Blackberry has announced its latest smartphone today, the Blackberry Classic, a handset we all knew was coming and what it would be. The device is based off the company's ahem, classic designs such as the Bold and it comes with old school charm and up to date software, features, and security.
Earlier in the week, the guys over at PhoneArena conducted a poll and asked its readers whether they thought that "Samsung's dominion over the smartphone market coming to an end?"
There are a number of dazzling Chinese smartphones on the market at the moment, but for the most part they are only available in the country, or Southeast Asia. I thought that would almost be the same deal with Meizu's new and exceptional MX4 Pro, a dazzling flagship with amazing specs. However, I was wrong as the device is now available and it is shipping to anywhere in the world.
Motorola has launched a number of fine smartphones over the last couple of years, the Moto X and Moto G spring to mind, as does the budget oriented Moto E. However, the company has not released a device in China for some time, ignoring one of the biggest and most important markets with its Moto smartphones. However, Motorola is now ready to re-enter the Chinese market and will be bringing some "exciting devices".
The OnePlus, Cyanogen, and Micromax saga has reached a conclusion that spells bad news for anyone after a OnePlus One smartphone in India. The handset has been on sale 15 days in the country, has been the subject of industry squabbling and has now by the looks of it been banned from sale in India.
The look back at the year in search by Google has previously been pretentiously called Google Zeitgeist, but now it has a simpler name of "Year in Search". It is essentially just a look back at the most popular search terms of the year, in this case 2014, and it looks at a variety of subjects such as world events, current affairs, videos, and (obviously otherwise we wouldn't be writing about it) consumer tech.
OnePlus is reported to be working on the follow up to its OnePlus One smartphone, the so-called OnePlus Two. However, the Chinese company has another new handset in the works it seems as OnePlus starts to spread its wings with an apparent OnePlus One Mini. A leaked photo claiming to be the new handset has leaked online today.
Not much usually happens in the way of smartphones at the CES trade show in Las Vegas. The early January event is typically a computing/consumer electronics oriented show and many of the mobile big hitters are either absent or pushing other products. Some reports suggest Sony and Samsung will be launching flagships there in 2015, but I do not believe that, and besides there are always some smartphones if you look hard enough.
The Canadian company has posted a "humorous" blog on its website entitled "11 things wrong with the BlackBerry Passport," but here's the twist, the things mentioned are actually all the good things about the device. It is meant to be a rib tickling repost to all those people who have hated on the Passport for numerous reasons.
Samsung makes so many devices and has so many smartphone ranges that it is hard to keep up. Take for example the Galaxy U line of handsets, another new series that has been in development alongside the A series, E series, as well as an overhaul of the S range. It is a muddling array of devices to be sure, so I am glad that Samsung has reportedly decided to ditch the Galaxy U series at the development stage.