Another crazy month for mobile! Research, rumors, redesigns, and all sorts of other words that start with R – including one RIP. A few standout surprises, too, so make sure you click through and read each one. Then tell us which story you think will have the most impact this year as we move forward!
1. Blackberry Update
Still not giving up, Blackberry unveiled its newest update: 10.2.1, bringing automatic app updates, new device manager, and many other upgrades. But is it enough to save the floundering brand?
2. Automatic iPhone Shut-Off
Are you one of the few people who still text and drive? If so, the next iPhone might change that. A recent patent filed would kill the iPhone if you’re in the driver’s seat of a moving vehicle. This could save many lives every year.
3. T-Mobile Building Stronger Network
While many companies speak of making their networks as fast as possible, T-Mobile instead is focusing on one that is less prone to problems. Look for the new network to hit later this year. Could this be the start of a new mobile trend?
4. Google Ara
Always thought you would be able to make the best smartphone for your own tastes? Now you can, or you will soon when Project Ara comes around. Starting in January, Google’s newest invention lets you create your own smartphone with interchangeable modules.
5. Unlock by Proximity
Forget messy passwords – in the wake of Heartbleed new tech is coming to the forefront. One such ability is Chromebooks automatic unlocking when your linked smartphone is nearby. They’re also working on cryptographic cards that work via USB ports.
6. Print Over Mobile
We’ve seen how lucrative advertising digitally can be, especially on mobile, but advertisers are still slow at getting the picture. US advertisers only spend 7 cents per US adult per hour on mobile as opposed to almost $1 per adult for print ads.
7. Nexus 8 Rumor
Another day, another Nexus 8 rumor. This time it’s an 8 inch Nexus tablet from HTC, not Asus, and it may be sold next to a 7 inch alternative. Also, look for it sometime in Q3.
8. RIP Nokia
This one really slipped up the radar, but it’s easy to see why: acquired former giant Nokia will now be known as Microsoft Mobile. When it happens is up for speculation, but it looks inevitable at this point. Let’s all take a minute and remember our classic fallen comrades.
9. Galaxy S5 Mini
Lots of rumors about the S4 Mini follow-up, but the most recent is the most intriguing: a weather resistant body. On top of that there’s a 4.5 super AMOLED HD display, 1.5GB of RAM, and 4.4 KitKat.
10. Android TV
Remember Google TV? Probably not, but Google does, and they don’t want Android TV to become another black mark on their record. So this time they’re aiming a little lower, which could actually help the new concept sell well.
Did we miss anything? Share your mobile news in the comments!