The end of October = mental

The end of October = mentalHere we were thinking the mobile calendar had peaked in September, with the Nokia Lumia 820 and Lumia 920, Kindle Fire 2 and Kindle Fire HD, a trio of Motorola Razr smartphones (and specifically the Razr i for us), and a little something called the iPhone 5. Phew.

Not be outdone, October is set to crank things up a notch. Yeah, he’s been relatively quiet so far (no offense, Samsung Galaxy S III mini), but he’s about to explode all up in yo' face.

For starters, we have Microsoft with a full-on assault across various platforms. On October 25 (next Thursday) we’re invited to “celebrate” Windows 8 – relevant to us Mobotrons because it’ll feature on a number of tablets.

And one of those tablets is of course the Microsoft Surface. The ARM-powered Surface RT will drop at midnight following the presumably swanky New York event. Heck, that’s only a week from now.

Martin has a full breakdown of Microsoft Surface RT prices right here. We were slightly disappointed – but not entirely surprised, to be honest – to learn it’s going head to head (ish) with the iPad rather than looking to trouble the £199 Google Nexus 7 and Amazon Kindle Fire HD.

But Microsoft isn’t done there. We also have an invitation to “Meet Windows Phone 8” on October 29 (a week on Monday), where we’ll finally – finally – learn a bit more about the successor to Mango.

About bloomin’ time, too, considering the Lumias, the Samsung ATIV S, and the HTC 8S and 8X are all set to land shortly afterwards. Nice phones, but it’d be interesting to hear what they can actually do, know wha'm sayin'?

And that’s Microsoft. Will the Microsoft Surface punch the iPad into next Christmas? Will Windows Phone 8 drag Microsoft kicking and screaming into double-figure smartphone market share? Time will tell…

The end of October = mentalOne chap who almost certainly will cause headaches for the Google Nexus 7 and Amazon Kindle Fire is – you guessed it – the iPad mini.

Months of seemingly endless rumours are about to be laid to rest, with an iPad mini announcement scheduled for October 23 (this coming Tuesday). Well, probably. The invite says only: “We’ve got a little more to show you.”

I won’t say too much more about the iPad mini, as I went on a bit of an impromptu rant the other day for several hundred words. Oops. So that’s Tuesday for the launch, with a likely early November release. Stay tuned.

Finally, we have a Google Android event on October 29 (again, a week on Monday). Interesting that it coincides with the Windows Phone 8 event. Genuine coincidence? Or is Android running scared? Er, probably not.

The latest figures from Android Developers put Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) and Jelly Bean (Android 4.1) on 23.7% and 1.8% of devices respectively. It seems fairly audacious that Google is tipped to lift the lid on another version of Android when 75% - or arguably 98% - are already running an old version.

However, to be fair, it’s expected to be an incremental update, rather than, say, a big Key Lime Pie-flavoured leap. We've already heard a little about Android Gmail 4.2 and a second pulldown menu.

We’re wondering what to make of the statement “The playground is open” on the invite. It’s been linked to the Google Nexus 7 in the past.

We’re thinking it could herald the arrival of a host of new Nexus devices on Google Play. LG, HTC, Motorola and even Sony have been rumoured to be working on Nexus products.

In the extreme case, we might see five new Nexus devices in celebration of Android’s fifth birthday. ‘Citing.

Nice work, October. Come November, we’re potentially looking at a ton of new devices (smartphones and tablets), and two-and-a-half new operating systems. Bring it on.

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Stelph  Oct. 19, 2012 at 15:26

"Martin has a full breakdown of Microsoft Surface RT prices right here. We were slightly disappointed – but not entirely surprised, to be honest – to learn it’s going head to head (ish) with the iPad rather than looking to trouble the £199 Google Nexus 7 and Amazon Kindle Fire HD."

Meh, I never expected it to hit the £199 bracket but I had hoped they would undercut the iPad and go for the throat by going squarely in the middle at £299. As shown by almost every iFixit teardown theres a huge margin in iPad's and equivalently priced tablets so to go in at the same price point smacks a little of greed

"no offense, Samsung Galaxy S III mini"

Oh no, please offend it until it goes away, thinks about what it has done, and comes back as the smaller screened same specced Galaxy S3 that it should have been

Pondlife  Oct. 19, 2012 at 18:01

"no offense, Samsung Galaxy S III mini"

Oh no, please offend it until it goes away, thinks about what it has done, and comes back as the smaller screened same specced Galaxy S3 that it should have been


Damn straight Samsung need a slap for that.

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