2013. Here we are. A new year, new resolutions; maybe that's why I decided to use my keyboard again for filling up those empty spaces on my blog.
In the ever evolving technology industry, a new year means pushing forward the limits of what's known. I've come accross some of those new boundaries, and I have to say this year is poised to be an exciting one.
Apple: Fighting back
After years of dominance in the mobile industry, 2013 promises to be a challenging year for the cupertino firm. Having lost its lead in global sales, Apple must now face the technology dominance of Androïd phones and the return of Windows Phone OS as a major platform with Nokia handsets, the latest now overlooking emerging markets. To maintain its profit margin, Apple will have no choice than surprise the world once again, just as it did every 6 years for the last decade - with the Ipod in 2001 and the Iphone in 2007. 2013 is more than ever a do-or-break year.
Samsung: The confirmation
I've never been a huge fan of the galaxy phones line, but I have to say at least Samsung is the only player in the mobile market which gave Apple a ride for its money. There are already rumors of an upcoming Galaxy SIV.
2013 will also mark a push by the Korean company and LG to propose cutting edge TV monitors proposing 4K resolutions.
Blackberry: BB returns
I don't believe there is a more exciting news than the return of RIM Blackberry with Blackberry OS 10. After 18 months of revamp, tireless work and relentless marketing efforts, the iconic BBM maker is back. In the upcoming months, we will be suspended at the canadian manufacturer sales numbers, to determine if the public is giving another chance to the company which revolutionized the way we communicate. With all the buzz surrounding the announcement, RIM stock more than double in value in the latest months, coming back from as low as $7. The first disappointment of the announcement being the late March release date in the US.
Sony: More play, more mobile
Sony’s CEO wants to claim the crown of the top mobile phones manufacturer starting in 2013. It is coming from afar, but we will probably spot a lot of new high end Androïd devices designed by the Japanese firm. Knowing the quality behind Sony products, they will probably grab some users.
Sony will also unveil the sequel to its Playstation flagship, following announcements by Nintendo with its unfamous Wii U and preceeding Microsoft. You will notice that Sony made a conference on the subject February 20th, but the absence of even a preview of what the console look like for me is an non event.
Huawei: The new old
Unknown by the public few months/years ago, the Chinesemanufacturer which is becoming an essential key player in the technology world, along with Lenovo, is a definite company to follow in 2013.
Microsoft: Don't stop until you get enough
Office 2013, Windows 8, Windows Phone OS 8, Microsoft Surface tablets, etc. what to say more. Microsoft has just decided to put all of its divisions at work. Only the dev tools are at rest in this start of year with no upcoming release of visual studio scheduled. Moreover E3 2013, the big video games fair will see the big reveal on the successor of the Xbox 360.
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