Review of the month – June 2012

Review of the month – June 2012If you spent the month of June in cryostasis, heck, you missed a ton of stuff. Where do I start? June 2012 was quite possibly the most action-packed month in the history of Mobot.

But fear not; I’m about to cram the major stuff into a few hundred words, then you can return to your icy tomb/womb.

In terms of operating systems, the three Big Players – Apple, Google and Microsoft (sorry, RIM) – held fairly major event/keynote type things throughout June, hence the abundance of high profile news.

And is if that wasn’t enough, we also met a couple of new pieces of hardware.

Microsoft: Windows Phone 8

We were pretty sure a “sneak peek at the future of Windows Phone” at the Windows Phone Summit meant Apollo (Windows Phone 8), and that was indeed the case.

I’ve summed things up in Eight things you need to know about Windows Phone 8 (see what I did there?). Essentially, the hardware ceiling has been given a significant boost, and the big controversy (if you can call it that) is that Windows Phone 8 won’t be compatible with existing Windows Phones.

Instead, they’ll get a little something called Windows Phone 7.8.

Microsoft: Surface tablet

Just a couple of days before the Windows Phone Summit, Microsoft held an event at which it promised a “major” announcement. The rumour mill suggested a Microsoft-built Windows 8 tablet, and again that was right on the money.

Review of the month – June 2012Steve Ballmer purred: “Much like Windows 1 needed the mouse, we wanted to give Windows 8 it’s own hardware. What is it? It’s something new. Something different. A whole new family of computing devices from Microsoft.”

With Windows 8 RT/ARM and Windows 8 Pro/Intel variants, as well as a range of storage options, the Microsoft Surface promises to straddle a range of price points. What those are, we don’t know just yet.

Google: Jelly Bean (Android 4.1)

With Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) distribution only just reaching 10%, peeps were sceptical that Jelly Bean would make an appearance at Google I/O. But that’s exactly what happened.

The numbering suggests a less significant leap than that of Gingerbread (Android 2.3) to Ice Cream Sandwich, though you’ll remember ICS was intended to unite smartphones and tablets (the latter favouring Honeycomb (Android 3.0)).

What’s new in Jelly Bean? Check out Everything you need to know about Jelly Bean.

Review of the month – June 2012Google: Asus Nexus 7

The rumour mill had whipped itself into a veritable frenzy where the Asus Nexus 7 was concerned, despite the absence of any official information. It was tipped for a Google I/O launch, and again (shock horror) that was right enough.

The Asus Nexus 7 is essentially a budget 7in tablet with suitably modest specs. There’s no rear camera, for example, but you do get a 7in IPS display, Tegra 3 quad-core processor, and Jelly Bean (Android 4.1).

In the UK, the Asus Nexus 7 will set you back an entirely reasonable £159 for the 8GB model, or £199 for 16GB of storage.

Apple: iOS 6

Last and certainly not least (thought I’d get my “Head Apple Fanboy” joke in early) is iOS 6.

Jimmy Martinez sat through hours of nonsense to hear that the key features in iOS 6 are an improved Siri and, of course, Apple’s 3D Maps.

Interestingly, different iDevices are receiving different slices of iOS 6. For example, the new iPad will get Siri, while certain features in Maps won’t be compatible with the iPhone 4 or 3GS.

I’ve summed up the craziness in this handy feature.

And that was June 2012 in the world of mobile. We’re expecting things to be comparatively quiet in July, with a heavy dose of iPhone 5, iPad mini, and Samsung Galaxy Note 2 rumours.

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