You know the drill. Every two years or so you get get to upgrade that seemingly ancient smartphone for a shiny, cutting-edge device. Your reign atop the tech curve for about two weeks, after which another phone dethrones yours as the latest and greatest. Like a new job or girlfriend, a phone is an important commitment. This device will be at your side for the foreseeable future. For many of us, smartphones are the first things we see in the morning and the last things we see before bed.

Luckily for current smartphone shoppers, 2013 has already proven to be a landmark year in the mobile industry. Samsung, HTC and Facebook have all made significant additions to their mobile lines, and experts expect the same from Google and Apple in the coming months. Get the scoop on your next electronic companion with mobile roundup.

Samsung Doubles Down

Just 10 months ago, Samsung released the third iteration of its Galaxy phone, the SIII. Critics praised the SIII’s size, power and capabilities, declaring it iPhone’s greatest threat. Samsung is attempting to double down on the SIII’s success with another update, the Samsung Galaxy S4. Its bigger, faster and has a few tricks up its sleeve. The S4 features a 5-inch 1080p screen, furthering Samsung’s ascent into “phablet” territory. To appease consumers seeking a wow factor, the Korean manufacturer added eye-tracking technology to the Galaxy S4. The feature pauses videos when users look away and resumes them when they look back. The Galaxy S4 will launch on seven U.S. Carriers, according to Laptopmag.com, so users can shop for AT&T, Verizon or T-Mobile phone plans.

Facebook Makes a Play

Zuckerburg and Facebook sparked speculation of a Facebook Phone when it announced a mobile event in late March. The rumors were partially true. Facebook didn’t release its own hardware, but it announced a new app integration which will debut on the Facebook-optimzied HTC First. The new app puts Facebook functions at the center of the phone. Facebook message chat bubbles appear in any app and status updates stream on the home screen. Social media users will appreciate Facebook’s forward thinking approach.

Google’s Next Move

Hairdresser And Client Discussing Over CellphoneGoogle already has its foot in the mobile ring with its line of Nexus smartphones and tablets. After acquiring Motorola in 2012, however, Google’s commitment to mobile appears significant. The search king could make its next big play as early as next month, when the Google I/O conference invades San Francisco. Rumors indicate that an “X Phone” could emerge to challenge Samsung and Apple. Google co-founded Larry Page described the importance of extended battery life and hardware durability when asked about the future of mobile, according to Digital trends. Google rarely enters an industry without the belief that it can dominate.

Apple Waits Patiently

As the competition scrambles to attract attention, Apple appears content to stick to its normal cycle. That would mean an iPhone update sometime this summer. Rumor has it Apple could make the next addition to its mobile line sometime this fall with a less-expensive iPhone, according to Ibtimes.com If there’s a knock on Apple’s current iPhone, it’s the high price tag. A cheaper phone would extend Apple’s reach to an even greater audience.


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