In a curious turn of events, Google is now in talks with LG for the development of its next Nexus smartphone. Although previous rumors indicated Huawei as the next make of a Nexus smartphone, the Korean media not claims otherwise.
A report from eToday cited by Phandroid, says that Google has already approached the South Korean handset maker with the purpose of working together for the next Nexus smartphones. Read the rest of this entry »
Apple of China, Xiaomi is now working with Microsoft to bring Windows 10 for Phones to Mi4 power users, while Lenovo has already confirmed it will launch its first Windows Phones in mid-year 2015. But these are not the only Chinese companies to take interest in Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform. It turns out that ZTE might be interesting taking the Windows Phone route with some of its devices.
ZTE is well-known in China, but the company did manage to get into the US market with too many of its cheap smartphones. The company’s next flagship smartphone, ZTE Nubia Z9 is expected to be unveiled on March 29. Read the rest of this entry »
The moment Microsoft announced it will buy Nokia’s mobile division, the hopes and dream of millions of fans have crumbled into dust. Since the Finnish company has been back on the market with a new product, the N1 tablet rumors about Nokia’s comeback in the smartphone business have been popping up online like mushrooms.
However, Nokia’s fans may have a long time of waiting ahead if they want to grab the next smartphone entirely made by the Finnish company. The agreement with Microsoft forbids Nokia from entering the smartphone market until Q4 2016, so there’s more than a year until we’ll be talking about a real Nokia handset. Read the rest of this entry »
The smartphone business is notorious for eating companies alive. Even giants of industry have fallen: Sony is on the cusp of throwing in the towel on its phone division, Nokia is now out of the game entirely after having been the largest manufacturer of phones in the world as recently as 2011, and even smartphone-centric companies like HTC are struggling. Yet somehow, there are a few upstarts that are navigating these treacherous, Samsung- and Apple-infested waters — sometimes with enormous success.
Somewhere in this technological New Wave lies Xiaomi, a Chinese firm founded in 2010 that has become impossible to ignore. That’s driven partly by its unapologetic Apple mimicry: its marketing, product strategy, and design aesthetic all borrow elements from Cupertino’s playbook. It’s also driven partly by the high-profile hiring of former Android boss Hugo Barra from Google. But increasingly, it’s driven simply by the fact that Xiaomi is making genuinely interesting products. And at a valuation north of $40 billion, it’s apparently doing something right.
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When a new product launches, tech websites are usually the first to pick up the models to review and make hands-on videos with them. Well, Samsung is particularly proud of its latest Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge models, so the Korean tech giant doesn’t want to rely on outsiders to walk you through the models’ best features.
That’s why the company has taken it upon itself to provide you with three hands-on videos for the new flagships, detailing the phones’ design, hardware and camera. Read the rest of this entry »
Apple has officially overtaken Samsung as the leader in global smartphone sales. In the fourth quarter, Apple reported its best results ever — selling 74.8 million units, helped by the release of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Seeing 56% growth in China and 88% growth in the U.S., Apple finished the year with 20.4% of the smartphone market.
Meanwhile, Samsung saw its market share drop to 19.9% in the fourth quarter of 2014 from 29.5% in the same quarter the year before. Samsung is trying to win back consumers, recently unveiling its new Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge smartphones. However, Cantor Fitzgerald analyst Brian White doesn’t expect the new phones to pose too much of a threat to Apple, according to TheStreet’s Gary Krakow. Read the rest of this entry »
Gionee’s Elife S7 leaked a few hours ahead of its official unveil at Mobile World Congress 2015, but that doesn’t makes the smartphone less impressive at all. The Elife S7 is one of the thinnest smartphones available on the market at 5.5mm. In order to make sure that the it won’t bend Gionee used tough metal to cover the phone’s full body.
So if you decided to go for Gionee Elife S7, then you will be getting a slim smartphone with a full metal body. According to Gionee, the metal used on Elife S7 is aviation level aluminum magnesium alloy, which makes the chassis very solid and durable. Read the rest of this entry »
Microsoft launched two new Windows Phones yesterday during Mobile World Congress 2015 and while we were expecting that these would be another affordable smartphones, it’s still kind of disappointing for fans to not be able to get their hands on a high-end devices.
Unfortunately, the things won’t get better for those who want to switch to Windows Phone, but are still waiting for Microsoft to come out with a high-end smartphone. Multiple Microsoft officials confirmed after the announcement of Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL that the company will continue to focus on low-end smartphone market until Windows 10 becomes available. Read the rest of this entry »
We knew Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge will be the most powerful Android smartphones available on the market since benchmark results of the latter leaked a few weeks ago. The previously leaked benchmarks showed Galaxy S6 Edge scored around 60k points, which put the the smartphone at the top of AnTuTu’s rankings when it comes to performance.
Considering the unit tested was a prototype we were hoping the final build will be even more powerful, though the second most powerful smartphone on the market Meizu MX4 is far behind the Galaxy S6 Edge. Since both Galaxy S6 models have been announced, now is a good opportunity to see how much Samsung managed to further improve the smartphones. Read the rest of this entry »
BlackBerry Messenger has been for a long time a BlackBerry-only affair. However, since the Canadian company started to have big problems due to its lack of innovation on the smartphone business, it has started to look for opportunities to widen its software footprint in the market.
The best selling product made by BlackBerry is now BBM, an instant messenger that’s now available on all major operating systems, including Android, iOS and Windows Phone. Read the rest of this entry »