It should be no surprise to anyone now that Samsung, despite being on the top of the smartphone hill, finds itself slipping as competitors struggle to knock them off. We already know Samsung’s Q2 profits slipped, marking the first year-over-year slide in almost three years. During an earnings call to discuss the financial results, Kim Hyun-Joon, a senior vice president with the company, shared a little bit about what Samsung plans to do to try to regain the confidence of investors and re-assert itself. Read more
As expected, Verizon has added the LG G Vista to their portfolio and it is now available to order. The LG G Vista is a relatively downscaled version of the LG G3 with one exception – the screen is actually larger at 5.7-inches. However, the resolution is only 940 x 560 which is rather low for such a large screen. The G Vista also comes with a 1.2 GHz processor, 1.5 GB of RAM, 8 GB of internal storage, an 8MP camera, a 3200mAh battery and Android 4.4.2 pre-loaded. Considering the size of the battery and the hardware being driven, users should be able to get some excellent battery life out of the device. Read more
The OnePlus One has been a huge hit amongst Android fans since it was launched in May. With powerful specs, a manageable price, and the CyanogenMod ROM, it caters to every request the average Android user has. However, recently OnePlus has come up with some changes to this smash-hit formula: it will be replacing Cyanogen with it’s own ROM.
While the details are fuzzy, it seems that OnePlus is planning to cut ties with CyanogenMod in the future in favor of their own Chinese-oriented software. While most of OnePlus’ subscribers in America and Europe have an appreciation of CM, their Chinese-based fans will no doubt enjoy a ROM targeted more towards their tastes.
As Motorola inches towards the closing of the Lenovo deal, the company has announced a change in their leadership team. Charlie Tritschler has been promoted to Senior Vice Present of Product Management, overseeing product development on all the company’s products. Tritschler joined Motorola in March of last year from Amazon’s Kindle team and has made a key impact on the Moto E and Moto G.
In addition, Motorola announced it’s adding regional sales heads as three new members of its senior leadership team and also making Adrienne Hayes the SVP of Marketing and Communications of a new marketing and communications team responsible for the company’s brand and advertising worldwide.
Source: Official Motorola Blog
In September, major OEMs will gather at IFA in Berlin to announce a number of new products and devices to the market.
Huawei has gotten things started in the marketing department, sending out invites for its event, and teasing a new device at the same time.
It would make sense that this new phone is the Ascend Mate 3 — we should see plenty of leaks of the device in the coming weeks.
Huawei is also set to release another Honor-branded smartphone in China, the Honor 6, which will have a 5-inch display with 720p resolution, a MediaTek MT6582 chipset, a 1.3GHz quad-core Cortex-A7 CPU and 1GB RAM. The rear camera is only 2MP, so this is pretty low-end.
Source: GSM Arena
There is always a good indication of what is to come when a company has something go somewhat public through an FCC filing. The only downfall of an FCC filing is that the name of the device can be tricky to identify. With trademarks at the USPTO, that kind of stuff is out and open for everyone to see. So today we have learned that Motorola has trademarked the name Moto Maxx. Interestingly, this associates two of Motorola’s brands with one device. The first part, Moto, belongs to the company’s own flagship devices for different regions around the world. The latter, Maxx, has typically stayed with Verizon and the DROID line of devices.
Is the DROID name finally being put to rest? We will just have to wait and see. If that is the case, then this would presumably be the successor to last year’s Motorola DROID Maxx.
Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office
Next month in New York City, HTC will be holding press event that could see the introduction of a new product that is a little familiar. The company is expected to announce the One (W8) for Windows on August 19 and a release date is to follow two days later with Verizon being one of the named carriers. The device is rumored to be a One (M8) repackaged with Windows Phone as the operating system rather than Android.
The One (W8) for Windows is rumored to keep all of the goodies that come with HTC’s Android flagship. This means that BoomSound and the Duo Camera are sticking around. And with Windows Phone’s latest update, smart covers are supported; therefore, the Dot View case will presumably make its way to the One (W8) as well. Earlier this month, we did learn that HTC would be bringing its unique case to additional devices and a ‘W8’ was spotted on the list.
Source: Windows Phone Central
It may seem odd that that there would be much excitement for a non-flagship Samsung device, but the Samsung Galaxy Alpha is generating quite a bit of buzz. That is probably because the device will be Samsung’s first to break tradition by moving away from plastic and using metal-body construction. Possibly recognizing just how much interest there is in the Galaxy Alpha, Samsung has pushed up the release date to next Monday, August 4th. This will provide some additional time between the announcement of the Galaxy Alpha and the expected release of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, possibly along with a slew of Gear products, in September.
According to the last report we saw, Meizu hopes to release the Meizu MX4 in August. The successor to the MX3 is expected to come with a 5.5-inch screen. To help keep the overall size of the device down, Meizu appears to have figured out how to manufacture it with some extremely thin bezels on the sides. So small that at 1.1 millimeters, the Meizu MX4 will be able to lay claim to having the thinnest bezels on a smartphone in the world. Read more
The LG G3 launched less than a month ago and we just can’t keep our hands off of it. In a report published by The Korea Times, analysts predict a lot of people are going to feel the same way. At the start of 2013, LG had sold around 3 million G2 units worldwide. While 3 million units is no small feat (and that number has likely gone up since the new year) Woori Investment & Securities analyst Sophia Kim seems to think the G3 will double those sales for the Korean tech company.