The 2012 Mobile Year in Review


It's been a crazy year in the mobile world. Mobile Future is out with a new video looking back at some of the most remarkable moments in mobile this year.

Of all publicly-traded mobile companies, Apple had a banner 2012, not including the Apple Maps flop. It became the largest company in the world by market cap, introduced the iPad Mini, iPhone 5 , and has continued to crush analyst expectations quarter after quarter.

On the other end of the spectrum, Research in Motionhad a miserable year. The company's founders relinquished control in January, and left the board later in the year. The company has seen its market share crash as it didn't have any new products to compete with all the Apple and Android products on the market. Even worse, the company had to delay its Blackberry 10 launch till after this Christmas season.

Worldwide, Nokia is another company that has had a rough 2012. When the results are tallied, the company is expected to lose the position it's held for 14 years as the mobile leader in terms of unit sales.

It's not all doom and gloom. Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg sees huge opportunity in mobile. On the company's Q3 conference call he said

First, mobile will give us the opportunity to reach way more people than desktop; second, people on mobile use Facebook more often; and third, long term, I think we're going to monetize better for amount of time spent on mobile than desktop.

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Source: MobileFuture Animation: iStrategyLabs

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