Dear mobile world, I am disappoint

Dear mobile world, I am disappointLast Friday, I penned Dates for your Diary – May/June 2013, and promised that – after an undeniably slow start to the year – things were about to get crazy up in da proverbial hizouse.

Fast-forward six days and most followers of mobile be sitting like: ‘Say what?!’ We be sleeping on a bed of broken promises, yo. Note: I’ve no idea why I’ve started writing like an embarrassing white-boy hip-hop fan, but I’ll can the act after the break. Maybe.

A few positives have just popped into my head, but I reckon I’ll fire out the negatives first then we can end on a happy note. Ready?

Right, so, if you’ve been paying attention to mobile stuff this year, you’ll have noticed that not a great deal has been happening. Well, not in terms of notable new hardware, anyway (more on this below; it hasn’t been that bad, to be fair).

For starters, Mobile World Congress was largely a non-event. Yes, we churned out around 800 pieces of MWC 2013 news, but I’ll be damned if I can remember any of them. The problem is that most of the big names now prefer to launch their stuff at independent events.

I’m also blaming Apple. Thinking back, I don’t get why Team Cupertino chose to launch the fourth gen iPad alongside the iPad mini last October. The more I contemplate it, the less it makes sense.

The iPhone 5 launched in September, so we had three new iDevices in two months. Now Apple is taking a verbal bashing for keeping quiet this year. Why not launch the new iPad (i.e. the fourth gen one) in March(ish) as usual?

This week in particular, however, has been one unrivalled ball of molten hot disappointment. I’m looking at you, Nokia and Google.

Firstly, we had the Finns unveiling the next chapter in the Nokia Lumia story on Tuesday. You can’t tell me that date was a coincidence i.e. one day before Google I/O opened its doors.

So we’re naively thinking: ‘This is Nokia’s chance to pull something out of the bag, do something amazing, maybe even take the shine off Google I/O.’ Lord knows Windows Phone could use a wee boost.

But nope, we got a variant of an existing phone, a phone that launched last year. Entirely absent was the Nokia EOS, a phone that promised to floor us with a quad-core processor and 41MP rear camera.

That was Tuesday. But fear not, here comes Google I/O to save the day! Ahem.

Earlier in the year, we were told to expect Android 5.0 (Key Lime Pie), the Motorola-built Google X-Phone, and possibly even an LG-built Google Nexus 5 with frankly outrageous specs.

More recently, the fires of expectation were diminished significantly, but with the consolation prize of a 32GB LTE-friendly Google Nexus 4, and a revamped Google Nexus 7. Even that would’ve been ok. Alas, no new hardware at Google I/O. None at all. Not even a stupid smartwatch.

And that’s the end of my negative rantage. Now let’s think positive.

Nokia never promised to debut the EOS on Tuesday. It’s not like they talked it up then failed to deliver. We only have ourselves to blame. And it sounds like it probably is in the pipeline, so let’s be patient. It’s a virtue. Or something.

Likewise, Google suggested I/O would be developer-centric, and that’s exactly what we got. It wasn’t the most exciting keynote ever, but there were a few vaguely interesting titbits.

And heck, let’s not forget the current range of Android flagships. If Google’s OS floats your boat, you have the choice of the HTC One, the Sony Xperia Z and the Samsung Galaxy S4. Not too shabby.

We’ve also got Apple’s WWDC next month where we’ll find out more about Jony Ive’s iOS 7, and there's a wave of smaller Windows 8 tablets threatening to befriend your wallet and shake things up. 'Citing.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to see what the rumour mill’s touting today. His confidence will have been dented no doubt, but I'm sure he'll still have plenty to say. What's that? iPhone 6 at WWDC? I can't wait!

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Stelph  May. 16, 2013 at 13:23

I’m also blaming Apple. Thinking back, I don’t get why Team Cupertino chose to launch the fourth gen iPad alongside the iPad mini last October. The more I contemplate it, the less it makes sense.

It qas to align all their main iOS products with the new lighting adapter, pure and simple, im sure Apple were horrified that they would have had the iPad on the market with the old adapter if the iPad mini and iPhone were both using the new lightning adapter

JanSt / MOD  May. 16, 2013 at 14:36

Judging by the number of moist Android fanboy pants on display on Twitter Google I/O was a huge hit.
Maybe it just wasn't your cuppa, Sir Lewis?
It wasn't mine certainly - not because I find Android overrated, but because I find Google's ambitions underrated. "Yay, everything unified" - that has never bitten us, has it?! ;)
I cannot be alone. And if I am, so be it.

As to the Lumia 925: it has drawbacks: limited storage etc... But compared to any "major" flagship update in the last 18 months it's a decent device that deserved some attention. Did it need Nokia execs in basketball gear? No.
On the other hand - yeah, even Elop didn't feel it required his attendance.

Things have gone nuts. The SGS4 hasn't launched everywhere, and now we know there's gonna be a 'vanilla' version unTouched by any Wiz. Xperia T hardly carried home, there's the ad for the Z...
And now I lost anything resembling a thread...

barrybarryk  May. 16, 2013 at 15:25

My favourite bits were either when that eejit page said they'd be addressing the problem that kindergarten kids don't all have tablets (I mean seriously how detached from reality do you have to be to think that is a problem) or when he decided to talk at length about companies coooperating while backstage someone was sending a takedown notice to MS over their YouTube app.

Or possibly the entire, we hate legislation part of their keynote. I mean seriously who thought that was a good idea for a company whose main revenue comes from profiling and selling customer data.

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