The HTC One M9+ is a higher spec'd version of the company's M9 flagship, it was launched as an Asian exclusive and HTC said that it would not be heading to Europe or North America. However, if you do live in Europe, you can still get your hands on the device as Dutch retailer GSSMinfo is now offering the unlocked version of the handset, although it is hugely expensive.
For all its success, Xiaomi has yet to make an impact around the world, favouring its home Chinese market and a few other regions in Asia. The company said it would be expanding its portfolio during this year and the Mi 4i smartphone seems to be the first to spread its wings. The handset was launched as an India exclusive, but is now available in its own right shipped globally.
There are not too many mainstream smartphones that offer the Ubuntu operating system, but Meizu offers on in the form of the MX4 Ubuntu Edition. The Chinese company created a specific Ubuntu variant of its MX4 handset and Meizu has said that it will be launching the device in Europe this month.
Reports earlier this week suggested that Samsung will release a Galaxy S7 flagship during the second half of 2015 in a bid to directly compete with Apple's iPhone 6s (or iPhone 7). The rumor stumbled onto South Korean media, but we our source within Samsung has shot down the reports and said that the company will stick to the launch window it has already set.
Samsung and Apple dominate the mobile space, but there is a very interesting battle behind those heavyweights for who should be next in line. Third place in the market is currently held by Lenovo (thanks to buying Motorola), while Xiaomi and Huawei are also in the mix. Chinese company Xiaomi is certainly going from strength to strength and recorded a bumper first quarter to put itself in a position to snatch third place.
After an excellent 2014, LG positioned itself as amongst the leading smartphone companies in the world and expected 2015 to follow a similar path. However, with other brands raising their game it seems as though LG's growth will be held back this year, at least that's according to analysts who have lowered expectations.
BlackBerry managed to confound analysts during the first quarter and recorded a profit, something that was hardly expected to happen. The company has now announced its second quarter financials, and while they are not as surprising as last period, the numbers should please BlackBerry's CEO John Chen.
Sony announced the Xperia M4 Aqua back in March, but as is the norm for the company there was no announcement on if the handset would launch in the United States. The handset landed in 80 other countries around the world, but Sony has yet to launch the M4 Aqua in the U.S.. That does not mean it is unavailable in the country though as it has arrived unlocked via Amazon and can be bought from today.
The LG G4 is rolling out in Canada now, with the flagship device coming to major carriers such as Rogers, Bell, Telus, Wind Mobile and Videotron, as well as several nationwide retailers. There is definitely competition amongst the networks to offer the best deal for the G4, with Videotron offering $130 worth of free stuff, such as an extra battery, charger, and 32GB micro SD card.
Sony has launched its new Xperia Z3+ flagship in the United Kingdom, and continuing a recent trend from the company in that region, there are some free goodies to sweeten the deal. The handset will be available across all major networks and will come a free pair of high-res Sony headphones and a three month subscription to the Jay-Z founded Tidal music streaming service.