Remember the good old times when Apple proclaimed the iPhone 5’s use of a “bigger” 4-inch panel a “dazzling display of common sense”? When 5 inchers were marketed as tablets? Clearly, a new era is upon us, as hardware manufacturers are now adding the “Mini” suffix to names of devices once considered unwieldy giants.
A new entry-level smartphone from Huawei has shown up in documents from TENAA, a Chinese regulatory and certification agency. TENAA’s documents show that the phone, which is expected to cost $130, will include a 5.5-inch 720p display and a Snapdragon 410 processor, and it will be called the Honor 4X.
Today, in the latest installment of the never-ending “what is Verizon thinking?” saga, we’re beyond heartbroken to report America’s largest wireless carrier may have delayed its Nokia Lumia 735 launch.
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know devices part of Google’s Nexus family will be first in line for Android 5.0 Lollipop updates, as they’ve been every time a new OS version was released. But the product roster grew and grew over the years, and Lollipop is perhaps the most radical, richest goodie pack in Android history.
Despite the HTC First “Facebook Phone” flopping so hard last year that it prompted AT&T to halt sales mere months after the gadget’s introduction, rumors ran rampant recently as to Mark Zuckerberg possibly wanting a do-over.
Google recently released the biggest Nexus smartphone to date, measuring almost 6-inches which is bigger than the majority of phablets in the market. Google announced the gigantic handset will be available for pre-orders in late-October, followed by its availability in November. They further mentioned that it will hit retail on all major US carriers, including AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile, and US Cellular.
It’s the classic good news/bad news scenario. Hot on the heels of Motorola’s bold Android 5.0 Lollipop proclamations, Sony went on record with its own upgrading pledge. That’s the good news, of course, the bad being it’ll take the Xperia makers a few months to stabilize the first L port and send it OTA.
Perhaps the best part of any new Android version announcement has little to do with the actual intro, going down in the days, weeks and months following the formal unveil. It’s this general, overpowering sense of wholeness, as each and every player in the game goes the extra mile to rapidly skin, modify, customize and finally release over-the-air software updates.
When gadgets come out of their bag or protective pockets, there’s an element of danger involved. But it varies. Pulling out a digital camera to take close-up photos of a bucket filled with kittens is not on the same level as holding that same camera, one-handed, to capture video while riding a roller-coaster.
Google took the wraps off the highly rumored, Motorola-made Nexus 6 yesterday. There was no shiny launch event, with the announcement going live in the form of a blog post, as rumored before. Unlike the Nexus 5, the oversized Nexus 6 is going to see a wide roll out. Motorola confirmed the handset will hit retail in 28 markets across across Europe, Asia-Pacific and North America starting later this year and as we head into Q1, including India.
Since they started this whole Nexus madness, pushing hardware manufacturers to offer more for less in order to compete and showing customers skins aren’t the only way to go, Google’s powers that be made a habit of refreshing and replacing stock Android-running devices fast enough so they’ll be regretted.
Not too long ago, Motorola took the wraps off their highly anticipated Nexus 6, which will come with Android 5.0 Lollipop pre-installed out of the box. Along with that, Motorola also shed some light on its plans to upgrade the existing devices to the latest Android operating system. The company mentioned it will upgrade most of its existing devices to Android 5.0 Lollipop, including Moto X (1st and 2nd Gen), Moto G (1st and 2nd Gen), Moto G with 4G LTE, Moto E, Droid Ultra, Droid Maxx and Droid Mini.