Good news for iPhone users on Sprint today as the Now Network has revealed that those rocking Apple's smartphones will now get free Wi-Fi calling. The third largest carrier in the United States says that an update will be rolling out to the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5s, and iPhone 5c during the next week.
HTC launched the One M9 Plus yesterday and while we loved the handset, we were scathing of the need to even release it. The device is going to be an exclusive in China and Asia, and HTC has confirmed that the One M9 will not be launched in Europe of the United States. That confirms what we already knew, putting an official stamp on the release of the smartphone flagship.
Microsoft's MWC announced Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL have launched this week, with India the first market to get the mid-range pair. The handsets have also landed in the UK, one of the few major global markets where Windows Phone devices have done okay.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 is a couple of generations old these days, but Samsung has long confirmed that the two year old former flagship is getting Android 5.0 Lollipop. That futureproofs the handset for a while and gives it the latest full build of Google's mobile OS. AT&T has now started rolling out its Android 5.0.1 update for customers running the Galaxy S4.
HTC really is on a high end blitz at the moment. The company has announced the One M9 Plus today, a handset that follows just a month after the reveal of the One M9 flagship, and a week after the high spec'd One E9 Plus. To top it off, HTC is also readying a Butterfly 3, which will also carry plenty of flagship hardware.
We are still awaiting the launch of the Xperia Z4, Sony's upcoming new flagship smartphone, which is due to arrive sometime this summer. The Japanese company seems to have another high end handset up its sleeve too, with serial tipster @Upleaks claiming that Sony will unveil a new well spec'd device code-named "Lavender".
The Apple Watch is getting ready to roll out to consumers, which means the reviews are coming in for Apple's first wearable. It is widely expected that the device will become the first smartwatch breakout sales success and will sell in millions of units. However, according to early reviews, the Apple Watch falls into the same problems of other smartwatches, you simply do not need this product like you do a smartphone or a tablet.
Android 5.1 Lollipop is continuing to make its way out into the wild, coming to Nexus and other devices close to Google first. The next in line is the Google Play Edition of the LG G Pad 8.3, which is getting its update to the newer software build now. The slate has been rocking Android 5.0 since way back in November 2014, but it is now upgrading to the newer 5.1 through OTA updates.
Samsung was one of the first major smartphone brands (along with Sony) to put a smartwatch on the market, a couple of years earlier than most of its rivals. However, the Apple Watch has swept in and stolen the limelight and will probably steal the sales too, so while Samsung's previous smartwatch efforts have been solid, it is probably time for the company to knuckle down and deliver spectacular.
Samsung is enjoying a good start to the year, and 2015 is certainly showing more promise than the dud that was 2014. The question has long been whether last year's problems were a blip or a long term decline, and it seems that it was the former. The new Galaxy S6 has shed light on Samsung once more, while the company says it expects to outperform analysts through the first quarter.