Mobile Nations Yearly: A quick look back at 2015
For our final edition of Mobile Nations Weekly in this calendar year, we're mixing things up a bit. To be honest, a look back at the last week would be pretty dull anyway — thanks to those holiday things, the people who make the news take some time off, which means the people like us that write the news and the people like you that read the news get to take some much-deserved time off too.
So instead of a week-long look back, we're going to to a year-long look back at the biggest news to hit Android, BlackBerry, Apple, and Microsoft in 2015. It's been a long year, so let's get right into it!
iMore — iPad goes big
2015 was the year Apple took everyone who'd been complaining about lack of spring releases, new product categories, and old product updates, and made us all beg for mercy. So. Much. Stuff. It's impossible to list it all here—we'll have a separate roundup for that!—but here are the highest of the highlights.
- Software: iOS 9 review, watchOS 2 review, OS X El Capitan review
- Devices: MacBook review, Apple Watch review, iPod touch 6 review, iPhone 6s review, iPhone 6s Plus review, iPad mini 4 review, Apple TV 4 review, iPad Pro review
- Services: Apple Photos, Apple Music
Android Central — Nexus Notes
2015 was a big year in the Android world. (We say that every year, right?) But seriously, there's a lot to look back on — the phones, the software, the companies and beyond.
With all that happened in the year it's tough to narrow things down, but here are just a handful of stories that are a great reminder of all the big stories from 2015.
- Our complete history of Android
- The Samsung reviews: Galaxy Note 5 | Galaxy S6
- All of the news from Google I/O 2015
- Android 6.0 Marshmallow review
- The Nexus reviews: Nexus 6P | Nexus 5X
CrackBerry — PrivBerry
2015 was an interesting year for BlackBerry and while the verdict is still out, it could ultimately be one that changes the course of the company for years to come. I mean, come on. They released an Android device. While it's incredibly hard to run down every single highlight in this short section, here's some of more interesting tidbits, including where BlackBerry showed off the all-new BlackBerry 10 slider that really wasn't, announced the best version of the BlackBerry Passport and shocked many by taking out what was considered by many to be their biggest threat in the EMM space.
- BlackBerry shows off all new BlackBerry 10 slider
- BlackBerry officially announces plans to launch the Android-powered Priv
- BlackBerry officially announces the BlackBerry Passport Silver Edition
- BlackBerry to acquire Good Technology for $425 million
- BlackBerry Priv Review
Windows Central — 10 for all
2015 was the biggest year yet for Microsoft with the company's hardware and software roadmaps finally aligning in October. This year we saw the release of the Surface Pro 4, ground-breaking Surface Book, Band 2, Lumia 950 and 950 XL and who could forget HoloLens? Combined with the Windows 10 being on nearly 150 million computers and Microsoft's refocus on gaming on the Xbox One at E3 and the company increasingly has turned itself into a hardware juggernaut.
However, not all is perfect as Windows Phone market share continues to slip and some of that new Surface hardware requires some bug-fixing software updates.
What will happen in 2016? The highly anticipated 'Surface phone' is expected to be released in later in the fall and the Windows 10 OS will undergo even more feature additions as multiple updates under the 'Redstone' banner begin in earnest. Can Microsoft's one OS future succeed? We're about to find out. At the very least, we can all agree Microsoft is now one of the most exciting companies in tech to watch.
- Windows 10 review
- Microsoft Lumia 950 review
- Microsoft Lumia 950 XL impressions
- Surface Pro 4 review
- Surface Book unboxing and hands-on
- The Surface Phone you've always wanted is happening
- Microsoft Band 2 review
- Review: New Xbox One Experience
- Xbox One Elite Controller review
- The 25 absolute best games to play on your new Xbox One
- I tried the near-finalized version of HoloLens, this is what I think
- Tour of the new Microsoft flagship store in New York City
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Derek Kessler is Special Projects Manager for Mobile Nations. He's been writing about tech since 2009, has far more phones than is considered humane, still carries a torch for Palm, and got a Tesla because it was the biggest gadget he could find. You can follow him on Twitter at @derekakessler.
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