Samsung's Android 5.0 Lollipop program is now up and running it seems, and it is apparent that the company is rolling out in Russia. Earlier in the week the company started sending out Lollipop to its Galaxy Note 3 phablet from 2013, and now Samsung?s other 2013 flagship, the Galaxy S4, is also getting a lick of the Android Lollipop.
HTC promised that it would update its HTC One M8 and One M7 flagships would be getting Android 5.0 Lollipop within three months of the software's release. That three month windows ends on February 1 and just like last year it seems that HTC will miss the deadline, at least partially.
LG's G3 flagship smartphone has already received Android 5.0 Lollipop, at least the international variant, but another LG high end device is also getting the latest and greatest build of Google's platform. That handset is the G Pro 2, the phablet flagship that rolled out at the Mobile World Conference in 2013, it will also be the last of the G Pro range.
Google's apps and services may dominate the mobile space, but the company's Gmail app has fallen behind Microsoft's Outlook email app on Apple's iOS platform. The service launched on the App Store yesterday and has quickly became a big success, overtaking Google's Gmail in store lists.
LG was at the forefront of the screen revolution that saw 1080p relinquish its crown to 2K Quad HD panels last year. The company's G3 flagship was the first with Quad HD resolution and has been followed by numerous flagships since. However, while 1080p Full HD stood atop the screen pile for some time, Quad HD's reign could be short lived, and before the resolution really took off.
In the halcyon days of feature phones, Nokia reigned supreme. Its handsets sold in the kinds of numbers that would even have Samsung and Apple envious and the Finnish company dominated the mobile market for nearly a decade. Those days have long gone, with the advent of the smartphone changing the mobile landscape forever. However, there is a demographic in the UK where the Nokia 8210 feature phone still reigns supreme.
Trade-in monitoring company CompareMyMobile from the UK revealed its new 2014 report that shows trade in results from the country through last year. The survey shows which devices and companies get the most trade-ins, taking into account such factors as depreciation, and the most valuable smartphones.
While smartphone manufacturers will tell you that screen, processor, storage, and RAM are the most important factors in a handset. However, while they are of course important to an extent, battery life is now becoming a major thing to look out for. However, it is also one of the things manufacturers are consistently failing with.
Motorola is starting to make its presence felt in arguably the biggest emerging market of them all, India. Even though Samsung and locals like Micromax are getting most of the sales in the country, Motorola is succeeding too with 3 million smartphones sold in India since February 2014.
Google managed to increase revenue through the fourth quarter, but the company missed out on meeting Wall Street expectations. The results made the company's shares go through a bumpy day, initially falling 3% after the earnings call and then trending up by 1.44% later in the day.