Samsung UK dropped the bomb that we guessed was coming but hoped wouldn't and confirmed that the aging Galaxy Note 2 or the Galaxy Note 3 will be getting Android Lollipop updates. This only cements what we had previously been told when Samsung Gulf claimed its Galaxy Note 2 variant would remain on Android 4.4 KitKat.
We have talked about the LG G Pro 3 before, the handset is set to make its debut later in the year as a phablet flagship alternative to the company's G4. It actually seems as if the G Pro 3 (or G4 Pro as some suggest) will eclipse its stable mate with blazing market leading specs. @Leaksfly, a noted tipster from China, has reconfirmed some of the specs for the device and even added some new features.
Sony's Xperia Z4 and Xperia Z3+ are both fine devices, although they feel like they are just hold over handsets until Sony roll outs a true 2015 heavyweight later in the year. That new flagship juggernaut will be the Xperia Z5, and a new report now suggests that the handset will be launched in September in Japan and will be accompanied by a whole range.
Not all smartphones are coming from major companies, as the Coolpad Fengshang C+ proves. The handset was announced on Sunday and will arrive as a high end mid-range device with a list of solid specifications.
The LG G2 is an aging ex-flagship that is now over two years old, but the South Korean company is continuing to support the handset. An unnamed person from LG's software division has leaked the news that the company will update the G2 to Android 5.1.1 Lollipop.
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 has been something of a failure. Sure, it had found its way into plenty of flagships and will likely land in a few more yet, but those devices have been plagued by overheating problems. While Qualcomm has denied a serious issue, there is evidence there (such as Samsung deciding not to use the 820) and we imagine the company cannot wait to move on from the Snapdragon 810.
Last month we discussed the Microsoft Lumia 1030, a sequel to Nokia's camera-centric Lumia 1020 from a couple of years ago. The handset was once again set to feature arguably the best camera module in the industry and was due to launch later in the year, presumably with Windows 10 Mobile in tow. However, it now seems as though the device has been killed.
Apple's reign at the top of the smartphone market in the United States was short lived as Samsung wrestled back the top spot through the last quarter. The South Korean giant has dominated the markets for a couple of years, but the record breaking launch of the iPhone 6 put Apple at the top, a stunning feat.
What is Apple's most disappointing product of recent years? No, we are not running a poll as we think it was the iPhone 5c, a solid enough smartphone that was actually a slap in the face. You see, Apple wanted to offer an affordable (we are using the terms as loosely as possible) smartphone so announced the funky and colorful 5c.
LG's new G4 flagship is not selling as well as its predecessor, which is a shame as it is one of the best smartphones on the market right now. To try and drum up more interest, the South Korean company is holding a promotion throughout the month of July.