PhoneArena has found that battery life on the recently announced Samsung Galaxy S6 is below that of its predecessor, the Galaxy S5. That of course is a rather remarkable stat considering battery power is becoming a very important spec for consumers. The fact that the juicer in the Galaxy S6 is not removable has already been criticized and it seems with good reason. However, there are some factors at play that should be discussed.
Samsung and LG both have smartphones that employ curved glass technology, while Samsung has gone a step further with devices sporting actual folding glass. However, in the development stage glass that can be rolled, folded, bent and twisted is in development. Both LG and Samsung have said 2016 could be the date that the first devices with this technology come to the market.
Huawei has announced that the Honor 4X budget smartphone is to be launched in India. The handset was launched back in December as a Chinese exclusive, but following compatriot Xiaomi, Huawei has decided to roll out the device in India too. Chinese companies are aggressively targeting India this year and are making headway in the next major smartphone market.
AT&T started rolling out Android 5.0 Lollipop to the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, the newer versions that removes "Interruptions" too. While it is fully expected that Samsung's newest phablet flagship is getting the latest version of Android, the fact the Galaxy Note 3 is also receiving Lollipop today is a little more surprising.
The LG G Flex 2 has been out in the wild for a couple of months and is available in the United States through Sprint. However, the Now Network's exclusive hold on the curved screen smartphone is coming to end though as US Cellular has announced that it will start selling the G Flex 2 as well. The carrier will begin selling the device March 26 (Thursday) and will even undercut Sprint on price.
Microsoft makes a lot of money from Android, and the company is certainly going to be looking for ways to cross platforms more often in the future. Teaming up with the biggest Android name, Samsung, is certainly one way to go about it. When Samsung launched the Galaxy S6 earlier this month, one of the big surprises was the inclusion of several Microsoft apps and services pre-installed on the Android running flagship.
Meizu has been making some moves in the market over the last year with its Chinese exclusive handsets. The company's devices have ranged from very good to excellent, while sales have increased enough for Meizu to be a threat to major brands in its homeland. However, while the smartphones the company makes are bursting with quality, they are still lagging slightly behind in terms of software.
While it was replaced by the Desire 820, the HTC Desire 816 is a very good mid-range smartphone and even though it is nearly a year old, it is still worth considering. Indeed, the handset is going to become more enticing as it is about to receive its update to Android 5.0 Lollipop.
AT&T's Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is going to be receiving a new version of Android 5.0 Lollipop, the same one that was rolled out for the device in the Netherlands recently. This newer build of Android 5.0 gets rid of the much maligned "Interruptions" that replaced "Mute" on Google's OS. Muting the device now needs to be done by entering the Quick Settings Menu, instead of using the volume.
Brand tie in or just codename? A new Xiaomi smartphone has found its way to GFXBench for benchmarking scores and is using the name "Ferrari". Is Xiaomi working with the Italian sports car manufacturer in the same way BlackBerry and Porsche did, or is this merely a codename? The latter is more likely, but a Ferrari smartphone would be something we would like to see whether it is with Xiaomi or not.