The Motorola Moto G is one of the most rounded smartphones on the market. Sure, it is not as well spec'd as flagships, but it hits a sweet spot and is extremely affordable; in many ways this was the device that made the budget end of the market interesting again. It is emerging markets that have welcomed the Moto G and bought it in large numbers, including Brazil where the handset is the most popular smartphone in the country.
ASUS announced the ZenFone 2 way back in January during the CES event in Las Vegas; the handset comes in multiple variants and at different price points. While the 1080p 4GB of RAM variant grabbed the headlines, the lower 720p 2GB of RAM variant is also very good, and is very affordable. That modest ZenFone 2 is now available in the United States through Amazon, although there is a caveat.
T-Mobile is one of the four major US carriers that will sell the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge, the "Uncarrier" will start offering the device from April 10th. When you land your brand new Samsung flagship that day, you won't be able to fire it up straight away as you will have to pull an over the air update first.
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.