Well they do say mimicry is the best form of flattery.
Many of Apple’s leading pioneers scoffed at the idea that Android would ever be a serious threat in the smartphone industry. Android was very much treated as the dorky kid in the playground, shunned to the side and left twiddling their thumbs. But lets fast forward to 2014 and where does Android now stand? It now holds 70% of all smartphone sales around the world and is making strong in-roads in the likes of India and China, predominantly down to the initial success of the OnePlus One and similar devices.
Thanks to Google, Android is constantly evolving, adapting to user demands and pioneering exciting new projects. Glass, driverless cars and WiFi balloons are just a few things we are excited about. It’s without doubt more than just a simple smartphone operating system. Where some manufacturers have fallen by the wayside, sorry Blackberry, others have looked to Android for inspiration for a bit of a creative push. Case in point, Apple.
At their recent WWDC event, Apple CEO, Tim Cook took to the stage to rip Android to shreds. He pulled numerous slides highlighting the poor state of Android’s fragmentation, the increased vulnerabilities in Android devices and even got a few chuckles when discussing the people transferring over from Android to iPhone. “Many of our new customers were switchers from Android. They had bought an Android phone, by mistake, and then sought a better experience. And a better life.”
Source: Apple WWDC
As the Fire Phone goes on sale this week, we ask the experts whether it’s primed to take over the smartphone world, or is Amazon set to be yet another company to get its fingers burned
As the Fire Phone goes on sale this week, we ask the experts whether it’s primed to take over the smartphone world, or is Amazon set to be yet another company to get its fingers burned?
Nearly three years after Amazon kick-started the Android tablet market with the Kindle Fire, it has launched its first smartphone. The Fire Phone runs on Fire OS, the company’s forked version of Android based – presumably, but not confirmed – on KitKat. The phone is available from 25 July, in the US only at first, and exclusive to AT&T.
The smartphone market is notoriously difficult for newcomers to make any kind of impact, with even a company as large as Facebook suffering a high profile and embarrassing failure with its first handset last year. Amazon has equipped its device with a few attention-grabbing features, including an innovative ‘Dynamic Perspective’ function that combines a 3D-like effect with gesture controls, and the Firefly software that provides users with an even quicker way to shop online, but will it be enough to convert to sales?
While Google want to dominate the emerging markets with their Android One line, a new breed of high-specification, low-price budget phones are coming out of China and heading west
While Google want to dominate the emerging markets with their Android One line, a new breed of high-specification, low-price budget phones are coming out of China and heading west. Is it curtains for premium handsets?
With the increasing power and resources of the Chinese mobile phone industry, are we witnessing a basic shift in the market? Will this new breed of Chinese start-ups alter how the likes of Samsung, Apple, HTC, Nokia and the rest do business? Or is the fuss over the new batch of Chinese smartphones so much hot air? But what a fuss! The new Chinese designs are offering very high specifications for such a low price point that industry observers are getting very excited.
One such company that is firmly in the headlines is OnePlus, a new company founded in China by former engineers from the technology manufacturer, Oppo. One of them is Peter Lau, a former vice president at Oppo, a company known for manufacturing high-end consumer devices such as smartphones and DVD players. He is the brainpower behind OnePlus.
The Amazon Fire Phone is the first smartphone produced by Amazon.
After lots of speculation, Amazon has finally pulled down the veil on their first smartphone offering. The Amazon Fire Phone may not be the ground breaking device many were expecting, but it does offer some unique features and a nice set of specifications to match.Amazon Fire Phone specifications
Size: 139.2 x 66.5 x 8.9mm
Can the Lenovo Vibe Z2 be the next must-have flagship phone?
Despite gaining some popularity in Asia, Lenovo still hasn’t made grounds in the UK or U.S. This could now potentially change with details of their latest flagship device, the Lenovo Vibe Z2.
Sources indicate that the device will pack a monster 6-inch display, with the added bonus of being one of the first devices to offer 2K technology. Other details include a Snapdragon 801 processor clocked at 2.5GHz, 16-megapixel camera with dual LED flash and 4G support.
Lenovo are expected to unveil the Vibe Z2 in the next couple of weeks, with a release date close to the end of June.
The LG L35 adds to the growing number of budget devices available to Android users.
Budget phones are causing a fairly substantial wave in the Android ecosystem, with devices like the Moto E showing companies can deliver plenty of phone for a small outlay. The LG L35 falls perfectly into the budget category, but with such strong competition nowadays, will it be a device many people will go far. Check out the full specifications list below.LG L35 specifications: 109.4 x 59 x 11.9 mm, 108 grams 3.2″ (320 x 480) IPS-LCD display 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon 200 processor 512MB RAM 3-megapixel rear-facing camera 1480mAh battery 4GB internal storage, expandable to 32GB via microSD
The LG L35 will be announced across Europe, but there’s no confirmation on a solid release date or any news of pricing as of yet.