This weekend we hit a milestone on Mobot with our 1,000th post. We launched back in January, so that makes… a lot of posts per day. In just two months we’ve brought you hundreds of news stories, scores of deals and dozens of app reviews. No wonder we've got sore fingers.
And the great news is, we’re still working on the site. Clearly we’ve got the content nailed, but we’re still toiling away on a few things, including the mobile version of Mobot. Cue: "Things Can Only Get Better" by D:Ream. *shudder*
So what has happened since January? Well, quite a lot, actually. Here’s a mega-brief synopsis:
Nokia picks a partner – Feb 11, 2011
After months of speculation, Nokia finally revealed it had chosen Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 as its “primary smartphone platform”. The news didn’t go down too well; the Finns’ share price dropped by 14% and hundreds of Nokia workers walked out in protest.
We’re expecting Nokia’s first WP7 phone at the end of the year, or possibly early 2012. Either way, it’ll be 2013 before things finally settle down in Camp Nokia; 2011 and 2012 are expected to be “transitional years” as the Finns phase out Symbian and introduce their new bestest buddy.
Mobile World Congress – Feb 14-17, 2011
Back in February we flew into Barcelona to check out the latest in smartphone and tablet goodness. Samsung arguably stole the show with the Galaxy S II and Tab 10.1, while Sony Ericsson finally revealed the PlayStation Phone – or Xperia Play, if you prefer – alongside the Xperia Arc, Neo and Pro.
Motorola had already shown off the Atrix and Xoom in Las Vegas in January, but we still wandered down for a gander and liked what we sawed. HTC’s showing, however, was a little underwhelming, with modest upgrades for the Incredible, Desire and Wildfire, and a couple of Facebook phones. Meh. But we did like the look of the HTC Flyer.
Android was bloomin’ everywhere. In fact, all of the devices mentioned above - all 14 of them - adopt Google’s OS. Of course, Apple prefers to do things on its own terms, and once again refused to grace Barcelona with its presence.
Jobs says hello - March 2, 2011
Apple finally put an end to the rumours on March 2, as Steve Jobs – currently sidelined with health issues – returned to unveil the iPad 2. It’s thinner, lighter and has front and rear cameras, and follows the Apple tradition of being nigh on impossible to get hold of. The wait time in the US quickly rose to 4-5 weeks, while online orders in the UK opened with a 2-3 week estimated shipping time.
We’re expecting the iPhone 5 rumour mill to go into overdrive in the run up to June. In the meantime, we’ve handily summed up the rumours so far right… here.
Our focus is still primarily on phones, but tablets continue to demand a huge whack of attention. Well over 100 new slates have been revealed in 2011, and with a growing list of big names – BlackBerry, HTC, Samsung, Motorola, Toshiba, LG et al – looking for a slice of Apple’s pie, it doesn’t look like tablets are going anywhere any time soon.
We summed up the top contenders here:
Everybody loves Android
Google’s OS continues to go from strength to strength, and is expected to be well in front by 2016. But fragmentation remains an issue, with users scattered across several different versions. Honeycomb (Android 3.0) is specifically developed for tablets, though confusingly the HTC Flyer will adopt Gingerbread, and there are rumours of Honeycomb smartphones. Bizarre-o.
Android has also had problems with malware recently. At the beginning of March, users who downloaded apps such as Screaming Sexy Japanese Girls found themselves infected with DroidDream, which can force the host device to root and send the IMEI to a remote server.
So there you have it – our first couple of months in a nutshell. Here’s to another 1,000 posts.