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.
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.
It looks like Microsoft is getting ready to pull a Samsung, as yet another entry-level Lumia smartphone is on the way. The Lumia 435, aka RM-1068, RM-1070, 1071, 1032 or 1034, is just as confusing as the countless low-end, low-cost members of the Galaxy family, highly resembling the OG Lumia 520 and newer Lumia 530.
It’s hard to tell if public flak swayed Google, or the search giant simply realized pulling the plug on the Nexus 5 so abruptly would be bad for business. Whatever it was, we’re glad it happened, as hesitant Android purists will apparently get an extra quarter to decide if they want to go the phablet route, or keep things small (-er) and (more) modest.