When Microsoft acquired Nokia's smartphone business for $7.2 billion earlier this year, part of the negotiated deal was that Microsoft could continue to use the Nokia branding for the next decade. Now just two months after officially closing the deal, Nokia is dead to Microsoft, now just a reminder of where it doesn't want to be in terms of market share. With that said, meet the budget-focused Microsoft Lumia 535, the company's first branded handset.
No. 1 PC maker hasn't yet figured out the smartphone market
There aren't many people who would question Lenovo's PC strategy, especially after recently achieving a record high PC market share of nearly 20 percent while also becoming the top PC+tablet supplier. However, Lenovo's finding out that competing in the smartphone sector is perhaps a bit more challenging as sales of mobile devices decreased 6 percent year-over-year to $1.6 billion during the company's second fiscal quarter.
Just when you thought Android might have peaked in terms of market share, BAM, it rises again. According to the latest data from Strategy Analytics, Android climbed to an 83.6 percent share of the global smartphone market in the third quarter of 2014, up from 81.4 percent during the same quarter a year ago. The continued rise leads one to wonder exactly where the ceiling is for Google's mobile OS.
After all the rumors and speculation, the Nexus 6 is now a real device. Motorola and Google unveiled the Nexus 6, the largest Nexus phone Google has ever offered, and the first to run the company's Android 5.0 Lollipop operating system (sorry Lemon Meringue Pie fans, it just wasn't meant to be this time around). The Nexus 6 is being built by Motorola and offered by Google in the Play Store.
The issue of Apple's iPhone 6 Plus being prone to bending out of shape may be blown out of proportion -- Apple claims that the problem is "extremely rare" -- but whether it is or isn't, you can bet that Samsung is going to use the ammunition to fire at its rival. Having already taken to Twitter with digs at Apple, Samsung today posted a video showing the process its Galaxy Note 4 phones go through to ensure they stay rigid.
First major complaint of the iPhone 6 Plus emerges
Some of Apple's iPhone launches have been marred by controversial design flaws, such as the iPhone 4's antenna issue in which Steve Jobs accused owners of holding their handsets the wrong way, and the iPhone 5's tendency to ruin photos with a purple flare when there's a bright light source (a side effect of the sapphire glass covering the phone's camera). Well, you can add the iPhone 6 Plus to the list -- some users are complaining that their ultra-thin iPhone 6 Plus phones are bending out of shape just by having the handsets in their pockets.
Google's ambitious goal of getting a smartphone into the hands of more than five billion people who don't currently own one starts today with the unveiling of the first Android One handsets in India. These low-cost smartphones are intended for emerging markets and will retail for around 6,399 ruppes (around $105 in U.S. currency). Several manufactures are on board, the first of which include Micromax, Spice, and Karbonn.
For those of you who had better things to do today than watch an Apple press event -- you know, like work, play games, sleep, etc. -- we have your recap. Short and to the point, the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 is real, and yes, Apple also unveiled an even bigger model, the iPhone 6 Plus with a 5.5-inch display. According to Apple, these new releases are "the biggest advancements in iPhone history."
Phones for narcissists and budget constrained power users
Microsoft kept itself busy today by unveiling three new Nokia handsets -- the Lumia 730, Lumia 735, and Lumia 830. Out of the three, the first two are billed as being "the ultimate selfie and Skype phones" courtesy of a Full HD 5-megapixel wide-angle front-facing camera with a focal length of 24mm, while the third is what Microsoft is pitching as an affordable flagship handset.
The IFA convention in Berlin is off to a fast and furious start with product makers pouring out announcements by the handful. Among the attendees is Acer, which revealed its new (and rather extensive) product lineup for the holiday season. Acer's new products include a pair of Aspire R Series convertible laptops. two Aspire Switch Series 2-in-1 hybrid PCs, three Iconia Series tablets, and a Liquid Series smartphone.