2013: A Year in Mobile

2013

You know the deal… it’s the last day of 2013, and time to reflect on the year that was.

This obviously won’t be the only mobile-themed year-end retrospective that you’ll find on the internets today, but I’ve not seen any other with the noteworthy events in chronological order. And rest assured, this is no copy and paste job from some other site.

Hopefully our international friends can excuse the slight Canadian bias reflected in the items below. Cue the music!

January

New devices and a new OS from BlackBerry.

February

Firefox, Sailfish and Ubuntu make a splash at Mobile World Congress.

March

Apple announces an AWS-compatible iPhone 5 for T-Mobile, which will also work on Canada’s upstart carriers.

April

Samsung’s Galaxy S4 baffles on Broadway, but will soon dominate the market.

May

The Pebble smartwatch becomes the most successful Kickstarter campaign to date.

June

After months of consultation the CRTC releases its Wireless Code; Howard breaks it all down.

July

Canonical raises more than $10 million USD for the Ubuntu Edge, falls well short of $32 million goal. And Google refreshes its Nexus 7 tablet.

August

Amidst rumours of Verizon coming to Canada, the Big Three carriers take the unprecedented step of launching a PR campaign against our government.

September

Microsoft buys Nokia, Samsung announces the Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear, AppleĀ reveals new iPhones.

October

New iPads from Apple, Nexus 5 from Google.

November

Motorola announces the low-cost, high-powered Moto G.

December

In a one-two punch the Canadian government amends our Telecommunications Act to cap domestic roaming rates, barely a week after the CRTC announces an investigation into that same issue.

Feel free to add anything I’ve missed below. See you in 2014!