Well that was a quick week...
With the International Consumer Electronics Show (or CES) coming to a close, it seems like the perfect time for reflection. While there has been some criticism of the show as being a whole lot of sizzle without very much steak, it should be remembered that this show is not solely about mobile technology. It would be unrealistic of us to expect CES this year or any year to serve as the springboard for every new mobile device OEMs are planning to churn out for the new year. That would be great, but with the bevy of carriers, device manufacturers, and operating systems involved in creating the devices that we obsess over, patience is a virtue, regardless of how difficult it may be to maintain it.
So what's next?
Even though there wasn't a whole lot of Android news coming out of Las Vegas the last few days, aside from a new Sony Xperia phone, a line of Archos tablets, some Vizio devices, and a Polaroid-Android camera (I'm sure I'm missing a few), there is still a lot to look forward to this year. Right?
Pardon the interruption
Honestly, I'm having a hard time finding things to look forward to right now. Sure, phones will probably get even more humongous, Verizon will keep pushing Motorola devices down our throats while convincing people that locked bootloaders are what the people really want, BGR will keep writing article after article about how freaking awesome Apple is, and Samsung will continue to lead the way as the Android device maker that is relatively dev-friendly while being made from the same plastic as my kids' Legos. Some Nexus will be revealed, it will be good, but some flaw will annoy tr0lls before they ever have a chance to hold it, and the forums will be filled with posts on how silly it is that it's 2013 and Android can't cure cancer yet, or wirelessly charge from space or make you lose 30 pounds just by downloading a fitness app.
Tell me I'm wrong
I apologize for the rant, and while I fully admit that I'm over exaggerating what are, in all honesty, First-World problems, it seems to me like Android, and the devices that run it, are in need of a little mojo. Maybe that will come on the form of Firefox OS, or Ubuntu for phones. Hell, maybe it will take a resurgence from RIM or Steve Ballmer finally figuring out how to sell WP8 to people for something new to reinvigorate the Android community.
If I'm missing something, please say so. If Android is as dynamic as ever, flame-away. Is there something new on the horizon that I'm missing? Or is the next-awesome-thing already here? How do you feel about the impending new year?
Hit us up, and Happy Friday!