We are almost certainly going to see more smartphone tie ins with media such as music, movies, games, and TV. The reverse (i.e. product placements) has been common in those mediums for some time, but increasingly we are seeing themed special edition handsets, like the recent Samsung Galaxy S6 with Avengers colors. The latest such product is the Sony Xperia J1 Compact: The Phantom Pain.
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.
With Windows Phone lagging so far behind Android and iOS globally, any victory for the platform should be celebrated. So the news that Windows Phone is thriving in Pakistan should be music to Microsoft's ears, even if the country is not a key market for smartphone sales. Certainly, with market share in the United States falling 21% during the first quarter of the year, Redmond could use all the good news it can get.
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.
Apple gave its Apple Watch a full launch this week and also revealed the prices, list of apps, and the date when pre-orders will begin. With all that information in mind, it is worth asking the question, is the Apple Watch really the game changing smartwatch many thought it would be?
Huawei has long been rumored to be launching its new P8 flagship at a special press event that will be held in London on April 15th. The company's follow up to the Ascend P7 is almost certainly to arrive and the Chinese giant has even started sending out invites for the launch event. However, Huawei will have a surprise in store when the P8 does arrive as there will also be a "lite" version of the handset.
In the halcyon days of feature phones, Nokia reigned supreme. Its handsets sold in the kinds of numbers that would even have Samsung and Apple envious and the Finnish company dominated the mobile market for nearly a decade. Those days have long gone, with the advent of the smartphone changing the mobile landscape forever. However, there is a demographic in the UK where the Nokia 8210 feature phone still reigns supreme.
Meizu's 1080p, 8 core, $160 M1 Note smartphone was announced recently and is a compelling option if you want bang for your buck. However, that handset is about to get a smaller version that will likely be called the M1 Note Mini and will be announced January 27.
The clock is ticking on HTC's promise to update its One M7 and One M8 flagships to Android 5.0 Lollipop, with the company promising the bump before the end of this month. We know when those devices will get the new Android build, but what about some of HTC's other smartphones? Well, according to Phone Probe, a new leak from HTCViet reveals when other HTC products will get a lick of Lollipop.
Samsung has been accused of copying Apple for a number of years, but the Korean company took a while to deliver the same build quality as its rival. The company's latest smartphones have been built with premium materials and there seems more attention to detail in aesthetic aspects. A big part of the new design turn from Samsung has come from the company's Design Management Center, headed up by 47-year old Lee Don-tae.