the iPhone, set the standard that competitors are and will be measured against (at least for the next year or so). Will Android and webOS tablets live up to their expectation? Meanwhile, the growing influence of Canada’s new wireless players (Mobilicity, Public Mobile, Wind Mobile, and Videotron in Quebec) is slowly beginning to change the Canadian wireless landscape. How will the Big Three (Bell, Rogers, TELUS) respond in 2011? Lastly, Microsoft finally released Windows Phone 7. It’s too early to call this one but 2011 will be a critical year for it. More device differentiation and timely upgrades (not tied to the carriers and their certification processes) should help it catch up…

All in all, 2011 is shaping up to be another interesting year…

Again, thank you for all your support and Happy New Year!