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Gartner: Apple won the smartphone race in 4Q14

Gartner: Apple won the smartphone race in 4Q14

Lewis Curdie  10 hours ago

At the end of January I penned Apple vs. Samsung in 4Q14: too close to call, with the iPhone seemingly shipping round about the same number as Samsung’s combined Galaxy army.

Now Gartner is chiming in with its own figures, suggesting that Apple did indeed take the top spot in global smartphone manufacturers for the final quarter of 2014.

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How many Android devices are on Lollipop? Now 1 in 30, says Google

It’s the same old story: new Android release is launched, updates take ages to roll out thanks to custom UIs and carrier shenanigans; by the time the latest version accounts for a significant portion of devices, the next new version is unleashed, and so the circle of life continues. Can you feel the love tonight?

Lollipop 5.0 has actually doubled its distribution in the past four weeks, but we’re still only talking, like, one in 30 users.

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Sony Xperia M4 Aqua price: cheaper than expected (YES!)

The Samsung Galaxy S6 and HTC One M9 might be the stars of Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2015, almost by default, but there are plenty of other interesting phones over in Barcelona, not least of all Sony’s Xperia M4 Aqua.

On Sunday, Sony officially set Xperia M4 Aqua price at €299, but there are already signs on ye olde cyber-web that it'll sell for even less, and that - dear friends - is a good thing.

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HTC One M9 price: €749.99, more expensive than Samsung Galaxy S6?

The HTC One M9 is finally a reality after months and month of rumours, and while it sounds pretty slick, one thing we’re still not too sure about is the price. How much will the One M9 cost?

Well, if HTC Germany is anything to go by, One M9 price is set in Europe at a higher-than-expected €749.99, that’s roughly £544 in our money, and – crucially – more expensive than the Samsung Galaxy S6.

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MWC 2015: iPhone 6 and LG G3 share top prize at annual Global Mobile Awards

MWC 2015: iPhone 6 and LG G3 share top prize at annual Global Mobile Awards

Lewis Curdie  17 hours ago

We love a good, uhm, award thingy here on Mobot, and indeed we’ll inevitably put together some sort of Best of Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2015 feature fairly soonish.

In the meantime, let’s turn our attention to Barcelona, and the 20th annual Global Mobile Awards – essentially the Oscars for mobile nerds.

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MWC 2015: Vodafone edges closer to becoming a ‘quad’ player, TV in H2

MWC 2015: Vodafone edges closer to becoming a ‘quad’ player, TV in H2

Lewis Curdie  2 days ago

Being a “quad” player is where it’s at these days, with everyone and his dog aiming to satisfy all four of your basic human needs with TV services, landline phone, mobile phone and home broadband.

Vodafone revealed last year that it had its eye on TV, and now – from Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2015 – the network says it’ll be ready at some point in the second half of 2015.

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MWC 2015: Acer Liquid Jade Z aims to slap the Moto G silly

MWC 2015: Acer Liquid Jade Z aims to slap the Moto G silly

Lewis Curdie  2 days ago

There’s been no shortage of action at the high end of the smartphone spectrum, with the Samsung Galaxy S6 and HTC One M9 launching at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2015, and the Sony Xperia Z4 and LG G4 almost visible on the horizon.

But things are every bit as exciting down in the circa-£100 sector. We met the Moto E 2015 last week, and now Acer is threatening to give Motorola a run for its money with the Liquid Jade Z.

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MWC 2015: SanDisk’s 200GB Ultra microSD card is the world’s largest

MWC 2015: SanDisk’s 200GB Ultra microSD card is the world’s largest

Lewis Curdie  2 days ago

There’s been no shortage of new smartphones and tablets at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2015, but it’s not all about devices.

The memory guys at SanDisk have flown into Barcelona to debut the world’s highest capacity microSD card, at a whopping 200GB.

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MWC 2015: Alcatel One Touch Idol 3 doesn’t mind being upside down

Over the years we’ve seen various manufacturers think outside the proverbial box with smartphone design, yielding banana phones, phones with e-ink displays on the rear, phones with two rear camera lenses

When Alcatel was throwing around ideas for the One Touch Idol 3, one bright spark mused: wouldn’t it be cool if you didn’t have to worry about which way up your phone was?

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MWC 2015: ZTE Grand S3 uses EyePrint ID to unlock

MWC 2015: ZTE Grand S3 uses EyePrint ID to unlock

Lewis Curdie  2 days ago

We already have a healthy selection of phones with fingerprint scanners; the next stage of smartphone biometrics is eye scanning, and while Samsung has repeatedly been linked with the technology, it’s been beaten to the proverbial punch by a leading Chinese manufacturer.

Meet the ZTE Grand S3, one of the world’s first smartphones with eye scanning biometric technology.

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MWC 2015: Lenovo A7000 offers incredible specs for just 0

MWC 2015: Lenovo A7000 offers incredible specs for just $170

Lewis Curdie  3 days ago

Chinese manufacturer Lenovo is in serious danger of stealing the show at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2015, having already wowed us with the camera-focused Vibe Shot.

Moving down the spec ladder just a little, the Lenovo A7000 offers some seriously impressive credentials considering its suggested retail price of $170 (around £110).

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MWC 2015: Lenovo Vibe Shot: camera fanciness, sexy design, awesome specs, 9 price tag

Lenovo is perhaps better known for laptops than phones in the UK, but it’s actually one of the biggest global smartphone manufacturers in terms of volume, finishing behind only Apple and Samsung in 4Q14. True story.

The Samsung Galaxy S6 and HTC One M9 might’ve hogged the limelight yesterday, but the Lenovo Vibe Shot is raising more than a few eyebrows today, with an emphasis on fancy camera action.

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Samsung Galaxy S6 edge officially coming to all four UK networks, and win a free Galaxy S6 @ Samsung.com

Samsung Galaxy S6 edge officially coming to all four UK networks, and win a free Galaxy S6 @ Samsung.com

Lewis Curdie  3 days ago

We’ve covered the arrival of the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge quite thoroughly, and here we’re relaying a couple of unrelated news bites in the wake of last night’s launch event.

For starters, the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge will officially be available on all four UK networks, while you can win a free Samsung Galaxy S6 on the manufacturer’s official site.

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MWC 2015: Microsoft Lumia 640XL is a phablet variant of the new Lumia 640

If you thought the spanking new Lumia 640 sounded pretty sweet, but you’re ultimately on the lookout for something a little bigger, fear not; big daddy Microsoft has you covered.

The Microsoft Lumia 640XL is essentially – as the name suggests – a phabletised variant of the Lumia 640, with a handful of key spec enhancements.

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MWC 2015: Microsoft Lumia 640 is predictably bright and wallet-friendly

Samsung Galaxy S6? Check. HTC One M9? Check. Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet? Check. Sony Xperia M2 Aqua? Check. Who’s next? Microsoft? Let’s dance!

As rumoured, Microsoft has flown a couple of wallet-friendly Lumia Windows Phones into Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2015, the first of those being the Lumia 640.

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MWC 2015: Sony Xperia M4 Aqua is a waterproof midrange 4G smartphone

Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2015 is well underway (H E L P M E), but it’s not all about flagships like the Samsung Galaxy S6 and HTC One M9; there’s lots going on at entry-level and in the midrange category, too.

Take the spanking new Sony Xperia M4 Aqua, for example. The Xperia Z4 it is not, but it sounds like a great little phone in its own right.

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MWC 2015: Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet: super-thin, super-fast, waterproof

The Samsung Galaxy S6 and HTC One M9 might’ve launched yesterday, but one thing we’re not expecting from Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2015 is the Sony Xperia Z4 flagship smartphone.

The Japanese manufacturer has, however, introduced the Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet, which proudly claims to be one of the world’s thinnest, at 6.1mm.

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MWC 2015: Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 edge pricing ‘confirmed’: from €699, €150 surcharge for the edge

We’ve covered the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge launch, and subsequently wondered if the Galaxy S6 is perhaps pointless though admittedly rather good-looking, but what we really want to know is: What’s the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge price, bro?

Turns out those Samsung Galaxy S6 price rumours from before were bang on the money for the S6 edge, while the Galaxy S6 is actually €50 cheaper. Phew!

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MWC 2015: Huawei MediaPad X2 is ultra-portable, ultra-sexy: 7in, HD, 8-core 64-bit CPU, 13MP, 5,000mAh

This time last year the Huawei MediaPad X1 touched down, with yours truly suggesting – rather eloquently – that it “sounds surprisingly good”.  Some guy called Martin James later described it as “half dainty tablet, half monster smartphone”.

Fast-forward 12 months and the Huawei MediaPad X2 is one sexy beast of a 7in tablet; don’t let that 7.28mm frame fool you.

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HTC One M9 specs reaffirmed in GFXBench benchmark

HTC One M9 specs reaffirmed in GFXBench benchmark

Lewis Curdie  6 days ago

In case you’ve been sleeping under a rock, we’re expecting the launch of not one but two major smartphone flagships this Sunday, namely the Samsung Galaxy S6 and HTC One M9.

Specs for the latter have popped up in benchmark format, pretty much jiving with what we’ve been hearing of late. But hey, that’s not necessarily a bad thing!

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