The Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 has been something of a failure. Sure, it had found its way into plenty of flagships and will likely land in a few more yet, but those devices have been plagued by overheating problems. While Qualcomm has denied a serious issue, there is evidence there (such as Samsung deciding not to use the 820) and we imagine the company cannot wait to move on from the Snapdragon 810.
Last month we discussed the Microsoft Lumia 1030, a sequel to Nokia's camera-centric Lumia 1020 from a couple of years ago. The handset was once again set to feature arguably the best camera module in the industry and was due to launch later in the year, presumably with Windows 10 Mobile in tow. However, it now seems as though the device has been killed.
Apple's reign at the top of the smartphone market in the United States was short lived as Samsung wrestled back the top spot through the last quarter. The South Korean giant has dominated the markets for a couple of years, but the record breaking launch of the iPhone 6 put Apple at the top, a stunning feat.
What is Apple's most disappointing product of recent years? No, we are not running a poll as we think it was the iPhone 5c, a solid enough smartphone that was actually a slap in the face. You see, Apple wanted to offer an affordable (we are using the terms as loosely as possible) smartphone so announced the funky and colorful 5c.
LG's new G4 flagship is not selling as well as its predecessor, which is a shame as it is one of the best smartphones on the market right now. To try and drum up more interest, the South Korean company is holding a promotion throughout the month of July.
The Galaxy Note Edge is the device that started Samsung's folding screen output and paved the way for the Galaxy S6 Edge. The phablet with a one edge folded screen (that's much more visible than the GS6 Edge's) is now getting in on the Android Lollipop act. Verizon's version of the handset is now receiving an over the air update to Android 5.0 Lollipop.
Android Lollipop is finally rolling out for the original Motorola Moto X (2013 Edition), arriving in an additional 14 countries today. As we have written before, the Lollipop platform is so late coming to the original X that Motorola has skipped directly past build 5.0 to Android 5.1.
Acer is back on Microsoft's Windows Phone platform after the company launched the Liquid M220 smartphone today, the device was announced back in March. As we have become used to, the handset is a modest device that runs Windows Phone 8.1, but arguably the most interesting thing is that Acer confirmed the Liquid M220 will be upgradeable to Windows 10 Mobile when the software lands this fall.
Huawei is launching its new Honor 7 high mid-range smartphone today and it will arrive in three different variations. The premium looking device will be available in China this summer and consumers can choose between three versions, with connectivity and storage options defining each variant.
Meizu has announced its new flagship smartphone, the highly spec'd and rather fetching MX5, and it continues the company's recent good form in offering stellar handsets. The new device was launched in China (Meizu's) homeland and once again the company showed that it is now a competitor to the likes of Xiaomi, Lenovo, and Huawei in the country.