Samsung’s Galaxy S3 was one of the biggest selling devices of 2012 and is still being used happily by tens of millions of people. However, last month some issues with the new Android 4.3 update for the phone caused the manufacturer to cease the rollout.
Battery life problems, software hang-ups and total device failure were reported by a number of users who had installed the update, which was not a hugely positive state of affairs for Samsung.
But the good news is that the rollout has now recommenced after a little tinkering has gone on behind the scenes, so UK users can download Android 4.3 to their Galaxy S3 with confidence, according to BBC News.
A spokesperson for Samsung apologised for the issues and said that the rollout will not be determined by the schedule laid out by network providers.
Of course, if you want the latest version of Android as soon as possible, then you should really opt for one of Google’s Nexus devices, like the recently released Nexus 5. Galaxy S3 owners will also be expecting an upgrade to Android 4.4 KitKat at some point in the future, although the timing for that launch remains uncertain.
The Nokia Lumia 1520 will be on sale in the UK next week, with the first phones being sold on December 6th, according to TechRadar.
There is a lot of excitement for the 1520 because of its impressive specifications and size, with a six inch 1080p display dominating the front and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor sitting under the surface.
Like the other Lumia handsets, it uses Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8 operating system and although it may not have a 41 megapixel camera like the Lumia 1020, it does have a 20 megapixel snapper bolted onto the back.
13 megapixel cameras have become the standard for other flagship mobiles, but Nokia is intent on streaking ahead of the rest of the pack in this area.
UK buyers will need to pay around ?38 a month to get the Lumia 1520 free on a contract when it is released next week.
The Samsung Galaxy S5 is looming on the horizon and is likely to be one of 2014′s most popular smartphones thanks to the legacy of its predecessors.
Now, new information about the screen that the phone could purportedly sport has emerged, with TechRadar citing industry sources who suggest that it might come with an AMOLED panel that has a pixel density of 560ppi.
This is higher than the 441ppi of the Galaxy S4 and implies a resolution of 2560×1440, which is impressive, at least on paper.
But the problem is that paper is the only place that the pixel density really makes any difference, because the human eye has trouble distinguishing the difference when you get higher than roughly 300ppi, which is why the iPhone’s Retina Display was given its name when it first offered 326ppi back in 2010.
The resolution arms race in the smartphone market might actually be damaging, because more pixels mean more pressure put on processors, with virtually no distinguishable difference to the experience.
The 1080p panel of the Galaxy S4 is already more than crisp enough for average users, so if the Galaxy S5 pushes things even higher, it will only be another meaningless bragging right.
Motorola is getting ready to unleash the Moto G smartphone on the UK, with a listing accidentally posted by Amazon this week revealing when it will be arriving and how much you will be able to pay for it.
Pocket-Lint reports that a November 14th release is suggested by the listing, with an asking price of a penny under ?160 required for the 16GB version of the device.
The Moto G is anticipated to have a quad core processor, 4.5 inch display and Android Jelly Bean onboard, ahead of an update that will bring the newer KitKat OS to the table.
Motorola is also thought to be extending the customisation options available in the US to British buyers, so you should be able to determine the specific style of the battery cover for the Moto G.
Motorola is now owned by Google and has been somewhat absent from the UK market in recent months, with the Moto G marking its big comeback.
?160 is a very cheap asking price for a phone with a quad core processor and the latest version of Android, so it would be an affordable alternative to top tier handsets.
European mobile users are warming to the Windows Phone ecosystem, with sales of compatible handsets growing at a faster rate than any of its closest rivals, according to new figures published by Kantar.
Android remains the dominant mobile OS in the UK and across the continent, taking hold of 58.4 per cent of the market in the third quarter of 2013. This puts it ahead of the 27 per cent belonging to Apple’s iOS, and the 11.4 per cent stake claimed by Windows Phone.
However, the annual increase for Microsoft’s platform is significant, given that at this point last year, it was clinging onto a much smaller 4.2 per cent slice of the European market.
This is particularly good news for Nokia, given that it is the main manufacturer of Windows Phone devices and now property of Microsoft, following a takeover deal.
Windows Phone is even beating iOS in some territories, trumping it in Italy in spite of Apple’s strong presence in other nations.
BlackBerry is the biggest loser in the latest report, with its share of the UK smartphone market dipping to 3.1 per cent, which is all the more justification for the recently announced canning of its chief exec, Thorsten Heins.