Google sent out a new update for the LG made Nexus 5X that included a monthly security patch and a performance upgrade to make the general running of the handset smoother. Now the Huawei manufactured Nexus 6P (the current flagship of Google's hardware range) is getting a similar patch to boost device performance.
We are spoilt for choice at the entry level of the smartphone market these days, so when an underwhelming handset arrives we are of course disappointed. It is easy to forget that these are handsets that cost little, so our disappointment should always be tempered by that. However, with this market thriving you really to not need to buy something cheap and nasty.
All the buzz is currently around LG's interesting and somewhat innovative G5 flagship, and rightly so. However, the Korean company has another device that fits the same billing as the G5, and it too is of flagship quality. The LG V10, the quirky and massive phablet that landed late last year is now receiving Android 6.0 Marshmallow.
Samsung's Galaxy S7 Edge flagship is barely out of the gates, but already the company is issuing what it describes as an "urgent" update. Of course, it is common for products to arrive with small teething problems, but it is rare to see any update billed as urgent, so what?s the deal here?
HTC is fighting to keep itself relevant, and much will depend on the company's upcoming One M10 flagship and whether the Vive VR headset can convert its buzz into sales. Another way would be for the company to cozy up to Google and the Android platform even more, which could actually be in the offing as reports suggest HTC has signed a three year deal to build Nexus hardware.
Android 6.0 Marshmallow is struggling to gain any traction in the market, and after nearly six months available for devices it is on just 2.3% of all devices running the platform. While Android adoption is always more stagnant than on rival platforms iOS and even Windows, this very low number is sure to disappoint Google.
At the start of the month, Sony started rolling out Android 6.0 Marshmallow to the Xperia Z5 in its native Japan. The company is now following that with a launch of the software update on a global level, meaning everybody rocking the Z5 will now be able to grab the latest and greatest from Google.
Both Best Buy and Verizon have started shipping the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge, the two new flagships from the Korean giant. Samsung said during the launch of the handsets that it would launch the devices on March 11, but it seems the two U.S. based retailers are getting ahead of the game and fulfilling pre-order commitments early.
OnePlus already has some mighty affordable smartphones, if bang for your buck is your particular bag then the Chinese company is a solid port of call. However, OnePlus is now making it even easier for consumers in the United States to buy its handsets, by debuting a new program that offers monthly installment purchases for all transactions over $99.
Sony is keeping up its recent good work in terms of updating devices to the latest builds of Android. The company is now preparing to unleash Android 6.0 Marshmallow on both the Xperia Z3+ and the Xperia Z4 Tablet, the mid-term flagships that were launched last year.