Another week, another ton of news, not to mention all the mobile deals and assorted features. Things are super-busy in mobile at the moment for sure, and it's only going to get crazier with Mobile World Congress (MWC) in March.
The theme for this week seemed to be bad news for Samsung, and a frankly silly amount of good stuff for its US rival, Apple.
Where to begin? Bad news for Samsung first? You got it. How about the news that Samsung lost one-third of its Chinese smartphone market share in 2014? A further report suggested Samsung's days of smartphone dominance are over (net profit and operating income are expected to fall again in 2015), while Apple's iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are gaining huge traction on Samsung's home turf of South Korea.
In further good news for Apple, Tim Cook took home twice as much in 2014 as he did in 2013, as the US - on the whole - goes Apple crazy, with two-thirds of Alaskan smartphone users choosing an iPhone, and 50% of 4Q14 smartphone activations being of the Apple variety.
In Chinese smartphone news, we heard rumoured OnePlus Two specs, while pre-orders for the Xiaomi Mi Note were reportedly through the proverbial roof. The Oppo U3 officially touched down as yet another dual SIM Chinese phablet, and Xiaomi's president hit the iPhone 6 with a frying pan till it turned into a Mi Note.
If there was any doubt about China's importance in the mobile scene (there wasn't), it was laid to rest with the news that there were 1.286 billion Chinese mobile users as of the end of 2014.
In other news, we like the sound of the HTC One M9 Plus (even if we're not convinced it's legit), and Three and O2 are moving ahead with the former's acquisition of the latter, potentially taking us from Big Four to Big Three in the UK.
In features, I asked: Dual SIM phones: what are they, how do they work, why would you want one? The logical follow-up was Best dual SIM smartphones UK 2015, and we also summed up: Samsung Galaxy S6 specs, release date, features: six things we think we know.
And that about does it for this week. Next week we're expecting more on the Samsung Galaxy S6, HTC One M9 "Hima" and Sony Xperia Z4, and hopefully we'll get some clarification on those continued Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 rumours.
In the meantime, happy weekending! Here's the week's mobile news in full:
- Sony Xperia Z4 gets doubly certified?
- Buying a OnePlus One? No invite required tomorrow night!
- OnePlus Two specs: 5.5in QHD, Qualcomm Snapdragon 810?
- Samsung loses one-third of its Chinese smartphone market share in 2014
- Big Three: Three reportedly looking to buy O2 for up to £9bn
- HTC One (M9) specs: 20MP rear camera, Qualcomm Snapdragon 810, Dolby audio?
- Oops! Argos accidentally leaks 5in Moto G Titan and 4.3in Moto E Styx
- ‘Confirmed’: Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge to rock dual-edge display
- Xiaomi Mi Note pre-orders: consumers go ‘crazy’ for dual SIM Chinese phablet action
- Oppo U3: 64-bit dual SIM Chinese phablet gets real with 5.9in 1080p display
- Now Bloomberg says the Samsung Galaxy S6 has dropped the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810
- Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge: not waterproof?
- Xiaomi president hits iPhone 6 with frying pan till it turns into Mi Note (2)
- Don’t expect the LG G4 at Mobile World Congress, more time required to ‘perfect’ it
- The Interview on Netflix: this Saturday!
- Argos launches new budget Bush tablets and dual SIM smartphones
- WhatsApp Web: manage your messages online. If you use an Android phone. And Google Chrome (2)
- Report: Samsung’s days of smartphone dominance are over
- HTC One M9 Plus specs suggest a smartphone beast
- Not all Lumia smartphones will get the Windows 10 update (3)
- LG: what Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 overheating problem?
- Chinese mobile users: 1.286 billion as of the end of 2014
- LG’s 2014 smartphone shipments up 25% year-on-year
- Tim Cook doubles his annual income as South Korea warms to Apple (1)
- Three to buy O2: here’s what Three is telling its employees
- The US goes Apple iPhone crazy
- Samsung to get 'new' Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 in March?
- BlackBerry Passport looks delicious in black and gold