Samsung's latest low end offering has made itself a bit more real today as the device passed through the FCC and looks set to get a launch in the US soon. We have already heard plenty about the budget Galaxy A3, the smallest of a new range of devices based off Samsung's Galaxy Alpha. The others in the range will be the A5 and A7, all three due to launch together in November and all three boasting the high end appeal of the Alpha.
Say goodbye to Nokia smartphones, for now at least. Microsoft has killed off the Nokia branding for future smartphones the company confirmed today, ending months of rumors. Instead of the Nokia Lumia branding, devices will now be known as Microsoft Lumia and will come with the company's Windows logo emblazoned on them in black.
Samsung is often criticized for its designs, with many people claiming their devices are cheaply made and overly plastic in feel. The truth is it has been a valid criticism at times, but the Korean giant is taking more steps to solve that, such as the Galaxy Alpha series and the new Galaxy Note 4. There are still issues, such as cutting corners with things like faux leather, but Samsung seems to be on the right track.
Verizon and Sony announced the new Xperia Z3v a couple of weeks back, but far from being a true variant of the Japanese company's new flagship, the Z3v is more a re-tooled Xperia Z2. Putting that disappointment aside, the device is still very good and today Verizon has announced that the smartphone is available.
Those familiar with Samsung and Verizon will know that the Korean company tends to release developer editions of its smartphones with the US carrier. History is repeating itself as Samsung has leaked the Galaxy Note 4 Developer Edition, which will probably come to Big Red, although if you want one you will have to be willing to spend big.
While many companies have emerged to confirm their Android 5.0 Lollipop plans, the Korean giants have been quiet. Samsung has today offered its first tease to at least one of its smartphones getting the latest and greatest version of Google?s mobile platform.
Google launched its new smartphone last week, the Motorola built Nexus 6 and confirmed that it would be up for pre-orders in the United States this week. However, there is still no official launch date for the handset and the due date for the Nexus 6 in other major markets is even sketchier. It does seem as though delays are imminent.
Nobody does market saturation quite like Samsung. Just in case you needed a new flavour of the company's Galaxy S5 smartphone the Korean giant has issued the Galaxy S5 Plus in Europe. The device showed up on a Dutch Samsung page and joins the normal Galaxy S5 and Galaxy S5 LTE-A, but do we really need this device?
While the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is the phablet device getting all the attention, the company rolled out another large screened smartphone last month, the Galaxy Mega 2. The device landed as a little bit of a disappointment as it is not much of an improvement over the original Galaxy Mega, and it looks like being an expensive phone considering its humble specs.
HTC's presence in important emerging markets is hardly big, especially in China where the brand is nothing more than a bit part player. However, while China is increasingly a closed shop, India (another country with a billion plus population) is still a market of opportunity and there is time for HTC to grow a presence. Launching three of its best smartphones in the country this week cannot be a bad thing if the company hopes to be a hit in India.