LG has enjoyed a very good 2014 where the company's products seem to be hitting it off with consumers and the Korean giant has been very busy with new devices. However, this is a rather duller subject as LG today named a new President and CEO of LG Mobile Communication.
Google's Android One project has yielded just three devices so far, and all have been exclusive to India. They have not been selling well with Indians reluctant to purchase the handsets online and major retailers unwilling to sell them. Despite these issues Android One remains a decent enough concept and now it has spread its wings with the first device to show up outside of India landing in the UK.
Samsung has been going through a rough patch of late, with consumers generally turning away from its devices. However, one Sammy smartphone range continues to be a shining light, the Galaxy Note series, a range of phones that defined the phablet market and are still the best example of it despite an Apple shaped competitor muscling in this year.
HP continues to operate on the outskirts of the mobile market and the company's latest product is the Slate 6 VoiceTab II, a successor to the device launched less than a year ago. However, while this is an upgraded edition of that device, the sequel seems uncannily like its predecessor, so prepare to be let down.
T-Mobile has confirmed its Black Friday deals and the Uncarrier is having a blockbuster sale that encompasses a great many of its products and services.
When Android 5.0 Lollipop launched back in October, NVIDIA promised that its Shield Tablet would be one of the first to land the latest and greatest from the mobile platform. The chip manufacturer turned hardware company is fulfilling that promise as the company is now rolling out the Lollipop update to the LTE version of its gaming oriented slate.
Apple and Samsung have been locked in a constant war over the last two years as the companies fight each other in the courtrooms. Apple has already won several cases over Samsung in regards to patent infringements, but Cupertino was not happy with the punishment meted out to its Korean rival. It seems that Apple may have its way as Samsung could stand to be punished further.
The Fire Phone has been an unmitigated disaster from day one for Amazon and we have documented extensively on these pages just what a flop it has been. It seems as though the company has finally decided to concede defeat with the device and has drove the final nail into the coffin of the device with an, ahem, fire sale. The retails giant has decided to make its Fire Phone a full on budget phone.
There has been plenty of bad news for Samsung of late, but the company still has some bright points to look at. For example, the company is still the phablet king despite the arrival of the iPhone 6 Plus, at least according to market researcher Chitika. The company conducted research for the North American market, looking at smartphone traffic for devices with a screen size of over 5-inches.
Sony was one of the first to jump on the wearable trend with its SmartWatch devices, paving the way for other companies. The Japanese brand is now marketing the SmartWatch 3, a wearable that stands alongside Android Wear products with much the same specs and features as each other. However, Sony is apparently ready to spread its wearable wings with another smartwatch, one with an e-paper screen.