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Dec 31, 2011

The Mobile Spoon Summarizes 2011. Is It Possible That Nothing Has Changed?

the mobile spoon 2011 summary

2011 is officially over, and boy, was that a crazy year or what?
Well, actually, despite of all the action, if you think about it – nothing has really changed this year. The winners are still winning, the losers are still losing.

The winners:

  • Samsung Galaxy HTC? Motorola? LG? Nokia? Give Samsung a break. 2012 was the year of the Galaxy. A number of amazing models that placed Samsung at the top of the phones manufacturers pyramid.
  • Google Android - climbing to new heights in terms of sales and activations per day, but despite of all the success, Google is still looking for a bit of personality to its' successful robot, re-inventing the user interface every few months.
  • Apple iOS iPhone 4S is disappointing? iOS 5 failed to innovate? Who cares. Users are happier than ever, Siri rocks, and iPad continues to be the undisputed king. On the other hand, the momentum is constantly slowing down; Apple lost Steve Jobs, the stock is not as happy as usual, and iOS is officially the oldest mobile OS in today's market.
  • Amazon Kindle Fire sales are rocketing, the Fire seems to be the first true competitor to the iPad. 2012 could become the year of Amazon in mobility. On the other hand, I heard about more people who returned the Kindle Fire saying it's a crappy device than people that are actually happy with it…

The Losers:

  • RIM BlackBerry it's hard to believe how RIM, once one of the most successful companies in the world is impotently surrendering without a fight. Try one of RIM's latest BlackBerry devices and you will understand why analysts are not giving RIM a lot of hope.
  • Microsoft Windows Phone 7 year after year I'm writing about Microsoft's failing mobile products. I actually bought a Windows Phone 7 devices, I even like it a lot. I'm all in favor of Metro UI, yet it took me 6-7 months and then I went back using an iPhone. The apps, the user experience, the possibilities… Microsoft still has a long way to go.

The Tragic Hero:

  • Palm's webOSI'm thinking of all the ups and downs webOS had this year,and I cannot help myself from thinking about the engineers who built webOS and how they must feel about it. A brilliant piece of work that never had a chance to make it in this cruel world.

So you see? 2011 had so much activity, and yet nothing has really changed.

Here's 2011 as it was presented here at the mobile spoon:


December, 2011

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November, 2011



October, 2011

  • iPhone 5 turns out to be iPhone 4S. What about all the rumors?
  • Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) is officially released. Targeted to challenge iPad's dominance in the tablets world.
  • BlackBerry devices stop synchronizing for 3 days.
  • Steve Jobs dies

September, 2011

Windows 8 Tablet in the enterprise

August, 2011

HP TouchPad Effect

July, 2011


June, 2011


May, 2011

RIP Mobile

April, 2011

Best area to place navigation buttons

March, 2011


February, 2011

  • Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) is released, targeted to challenge iPad's domination in the tablets world. (Didn't I just said that?)
  • Android activations per day reach 400,000!
Palm Pre3 vs Palm Veer

January, 2011

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What a year! So much action, yet so little have changed.

Here are some of the most popular articles of 2011:

2011 is officially over now. Thank you all for reading the mobile spoon. See you all next year!

Happy new year,

Gil Bouhnick, The Mobile Spoon.


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