Rumor Roundup – September 3rd, 2013
September 3rd has been quite a day. It started off with the news that Microsoft had officially purchased Nokia (so much for an Android Lumia…), and escalated from the there. So I’m going to go ahead and round everything up for you.
The first thing that happened today was that Microsoft officially bought Nokia. They paid $7.2 billion for the company. This move unites the biggest Windows Phone manufacturer with the creator of the OS. This is great for Microsoft since over 80% of Windows Phone sales were Nokia devices. Basically now a great phone manufacturer who only made Windows Phone based devices, is now stuck with that OS. This destroys my hope of a Nokia-made Android phone.
Later in the morning, Apple finally sent out invites for it’s September 10th event. Rumors say that the new iPhone models will be released at this event. Apple will most likely release 2 new versions of the iPhone at this event: the iPhone 5S and 5C. The iPhone 5S will most likely be an upgrade from the iPhone 5 and come in 2 new colors: “Gold” and “Graphite”. The iPhone 5C however will most likely be a budget version of the iPhone costing $99 on-contract with a plastic body and lesser specs. It will however probably come in a larger variety of color options. As you can see by the invite they sent out, these rumors will probably come to reality very soon.
After this, yet another company pounced on the “day of announcements” (yes that’s what I’m calling it…) and that was Google. Their Android team unexpectedly announced their latest project. They officially unveiled Android 4.4 KitKat. No, that’s not a typo. This came along with the news that there have been over 1 Billion Android devices activated to date. The announcement of this new version of Android caught me completely off-guard and I’m sure it did the same for you. The new update also promises to be “an amazing Android experience available for everybody”. Not long ago, rumors were out there saying that the next update would require less resources and could be available for older phones that are currently still running 2.3 or lower. This could also point to the release of a smartwatch. The new version has not actually been seen on a device yet, but with the release of the next Nexus phone on the horizon, it can’t be far off.
Now speaking of the next Nexus phone, it was apparently leaked today at the unveiling of the newest Android statue. Google posted a video of the statue unveiling on YouTube and among the audience in attendance, was a spectator boasting an unknown Nexus phone. It looks quite similar to the 2013 Nexus 7 but with a much bigger camera. If I had to guess I’d say this phone’s camera will be competing with phones such as the Galaxy S4. This lines up with a comment made earlier this year by a Vic Gundotra on a Google+ post as seen below. This phone can’t be too far away now with this leak and the announcement of Android 4.4. Be sure to follow us so you can hear about this news.
On a lesser note, Amazon also released an update to their Kindle Paperwhite. The news originally slipped this morning and was then taken down, but Amazon apparently decided to officially release the device. This device will have a better display, faster processor, better touch screen, and a few other new features over the first generation model. The device looks like it will begin shipping on Sept. 30. It is available now for pre-order at $119.
So after this huge day of announcements, did anything get you really excited? I’m personally looking forward to Android 4.4. and this Nexus 5. Let me know in the comments and let me know what you are excited for!