It seems there is a trend in the current smartphone market. Announcements of “groundbreaking” devices that are set for a far off release date. These devices have the latest and greatest of anything you can want in a smartphone, as well as everything you don’t need.
My favorite platform BlackBerry just officially announced the rebranding of their QNX platform to BBX set to launch Q2 of 2012. This is not to be a smartphone as we know them, it is being called a “superphone” by the folks at Research In Motion. As a PlayBook owner I can tell you that the QNX operating system has a lot to offer the user. This device has some truly amazing multitasking abilities. The features brought to us with the power of the QNX platform will have to wait, for now we have been give several other devices to tide us over. They are: The Bold 9900/30, the Torch 9810, and the Torches 9850/60. These devices while impressive in their own right still lack the capabilities of keeping up with the other phones on the market.
Android has recently announced the next iteration of their operating system, Ice Cream Sandwich, as well as the first phone to run Android 4.0 the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. This device is slated to only come to Verizon Wireless in the U.S. market. It has a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor and 1 GB of RAM. As of yet this is the only phone to ship with ICS out of the box.
Apple has as well left the consumers high and dry with the announcementn and then delay of the iPhone 5. They have given us the iPhone 4S, this device basically adds an 8 megapixel camera and the voice program Siri. Again as with RIM and Google, this is just to tide you over till the flagship devices can be launched.
Now are all of these announcements, delays, and excuses just a way to build hype to bring attention to these respective companies? Is this truly what they are saying it is, issues with hardware? Or can there be something altogether different that is happening behind the scenes? Feel free to let us know in the comments.