Time to check in on the performance of Windows Phone, the third placed platform in the market that seems to hold steady without ever testing Android and iOS. That is not going to change anytime soon, but Microsoft announced its fiscal third quarter results and revealed that it sold 8.6 million Windows Phone smartphones through the three month period.
Verizon, the biggest carrier in the United States, announced this week that it lost a significant amount of business over the last quarter. Big Red revealed that 138,000 postpaid customers left the brand, but the company insists that it is not a problem that so many have left.
The Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge are fantastic smartphones, and they are widely expected to breathe new life into the company after a worrying 2014. The handsets have already made their mark in Samsung's South Korea homeland, with the devices shifting 200,000 units within 10 days of being released. However, Samsung believed it would move 300,000 units based on pre-order numbers, so the Galaxy S6 range is not performing quite as well as predicted.
Oppo's next smartphone high ender, the Oppo R7, has leaked in what is rumoured to be an official render, although some reports are pointing to a potential concept mock-up. The handset will be replacing the Oppo R5 and that means it will be very thin. You may remember that the R5 launched last November was the thinnest smartphone ever at 4.85mm, a record it held for about two weeks.
We have seen a lot of leaks regarding the Sony Xperia Z4, and now it seems we will see the handset later this month when Sony hosts an April 20th press event. However, there is still time for one more piece of information before the big launch, with the latest report suggesting that the Xperia Z4 will feature an all-metal unibody.
AT&T is serving up a double dose of Samsung updates as the Galaxy S5 Active and the Galaxy Alpha are now receiving their Android 5.0.2 Lollipop updates. The second largest carrier in the United States is rolling out the upgrade over the air now, so you should be seeing the prompt on your device soon, if you haven't already.
OnePlus has only been with us for two years, but the company has come a long way. Sure, the brand is known for the slow roll out of its smartphone and even a few PR disasters, but behind it all the is the OnePlus One. The "flagship killer" has been well received, selling 1 million units last year. That?s not bad at all when various aspects are considered, but OnePlus plans to grow beyond that during 2015 and 2016.
Microsoft's Build 2015 developer conference is just around the corner, but with invitations already snapped up in January, the doors are already closed. This is the event is where Microsoft typically announces the bulk of its core products. Sure, the company will make announcements sporadically at other events, but Build is where it is at if you want the low down on Microsoft for the next year.
Apple has huge success, stands atop the tech world, and then analysts get all worried and start spelling doom for the company. It is a cycle that has been playing out for years and now we are getting our first spot of doom mongering regarding the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Andy Perkins, an analyst from Societe Generale says an increase in sales of the older iPhone 5s could be worrying for the iPhone 6 range.
HTC launched the One M9 Plus yesterday and while we loved the handset, we were scathing of the need to even release it. The device is going to be an exclusive in China and Asia, and HTC has confirmed that the One M9 will not be launched in Europe of the United States. That confirms what we already knew, putting an official stamp on the release of the smartphone flagship.