iMore show 342: Mobile accomplishments

Simon Sage, gaming editor for Mobile Nations, joins Rene to talk about PAX East and GDC 2013, the state of mobile gaming in general, iOS, Android, BlackBerry, and Windows Phone in specific, and the explosion of free-to-play titles. Also, Facebook's mobile event.

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Rene Ritchie

Rene Ritchie is one of the most respected Apple analysts in the business, reaching a combined audience of over 40 million readers a month. His YouTube channel, Vector, has over 90 thousand subscribers and 14 million views and his podcasts, including Debug, have been downloaded over 20 million times. He also regularly co-hosts MacBreak Weekly for the TWiT network and co-hosted CES Live! and Talk Mobile. Based in Montreal, Rene is a former director of product marketing, web developer, and graphic designer. He's authored several books and appeared on numerous television and radio segments to discuss Apple and the technology industry. When not working, he likes to cook, grapple, and spend time with his friends and family.

  • Damn, no discussion on Large Screen iPhone? Again, People are buying iPhone because of status in China. So Cheap iPhone just wont work. You can get a Cheap Android iPhone look alike for less then $100.
  • We did an entire show on it a couple of weeks ago. Check the episode list!
  • Re: "...the newly competitive mobile market..." You mean the current two-horse smartphone market? Apple vs. Samsung?
    Apple should thank Samsung for crushing all other Android handset makers.
    (Especially for crushing the ones with better products than Samsung's.)
  • Exactly. I really don't get it either. As a former Samsung owner (S3) I don't get it. Their UI is just so not attractive lol. Their hardware is also kind of cheap feeling too. HTC makes much nicer hardware yet people don't buy them as much. *shrugs*
  • "Mindshare"
  • Most people do not buy HTC because of the Sense. Everyone I talk to hate the look Sense brings and the lag it brings to some phones as well. However, the hardware is ALWAYS amazing!
  • Always a good listen. I like how I start listening on my iPod touch at home, jump in the car
  • I'm getting ready to watch now. Thanks for the video!
  • This is probably one of my favorite shows yet.
  • You didn't mention The Verge App. Worth a dThe second app hit after iMore for news and updates. Good conversation.
  • Worth a download*
  • Rene what do you use for video on your podcasts and how do you record that video?
  • Hi Rene, I gave you a brickbat a while back for show # 339. Time for a bouquet - great show, great listen. Informed, and affirming and critical in the best sense. I hope you will pause, and consider why this show had such appeal and #339 had so little. I'm clearly not alone in this sentiment.