As the year draws to a close we take a look at five features that would get us excited about the 2015 class of Android smartphones. Where should Google and the OEMs go next?
If you’re thinking about ditching your Android for an iPhone, you need to stop, take a breath, and think about what you’re throwing away. There are some special things about Android that you’re going to miss once they’re gone.
How does a smartphone go from conception to launch? We take a look at the process for unveiling a new smartphone, and explain why we hear about some months in advance, while others hit the stores within days.
With its technology in 95% of today’s smartphones, it’s clear that ARM has a big part to play. Luckily the company has a storied history in the gaming world that dates back to the BBC Micro. It was ARM processors inside the ill-fated 3DO console, the first mobile to feature a game (Snake on the Nokia 6110), and a string of handhelds including the GBA, DS, 3DS, and the PlayStation Vita.
Things aren’t looking very positive at Samsung right now, but who are the players responsible? Is the rise of LG, Xiaomi, and Lenovo, not to mention Apple’s continued success, actually dragging Samsung down?
Apple may be late to the mobile payments party, but the launch of Apple Pay could end up being a good thing for Android.
Is Apple ushering in the age of the soft SIM? What happens if physical SIM cards are a thing of the past? How do soft SIMs work and what could they mean for carriers and Android?
For a lot of potential customers eagerly awaiting the Nexus 6 unveil, the fact that flagship specs have been matched by a premium price tag is cause for consternation. Has Google priced its new smartphone too high?
Samsung has had great success with the Note series and popularized the phablet, so why is no one competing with it? Is the iPhone 6 Plus a real threat? Where are the Android OEMs in this form factor?
Android is by far the most popular mobile platform in the world so everything should be rosy right? We take a look at the growth of China and India, the profitability of the OEMs, and the threats to Google’s dominance.