Amazon has stated time and time again the first-gen Fire Phone won’t be the last of its kind, regardless of catastrophic sales results that can’t be rectified. But we figured they’d at least abandon the unwanted, gimmicky 3D handheld, cutting their losses with huge discounts and otherwise not investing any more time and money into the thing.
It used to be that everything Samsung touched in the Android landscape turned to gold, but after seeing Galaxy S5’s lackluster sales numbers, we’re not so convinced anymore. Up-and-coming US-based gadget manufacturer BLU Products still thinks that’s the case, so without giving it much thought, they’ve aped Galaxy Tab Q’s publicity pitch for the Studio 7.0.
The newest iteration of Android, 5.0 Lollipop, is widely regarded as the sleekest, smoothest take on the Google-conceived mobile OS, and the jump from 4.4 KitKat the biggest transformation in the platform’s history.
Sony hasn’t been quite as vocal in regards to its Android 5.0 upgrading plans as, say, HTC these past few months, but in keeping with tradition, the Japanese company has hinted at equal treatment given to newer and slightly older devices.
One of the biggest Android device manufacturer risers out of China, Meizu, recently brought to light the MX4, which sadly fell short of expectations with a somewhat steep price tag. The same could be said about the MX4 Pro, available via OppoMart starting at $549, but this baby packs an incredible punch and may well be worth all the moolah.
Motorola gear may just be the ideal stocking stuffer this Christmas, with phenomenal high-end phones like the Nexus 6 and Droid Turbo catering to power users, and Moto G and E models aimed at the budget-aware masses.
Microsoft might be light-years away from actually turning a profit on the struggling Windows Phone software platform and Lumia hardware lineup, but short-term strides are clearly being made. The WP 8.1 upgrading pace is outstanding, more and more device manufacturers want a piece of the tile-laden action, and Sprint just rebooted its MS partnership.
If smartphone built-in speakers were totally awesome, no one would think much about enhancing their music with separate audio output. The reality is that the tiny, built-in speakers are only great for basic sound. You can’t expect the hardware to develop much depth for music and entertainment.
It’s all been quiet on the CES preview front of late, which is sure unusual for this time of year. After all, 2015’s first glitzy tech tradeshow is just three weeks away. Unless the Las Vegas-set event is no longer such a big deal, and we missed that memo.
Even though the 2015 Mobile World Congress is still more than a couple of months away, multiple names of Barcelona exhibitors are already set in stone. Unsurprisingly, Microsoft has been eager to blare it will take part in the show, having lots to prove in the wake of Nokia’s handheld division acquisition.
An excess of enthusiasm and openness made HTC fumble the ball a little with Android 5.0 updates for One M8 and M7 Google Play Editions, but all’s well that ends well, and the two handhelds are now on Lollipop.
Now that they’ve somehow managed to unclog availability of their fairly successful first consumer product at long last, the ambitious executives of China-based OnePlus are unsurprisingly gearing up for a do-over.