Given the largely positive reception, though not completely positive sales, of the BlackBerry Priv, a lot of attention has again been showered on the Canadian company. And a lot of questions as well. Aside from questions of whether the Priv was the savior that it had hoped it would be, there is also the question of what's next for BlackBerry. According to CEO John Chen, the company is open to the idea of making yet another Android smartphone, but if and only if the Priv does well in the market in the next few months.
ZTE has announced the launch of its latest Axon flagship device called the Axon Max. The Axon Max is also the final model in the Axon flagship series of devices. Along with the launch of the Axon Max also comes a new Global VIP passport service. The smartphone has a 6-inch 2.5D Super AMOLED screen with slim bezels.
Most smartphone users know that if you drop your smartphone while standing up onto a hard surface, odds are if it's not in a case, the screen will be broken. The new Motorola Droid Turbo 2 smartphone is supposed to have a very strong screen that Motorola bills as shatterproof. Some smartphone loving geeks took one of those Droid Turbo 2 smartphones and took it 900-feet into the air.
The Fairphone has been up for pre-order for a while now and the company behind the modular Android phone has announced that the first batch of 200 Fairphone units will be sent out for delivery today. The company says that the first 200 devices are packed up and at the distribution center and the shipping pilot test started small to ensure it will be efficient on a larger scale.
Given the mostly positive reception the BlackBerry Priv garnered during its first days in the market, you'd think it would be doing well. Given how CEO John Chen is speaking highly of numbers, that might indeed be the case. But Chen is also being enigmatic and purposely vague about the status of the Priv smartphone as well as its direct impact on the company's financials, leaving many still wondering if the Priv has really become the company's savior or if it is more of a bright but short-lived star.
Just in time for the holiday, Best Buy has made official what was only rumored last week. Google's latest high end smartphone, the Nexus 6P, is indeed now available for purchase from the retailer. One main difference between this and other sources, like Amazon or Google's own Store, is that the Android smartphone can be found and bought from both Best Buy's online store as well as its brick and mortar outlets. But like those other Nexus 6P, this one is also offered with a time limited $50 discount.
Google has been offering the Nexus Protect protection plans for smartphones for a while, at least as long as you didn’t buy the smartphone directly from Project Fi. Project Fi is the Google MVNO where Google itself is the carrier for the smartphone network. It's more than a bit weird that you couldn't protect your device from accidents if you bought it directly from Google's own network service.
Samsung has trotted out a new special edition of the Galaxy Note 5 phablet dubbed the Winter Special Edition. The smartphone comes in a couple winter colors including gold platinum and silver titanium. The special colors aren't the big draw to the Winter Special Edition though, the big draw is the extra storage space crammed into the phablet.
While smartphones continue to get thinner and thinner each year, their battery life continues to remain the same, and if the rising popularity of phone cases that feature an extra battery is any indication, that's something most users don't appreciate. However, if a recent report from Japan's Nikkei newspaper is accurate, Sony might be the one to save the day, as the company is said to be working on a smartphone battery that can last 40% longer on a single charge.
Huawei might not be so insane after all. Initial rumors have hinted that Huawei will make a big announcement next month at CES 2016 where it will outline its plans for a US expansion. At the same time, it will launch the mid-range Honor 5X, the first from its Honor brand to go to the US. Now others sources are saying that Huawei will have another smartphone to woo US consumers next year, the high end Mate 8, the metal-clad flagship the company just unveiled last month.