If you’re not aware that Nokia is relaunching the N-Gage, you should be. They’ve got it right this time, turning N-Gage into a platform that runs across (eventually) all of Nokia’s Nseries handsets. And better still, the company is coming out swinging against comparisons with Sony Ericsson’s rumoured PlayStation phone.
2007 was another big year for gadget-heads, with a wealth of new tech to get to grips with, some intriguing industry developments, and the usual fanboy warz between Apple, Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo addicts. We’ve been rounding up the key trends from 2007 over the past week, but if you missed them, here’s a guide to the tech happenings that we thought were important in the last twelve months. Roll on 2008, when we can find out what’s next in line to excite our minds (and drain our wallets).
Part of our series of festive posts looking back at the key happenings in 2007… Alas, poor AIBO. He was put to metaphorical sleep just as consumers started to get properly excited about robots. Rumour has it he’ll return in 2008, but until then, Honda’s Asimo is undisputed top dog in the robot world. And he didn’t have to lasergun anyone to achieve it.
Part of our series of festive posts looking back at the key happenings in 2007… One of the most dispiriting tech stories of 2007 has been the ongoing war of statistics between HD DVD and Blu-ray, in which each side has regularly proclaimed its dominance, using a bewildering variety of metrics. It’s been a willy-waving contest from start to finish.
Part of our series of festive posts looking back at the key happenings in 2007… Who’d have thought the champion next-gen console would be the one made by Nintendo? Yet the Wii has gone from strength to strength this year, despite continued stock shortages that have won it the dubious distinction of being the parent-panicking product of two Christmases in a row.
Part of our series of festive posts looking back at the key happenings in 2007… Admit it: many of the most adamant Facebook refuseniks had decided to join the fastest growing social network after all by the end of the year. Facebook is one of those sites that, once it gathered momentum, was near unstoppable in terms of signing up users. Once most of your friends were on it, you had to join.
Part of our series of festive posts looking back at the key happenings in 2007… Who would have thought that a £219 laptop would have been THE hard-to-find gadget for Christmas 2007? Apart from the Wii, of course (I’ll get to that in another post). Asus has been shovelling Eee PCs onto the shelves as fast as it can, but they’re being snapped up just as fast.
Part of our series of festive posts looking back at the key happenings in 2007… One of the more exciting developments in 2007 for webheads was the emergence of a clutch of ‘Telly 2.0’ startups (I’m persisting with that moniker until it catches on) like Joost, Babelgum and VeohTV. Each offered an array of exclusive channels, mixing music, entertainment and weirdness.
Part of our series of festive posts looking back at the key happenings in 2007… Well, that’s not strictly true. Nokia announced plans to become a services company, rather than a handset firm. By which they meant they’d place more focus on mobile content and services, rather than just flogging handsets and letting operators take care of the content side.