The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is one of the most eagerly anticipated smartphones of 2014, which is no mean feat considering the device will land around the same time as a new iPhone. Samsung's phablet shares the limelight with the biggest selling device of them all and holds its own, especially in one key spec area.
The Nexus brand is up in the air at the moment, at least from a smartphone perspective. Google is likely to ditch the Nexus brand for Android Silver early next year, so last year?s Nexus 5 is likely the last smartphone bearing the name. However, the Nexus tablet range still has some steam left in it and we can expect to see some new slates from Google towards the end of the year.
Dish Network has accumulated a great deal of frequency licenses that it had hoped to use to launch a wireless network or acquire and pair with an establish player like Sprint or T-Mobile. Such a deal never materialized, so Dish is reportedly looking to earn some money for that unused spectrum by selling it to Verizon Wireless.
Handset launches and potential upcoming devices from the likes of Samsung, HTC, LG, and Apple have dominated the mobile news recently. Other brands such as Motorola and Oppo have also had their share of the limelight, but one juggernaut company has been missing.
Samsung is rumored to bring its Galaxy S5 up to speed with the latest smartphone heavyweights like the LG G3. However, that device most often cited as the refresh is the Galaxy F, a super phone that Samsung will launch later in the year. That isn't going to stop Samsung from updating the S5 sooner.
T-Mobile is set to announce a new "Uncarrier" initiative that will further distinguish the fourth-place US carrier from its rivals. Having already changed tactics with phone upgrades, payment options, and international roaming charges, the carrier will reportedly do away with bill surprises.
The smart watch market is going to get pretty crowded during this year, but it is still a party most tech companies want to go to. LG, HTC, Motorola will be launching devices with Android Wear, while other brands will also be delivering wearable tech, maybe even Apple.
The concept of foldable tablets have long been floated as futuristic ideas of how devices might adapt. One rumor suggests the future may arrive sooner than expected when Samsung debuts a smartphone and tablet with a foldable design. While it might initially seem crazy, Samsung is reportedly preparing to release a foldable tablet next year.
Apple iOS 8 was the main topic of conversation at Worldwide Developer Conference, but very little was said about Apple Maps. That's because Apple reportedly missed it's window to showcase what's new in its mobile operating system.
Microsoft plans to sell touch-first versions of its Microsoft Office suite for every major platform, but the company is curiously choosing to release an Android version of those apps before releasing one for its own Windows 8 platform.