HTC really hit a homerun with its HTC One design in 2013, and followed it up with another winner, the HTC One M8, in 2014. Although the design of both devices is gorgeous, some people are wondering if it might be getting a bit repetitive.
Although OnePlus may have annoyed some buyers with their invite system and some marketing gaffes for their inaugural smartphone during 2014, the company succeeded in creating quite a bit of demand for their OnePlus One. That success has led many to watch the company to see what 2015 will hold for a successor. Sources have revealed some information about the name for the next device and some release schedule projections that feed into the issues swirling around the Snapdragon 810 processor.
If you’re an Android owner, you’ve probably experienced an iPhone-owning friend or family member asking you about whether or not they should switch to Android. For me, this question has increased in frequency over the years as the youthful Android devices have matured and planted themselves more clearly in the limelight.
Interestingly enough, I used to have more to say software-wise about the differences between the fruits and the robots, but as Apple has done a decent job lately of catching up to Android, a lot of the convergence has eliminated some of my old arguments. Notifications in iOS are handled better and there are now quick settings. The interface is still a glorified app drawer, though.
At a recent event held to discuss the future of Android, Tom Moss echoed this sentiment and focused on the business sector.
In just a few days, expect a software update to begin rolling out to the HTC One (M8) for AT&T. Mo Versi, the Vice President of Product Management at HTC, responded to one eager customer on Friday. Versi announced that a software update would land on the device “early next week” and include a slew of items.
Here is what Versi said will be in the update:
- Android 4.4.4 KitKat
- HTC Eye Experience software
- Voice over LTE (VoLTE)
Even though it is not Android 5.0 Lollipop, it is a welcome
LG wants you G3 owners to know that soon™, you too will have the latest flavor of Android in your pocket or purse. Or wherever you store it, I don’t judge…
This afternoon, LG posted the above image on its Twitter account, with the message: “Introducing Lollipop: a sweet treat for your #LGG3.”
Source: LG via Twitter
Mobile devices have become extremely thin within the last two years. Hardware manufacturers are figuring out how to pack so much into a slim figure. Coolpad, through its Ivvi brand, has teased a handset that is just 4.7mm thin. Measuring that thin would separate itself from the pack and be known as the thinnest phone in the world.
Aiming for a thin construction is something that Chinese companies have competed in. The Vivo X5 Max (4.7mm) and Oppo R5 (4.85mm) have each spent time as the thinnest phone in the world, the former being the current champion. Consumers, while appreciating good design, are probably not purchasing a device for how thin it is; however, the title does allow it to be marketed easier.
While we have been enjoying the search for leaked photos and information about HTC’s next flagship smartphone, expected to be revealed at MWC 2015, HTC is busy taking care of all the steps needed to bring a product to market. One of those steps is obtaining the variety of certifications needed for a device. HTC is on top of those items as certifications for a couple wireless technologies included in the device have been obtained.
It looks like LG had a pretty solid 2014, as analysts expect the company to post a 25% growth in their smartphone market year-over-year. LG shipped about 59.6 million smartphones, up from 47.6 million the previous year. The success of the flagship G3 and its cheaper variants like the G3 Beat and G3 Stylus contributed to how well LG did in 2014.
OnePlus announced this morning the “next step” in their growth as a company by launching the OnePlus Indonesia. The company behind the self-dubbed flagship killer is partnering with Lazada, the largest e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia, to offer the OnePlus One exclusively. Not only will users be able to purchase the device from Lazada, the partnership is being developed to offer support for Indonesian users allowing users to get support and help for the device at walk-in service center.
The OnePlus One will be available in 64GB Sandstone Black for RP 4,499,000. In celebration of this partnership OnePlus is also offering an exclusive pre-order starting at 11 a.m. on Jan. 27, at lazada.co.id. So, those of you who want the flagship killer in Indonesia, now’s your chance.
Rumors have the Galaxy S 6 sporting a 20 MP main rear camera along with optical image stabilization (OIS), but that’s not all that surprising. What might be surprising is the fact that Samsung is going to use their own camera module.
Samsung has been using Sony modules for the past few flagship phones so this is a major change. This news comes from a report in which Korean analysts were talking about Samsung Electro-Mechanics (SEM) in that they will benefit from a 20 MP module for smartphones that will be available during the 1st half of the year when the Galaxy S 6 will be released.