From the EIC: Reflecting on the past year, and looking ahead to 2013

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2012 – it’s been quite a year, hasn’t it? It turns out the world didn’t end on December 21 like some people thought the Mayans predicted, but lots of other really exciting stuff happened.

Google finally entered the tablet market by releasing the one-of-a-kind ASUS Nexus 7 tablet with a quad-core Tegra 3 processor at a price that no one thought would be possible: $199. Later in the year, Google made headlines again by introducing us to the Samsung Nexus 10 (in the midst of Hurricane Sandy, I might add), which even beat out the new iPad’s high-resolution display.

Microsoft also made headlines with the release of Windows 8 and, along with it, the Surface tablet. While critical reception to both the new operating system and the new flagship tablet was mixed, most people can at least agree on one thing: with Microsoft’s new focus on touch-friendly UIs and mobile computing, the PC market is definitely headed in new and exciting directions.

Apple, of course, released the iPhone 5, a “new iPad” (that’s really what it’s called), and the iPad mini, finally realizing that people do in fact enjoy more “pocketable” tablets. However, Apple will not be remembered for its technological innovations in 2012, but rather its long, arduous lawsuit with Samsung. While the jury ultimately found Samsung guilty (to the tune of $1 billion), the court of popular opinion has almost unanimously declared itself sick and tired of patent disputes, with multiple calls for patent reform – and for companies to stop bickering and start innovating.

Of course, lots of other things happened: Facebook had an IPO, Megaupload got shut down, massive online protests caused Congress to kill SOPA, RIM continued to disappoint, and Yahoo got a new CEO (who happened to turn into a bit of a feminist role model by balancing her new role at Yahoo with her new responsibilities as a mother). We also shouldn’t neglect to mention Facebook buying Instagram, Amazon releasing the Kindle Fire HD, or Barnes and Noble releasing the Nook HD.

Here at Pocketables, we went through some pretty big changes, too. Back in May, we decided to combine talents from the old Pocketables.net, GoodAndEVO.net, StreakSmart.com, and NothingButTablets.com – all into the brand new (and, we think, very exciting) Pocketables.com! Sure, we’ve had a few growing pains, but we’re very proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish in the second half of 2012. We’ve created a site that not only reports the news and daily happenings in the tech world (like every other tech blog out there), but one that also provides tips, tutorials, and perspectives that you simply can’t find anywhere else.

We know that some of our long-time readers were a little confused by all the changes at first, and Good and EVO readers had a particularly stressful time. Not only were they adjusting to the new site layout, but all these changes at Pocketables happened while EVO 3D owners were waiting for an Ice Cream Sandwich update that was delayed for months, while the new EVO 4G LTE got stuck indefinitely in customs.

I think that those of you who stuck around are glad you did, and I know we’ve gotten some great feedback. Of course, we also welcome all the new people we’ve met along the way, too! We’ve got high hopes for 2013, both in the tech world and here at Pocketables. I’m excited at all the rumors swirling around about new technology in 2013 (flexible displays, laser keyboards, ultra hi-res TVs – oh my!), and I’m even more anxious to see what our editorial team at Pocketables will do with it all. Here’s to a fantastic 2012, and an even better 2013.

Happy New Year!

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John F

John was the editor-in-chief at Pocketables. His articles generally focus on all things Google, including Chrome and Android, although his love of new gadgets and technology doesn't stop there. His current arsenal includes the Nexus 6 by Motorola, the 2013 Nexus 7 by ASUS, the Nexus 9 by HTC, the LG G Watch, and the Chromebook Pixel, among others.

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10 thoughts on “From the EIC: Reflecting on the past year, and looking ahead to 2013

  • Avatar of dbishop
    December 31, 2012 at 7:03 pm
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    First happy new year!!

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  • Avatar of William Devereux
    December 31, 2012 at 11:15 pm
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    Happy New Year! 2012 was a very exciting year for technology, and 2013 looks like it’s going to be great as well.

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  • Avatar of Calob Horton
    December 31, 2012 at 11:44 pm
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    2012 was a great year for Pocketables, and I only imagine that it’ll get better in 2013! So excited! :)

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  • Avatar of Paul E King
    January 1, 2013 at 1:53 am
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    Remember when Sprint had the best phone on the planet and no network to support it? Oh yeah, that was a repeat from 2010… and 2011… ;)

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  • Avatar of Steve Gaudreau
    January 1, 2013 at 10:36 am
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    Happy New Year, and keep up the great work! I check this Site hourly for the best information about the Evo line and some of the other categories here. I love it!

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  • Avatar of Capt4Chris
    January 1, 2013 at 12:51 pm
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    Happy New Year everyone!

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  • Avatar of David A
    January 1, 2013 at 5:06 pm
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    Happy New Year and thanks for the excellent reporting. Looking forward to your prospective in 2013.

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  • Avatar of Simon Belmont
    January 2, 2013 at 7:25 am
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    Here’s to another year of EVO goodness. HTC’s New Years resolution should include: 1080p screened next generation EVO with Snapdragon S4 Pro (probably a definite), fast updates to the EVO 4G LTE, and I’d love to see a Jelly Bean update to the EVO 3D (wishful thinking, perhaps).

    2013, sadly, may be the year that I retire my EVO 3D and move onto newer things. I will keep tinkering with it though. I STILL tinker with my venerable HTC Hero. Yep, a first generation Android phone from 2009 still gets love. Anyway, my wife continues to love her OG EVO running CM7.2 The battery life and speed is phenomenal and I’m amazed at how many even modern apps and games run well on it. My EVO 3D is sitting here next to me as I type this running Gangnam Style CM10. Has G&E done a ROM review of that yet? It’s great. Awesome battery life, speed, and Jelly Bean’s buttery smoothness. Anyway, I will continue to visit this site even if I move on from the EVO arena. Great articles and folks here.

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