We all know how volatile and dynamic the mobile market is. 2012 has been a very interesting year, and it is over already. So, there’s

What Are Your Expectations Of 2013?

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We all know how volatile and dynamic the mobile market is. 2012 has been a very interesting year, and it is over already. So, there’s no use staying in the past. 2013 is here and promises some excitement.

For starters, the much anticipated BlackBerry 10 is set to hit the streets in January/February. Will RIM pull this off and get people justling for BlackBerries again? Is this comeback going to be for real?

While Windows Phone 8 is already on the market, 2013 is the year that Microsoft and partners are looking to make a real dent in the smartphone marketshare. The once dominant giant, Nokia, has placed all its bets on the platform and will be pushing hard.

Will we see a QWERTY keyboard Windows Phone in 2013? Or – God forbid – a QWERTY iOS device?

Jolla’s Sailfish phones are also expected in 2013. It does not look like there will be a shortage of excitement all through the year.

Here in Nigeria, surely 2013 will be the year of LTE mobile broadband. Some network operators claim that they are setup and all ready to go. On your marks…

Mobile Number Portability? I’m not holding my breath anymore. The see-saw has been rocking for far too long, and I’ll just make do with what I have here. When MNP comes, it comes, even if that is 2015.

We are also expecting much lower cost Android smartphones. This looks to be bloody and might spell the beginning of the end for feature phones. If we ever see a N5, 000 Android smartphone, we might as well read out a Burning Platform speech for feature phones.

The mobile industry is huge. Lots of game changers can show up at any time. Perhaps one or two new killer apps and services, or some new technology (batteries and power management, anyone?), or a new super-duper device to rule them all.

What are you on the lookout for in 2013? What are your expectations?


  1. I’ve already pre-ordered my Nokia Lumia 620 (in green), but haven’t decided on my Android device yet.

    I’m waiting to see what Blackberry has up their sleeves, more importantly whether it will be worth the wait or a disappointment. I’m not holding my breadth for what Apple will come up with, I’m hoping that iOS 7 will bring something significantly different to the table. However they seem to be in a holding pattern at the moment. Will Nokia finally come out with a tablet in 2013?

    What I would really like top happen this year I’d like everyone to end these leaked photos of devices. It’s boring and there’s nothing to look forward to when the event comes (you know who you are).

    And ultimately, for there to be more support for users in Nigeria, especially those of us who want to buy products from the various device app sites. Gift cards would be nice or at least the ability to gift credit to people in other countries, like we can do in some places with phone Top-Up credit.

  2. 1. RIM releases a physical keyboard QWERTY BB10 device, with great battery life (very important). The battery should not be below 1800mAh. I also hope BB10 will have the option of blocking BBM broadcast messages. Amen!

    2. A WP8 or Android top-range smartphone with a physical QWERTY keyboard like the Dell Venue Pro, HTC DesireZ or Nokia E7.

    3. I hope Jolla releases Sailfish OS smartphones by Q2. Not just in China, but worldwide too. I already intend to flash my N9 with Sailfish when a leaked version appears online. 😀

    4. I hope that Apple …. nah, let me not ‘hate’ on them here. lol

    5. I hope Pliris Mobile releases a physical QWERTY smartphone running jellybean 4.2

    6. I hope a breakthrough in battery technology comes through so that batteries of >>2500mAh become common.

    7. I hope that Samsung releases smartphones with a physical camera shutter button. Why do they keep omitting it?!

    8. I hope that Steve Elop leaves Nokia as soon as possible and the next CEO brings Symbian, or Meego, or Meltemi, back into Nokia’s game plan.

    9. I hope that the craze for bigger, larger smartphones stops at 5″. I really do hope so.

    10. And my personal wish: I want to own the Lumia 920 and 808 Pureview.

  3. What I want to happen in mobile technology is an emergence of a new battery technology that will make it possible for high-end phones to come with up to 6000mAh battery on their current thin profiles that will also be able to be charged to the full in 60 or less.

    I also want 16 to 25MP cameras to be common place in 2013 with image qualities that will be as good or better than the Nokia 808 PureView and also be able to shoot in the dark without flash like what obtains on the Nokia Lumia 920 PureView WP8 phone.

  4. What I want is simple. Available and reliable services from Nigerian telcos. 4G? Well it may shock to know that there is no universal EDGE coverage in Nigeria by these same telcos touting 3.75G or 4G coming soon.

  5. A 128GB iPad
    Blackberry 10, really want to see it, it looks different.
    Wishing WP8 offers those little things Symbian can do that it still cant do i.e FM transmitter, system wide file manager.
    ORIGINAL LTE in Nigeria.

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