We revealed last week that LG is back in the picture in terms of Nexus smartphones as the company is building the next device in the series, replacing Nexus 6 maker Motorola. It seems that LG is indeed involved in a new Nexus smartphone, with an Android Open Source Project code revealing an unknown LG made handset with the codename Bullhead.
A new, unannounced, ASUS smartphone has been certified by TENAA, the Chinese regulatory body that passes products for sale in the country. The device comes with the model number Z00EDB and is likely a new addition to the company's ZenFone line of handsets.
While Xiaomi does have tablets on the market the company has not been focusing on releasing new ones recently, favouring a blitz of smartphone launches instead. Indeed, the Mi Pad (Xiaomi's only slate today) failed to capture the tablet market the way the company?s smartphones did and it has been a while since that product was launched. However, Lei Jun took to the company Weibo page to say that it was still focused on tablets.
Motorola's sweeping Android Lollipop updates are continuing with a couple of U.S. Cellular devices getting their upgrade to Android 5.1. The first is the second generation Moto X, the company's latest flagship, which is now getting software version LPE23.32-21. The other U.S. Cellular Motorola getting Android 5.1 is the Moto E LTE, which is receiving software version LPI23.29-15.
OnePlus confirmed that it would be launching a sequel to the OnePlus One would be launched this year, and it seems that the OnePlus 2 (OnePlus Two) is going to land soon. The Chinese company posted one its website "time for change" alongside an image of the OnePlus One being erased and changed. A June 1st date has also been set for the company to launch the OnePlus Two.
With Google I/O due to start tomorrow we are all awaiting the first official details about Android M, the next full version of Google's mobile OS. The developer conference will be used to announce the new platform, although Android M is unlikely to land until the end of the year. That will be one year after the launch of Android 5.0 Lollipop, and it seems as though we will now be treated to a new Android build on a yearly basis.
If you have been readying yourself for the LG G4 to drop in the United States your wait is almost over. The new flagship smartphone will be making its debut on T-Mobile tomorrow (Wednesday, 27th May), making the Magenta Network the first U.S. carrier to offer the handset. Sprint, Verizon, and AT&T customers will have to wait a little longer, and even those wanting to buy in T-Mobile locations will have to wait until June 3rd.
Sony surprised us back last month the launch of the Xperia Z4, a new underwhelming flagship from the company that would be a Japanese exclusive. That left the struggling electronics juggernaut with a flagship sized hole in the market around the world, with only last year's Xperia Z3 flying the high end banner. Sony has now updated the Xperia Z3 by announcing the Xperia Z3+, a handset that pushes the older device closer to a running pace with today?s flagships.
A brand new unannounced ZTE smartphone has leaked online, appearing to be a mid-range device with razor thin bezels and a plastic body. ZTE has recently rolled out its Nubia Z9 smartphone flagship, but the handset you see above is unlikely to be from the same family and will be a standalone product.
ASUS is planning a new tablet line based off its successful ZenFone line up, with the company working on both a 7-inch and an 8-inch slate. The latter product, the ZenPad 8 has leaked online and will be a solidly spec'd machine, whereas the ZenPad 7 will be more modest.