This is the new edition of Counterclockwise, where we'll be taking a look at all of the most significant news articles that happened during this week over the past several years. The last week of June has seen plenty of hardware announcements from Nokia, while the last couple of years also saw the aftermath of Google I/O and all the Android update and Nexus hubbub around it. Even Apple and Microsoft have had their share of early summer glory.
Exactly 6 years ago, in 2008, a quartet of devices were launched by Nokia. The Supernova series, composed of the 7610, 7510, 7310, and 7210, were a reflection of a Finnish company at the apex of its dominance in the realm of cell phones.
Three years later, with things already starting to decline for the Finnish company, many attempts were made to right the ship: a trio of feature phones, the C2-02, C2-03, and C2-06 hoped to bring life back into an aging Nokia S40 interface, a Nokia N5 image showing what the company hoped would replace the archaic Symbian S60 5th edition OS, and even a big introduction in the form of the Nokia N9 running the now defunct MeeGo OS. As we know, none of these were enough to ultimately save Nokia and Microsoft had to step in.
In what would ultimately end up being the future (and a grim one at that) of Nokia devices, the first Windows Phone 7-powered Nokia device was announced by Stephen Elop. Codenamed the Nokia Sea Ray, the device would ultimately turn out to be the Nokia Lumia 800.
Jumping back to 2010, the iPhone 4 marked the last iPhone launch to be held by Apple in the summer period, and it was quite eventful. Yellow spots on the just-introduced Retina display, reception issues, and even some trite responses from Steve Jobs himself highlighted what turned out to be Apple's bumpiest launch to date.
2012 saw the strengthening of Android in a big way, thanks to the launch of Google's first tablet in the form of the Nexus 7, alongside Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Meanwhile, not to be outdone, Microsoft revealed its new version of Windows Phone, Windows Phone 8. The OS was redesigned by 720p resolution, microSD support, and multi-core chipset support.
Finally, this time last year we saw our first look at both the Samsung Galaxy Note III and the Apple iPhone 5S, two devices that would turn out to be quite robust offerings from the top two global smartphone manufacturers.