Metal is winning the premium war. Smartphones constructed from metal are deemed more luxurious than those carved from plastic, whether that's the case or not. There are plenty of quality plastic devices out there, but HTC and Apple have pushed the metal is better banner and other companies are following suit, even Samsung. The latest to offer a bit of cold metal premium is Oppo, the Chinese company that likes a whacky camera setup.
It was widely thought that the Galaxy Note 4 was Samsung's last hurrah in 2014 and would be the company's last attempt at winning back customers and fighting the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The Note 4 will be rolling out around the world over the next few weeks, but it may not be the final big roll out of the year from Samsung.
Google is reported to be changing the terms and conditions of its licensing agreements between it and Android device manufacturers. The specific change is thought to be highlighted around OEM's use Google Mobile Services such as Gmail, Maps, and other Google branded apps and services.
LG has a new smartwatch in the works that will follow in Samsung's footsteps by having a 3G modem built in. The device showed up online today after it passed through the FCC for approval.
Is Blackberry rebounding or is the path to its demise just levelling out? It depends who you listen to of course, but one thing is certain, the company's losses are moving in the right direction. That's probably a weird statement, but the truth is Blackberry's losses are falling and the company is creeping slowly back to being a profitable entity. However, the road is still long and there are no guarantees that the Canadian brand will ever reach its desired destination.
While many hard-core gamers scoff at mobile gaming (what, no physical controls?), there was a very serious gaming industry building around smartphones and tablets. Gaming is at last generation console levels in some cases, but it seems at some point the mobile gaming industry took a left turn to crowd pleasing territory. This is best summed up by the new Asphalt game, a title that comes from one of the best racing game series on mobile.
Samsung is a company that does not innovate, or so we are told. I am hardly Samsung's biggest fan, but I call creating a whole new category (phablets) and pioneering such features as the S Pen stylus and the project YOUM bendy screen innovative. Take the Galaxy Note Edge for example, this is a device that is new, fresh, and has never been done before. That doesn't mean it is a success, but who says innovation needs to hit a home run; the device is cutting... ahem, edge and that should be applauded.
We just received an invite to a behind closed doors Sony event that will take place in New York City on the 9th October. While there is no information on the exact nature of the event, it is called "In Demand" and is likely going to be used for Sony to roll out its current batch of smartphones in the United States.
Samsung has faced some tough times of late, an interesting thing considering this is a company that still makes billions of dollars and is still comfortably the number one smartphone vendor. The fact is though the future is not as smooth as it once was and there are plenty of unanswered questions within Samsung?s Korean HQ. When one of your own divisions explains that things are not going very well then it is probably time to start finding new ways to do things.
Motorola's Moto 360 Android Wear smartwatch has only been on the market for a few weeks, but the company is already tweaking it to make sure the users get the best experience possible. The company has rolled out a new update today that carries the build number KGW42R and is available to download now.