Despite recently becoming more closely linked than ever, Motorola has finally been sold off by Google to Lenovo, months after the deal was first announced. In the deal, Google will retain Motorola's patents, although the company can license them even though it is now under Chinese company Lenovo's wing.
Asus is the latest company to come out and reveal its plans for Android 5.0 Lollipop with the news that several of its smartphones are in line for the update to Google's latest and greatest software.
With a bit of careful strategic management, a very good device, and some renewed buzz, Blackberry seems to have a hit on its hands with the Passport, the company's newest (all square) smartphone. Getting hold of a Passport is impossible at the moment as they have sold out, but if you are willing to go to the excesses you can pick one up on eBay.
Oppo announced the R5 today, the thinnest smartphone in the world. However, that is an accolade the device will only be keeping for a short time as reports today suggest Vivo is working on a handset that will be even thinner, measuring in at just 3.8mm.
The OnePlus One has had its fair share of problems since being announced last year, so we shouldn't be surprised that there have been issues with the pre-order system for the device. The affordable flagship has yet to have a serious roll out despite being on the market for months, along the way there have been marketing missteps, failed launches, and delays to production. OnePlus has now had to apologize for the latest setback.
Chinese brand Oppo held a launch event in Singapore today, and while the R5 grabbed attention as the world's thinnest smartphone, it is the N3 that is the star of the company's range. The new flagship arrived and once again showed off Oppo's unique way of getting the most from both the rear and front facing camera. However, there is more to this handset than just a funky camera housing even if it does have some problems.
Oppo's launch event today saw the Chinese company unveil two new devices, the N3 flagship and this, the Oppo R5, a handset that comes with a defining feature. This is the world's thinnest smartphone at just 4.85mm, beating out the current title holder, the Gionee Elife S5.1. It really does look amazing and Oppo has done a good job cramming some solid specs into that barely there chassis.
Verizon has today launched the Motorola built DROID Turbo, the carrier's exclusive flagship heavyweight. The exclusive smartphone business model is dying, but Verizon is still giving it a go and with the DROID Turbo the company has one of the very best smartphones on the market. Motorola has taken the best parts of the Moto X and the Motorola built Google Nexus 6 to build this device, and the DROID Turbo is at least every bit as good as those handsets.
Worried about whether your particular Motorola device is due to get the newly launched Android 5.0 Lollipop software update? Don't fear, because Motorola has created an upgrade guide where you can see if your device is in line to get the bump. The guide is very easy to use and keeps you in the loop.
At the end of last week Samsung revealed that it had shifted 4.5 million units of the Galaxy Note 4 in its first month on release in South Korea and China. That is a fantastic number that makes the Note 4 a bon-a-fide success, however it is a number that pales against Apple's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus sales. Yes, here's another Samsung vs. Apple comparison, but these two are competing so how one does against the other is always relevant.