In a piece published earlier this week, we said that 2013 was a remarkably boring year for smartphone lovers. After a surge of exciting innovation that began in 2007 and lasted for several years, 2013 saw smartphone makers, for the most part, run out of good ideas. With the constraints imposed by battery limitations and consumers’ demand for slim handsets, there was only so much vendors could pack into their phones, we suppose. Still don’t believe 2013 was a boring year? Consider this: At the annual Mobile World Congress trade show, the GSMA just named a year-old handset the best smartphone of 2013.
In other words, the smartphone industry peaked in March last year. More →