A Year in Review: Fall, 2015


In these last few days leading up to December 25th I’m not anticipating much in the way of smartphone news. And since I’ll also be going on holiday at the end of the week I thought it might be a good time for a quick look back to reflect on the year we’re leaving behind.

Here’s the final installment of my four-part retrospective.


LG announces its “second-screened” V10 and HTC its iPhone-esque One A9, but Google and Nexus dominate the news this month.

The new Nexuses get reviewed, along with Android 6. It’s mostly good news, unless you want to run Marshmallow as root or are prone to bending your Nexus 6P. Then there’s that odd rumour about Android and Chrome being merged into a single OS.

Sources: Android Police (1) (2), MacRumors, Ars Technica (1) (2), Liliputing, Phandroid


With the new Nexus phones using USB Type-C a Google engineer takes it upon himself to review USB-C cables on Amazon and separate the good from the bad. After being called out as a bad cable supplier OnePlus begrudgingly agrees to offer refunds to buyers.

Just as it loses its number 4 smartphone OS ranking to Tizen BlackBerry releases the Android-powered Priv, while Apple goes large with its iPad Pro. And the world at large finally notices how often smartphone apps help themselves to your personal data.

Sources: Android Police, GizChina, Android Authority, CrackBerry, DigitalMunition


Rumours surface that the next iteration of the iPhone won’t have a headphone jack. Some tech blogs run with this idea, proclaiming that the headphone jack on all smartphones will soon be a thing of the past. Because, progress…?

Google puts its Pixel C tablet up for sale, running Android instead of the widely-speculated merged Android/Chrome OS.

And big news for Canada: Almost immediately after announcing the rollout of a new LTE network WIND Mobile is acquired by Shaw Communications in a friendly takeover.

Sources: Fierce Wireless, Android Central, Ars Technica, iPhone in Canada (1) (2)

… And that’s 2015, your year that was!

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