Every year, at the end of the Mobile World Conference, the group that runs the expo (GSMA) holds an awards ceremony that names some of the best of the of the mobile industry over the previous year. Now being held for the 20th year, the Global Mobile Awards were held in Barcelona and named some of the best devices in the industry.
I didn't hide my disappointment when I saw the HTC One M9 at the Mobile World Conference. It is a fantastic smartphone, as was the One M8, the problem is the M9 is just too much of the same and comes at a time when other companies (Samsung, LG, Xiaomi) are radically shaking up their flagship. HTC has now started selling its new flagship in Europe and if like me you are disappointed with the M9, you will probably be disappointed with the price of it too.
The Sony Xperia M4 Aqua is already shaping up to be an enticingly affordable device with solid specs and a slick design. The handset was launched at MWC earlier in the week and offers mid-range hardware, waterproofing, and a premium feel and look. Sony announced that the device would carry a reasonable retail price of $335, but it seems the handset will be even more affordable.
Verizon will undoubtedly be carrying the HTC One M9, but Big Red, the largest carrier in the US, is still showing some love to the now older HTC One M8. The Verizon variant of the smartphone is now getting its update to Android 5.0 Lollipop. HTC kept to its promise of launching 5.0 Lollipop to the One M8 within three months of its launch, but carriers always take a little longer sending out the software.
Huawei has finally made the decision to enter the US market according to Reuters. The company has never officially launched smartphones in the United States, but that is now going to change. The news comes after Huawei's MWC even where CEO Richard Yu was in controversial form and had plenty to say about which companies he sees as Huawei's main rivals.
Sony has denied that the Xperia mobile division is up for sale today, but the company is looking at ways to expand profits. With the company's smartphones struggling to find consistently high sales, it seems that Sony is going to focus on other avenues. That's according to President of Sony Mobile, Hiroki Totoki, who said that the mobile division needs to beef up profits.
Sony has been reportedly thinking of selling its smartphone division. The company has been rumored to be doing just that since last year, and the rumor resurfaced at the start of this year. Sony has never really spoken about it, but it has been clear for some time that the company's mobile output is struggling. Finally the Japanese company has spoken on the subject, but the message seems to be mixed.
Microsoft backed up the launch of the Lumia 640 with a phablet version of the same device, the aptly named Lumia 640 XL. It may not be the flagship device we all want from Redmond, but there is no doubting that the Lumia brand continues to deliver quality rounded smartphones.
Microsoft announced a couple of new handsets today and once again skipped over the flagship market, but more on that later. Redmond did have yet another budget handset to unveil in the typically colorful form of the Lumia 640 and the Lumia 640 XL. Both smartphones were announced at the company's Mobile World Conference event in Barcelona.
Lenovo didn't just announce the impressive Vibe Shot today at MWC, the Chinese heavyweight also revealed an entry level device in the form of the A7000. However, while this handset has a humble price point, it is actually loaded with some decent specs, while it is also bringing a market first along for the ride.