The HTC One A9 is not going to be the bleeding edge smartphone we originally thought, but it is the next flagship smartphone the company will release. Before that though HTC is launching the One M9e at an event tomorrow (we'll have to wait until next month for the One A9), and a few days before its launch the handset has passed through TENAA in China.
One of the major criticisms of Microsoft's Windows Phone platform was that it simply lacked the apps that are available on Apple's iOS and Google's Android. However, that is becoming less of a problem as there are now 669,000 apps available on the Windows Store.
Microsoft is holding a media event in New York City on October 4th and the company will likely launch Windows 10 Mobile and the Lumia 950/Lumia 950 XL smartphone flagships. We have been hearing a lot about the 950 devices, including their high end specs and core features, while now we can see what the Lumia 950 will look like.
A OnePlus executive has confirmed that the company's next smartphone will be a mid-range device, which had earlier been promised by co-founder Carl Pei. The new device could be the OnePlus 2 Mini or come with some other name, but it is known to be a design oriented smartphone with mid-range specs and an affordable price.
Last year the iPhone 6 was a monster hit and swept all before it to breaking just about every smartphone sales record there is. Surely the only way was down for Apple and the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus? Not quite as Apple has just officially revealed that it shipped a whopping 13 million units of the new iPhone 6s range over the first three days of release.
The pink (ahem, we mean rose gold) iPhone 6s is proving to be something of a hit among consumers with the device making up the majority of pre-order units. Much like the gold iPhone 5s launched two years ago, many people thought the color option simply wouldn't look good or appeal to consumers. However, Apple proved us all wrong twice is seems.
Yesterday the official name of the BlackBerry Venice, the company's first device to run the Android platform, leaks as the oddly title Priv. That led to predictions that BlackBerry would ditch its BB10 platform and go completely to Google's Android, something we disagree with. Today CEO John Chen revealed the Priv is indeed real and even hinted that the claims of no new BB10 devices could be true.
Market analyst Counterpoint Researcher has revealed smartphone sales figures for the second quarter, revealing that Samsung remains atop the market. That's hardly a surprise considering the Korean giant has dominated the market for several years and still sells more different models than any other brand. It is also not a surprise to see Apple in second place, but the fight for third place remains as heated as ever.
Samsung's next smartphone is expected to be the Galaxy O7, which could be the Galaxy Grand On or the Galaxy Mega On, and now we think the Mega O has made its way through GFXBench's test suite, highlighting its mid-range specifications.
Analysts are sometimes right, sometimes state the bleeding obvious, and are sometimes plain wrong, and on this occasion we think Scotia Capital analyst Daniel Chan has got it wrong. He said that BlackBerry needs to ditch its BB operating system entirely and get on board with Google's Android on a full time capacity.