While Samsung's high end smartphones like the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy Note 5 occupy all the headlines, the company is the largest handset vendor in the world simply because it sells many other devices besides. Just like the Galaxy S5 Neo, a new handset that has accidently leaked on a Dutch retailer's website, following the device being benchmarked and certified for Wi-Fi a few weeks back.
Apple's iPad has declined in sales for six consecutive quarters, and while that has to be very worrying for the company the drop actually matches with an overall market trend. Slate sales have been falling for nearly two years and show no signs of recovering, and while the iPad's decline is more rapid than the overall market slip it is still the best selling individual tablet on the market.
Windows 10 Mobile is still a few months from launching, with November the month mooted for its release, but already Microsoft has confirmed which of its Lumia smartphones will be in line to receive an update to the new platform. However, the company did not make it clear if the 10 devices listed below will be the only ones to ever get Windows 10 Mobile, or whether other current Lumia's will just have to wait a bit longer.
T-Mobile's amazing success continued as the carrier added over 1 million postpaid subscribers for the fourth consecutive quarter. The Magenta Network announced its financials for the quarter ending June 30th and revealed that 760,000 of those new customers were postpaid phone subscribers. Overall the company said that 2.1 million additions were made net, marking the ninth straight quarter that over 1 million new net customers have been added.
Samsung has been the biggest global smartphone brand for several years, but while the company's position at the top is unlikely to change anytime soon, there are certain things happening within the market, resulting in rivals gaining ground. By rivals we of course mainly mean Apple, as Cupertino saw its share of the market rise through the second quarter of the year, with Samsung's lead shrinking.
Acer has had a long relationship with Microsoft and its Windows platform, but that has mostly been for PC tech, with the occasional smartphone along the way. With Windows 10 Mobile due to land later in the year, Acer is reaffirming its ties to Microsoft with the launch of four new smartphone running Redmond's new platform. A new report suggests those devices will be announced during the IFA trade expo in Berlin during September.
Windows 10 is set to land on PC's over the coming days and weeks, but we already know that Microsoft's new platform is not going to land on mobile devices for some time. A third quarter date for Windows 10 Mobile's launch has been oft mooted, but now a Microsoft official has said that we could have to wait until the fourth quarter, November to be exact.
This is the week for smartphones that offer bang for buck. OnePlus launched is Flagship Killer OnePlus 2 earlier in the week, before Motorola landed with three affordable handsets, the Moto X Style, Moto X Play, and 2015 Moto G. Now it is Meizu's turn, with the Chinese company looking to the entry level to deliver a smartphone that offers much for a humble price tag.
LG's mobile division is riding a rollercoaster at the moment. The huge success of the G3 flagship last year elevated the company to the upper echelons of the market, but sales of the replacement G4 (a fantastic smartphone regardless) have tempered expectations and LG may lose money this year and not meet sales estimates. That said, the company is still in contention for top five smartphone manufacturers globally and thanks to its screen tech has a cash cow beyond its own hardware.
Motorola launched three new smartphones yesterday, the amazing Moto X Style and Moto X Play and the third generation Moto G. We were fully expecting to be calling the 2015 Moto G amazing too, but we simply cannot as it is a mere incremental update over the previous models. That led to a debate in the office, has Motorola done enough with the new Moto G to ensure it remains one of the best budget devices on the market?