Samsung overtakes Apple to become the world’s largest LTE smartphones manufacturer

Although we’ve seen reports that Samsung is facing a downward trend when it comes to smartphone sales, things are turning out to be a little different. According to a new report from Strategy Analytics, Samsung shipped over 28.6 LTE smartphones to become the world’s largest LTE smartphone vendor with a market share of 32.2 percent for the second quarter. Coming way below Apple an Samsung is LG, which currently has a market share of 5.2 percent.

LG G3 Stylus official announced, a cheaper alternative to the Galaxy Note

LG today has officially announced its latest flagship smartphone, the LG G3 Stylus. The LG G3 Stylus as you might have suspected from its name alone, is a new variant of the previously released LG G3. The obvious difference is of course the fact that the phone comes with a stylus.

Moto X+1 press render makes an appearance

Motorola has scheduled an event on 4th of September where the company is expected to unveil a number of products, including the highly rumored Moto X+1. Recently, the now-retired @evleaks aka Evan Blass has posted a press render of the upcoming Moto X+1. The leaked images also shows the device with a wood back, as well as a Verizon logo on the back suggesting that it will launch on the Big Red.

Sharp Aquos Crystal smartphone becomes exclusive with Sprint

Following up on our post about the Sharp Aquos Crystal smartphone, Sprint has just announced its availability to Sprint customers for a measly $239 sans contract or $10 month via Sprint’s Easy Pay Plan or $149.99 via Sprint’s prepaid plan. Although undisclosed as to when this phone will actually become available, its features and relatively cheap price despite its excellent feature are more than enough to generate a much needed press hype.

Android 4.4.3 KitKat for Verizon HTC One M8 is expected to roll out by mid-September

HTC has been transparent when it comes to releasing software updates for their handsets. The company has already rolled out the Android 4.4.3 KitKat update for the HTC One M8 in several regions, including a few carriers in the US as well. T-Mobile and AT&T have already released the Android 4.4.3 KitKat update, which also incorporates the bug fixes found inside the Android 4.4.4 KitKat.

HTC Butterfly 2 officially announced for Asian markets, features a Snapdragon 801 chipset

HTC has officially announced the Butterfly 2 which is set to launch in Asian markets in the coming weeks. The device brings top-of-the-line specifications. The handset will come with a different name in Japan where it will come with J Butterfly HTL23 moniker, while it’s known as HTC Butterfly 2 in other Asian markets.

Microsoft unveils $25 Nokia 130

When Microsoft purchased and absorbed Nokia’s free-falling mobile phone business and gave pink slips to roughly 12,500 of its employees, a series of tough decisions regarding its product portfolio were anticipated.


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Huawei announces Ascend P7 Arsenal Edition

Chinese phone maker Huawei has introduced the Arsenal Edition of its popular Ascend P7 smartphone. As one would expect from the title of the phone, this version of the Ascend P7 comes in the various colors of the Arsenal UK football club. Internally, Huawei has outfitted the device with UK and Arsenal-centric themes and applications. The Arsenal club logo is also mounted on the phone underneath the phone’s Gorilla Glass 3 cover which protects the entire device.


Samsung Apps Store revamped and renamed as Samsung Galaxy Apps

Samsung smartphone and tablet owners are familiar with the default app known as Samsung Apps. This is Samsung’s own little app store which provides access to Samsung mobile apps as well as other selected Android apps which are also available from Google Play. Hoping to attract Galaxy device owners, Samsung revamped the said Samsung Apps store and decided to christen it with a new name, Samsung Galaxy Apps.

Sony unveils its own smartphone for selfies, Xperia C3

Although a bit delayed in its offering, Sony Mobile didn’t mind and went ahead in introducing its latest smartphone offering, the Xperia C3. Dubbed as the new smartphone for selfies, the Xperia C3 boasts of a 5MP wide-angle front camera enhanced by Superior Auto mode and soft LED flash. In addition, you’ll also be able to add some flare to your self-portrait using the AR effect on the front camera as well as the phone’s portrait retouch feature that you can use to style close-ups in real-time. You can further enhance your photo using 10 different Deco frames. Aside from photos, the Xperia C3 is also good for video calls, especially since it has 5.5-inch HD display.

Samsung Galaxy S5 Sport becomes exclusively available with Sprint

Sprint and Samsung today have announced the availability of the Samsung Galaxy S5 Sport starting July 25. Yes, it’s another variant of dear old Samsung’s current flagship smartphone. And yes again, it’s aimed at promoting health and fitness among smartphone users. Similar to the Samsung Galaxy S5 Active which was released by AT&T, the Galaxy S5 Sport is also IP67 certified for water and dust resistance. It can withstand water submersion of up to 1 meter for 30 minutes.