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Confusing Company of the Year: OnePlus
By admin on Friday January 02, 2015

Sure, you won't see this category in too many assessments of 2014, but we felt that OnePlus deserved a special category all for itself, because what a first full year as a business it has been. Announcing itself in 2013 with its Never Settle slogan, the company was bold before it even created the simply fantastic OnePlus One smartphone.

Disappointment of the Year: Galaxy S5
By admin on Friday January 02, 2015

This is a pretty bold choice we feel, simply because the Galaxy S5 is one of the best smartphones on the market. However, 2014 was a year in which most of the major vendors raised their game considerably, we're thinking the LG G3, the HTC One M8, iPhone 6, and a number of efforts from Chinese companies. Next to a slew of stunning flagships and even Samsung's later Galaxy Note 4, the S5 looks stale

Smartphone of the Year: LG G3
By admin on Friday January 02, 2015

This was quite easily the hardest category we tackled for our look back on 2014. The list of devices we could have named is long, ranging from the HTC One M8, the iPhone 6 Plus, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, the Motorola DROID Turbo, and many more from all price points. However, LG's G3 flagship takes the award for the way it announced the company among the best smartphone makers in the world.

Surprise of the Year: Samsung's Decline
By admin on Friday January 02, 2015

One could argue that Samsung's utter dominance in the smartphone world was an anomaly and that the company was riding too high on an unsustainable model. The Korean giant was and indeed still is the biggest smartphone maker in the world, but this time last year its market share was through the roof, profits were high, and only Apple provided any real threat.

Success of the Year: Apple
By admin on Friday January 02, 2015

There are a number of candidates here. LG for example finally arrived in the smartphone elite with the G3 flagship and recorded record sales in 2014, while Xiaomi has shaken the industry with its business model that has impacted Samsung particularly hard. However, we decided to yield to convention and choose the company that above all others really does define success in the smartphone world... Apple.

TSMC to Make Bulk of Apple's A9 Chips, not Samsung
By admin on Wednesday December 31, 2014

It seemed as though Samsung would be returning to being Apple's biggest chip supplier in 2015 with the company hinting that it would take the bulk of orders for the A9 chip. However, despite talk that Samsung had already started production, a report in Taiwan is suggesting from suppliers that TSMC is actually going to have the bulk of manufacturing duties.

Small Platforms to Make Impact in 2015
By Luke Jones on Wednesday December 31, 2014

Android's market dominance seems unstoppable at this point, while Apple's iOS just seems to operate in its own space that means the company will never go away and will continue to make huge profit. Microsoft's Windows Phone has done a good job but ultimately failed to crack the big two, but next year could be the year of up and coming platforms.

Dutch Network KPN Suing Samsung
By Luke Jones on Wednesday December 31, 2014

Dutch based telecommunications company KPN has filed court proceedings against Samsung in the US state of Texas, according to official court documents. The European network is suing the world's largest smartphone company for using patented technology, with Samsung's Galaxy S4 and Galaxy S5 among the listed devices.

ZTE Debuts Fresh Logo, Slogan, and Strategy
By Luke Jones on Tuesday December 30, 2014

ZTE is one of the rare Chinese companies that launches products in the United States, even if many of its devices still miss out. The giant of the Asian market is under threat from the likes of Xiaomi, Vivo, and Meizu. While ZTE may still be considered an outsider in western markets, in China it is the old dog fighting against young upstarts.

Apple Dominates Christmas Period
By Luke Jones on Tuesday December 30, 2014

Apple's dominance over the industry continued over Christmas, and this was always going to be Cupertino's Holiday Season after the huge success of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Several researchers have shown Apple's products vastly outperformed rival companies, while the iPhone 6 Plus even put a dent into the company's own iPad.