There's no doubt about it, the OnePlus 2 is shaping up to be a hit. Even if you think the Moto X Style is more appealing, it seems that many disagree and OnePlus has built on the momentum of the One and consumers are queuing up to get their hands on the OnePlus 2, literally. Over 1 million people have now signed up to receive an invite to buy the handset.
While Samsung's high end smartphones like the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy Note 5 occupy all the headlines, the company is the largest handset vendor in the world simply because it sells many other devices besides. Just like the Galaxy S5 Neo, a new handset that has accidently leaked on a Dutch retailer's website, following the device being benchmarked and certified for Wi-Fi a few weeks back.
Windows 10 Mobile is still a few months from launching, with November the month mooted for its release, but already Microsoft has confirmed which of its Lumia smartphones will be in line to receive an update to the new platform. However, the company did not make it clear if the 10 devices listed below will be the only ones to ever get Windows 10 Mobile, or whether other current Lumia's will just have to wait a bit longer.
Acer has had a long relationship with Microsoft and its Windows platform, but that has mostly been for PC tech, with the occasional smartphone along the way. With Windows 10 Mobile due to land later in the year, Acer is reaffirming its ties to Microsoft with the launch of four new smartphone running Redmond's new platform. A new report suggests those devices will be announced during the IFA trade expo in Berlin during September.
Windows 10 is set to land on PC's over the coming days and weeks, but we already know that Microsoft's new platform is not going to land on mobile devices for some time. A third quarter date for Windows 10 Mobile's launch has been oft mooted, but now a Microsoft official has said that we could have to wait until the fourth quarter, November to be exact.
LG's mobile division is riding a rollercoaster at the moment. The huge success of the G3 flagship last year elevated the company to the upper echelons of the market, but sales of the replacement G4 (a fantastic smartphone regardless) have tempered expectations and LG may lose money this year and not meet sales estimates. That said, the company is still in contention for top five smartphone manufacturers globally and thanks to its screen tech has a cash cow beyond its own hardware.
Plenty of companies are adopting a bezel-less design for their smartphones and it seems that landscape bezels at least will be a thing of the past one day. Manufacturers are trying to get a superior screen to body ratio, and Xiaomi will be among them when it launches its next flagship handset, the Mi 5.
Apple's App Store is a triumph and the company loves to boast just how much, frequently reeling off impressive stats to back up the store's position. However, Cupertino of course stays quiet about other areas, specifically the ones where the App Store loses to Android's Google Play Store. At the WWDC keynote recently CEO Tim Cook did not mention how many apps were now available, because the App Store has less that the Google Play Store.
At the close of the first quarter, Xiaomi announced the mega-affordable Redmi 2A, a variant of its Redmi 2 that was even more of a bargain. Three months later and with the second quarter closed for business the Chinese company has revealed that the budget Redmi 2A has been a monster success over its first period on sale.
Huawei has a new smartphone ready to launch at its scheduled September 2nd event at the IFA trade show in Berlin, but the handset getting announced is unlikely to be the Mate 8. When the press event was first teased it was thought that the Mate 8 would be the subject of the launch, but it now seems a revamped version of the current Mate 7 will be launched instead.