A report from a Strategy Analytics, shows that Apple and Samsung are the top smartphones vendor in the world in the fourth Quarter of 2014. Surprisingly, Apple and Samsung sold the EXACT same amount of devices in the Q4,2014 which is 74.5 million each.
For the year as a whole, Samsung remained at the top with total shipments of 317.2 million, which translates into 24.7% share of the market. This compares to 2013, when the company's overall smartphone shipments stood at 319.8 million, giving it a 32.3% market share.
Samsung continues to face intense competition from Apple at the higher-end of the smartphone market, from Huawei in the middle-tiers, and from Xiaomi and others at the entry-level," the report said, adding that the company "may soon have to consider taking over rivals, such as Blackberry, in order to revitalize growth this year.
The Nokia 9 PureView didn't do well on the sales charts. The devices offered a lot, with Nokia created hype around its ambitious 5 camera setup that could collect up to 10 times more light than a single smartphone camera color sensor. Although, the company couldn't execute it well, with its light and Zeiss co-engineered camera technology couldn't live up to the consumer's expectations. The NPU claimed that Nokia canned its partnership with light and the 9.1 PureView and currently focusing on the 9.2 PureView instead.
NPU states that the phone will be released in the first quarter of 2020. Nokia's collaboration with the German optics manufacturer, ZEISS, is almost certain to continue for the next device but the device won't be using the fancy camera technology that was in the Nokia 9. This didn't come as a surprise that the phone will be leaving out the technology in favor of a more conventional approach. The Nokia 9 uses complex image processing and algorithms to capture a single shot from five cameras. But this year, the Nokia 9.2 will be using the conventional Toshiba lenses. The front-camera might feature a 32-megapixel sensor.
As per the rumor, the 9.2 PureView will feature the latest Snapdragon 865 chipset, along with a large primary camera at the rear side. The company delayed the release of the phone to use the upgraded SoC, which means we won't be having the Nokia 9.2 until the autumn. We hope that the Nokia will release its new flagship smartphone at the MWC 2020 next month, given that HMD Global used the Barcelona event to launch the Nokia 9 PureViewlast year. With the conventional camera technology, we could see this device around the $600 price mark alongside wireless charging and headphone jac. That's around the same price its predecessor was last year.
After the success of the HTC Nexus 9 slate, HTC finally decided to enter the tablets market with its own brand.
According to the latest reports, the Taiwanese company is working on an HTC-branded Nexus 9-shaped tablet with the same 9-inch display 4:3 aspect ratio and the same dimensions but the Hardware Specifications will be different, probably higher.
This tablet will be a strong entry for HTC brand into the tablet's market, the market name of the tablet is not yet known but it may join the "ONE" family naming (HTC ONE Tab, HTC ONE MT.. etc). The exact release date for this tablet is not yet revealed but we won't see this tablet up until Q2,2015.
More details leaked about the Upcoming HTC One (M9) flagship (codenamed Hima). This time around we're hearing that despite what some previously leaked pictures have shown us, the device won't be almost identical in terms of design to its predecessor, the HTC One M8.
In fact, in certain aspects it will be quite different. For the design of its front, and specifically the BoomSound speakers, the One (M9) will reportedly be inspired by the Nexus 9 tablet, also made by HTC and pictured below.
Hence, the M9 is rumored to come with an edge to edge glass panel on its front. The speaker panels will no longer be exposed like they were in the original One and the One M8. Rather, they will be enclosed within the aforementioned glass. This will get two 45 degree cutouts for the slit speaker grills, which will span around 50% of the handset's top and bottom edges.
And this will apparently make the One (M9)'s design closely resemble that of the Nexus 9. According to the source of the information, the new style will enable a "slicker" and "more refined" look on the new flagship smartphone when compared to its predecessors.
If the video above is any indication of what is to come from Samsung later in 2016, then yes! However the video is not an official teaser from Samsung, but a concept video from Jermaine Smit. Keep in mind though, that the experienced concept artist has tried to make it as realistic as he possibly could with the hard facts and floating rumors around the upcoming flagship.
Unlike most other concept videos about popular upcoming phones, this one looks hyper real and one may even believe that it's official for a while. The similarity between the upcoming conceptual device and its current real-life counterpart are so striking with subtle differences, that it almost fools even the most gadget-savvy eyes.
The subtle changes that do differentiate the hypothetical galaxy S7 Edge from the actual Galaxy S6 Edge includes a USB Type-C port, a more rectangular home button and a big sensor/camera module on the top left side of the phone. The excellent quality of his work made us check out his profile on Behance and if you want to look at a few of the Dutch artist's other videos on popular upcoming smartphones, you can take a look as well.
The latest rumors are suggesting that first prototypes of the Galaxy Note 6 have already been made and there are probably two versions of it. Make no mistake though, only one version will apparently make it to the market and at this moment, the Korean giant is trying to decide which one to go for. The only difference between the two devices is the fact that one of them has a curved 5.8" QHD Super AMOLED display, while the other has the same display but on a flat panel. It is understandable that Samsung is toying with the idea of building the Note 6 with an Edge display as there will not be a 2016 version of the S6 Edge+ from last year.
In all other specifications, both the devices are one and the same. Both sport 6GB of RAM, a 12-megapixel camera on the back, a 4,000 mAh battery and of course, the rumored Snapdragon 823 chipset. There will of course be Exynos versions of the device as well, but we will have to wait and see which market gets what. Samsung returned to expandable memory with the S7 series and judging by the overwhelming success it is seeing right now, that is a trend which they will stick to. The basic version of the Note 6 is expected to have 32GB of onboard storage along with a micro-SD card slot.
The rumored iris scanner has not yet been confirmed for the Note 6, but then again, these are all rumors to begin with. We will definitely see a fingerprint scanner though. Android N will be out by the time the phablet is revealed, thus we expect it to be running on the latest version of the Android OS right out of the box. There has not been much noise about the stylus/S-pen yet, but we will keep you informed as soon as we get to know more.
If the latest report by The Bell is to be believed then Samsung has already placed orders for next year's flagship panels with their display division; Samsung Display. In addition to the 5.8-inch and 6.2-inch QHD+ panels for the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+, The Bell reports that 6.3-inch QHD+ panels are also going into production in the future for the Galaxy Note 9! Of course, it's just a rumor at this point, but this does mean a couple of things if it turns out to be true. Firstly, we are not going to see a 4K display like the one on the Xperia XZ Premium on any Samsung smartphone in the near future and secondly, Samsung is sticking with the 18.5:9 aspect ratio.
Additionally, the report also states that the Galaxy S9 and S9+ will feature the elusive fingerprint scanner which is not even going to make it onto the iPhone 8 this year. It would be interesting to see how much of this actually turns out to be true, although it's going to be a long wait from now for things to become more obvious.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
The Galaxy S9 is an excellent smartphone, or at least the S9+ is anyway! Nevertheless, it didn't get as much critical acclaim as the Galaxy S8 did back in 2017. The reason for this is of course the fact that the S9 and S9+ look almost identical to the S8 and S8+. Not that it was a bad thing mind you, especially in a world where every Android device was copying Apple and their notch. However, a lot of Samsung fans (including myself) held on to their S8/S8+ in the hope that the S10 will offer something much more innovative over the infinity display design, that's now starting to date. If the latest rumors are to be believed, then that may not after all be the case and the S10 could very well end up looking almost exactly like the S9! Famous leakster Ice Universe on the other hand, doesn't' quite agree or at least would hate to see that, as mentioned in his tweet, which follows as such.
"If the Galaxy S10 still does not adopt a major change in design, Samsung will be completely defeated by Huawei and damage the Samsung brand."
The new Motorola Droid Turbo garnered great interest but as a Verizon-exclusive it felt out of reach. Now Motorola is sending out invites for a November,5th event to announce a global rollout. The invite doesn't call out the device by name but the corner of the back shows Droid Turbo's characteristic Ballistic Nylon back.
Rumors are for a name change to "Moto Maxx", resurrecting the Maxx brand, which is associated with some of the most long-lasting batteries in the smartphone history.
It's a fitting name too, the Droid Turbo packs a 3,900mAh battery, which can soak up 8 hours' worth of battery life in just 15 minutes thanks to the Turbo Charger. Other specs include one of the sharpest displays yet, a 5.2" QHD AMOLED, a Snapdragon 805 chipset and a 21MP/2160p camera.