Welcome 2012! Happy New Year from Gadgetorama

Happy New YearWith parties breaking out in other parts of the world, I would like to wish everyone who stops by Gadgetorama a very happy new year. As always, thank you for your ongoing support.

2011 proved to be an important year for Gadgetorama if only for the fact that I finally got around to redesigning the site (albeit I recognize that there is still work to do on the new design). It only took more than 6 years! With the new platform, new features and improvements should come a bit faster!

And now on with the Gadgetorama tradition of looking back at the stories that I found the most interesting in 2011:

  • The promise and demise of webOS: The year started with much anticipation for HP’s upcoming webOS products. Who would have guessed that it would all come crashing down only weeks after the HP TouchPad hitting the market? After promising so much for webOS, by the end of the year, HP open-sourced the mobile operating system. It will be interesting to see if it can rise again like the proverbial phoenix.
  • RIM’s ‘anno horribilis’: Nothing seemed to go right for Research In Motion this year. From poor sales of its PlayBook to an oft-delayed update, from trademark infringements to service outages, RIM seemed unable to do right. 2012 is shaping up to be another tough year with BlackBerry 10 devices not expected until the latter portion of the year. Will BlackBerry 10 devices launch or will they be further delayed? Will there be a management shake-up? Or could RIM even find itself bought out?
  • Steve Jobs and Apple: 2011 was another banner year for the manufacturer. The iPhone remained a bestseller (despite there being no iPhone 5) and the iPad continued to trounce the competition. The unfortunate death of Steve Jobs in late 2011 set the stage for the next chapter of Apple’s story. Can the string of successes continue without Jobs at the helm?

As always, the year ahead promises to be another exciting one in the world of mobility and gadgets! What are you most looking forward to?

Again, thank you for all your support and Happy New Year!