The Amazon Fire Phone has been the tech disaster of 2014, a fact that has been abundantly clear since the first day of its launch. For the most part Amazon has stood by its ailing handset, but a write off of stock inventory to the tune of $174 million and tumbling losses through the third quarter have been hard to defend.
Verizon launched the Motorola made DROID Turbo earlier in the week and in this age where phones are mini computers the Turbo comes with a standout feature. Leaping from the already impressive spec sheet was a massive 3,900mAh battery, which on paper suggests that the new DROID is going to have stellar battery performance. PhoneArena has discovered that is indeed the case as the Turbo is the best of the best.
HTC continued its road to recovery through the third quarter, but the according to the company?s latest financials it is a long road ahead. The Taiwanese giant has now recorded two profitable quarters in a row, following a string of losses for the 18 months previously.
Samsung has just rolled out two new smartphones, the Galaxy A3 and the Galaxy A5, a couple of handsets that the company says are the thinnest smartphones it has ever made (more on that in a moment). These handsets have been much rumoured over the last two months and were inspired by the all-metal Galaxy Alpha, a spin-off of sorts to a full range of smartphones.
Samsung announced its third quarter financial results yesterday and the news is not good for the company, with the gloomy predictions coming true. The Korean giant raked in $3.9 billion in profit through the period, a figure that would delight most companies but represent a huge slide for Samsung, the second quarter in a row where profits have tumbled.
Despite recently becoming more closely linked than ever, Motorola has finally been sold off by Google to Lenovo, months after the deal was first announced. In the deal, Google will retain Motorola's patents, although the company can license them even though it is now under Chinese company Lenovo's wing.
Asus is the latest company to come out and reveal its plans for Android 5.0 Lollipop with the news that several of its smartphones are in line for the update to Google's latest and greatest software.
The OnePlus One has had its fair share of problems since being announced last year, so we shouldn't be surprised that there have been issues with the pre-order system for the device. The affordable flagship has yet to have a serious roll out despite being on the market for months, along the way there have been marketing missteps, failed launches, and delays to production. OnePlus has now had to apologize for the latest setback.
LG's arrival as one of the main players in the smartphone world continued through the third quarter as the company posted stellar financial results. LG has risen through the ranks over the last 18 months and has used several strategies to place itself among the elite handset manufacturers on the planet.
Chinese brand Oppo held a launch event in Singapore today, and while the R5 grabbed attention as the world's thinnest smartphone, it is the N3 that is the star of the company's range. The new flagship arrived and once again showed off Oppo's unique way of getting the most from both the rear and front facing camera. However, there is more to this handset than just a funky camera housing even if it does have some problems.