2014 is looking to be one of the most interesting years for mobile. New devices are coming, adopting unique philosophies, form factors, designs and prices. Motorola is about to announce an affordable smartphone, the iWatch is now being mass produced and HTC is taking a new approach in marketing.
LG is not alone in revealing future announcements, Motorola has also announced that they will be unveiling a new device come May 13th. We have no details, but Motorola says this new device is “made to last and priced for all.” We can only assume it’s the successor to the Moto G.
It makes sense that Motorola would make a successor to its affordable, yet capable device. The Moto G is, after all, the most successful smartphone Motorola has ever manufactured. Recent rumors call this upcoming device the Moto E.
Stay tuned for more details to come!
Opinion: I own the Moto G and have to say that for $180 you can’t do much better. It is a very capable device and will keep many pleased, without breaking the bank. I hope the Moto E can keep this trend going.
Apple has been quiet about the smartwatch boom, but this doesn’t mean the giant is not planning something behind closed curtains. There have been many rumors of the iWatch, and it seems we might get to see this wearable very soon.
China Times reports that Chinese suppliers have already begun mass production on the iWatch. These are said to be made with System-in-Package (SiP) modules, which are smaller but much harder to service. If one part fails, the whole device becomes unusable.
Opinion: I have all my hopes on Android Wear at this point, but iOS users might be interested to see what Apple has for you. We never know, the iPhone manufacturer may have some surprises up its sleeve.
Despite the fact they made the most praised smartphone of 2013, HTC was not able to translate amazing reviews into profits. The device offered the best build quality, great specs and surprising support, yet it didn’t even get close to Samsung and Apple. What is the problem?
If the problem is not quality, performance, reviews or support, then it has to be marketing. HTC has accepted that they need better advertising, and it seems they are turning to social media and bloggers this time around.
We have noticed HTC taking this approach. They have been releasing commercials in which they don’t say much about the device. Instead, they tell you to “ask the internet”. That is one bold move, if you ask us.
Opinion: I am not sure how much this will work out. I mean, the whole industry did praise the HTC One M7 and that didn’t help much. Maybe them putting a focus on the good reviews will open people’s eyes.
Crypto currencies can grow amazingly fast, but they can fall just as quickly. Bitcoin has just taken a huge hit by three of China’s most important financial institutions.
Bank of China, China Construction Bank and Tenpay (China’s version of PayPal) have banned the use of virtual currencies. China is one powerful country, and it can turn things around businesses like Bitcoin in a matter of days. Changes are yet to happen, but you can be sure the crypto currency will see a good drop.
Opinion: These are some of the biggest financial institutions in the country, all saying this move is made to protect people and prevent money laundering. Sounds to me more like a government thing.