The more cynical would say it was inevitable that Samsung would explore a payment system, especially now that Apple has one. Samsung is known to be interested in setting up its own Apple Pay style product and Samsung's heir Lee Jay-yong met with PayPal founder Peter Thiel yesterday about linking together on Samsung's payment system.
Apple's first wearable, the Apple Watch, was announced back in September, but the company left plenty disappointed by saying the actual launch of the product would not happen until 2015. The actual launch date is still not clear, but it is expected for April and there were some good reasons why Apple waited. Chief among those was to allow develop interest to grow, a plan that seems to have worked.
Samsung and HTC will be the ones to watch at MWC next week, but there will be other major companies launching smartphones at the event. Chief among those is Microsoft, with Redmond likely to announce a number of new handsets from its Lumia range. However, if you are pining after a flagship device from the company, then you may be left wanting.
HTC's aging One M7 is starting to get its upgrade to Android 5.0 Lollipop, at least if you have the unlocked and Developer Edition version. Now, users of the handset rocking the European version will also be treated to the latest and greatest on their One M7, a smartphone that is now nearly two years old.
In one week's time the Samsung Galaxy S6 will be out in the wild and we will all be discussing whether it is the device to help the company in its most testing period in years. It is accepted that Samsung has to change some things, which is why the South Korean giant is expected to unveil a radical overhaul of its flagship series.
Motorola has announced a new smartphone today, a sequel to the 2014 budget device, the Moto E. The second generation Moto E is another entry level attempt from the company and like the original handset, it comes with modest but appealing specs for its affordable price. Interestingly, the device is launching in both LTE and non-LTE forms.
US carrier AT&T has started sending out the Android 5.0 Lollipop update to the 2014 second generation Motorola Moto X. The update is being sent by the company now and should be arriving on your device in the form of a notification. As always, the update is in stage, so you may gave to wait a couple of days depending on where you are located.
Verizon subscribers should be feeling pretty happy this week if they are rocking the LG G3. The largest carrier in the United States is now rolling out Android 5.0.1 to LG's current flagship with the software version number VS98523A.
Samsung is in full swing preparing the final details of the new Galaxy S6 AND Galaxy S6 Edge, both of which will be launched at the opening of the Mobile World Conference on March 1. However, the South Korean giant is still eager to remind us that its current Galaxy S5 flagship is still out there and will continue to be available.
Meizu is starting to look mature in the smartphone market. Sure, the company's output has always been good, with high specs very much the focus. However, the Chinese brand has increasingly started building the whole package in its handsets and record sales through 2014 attest to that balance of design and hardware. The company's next flagship, the MX5 is going to continue that new remit and as you expect it will be a highly spec'd beast too.