By Anton D. Nagy | December 19, 2013 4:38 AM
We’re slowly leaving another year behind us, and what a year 2013 was!
We couldn’t have asked for more, yet, we’re excitedly looking forward to seeing what 2014 will bring, and we know it’s going to be even better. Smartphones, tablets, phablets, curved screens, convertibles, fingerprint readers, acquisitions, companies rising, falling, and I’ve just realized I could fill the entire page with keywords descriptive for 2013.
It’s a Pocketnow tradition to look back, every year end, at what happened, good or bad, and, of course, forward, to what we think we can foresee for the year to come. We’ll have recaps for 2013 and predictions for 2014, of course with an Editorial twist, of what the team considers worthy of mentioning.
We’ll have something for everyone! Every day this week, expect a new piece gathering the thoughts of our team members regarding the topic at hand. We’re continuing the series with the biggest winners in 2014, and here’s what the Pocketnow team members think:
“Don’t let us down HTC”
I suck at predictions. It’s a big reason why I don’t gamble.
But, having been asked who the biggest winner of 2014 will be, I’m going to go with HTC. HTC needs to have learned its lesson with the HTC One that the camera cannot be the one thing on a phone that is even perceived to be sub par. Many tech pundits have shown why four megapixels is perfectly fine for a smartphone camera – Facebook and Instagram don’t even approach those sizes, for example.
But, whenever anyone asked me for a smartphone recommendation, I mentioned the One but hung a major caveat on it because of the camera. For most people that became a nonstarter, understandably so.
But the HTC One is probably one device that only requires a single upgrade – to the camera – to make it the great phone we all are looking for. Don’t let us down HTC.
“Microsoft could be the biggest winner of 2014″
If Microsoft can get all of their ducks in a row with Windows 8.x tablets/desktops/laptops, plus the new Xbox One, plus Windows Phone, with the newly acquired Nokia Devices & Services division, Microsoft could be the biggest winner of 2014.
That’s a big “if” though. Microsoft didn’t do a whole lot with Windows Phone in 2013, Nokia did though. If the people behind Nokia’s awesome innovations keep it up in 2014, they could make some real progress.
Microsoft has a pretty big strength in the personal computing, enterprise servers, cloud services, and even living-room gaming & entertainment departments. If they can push their mobile phones and tablet offerings ahead of everyone else, they could get a great full-width ecosystem going.
Anton D. Nagy
“I believe the winner in 2014 will be Apple”
Sure, I could find the easy way out, and give this to Samsung. Samsung’s been winning for quite some time, though they’re a little bit worried about sales of the S 4 (rightfully, it wasn’t what the hype was all about). I can also be optimistic and hope HTC will get its sh!t together, but sadly I lost faith in the company (not its products though).
Motorola has a lot of legwork to do in order to have a global presence — we’re not just talking US here — and LG will continue innovating alongside its home competitor. That being said, I believe the winner in 2014 will be Apple. …or the biggest loser…
Its marketshare is slowly declining and if that doesn’t serve as a cold shower for the Cupertino company — and I think it will — they’re in trouble. It is time for a major iPhone redesign, the iPhone 6. Couple that with rumors of larger screen sizes, smart watches, 4k iPads, and I think you’ve got yourself a recipe for stopping the decline.
Google will continue its domination — though I expect it to lose some of its users here and there to Apple and Microsoft — and the Redmond company has to bring something to the table, or else it will be just another year playing catch-up (and making Windows Phone users clench their teeth at apps which are not yet available on the platform.
“Samsung is going to continue its hot streak”
Samsung is going to continue its hot streak. It’s time for new software and new hardware for the Galaxy S 5 (which will trickle down to the Note 4 and many other devices).
You better believe that Samsung is going to utilize their full resources to do something spectacular.
We’re going to see metal in Samsung’s hardware design, plus a leaned-out software experience.
“The biggest winner for 2014 will be Motorola”
Believe it or not, I feel the biggest winner for 2014 will be Motorola.
This is the company I remember, where designs like the StarTAC and RAZR were so bold, that they risked it all and won.
The Moto X may not be the device that we all want, specifically because of the camera, but the company has delighted us all, and I’m sure we’re all eagerly waiting the Moto X2.
I’m also curious to see what Apple will bring to the iPhone 6, since this is the year of their revamp, and in the case of Samsung, I do admit I can’t wait for the Galaxy Note 4.
“Curved and flexible devices are going to be the hallmark of 2014″
Watches and other wearables will be released that take advantage of Samsung’s and LG’s curved display technology, more devices will follow including the first curved and flexible tablets.
It only makes sense, we, as organic beings, are not made up of rigid, straight lines.
Our devices should follow the natural curves of our bodies and begin to build ergonomics into the devices themselves.
“Motorola is my choice for biggest OEM winner of 2013″
It’s certainly seen its share of ups and downs over the course of its 85-year history, and while it’s far from out of the woods, Motorola is my choice for biggest OEM winner of 2013.
The company’s Moto X and Moto G aren’t exactly global superstars, but the potent combination of innovation and affordability is working together to give LG’s Nexus 5 a run for its money in the “stock Android” segment.
Couple that with Motorola’s ambitious plans for the future with Project Ara, and you’ve got a recipe for long-term success (if not short-term bombast). Plus, it’s owned by Google. What better indicator of eventual global domination do you really need?
Chief News Editor
“LG is in a really strong position right now”
Call me crazy, but LG is in a really strong position right now.
It delivered a tablet actually worth caring about in a sea of look-alikes, and even managed to outdo reigning king Samsung with the best of the first two curved-screen phones. Its global standing may have slipped a little, as Huawei gained ground, but it’s still a huge player with the potential to get a lot bigger. If it makes a big splash at the early-year expos, it could easily be one of 2014′s big success stories.
And of course, Motorola is just chock full of potential – considering how well it’s managed to do without bleeding edge hardware, just imagine what a really high-end Motorola model could deliver.
“Those, I believe, will be Motorola and LG”
Samsung will continue to do what it does best in 2014: dominate. It’s a powerful, unstoppable force at the moment. But “winner” has various meanings. In this case, I choose to perceive the predicted winners of 2014 as the biggest “gainers.” Those, I believe, will be Motorola and LG.
LG has made a lot of waves in the last three months of 2013 alone. Its mobile product are improving and it’s focusing intently on making devices with a better user experience. I’ve personally never been a huge fan of LG, but it’s raising a few eyebrows, mine included.
Motorola is turning heads, too. The Moto X and Moto G have caused a ruckus – the Moto X for the incredible user experience and the Moto G for a great user experience at an unbelievable price. If it can continue this trend in to and through 2014, Motorola could see a turnaround.
The Pocketnow Reader
“What are your predictions for biggest winners in 2014?”
We couldn’t have had more contrasting opinions, and that’s one of the main characteristics of Pocketnow: diversity.
Let us know of your thoughts in the comments below. Upvote your favorites and we’ll update this post to reflect your biggest winners in 2014 prediction. Top three upvoted devices, platforms, OEMs, will make it here, you know, for posterity!