Blackberry has left it no doubt who the Passport smartphone is geared to, it is for business types who have some serious productivity to do through their days. Blackberry says it created the perfect device for enterprise and made most of the core features of the Passport towards this goal. Of course, it does all the other consumer oriented stuff to, but first and foremost this is a phone for work.
Google has fallen foul of authorities in Europe on numerous occasions and the latest war between the search giant and the European Union is just warming up. The "right to be forgotten" regulations imposed on Google seem to be just the beginning as the Financial Times is reporting that the EU is going to try to force Google to unbundle it search business (its chief income source) from all its other services.
Microsoft's Band has been with us a couple of weeks now and it has managed to be a dividing device. Microsoft says it has sold well, while some reports say stock was very limited, while the general consensus seems to be that the wearable is very much a first device in an evolution. It feels like a prototype many reviews have said, but after spending some time with it I think it is more of a vehicle for Microsoft's Health suite.
Google introduced Android One earlier this year and rolled out the initiative in September, a project that was meant to unify the Android platform by targeting emerging markets. However, things have not exactly gone to plan as Android One devices have not sold well and many of India?s retailers are refusing to stock the handsets from the project.
Samsung has issued a new update for Galaxy Note 4 users in Greece and Germany, and it will almost certainly spread across Europe later on. At 137MB the file size is weighty enough for one to think that Samsung is packing something pretty substantial in the patch, but actually there is nothing major here.
Huawei is not known for having devices in the US market, but the Ascend Mate 2 is an exception and if you are rocking that handset you can look forward to receiving Android 5.0 Lollipop. If you do have the Ascend Mate 2 then you will know full well that you were left behind when Google rolled out Android 4.4 KitKat with Huawei deciding to keep the smartphone way back on Jelly Bean.
HTC's One M8 has been a hit for the company and has been driving the brand back to profitability, but while the Taiwanese giant has padded out its portfolio it has struggled with declining market share in key markets like the United States and China. In China however it seems as though HTC is finally enjoying a big success with news that its Desire 820s has gone down like the proverbial house on fire.
Consumer Reports has conducted a new survey between 60,000 users of wireless carriers within in the United States, and it comes as no surprise to see that none of the big four take the top spot. It seems that consumers crave the simply things in life, good customer care, and of course to feel like they are getting a deal.
Wall Street is surely banking on the Apple Watch becoming the breakout smartwatch hit that will bring the niche firmly into the tech mainstream. At the moment smartwatch sales figures are counted in the hundreds of thousands, with the entire industry only accounting for 7 million sales through the first half of 2014. Yes, that has improved with the launch of Android Wear, but still the wearable trend has yet to take off.
Black Friday is still a week away, but some companies are kicking their deals into action a bit earlier, such as Sprint. The carrier has decided to slash the price of the HTC One M8 Harman/Kardon Edition by a huge amount, making this one of the best smartphone deals you will find over the Black Friday period.