Whenever smartphone sales figures are announced we of course discuss how Samsung is comfortably atop the pile and how Apple is second, and how the two companies are both doing very well for themselves. However, below Sammy and Apple there is a huge battle going on for third place in the market, and this folks is where the action is at.
Proving that any company can make a smartphone is the Pepsi Phone P1s, a new Android device that has been launched today. Yes, that is Pepsi the soft drink and snack company that has probably accompanied you through many a movie marathon on the couch. Now Pepsi wants to take advantage of the smartphone boom, where it seems anybody can make a device.
We like the Huawei Watch, the company's first smartwatch, mainly because of its slick looks (in terms of features, it is basically the same as other Android Wear products). The Huawei Watch is good-looking in all guises, but it is the Rose Gold variant that catches the most attention, which sports a 22k gold timepiece and a choice of straps, including high end leather.
Apple has launched a new accessory for its Apple Watch, a dock that lets you wirelessly charge the wearable by placing it magnetically on the dock. Apple has made the accessory available from today via its online store and should be making its way to bricks and mortar Apple locations in due course (November 20).
One of the reasons why Sony struggles to compete with rivals in terms of sales is because the company generally treats the U.S. market as an afterthought. We can make compelling cases to say Sony devices are just as good as Samsung's for example, but a lack of coverage in the U.S. hurts the Japanese giant. Take the Xperia Z3+, a smartphone that launched in the early summer and is only now making its debut in the United States.
Amazon doesn't really need Black Friday to run a deal, the online retail giant is always having offers, especially for mobile apps (really, every Android users should get Amazon's Store for this reason alone). However, when Black Friday does come around Amazon goes suitably deal crazy, and 2015 will be no different judging by these announced offers.
We know that the Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 Pro is close to being launched, with next Tuesday the most likely to be the day in which the device is unveiled. The handset has already passed through TENAA as well as having its specs leaked numerous times over the last few weeks. Now Xiaomi's co-founder has put the launch of the Redmi Note 2 Pro beyond any reasonable doubt.
Motorola has announced a special edition collaboration with New York based designer Jonathan Adler, and the result is the new Moto X Pure Collection. These three phones have been designed by Adler and brings a unique touch to Motorola's current flagship with three new designs that will not be available through the normal Moto Maker process.
Sony is apparently exploring the idea of producing its own in-house processors, according to Digititmes out of Taiwan. If true, the Japanese company would join the likes of Apple, Samsung, Huawei, and LG as brads that make processors, although only Apple from those companies uses its own silicon exclusively.
Chinese manufacturers have made their presence felt in recent years by offering a mix of premium design and solid specs, while also throwing a splash of affordability into the mix too. There is another side to the Chinese market though, the one that sees manufacturers basically rip off rival brands. So, what about the UMi made ROME phone?