That was the year that was… in mobile.
Usually bloggers post these things some time between Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve, when the Boxing Day sales have come and gone and there’s literally no tech news to write about. But yours truly will be spending Christmas Day somewhere near the International Date Line en route to Hong Kong, where I’ll be vacationing with the missus until mid-January. In other words, I’m jumping on the year-end retrospective bandwagon a bit early.
I’ve gone through everything I’ve posted over the course of 2014 and am presenting here what I think are the year’s most important stories. If there’s anything you think I missed by all means let me know!
- I kick off the new year by accurately predicting that 2014 will be the year of the Chinese Android smartphone. Yay me!
- A landmark ruling by a U.S. Appeals Court puts the future of net neutrality at risk.
- I take my first ride with Uber, a company which will go on to stir up a lot of controversy throughout the year.
- Nokia finally produces some Android-powered smartphones, too little, too late.
- The Canadian government auctions off some 700MHz spectrum; WIND Mobile passes.
- I go to Hong Kong and Malaysia and see some cool phones there.
- The new HTC One—aka the M8—bookends the month, with leaks at the beginning and an official release at the end.
- Canada’s Big Three carriers raise their rates for the second time in twelve months.
- Android Wear is officially a thing.
- Mesh networking app Firechat proves itself to be a valuable tool for protest in Taiwan.
- The flagship-killer from OnePlus is unveiled.
- Net neutrality is still in danger.
- Canadians learn that our government is spying on us, and our carriers are helping out.
- My 89 years-young mom gets a cell phone she actually likes. Thanks, Howard!
- New devices: Moto G LTE and LG’s G3.
- I report on the Agony and Ecstasy of using WIND Mobile.
- Amazon announces their Fire Phone.
- Google releases a developer preview of Android L; Android Police leaks the Nexus 9 tablet.
- I take Android Wear on the road.
- I try out Australia’s affordable data.
- Rogers offers Canadians 30GB/month, for a price.
- The, um… “fappening“.
- Samsung rules the roost at IFA.
- Haters and hysteria: reporting on Apple news my way.
- Nexus jumps the shark.
- U.S. retailers try to shut out Apple Pay.
- Andy Rubin, the father of Android, leaves Google.
- I find Chinese spyware on a popular Android file manager.
- Google reinvents email with Inbox.
- Fido fights Vidéotron in Québec.