By Anton D. Nagy | December 20, 2013 2:33 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 disappointments in 2014, and here’s what the Pocketnow team members think:
“I don’t expect much from Apple in 2014″
I’m not sure how I define “disappointment” in this case, because my go to answer here is Apple. I don’t expect much from Apple in 2014. I expect it to pump out yet another boring offering with some new feature that might or might not be useful. But overall, I expect next October to bring us all another 17 hours of boring that ends with another blah phone that billions of people will buy.
Now, is that “disappointment” because the meh police will be out in full force? Or it is not a disappointment because expectations are so low? I don’t know, but I’m getting disappointed just thinking about it. And now I have all the sadz.
“If all of Nokia’s passion for mobile device innovation gets suffocated in its acquisition by Microsoft”
The biggest disappointment of 2014 would be if all of Nokia’s passion for mobile device innovation, both in terms of quality, hardware, and awesomely useful software, gets suffocated in its acquisition by Microsoft.
If Microsoft and Nokia get lost in scheduling meetings and trying to figure out what to do next instead of hitting the ground running, they could miss out and the smartphone market could become a two horse race between Apple and Samsung.
Anton D. Nagy
“HTC will, I believe, have a disappointing year”
I said BlackBerry last year, and even the year before that, and it somehow managed to survive, against all odds. It’s alive, though it’s really sick. So I won’t say BlackBerry this time, and maybe it will happen (not that I, or anyone in their right minds would want that. The market needs a player, especially one like BlackBerry, a legend!).
HTC will, I believe, have a disappointing year. They will probably have an excellent phone (or two), but I don’t think anyone or anything can stop its (by now) free falling. It’s sad, but I think it’s true, and, just like in the case of BlackBerry above, I really hope for a miracle to save another legend.
If Microsoft pulls another “Windows Phone 8 won’t run on Windows Phone 7 hardware”, but with the next iteration of the platform, I really think that’s going to put an end to it, despite having a good 2013.
“I think the smartwatch sector will disappoint in 2014″
It will be the year of the impostor, as competitors see modest success with Pebble, Galaxy Gear, and Qualcomm Toq, and rush in with their cheap-o offering.
The fact of the matter is that technology isn’t good enough to provide what is needed for an uncompromised smartwatch experience. Dare I say: it won’t be until Apple releases its smartwatch will we see the industry propelled forward. We have yet to see a software UI that makes sense on a watch. Also, battery life is a problem: why can’t the watch be charged by kinetic motion?
“I’m going to have to give this one to BlackBerry and Nokia”
BlackBerry doesn’t even know where they’re going, and in the case of Nokia, I’m sure you all remember how the Lumia 920 was delayed, not because of Nokia, but because of Microsoft.
Microsoft is in desperate need of change, but given the fact that 2014 will be their year of change, I feel that Nokia’s progress will be slowed down by all the Microsoft bureaucracy. I hope to be wrong, as Nokia had a good 2013, but with Microsoft, you never know.
“…the continued assault on devices by patent holders”
Rather than any given technology or company, the biggest disappointment in 2014 is going to be the continued assault on devices by patent holders.
The only people these battles hurt are you and I, the end users.
They drive product costs up and hold innovations down.
“I say BlackBerry”
Predicting who’s going to fall on their face at some point over the next 365 days might seem like a futile endeavor – because it is. We have positively no way of knowing just who will win and who will fail in this insanely competitive field, and pretending we do is only acceptable if we acknowledge the absurdity of the exercise right up front. Having gotten that out of the way: I say BlackBerry.
This sounds like kicking a sick dog when it’s down, and I truly don’t want to do that (insert authentic-but-inane testimony about a BlackBerry being my first smartphone here). With the exception of BlackBerry’s direct competition, everyone who works in or around mobile technology should want the company to succeed in its latest turnaround attempt: more competition equals better products from everyone, and all that. Also though, BlackBerry has a really good operating system that I’d hate to see evaporate ala webOS.
But I just don’t see it happening. You don’t need a business degree to know that most companies don’t come back from the brink of near-failure, particularly not when they’ve been to the edge more than once. There are great counterexamples out there -Apple being one of the best- but I just don’t see it happening. I wouldn’t be at all surprised if 2014 brought us another BlackBerry bubble of enthusiasm before it all comes crashing down for good. I sincerely hope I’m wrong, though, because that truly would be a massive disappointment.
Chief News Editor
“Obviously HTC, BlackBerry”
…struggling companies will continue to struggle. But beyond that – and this one’s a bit of a stretch – I think Apple could end up having a really disappointing year.
The sort of products we’re hearing rumors about: a larger-screened iPhone, a smartwatch – these are untested waters for Apple, and especially with that iWatch, there’s a big risk that the public might just not respond.
The company will survive, of course, but I think we’re on the cusp of Apple either really pouring some fresh blood into iOS, or hitting a wall and seeing Android continue to snatch up a larger and larger global market share.
We’ve read countless times about new battery breakthroughs and how great battery life will be in the future. Unfortunately, I refuse to believe 2014 is the future we’re hoping for.
These breakthroughs take a lot of time to manufacture on a large scale. Graphene supercapacitors, flexible batteries, ultra high-capacity cells, etc. These breakthroughs sound great, on paper, but they’re going to take several years to arrive in pocket-sized consumer products.
I hope I’m wrong, but I’m not holding my breath.
The Pocketnow Reader
“What are your predictions for biggest disappointments 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 disappointments in 2014 prediction. Top three upvoted devices, platforms, OEMs, will make it here, you know, for posterity!