With the rapidly evolving Android ecosystem, it is always scary deciding when to purchase your new device. At most your new phone will likely only be the latest and greatest for a few months. There are a couple of different scenarios in which you may be considering a new smartphone purchase, however, and those will shape your purchasing decision more than anything else.
If you are hanging on to an aging device such as a 1st generation droid, an iPhone 3GS or – god forbid – a Blackberry then you may have less time to wait than others. On the other hand if you have a relatively current device in good working condition then you might want to hold out a bit longer.
There are a few main tech events that I get excited for every year and are very important for announcements of upcoming processors, software versions, and most importantly – devices. The first event of the year is the Consumer Electronics Show in January, followed by Mobile World Congress at the end of February, and multiple Brand events from HTC, Samsung, Apple, and Google sprinkled in.
The most important event as far as Android device announcements is Mobile World Congress which is currently taking place and will conclude on February 28th. This event is completely devoted to mobile technology and almost all of the major players make some type of announcement at this show.
HTC has already had their big announcement for the year, unveiling their stunning all-metal HTC One phone on February 19th, ahead of Mobile World Congress. Samsung is rumored to be holding their annual “unpacked” event in early March to show off their new Samsung Galaxy S4 in order to get a jump start on the new Apple phone which isn’t expected to be out until at least summertime. And Google I/O, which is Google’s developer conference, is going to be held in mid-May and is expected to yield a new Nexus tablet, Nexus phone, and the newest version of Android, Key Lime Pie.
Your current phone situation and your brand of choice will dictate how long you wait, but it’s better to choose sooner rather than later. In the Android world, the waiting game can be unending and torturous and all you can do is choose the best phone out at the time you need it.