Sony has released numerous good to excellent smartphones over the last year, but the company just cannot catch a break. Its devices for one reason or another are not finding a consistent consumer base, even if some of them deserve to be more popular. The company's mobile Xperia division slipped as a result, but Sony still turned in net and operating profit thanks to its flying games (PlayStation), and entertainment businesses.
Google's Nexus product line is a proof of concept series of hardware to show off what exactly the company's Android platform can do in its stock form. There have been rumors for some time that Google what broaden its hardware output, and that has come to fruition as the company has formed a new hardware division.
It has been a long time coming but the AT&T and T-Mobile variants of the LG G3 are finally starting to get Google's Android 6.0 Marshmallow update. This is good news of course as it brings LG's 2014 flagship up to speed on the Android platform, and is actually likely to be the last major Android build that the handset gets.
AT&T has delayed its planned update of the HTC One M8 and M9 older flagships to Android 6.0 Marshmallow, according to the company. The news was dropped by HTC's Mo Versi, the go to guy for all things HTC updates in the United States, while he said the company is working hard to get the update approved in the next couple of weeks.
HTC will be launching the unlocked version of the 10 flagship in the United States during the coming week, according to the company's Jeff Gordon. The Taiwanese giant says that the device will be shipping this week for those who don't want the Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon, or other carrier versions fo the handset.
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.