September 14, 2012, 11:15 AM — I'm sorry that I'm going to take up page space with a discussion of non-Android matters in this column, but it would be remiss of me not to comment on the iPhone 5 rollout this week, and its implications for the Android ecosystem.
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Fortunately, though, there's little enough to say - far from being the world-beater that past iPhones have been, the iPhone 5 didn't really introduce any new features or capabilities that don't already exist on an Android phone somewhere. And rather than pushing the bar for the rest of the smartphone world higher, as iPhones have done more than once, Apple actually had to play catch-up in a number of respects.
This is not to say that the iPhone 5 isn't a hugely impressive smartphone, because it is - and Android fanpersons would do well to remember that before glibly (and erroneously) proclaiming Apple's irrelevance in the mobile sector. Regardless of this perceived lack of momentum, Apple's going to sell, in my conservative estimation, about 33 squillion of these things.
However, it's a great sign of maturity for the Android platform - the big competitor that was consistently portrayed as far more innovative and advanced in the past is now having to battle for market share on much more even terms.
And hey, speaking of Android...
A Tegra 3-powered HTC One X+ has been spotted on the FCC's website, confirming long-standing rumors that a potent new version of the One is on the way. (H/T: Engadget) AndroidCommunity.com says that the quad-core Nvidia processor may have been revved up to 1.6GHz per core, for a substantial performance increase.