Apps are at the front and center of any smartphone experience, and with over a million apps on the Google Play Store and new apps being submitted to our forums every day, staying up to date on the latest apps and games can be a hassle. At XDA, we don’t discriminate apps - if it’s interesting, innovative, original or useful, we mention them. The XDA Portal Team loves apps too, and we usually share and discuss the latest app releases...
Farewell 2013: Happy New Year from XDA Developers!
In all but a few parts of the world, 2013 has already come and gone. And as we begin our journey into 2014, all of us here at XDA-Developers would like to wish you all a very Happy New Year!
2013 was a wild ride in the mobile tech world. We saw bucket loads of innovation in the form of new smartphones, tablets, and gadgets—and even the emergence of new categories of devices. 2013 brought us the Google Chromecast, which lowered the cost of entry into TV-Internet integration. This past year also brought us new Android-powered gaming devices such as Nvidia’s Project Shield, the Ouya, and the new Mad Catz MOJO. 2013 also brought us the proliferation of wearable computing thanks to smartwatches like the Pebble, Sony SmartWatch, and Samsung Galaxy Gear—and let’s not forget about Google Glass. Suffice it to say, 2013 brought us many cool new toys, and many of these innovations will continue to shape our lives going forward.
Now that we enter 2014, we will undoubtedly bear witness to quite a bit more innovation, breakthrough, and refinement in the mobile tech world. Nobody knows what this year will bring, but we would like to hear from all of you about what you are most excited for in 2014. Leave us a comment below telling us your predictions for 2014 or what you are most thankful for from 2013. And of course, Happy New Year!
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