Bill Gates was probably one of a few dozen people who took Windows Phone to its drawn-out grave, but he’s finally switched over to something else. And, come on now, of course it isn’t an iPhone.
Much of the attention on Huawei focuses on their high end products and their efforts to gain entry into the U.S. market. However, the company has not risen to be one of the top global manufacturers of smartphones by relying on flagship devices only. Like other tech giants, Huawei has a full portfolio in order to offer buying choices across the spectrum of consumers. That is where the Honor C6 fits in, as a mid-tier device. Sources have spotted an entry in the Eurasian Economic Union’s Russian portal for a new variant called the Honor 6C Pro suggesting Huawei sees some potential for sales of a beefed up version of the Honor 6C.
Previously known internally as “Project Valley”, Samsung’s long rumored foldable phone recently got certified in South Korea. Now expected to be called the Galaxy X, it appears to have the model number SM-G888N0 according to a filing from the Korean National Radio Research Agency (NRRA), which is comparable to the FCC in the US.
When HMD Global announced the Nokia 8 last month, initial indications were that the company’ flagship device would only be available in European markets. That projection seems to be shifting now based on some FCC database entries and sources indicating new variants are also in the pipeline.
Limited availability has lingered for weeks since Essential launched its first phone (PH-1), leaving consumers with only Essential’s website or Sprint stores for purchasing options. That all changes today with Best Buy announcing available stock of unlocked PH-1 devices both in stores and available for free 3 to 5 day shipping.
Earlier this summer Motorola announced an addition to their G series of devices, the Moto G5S Plus. The new device was described as a “special edition” of the Moto G5 Plus, but in reality is an upgrade to the former device. That should make it a smartphone worthy of consideration by mid-tier buyers as we rated the Moto G5 Plus highly, so the Moto G5S Plus should be a more compelling option.
When Google launched the Moto X4 Android One device on Project Fi earlier this week, one of their selling points was the potential for Nexus device owners to trade-in their old phone for a credit against their new purchase. The ability to trade-in a phone as part of a device purchase is expanding to now be available through the Google Store for select devices. This new option for consumers comes just in time for the launch of the new Pixel 2 devices in only a couple weeks.
Throughout 2017 we have been monitoring several initiatives the Google has been working on to expand their U.S. smartphone offerings outside of their own Pixel devices. Two of the moves we have been watching involve the addition of non-Google devices to the Project Fi catalog and the launch of Android One in the U.S. Those efforts came together today with the official launch of the Moto X4 Android One device on Project Fi.
At one time Nokia was the force to be reckoned with in the cell phone market. After missing the smartphone juggernaut, Nokia has floated along with different owners and tested the smartphone market with both Windows and Android powered devices. Since being purchased by HMD Global though, it seems the company is going full-on with Android and their latest device in development, the Nokia 9, appears to be on track to compete at the flagship level based on some new renders and other leaks.
In just under a month from now, on October 16th, the Huawei Mate 10 will be officially announced by the Chinese manufacturer. We still do not know exactly how many variants of the device will be hitting the smartphone market, but we do know that at least one of them will come with the AI-infused Kirin 970 chipset. There have been a few leaks regarding the Mate 10, but the latest one from Evan Blass appears to be the first “in the wild” spotting of the device.
Nokia has only recently been in the Android game (now under the tutelage of HMD Global) following a long stint with Windows OS, but they are taking software updates seriously. Following the Nokia 6, a decent mid-ranger, the flagship Nokia 8 started shipping in the UK this month with 7.1.1 Nougat. HMD’s Juho Sarvikas, Chief Product Officer, recently posted a tweet confirming that they are already hard at work readying Android Oreo for the Nokia 8, strongly hinting at a release sometime this year.
The launch of Andy Rubin’s Essential Phone has been anything but smooth, with several issues plaguing the company since its May debut. Following multiple shipping delays, a major email security gaffe and less than stellar customer service, the PH-1 (as it’s called) is finally in the hands of consumers. While shipping issues continue to linger, such as Amazon changing dates many times until settling on a one to two month window, software updates have been the phone’s saving grace. They’ve been plentiful and genuinely helpful, fixing many of the camera’s shortcomings, increasing software stability and keeping security patches up to date. September’s security update is already onboard.
After being criticized last week for failing to include the Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus amongst their existing devices to receive an upgrade to Android 8.0 Oreo, Motorola has reversed course and says the Moto G4 Plus will get the new operating system via an update. This move by Motorola comes on the heels of revelations that prior marketing materials promised an update to Android O. In an email, Motorola pins blame on an oversight.