Samsung UK dropped the bomb that we guessed was coming but hoped wouldn't and confirmed that the aging Galaxy Note 2 or the Galaxy Note 3 will be getting Android Lollipop updates. This only cements what we had previously been told when Samsung Gulf claimed its Galaxy Note 2 variant would remain on Android 4.4 KitKat.
We have talked about the LG G Pro 3 before, the handset is set to make its debut later in the year as a phablet flagship alternative to the company's G4. It actually seems as if the G Pro 3 (or G4 Pro as some suggest) will eclipse its stable mate with blazing market leading specs. @Leaksfly, a noted tipster from China, has reconfirmed some of the specs for the device and even added some new features.
Sony's Xperia Z4 and Xperia Z3+ are both fine devices, although they feel like they are just hold over handsets until Sony roll outs a true 2015 heavyweight later in the year. That new flagship juggernaut will be the Xperia Z5, and a new report now suggests that the handset will be launched in September in Japan and will be accompanied by a whole range.
The LG G2 is an aging ex-flagship that is now over two years old, but the South Korean company is continuing to support the handset. An unnamed person from LG's software division has leaked the news that the company will update the G2 to Android 5.1.1 Lollipop.
Last month we discussed the Microsoft Lumia 1030, a sequel to Nokia's camera-centric Lumia 1020 from a couple of years ago. The handset was once again set to feature arguably the best camera module in the industry and was due to launch later in the year, presumably with Windows 10 Mobile in tow. However, it now seems as though the device has been killed.
Apple's reign at the top of the smartphone market in the United States was short lived as Samsung wrestled back the top spot through the last quarter. The South Korean giant has dominated the markets for a couple of years, but the record breaking launch of the iPhone 6 put Apple at the top, a stunning feat.
LG's new G4 flagship is not selling as well as its predecessor, which is a shame as it is one of the best smartphones on the market right now. To try and drum up more interest, the South Korean company is holding a promotion throughout the month of July.
The Galaxy Note Edge is the device that started Samsung's folding screen output and paved the way for the Galaxy S6 Edge. The phablet with a one edge folded screen (that's much more visible than the GS6 Edge's) is now getting in on the Android Lollipop act. Verizon's version of the handset is now receiving an over the air update to Android 5.0 Lollipop.
Android Lollipop is finally rolling out for the original Motorola Moto X (2013 Edition), arriving in an additional 14 countries today. As we have written before, the Lollipop platform is so late coming to the original X that Motorola has skipped directly past build 5.0 to Android 5.1.
Acer is back on Microsoft's Windows Phone platform after the company launched the Liquid M220 smartphone today, the device was announced back in March. As we have become used to, the handset is a modest device that runs Windows Phone 8.1, but arguably the most interesting thing is that Acer confirmed the Liquid M220 will be upgradeable to Windows 10 Mobile when the software lands this fall.