While some thought it would never happen in the first place, the relationship between Microsoft and Google’s Android mobile operating system has been brought to a close almost as soon as it was first announced.
Microsoft-owned Nokia had released a number of Android phones so far this year, including the cheap and cheerful Nokia X. But there will be no more models featuring this third party OS, according to TechRadar.
The existing Android phones from Nokia are not going to be ditched completely, as Microsoft has announced its intentions to rebrand them as Windows Phone handsets and install its own software onboard, rather than relying on something developed by rival, Google.
This news comes at the same time as the announcement that 14,500 jobs are being axed within Nokia, following its recent acquisition by Microsoft.
The Nokia X was a well received device from a critical standpoint, using a heavily modified version of Android which put the emphasis on solutions made by Microsoft.
Of course, using Android at all seemed relatively redundant given how vehemently Microsoft had attempted to hide its presence, so few will be surprised by this turn of events, that ends the briefest of partnerships.
Google is working on a new version of Android, but rather than opting to appease the top end of the marketplace with a platform designed for high end hardware, it is, instead, creating a solution that is suitable for very modest devices.
Android One is the OS in question and now the Economic Times is reporting that it will be showcased for the first time this October.
The idea is for Android One to run on smartphones that cost around £60 or less, enabling Google to better target emerging markets across the globe, as well as bargain-hunters here in the UK.
Of course, it is worth pointing out that there are already Android-based devices which are priced at around this level on sale at the moment. But the problem is that current versions of Android tend to run fairly sluggishly when the hardware running them is a little archaic.
Android One could address these issues, ideally enabling Google to face off against Microsoft’s Windows Phone, which is much more at home on cheap models, like the Nokia Lumia 520, without requiring that users make any compromises when it comes to performance or apps.
The Sony Xperia T3 will be available to buy in the UK from July 24th, offering consumers a relatively affordable way to get hold of a big screen smartphone.
The tech specs of the Xperia T3 are rather impressive, as it boasts both a 5.3 inch 720p display and a quad core processor with a 1.4GHz clock speed.
It might not be on the same level as flagship phones like the Xperia Z2 and HTC One M8, but neither will it be quite as costly, with contract prices expected to start from just £21 a month with the T3 included free of charge, as long as you are willing to sign up for two years.
Perhaps most important is the phone’s 4G connectivity, enabling it to offer superfast download speeds in areas with 4G coverage. The ramping up of the 4G rollout that is going on at the moment will mean that the majority of people in the UK should be able to access this type of networking before the end of the year. So now could be a good time to invest in a 4G-ready phone, so that you are prepared for its arrival.
South Korea is a Mecca for next-generation mobile connectivity, offering citizens some of the fastest mobile networking standards often years before they turn up in the UK or anywhere else. And now LG has become the latest manufacturer to create a handset designed to handle cutting edge 4G, according to TechRadar.
The type of 4G in question is Category 6 LTE, which is about 10 times faster than the 4G we have in the UK. That means it can handle download speeds of up to 300Mbps, as long as smartphones are running the Snapdragon 805 chipset.
To cope with this LG is upgrading its G3 from the slightly slower 801 chipset and re-launching it in its native land, allowing it to compete with the Galaxy S5 LTE-A edition that Samsung announced recently.
Here in the UK it will probably be some time before Category 6 LTE is available, which might be seen as an issue by those who have a hankering for cutting edge mobile connectivity. But even making the upgrade from a 3G phone to a standard 4G handset available to British consumers will result in a marked speed improvement for those living in areas with good coverage.
The rise of the selfie in recent years has been facilitated largely as a result of smartphones featuring front-facing cameras, although of course, these secondary snappers tend to have a much lower resolution sensor than the primary unit found on the back.
However, Sony is hoping to change all that with the release of the Xperia C3, which will have a five megapixel camera mounted just above the display, according to TechRadar.
The Xperia C3 is not a slouch in other departments either, as it features a 5.5 inch screen and a quad core processor. There is even an eight megapixel camera on its rear for good measure, along with the Android KitKat operating system, to tie all of this technology together.
Sony has clearly decided that consumers will value being able to take selfies that are more than just underwhelming approximations of what is possible with a smartphone?s primary camera. And no doubt, this new phablet will be a hit with a certain demographic when it is released later in the year.
Although pricing for the Xperia C3 has not been announced, it will be hitting Chinese retailers in August, with a global release presumably occurring in the autumn.