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.
Samsung took us all by surprise when dishing out Lollipop treats for the TouchWiz-skinned Galaxy S5 before the vanilla S4 Google Play edition, but the fun and games are over now. The OG GPe handheld is getting its very own Android 5.0 upgrade as we speak, and if the prompt message fails to appear on your phone, you can pull the firmware directly from Google at this link.
Everybody loves a good comeback story, and while the specific numbers aren’t in yet, it’s looking like BlackBerry may be getting out of the hole soon enough and rise from the proverbial ashes. The Phoenix fable started with the oddly shaped but enterprise-friendly Passport, which sold out a couple of times in its early days.
Sony is famous for the attention to detail dedicated to even its humblest smartphones, often producing far superior designs in the low-end niche compared to rivals based in Korea. But the Japanese are looking to outdo themselves, working on a sub-$200 handheld with ultra-slim bezels and an intriguing rear cover described as made from a ceramic-like textured plastic.
Right now, wearables are a primary target for manufacturers. Everyone wants to take up permanent real-estate on your body, be it wrist, neck, head, or what have you. Smartwatches and fitness trackers are at the top of the list. If you don’t need an additional piece of tech, yet want a way to mount your existing smartphone/device, there aren’t too many options.
There will be no more Nexus 5 for the masses once current inventory runs out. In the words of the actual Google spokesperson, as quoted by Tech Radar, “once they are gone, they’re gone, so we’d suggest people get them while they can.”
Earlier this year, Google launched it’s gigantic phablet, the Nexus 6, which is available from major US carriers except Verizon. Now, you can also add U.S. Cellular to the list of carriers who are offering Google’s flagship device. The carrier is offering the monstrous phablet for $199.99 tied to a two-year contract with the carrier for the 32GB model. The 64GB version of the handset costs $249.99 on-contract.
While many a gadget manufacturer and retailer are gearing up to welcome Santa Claus with various price cuts on their hottest products, rookie China-based OEM OnePlus really has no way to discount the controversial but ultimately hugely popular One.
Motorola has been hands down the speediest hardware manufacturer to adopt Lollipop on a handful of its devices, and there are no prizes for guessing why. They and Google are still tight, regardless of Lenovo’s buyout, and the G and X have supported vanilla Android from day one. Both generations.
Remember when we brought the surprising but encouraging news of Samsung’s prospective marketing strategy shift for 2015? According to that report, the company was planning to trim the Galaxy roster here and there, betting on quality rather than quantity starting next year.
LG’s G Pad 7.0 hasn’t been the easiest sell these past few months, even with 4G LTE support and a relatively reasonable price tag. But don’t act too surprised if you end up receiving several copies of the low-cost, low-end Android slate as Christmas presents.