2013: A Year in Mobile


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!


New devices and a new OS from BlackBerry.


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


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


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


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


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


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.


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


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


New iPads from Apple, Nexus 5 from Google.


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


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!