A busy year gets even busier — and we've got lots in store for 2014

At some point earlier this year — probably back in February, between trips to  San Francisco, New York City and Barcelona — I made a conscious decision to not travel as much this year. Things haven't quite worked out as I planned, of course. That's a good problem to have. Being busy means business is good. And this is a great business to be in.

That was as apparent as ever last week in Miami, where I and the other Mobile Nations editors met up for a few days. Day 1 was spent cannonballing and hair-flipping and shooting a wrap-up video for Talk Mobile 2013. Believe it or not, it took about 11 months from inception to being damned near finished.

Days 2 and 3 last week were spent working on strategies to take us well into 2014. If you thought 2013 was ambitious, well, we're just getting warmed up. This is going to be fun — and extremely challenging. If we accomplish even just half of what we've been talking about internally, it'll be a great year.

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And now I'm off to London for a few days' worth of meetings with some great folks. And chances are we'll have some Nexus-type news pretty quickly upon my return, to say nothing of any number of expected releases this fall. So we're not done yet.

As always, thanks for coming along for the ride. It makes all the travel and time away from home and family worth it.

A couple more quick thoughts on this fine Sunday:

  • Every single Android phone needs Photosphere. I'd forgotten how much I missed it. Glad to see Samsung added it in the Galaxy Note 3. I'm glad that LG's been adding in its implementation in non-Nexus phones. But how the hell is it not in the Moto X?
  • And to the folks working on third-party versions — please keep plugging away.
  • There's a whole bunch of good stuff in that Nexus 5 service manual leak. But make no mistake — it's nowhere near the same as actually getting your hands on a phone and using it. Remember that when folks start saying "we already know everything there is to know" about it.
  • And as much as I'm enjoying the Moto X — for its size and shape as much as the software — I'm getting excited for a new Nexus.
  • Damn, that Verizon HTC One Max looks huge.
  • Dunno about you folks, but I'm stoked that Jerry and Alex and Andrew started podcasting when I'm not available. 
  • Oh, and speaking of the busy travel season ... Andrew Martonik will be at the Big Android BBQ later this week in Dallas. I'm more than a little jealous that I can't make it.
  • And later this month, we'll be at the Samsung Developers Conference in San Francisco. More on that this week, probably. This will be fun. 

And with that, it's time to board. Let's get to work.