While it's hardly been the busiest of weeks in the smartphone world, the past seven days have been filled with new rumours, leaks and speculation about release dates, which leaves the next few months looking exciting and competitive. <br/><br/>So what has been happening in the past week? We have a look at some of the biggest stories that have emerged.<br />  <br /> <strong>Sony</strong><br/><br/>Just like last week, the major speculation for this week has been coming out of Japan, with Sony working, once again, at superfast speed to get out its new devices in the Xperia range.<br/><br/>In the last seven days we've been treated to leaked images reported to be the Sony Xperia Z3 and Sony Xperia Z3 Compact, both of which are now expected to be on the way even just a few months after the Sony Xperia Z2 hit the shelves and less than a year after the X1 was first released. <br/><br/>And a new competition which was announced by Vodafone seems to show that the X3 and Compact will both be on shelves by the end of September. With the IFA event being Sony's launch platform for the majority of its new devices, this seems more than likely so far. So will this be the year that the iPhone really meets its match? <br/><br/>Speaking of iPhones…<br/><br/><strong>Apple</strong><br/><br/>A video posted on YouTube earlier in the week appears to show that Apple has really stepped it up in terms of build quality for the Apple iPhone 6, with a new screen that will stand up to almost any damage. <br/><br/>The user who posted the video claimed to have managed to get his hands on a new front panel off the Apple production line, and tested its durability with a series of tests including scratching it with a knife and set of keys and attempting to snap the panel in half.<br/><br/>The fact it went undamaged leads to hopes the new sapphire crystal display will be the most scratch-resistant screen ever seen on a smartphone, saving us all a little bit on screen protectors in the future.<br/><br/><strong>Nokia/Microsoft</strong><br/><br/>Many would no doubt have seen it as a negative when Nokia was bought out by Microsoft earlier this year, what with the belief that the Nokia brand would make way for the branding of phones as Windows alone.<br/><br/>However, it seems that the two are looking to make new innovations the order of the day in their partnership, and the latest of these was revealed this week when it emerged that Microsoft and Canon have teamed up to give each other access to patent information that would result in technology being integrated both ways. <br/><br/>What does it mean for the phones division though? We expect, and hope for, a new upgrade to the popular Lumia series. Already well known for its camera capabilities, a new Lumia with Canon integrated into its camera would be a seriously good phone, and one that we are excited to see making an appearance in the future.<img alt="ADNFCR-2155-ID-801734844-ADNFCR" src="http://feeds.directnews.co.uk/feedtrack/justcopyright.gif?feedid=2155&itemid=801734844" /><br /><br /><script type="text/javascript" language="javascript" src="http://feeds.directnews.co.uk/client_includes/bookmarking/bookmarks.js"> </script>

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As summer continues, and we get ever closer to the imminently busy period which will see the majority of smartphone manufacturers bring new devices to the shelves of stores the world over, it’s been yet another very busy week for the sector. But what did we learn in the last seven days, and what do the biggest players in the game have up their sleeves for us this week?

Samsung

We’re still waiting for the Samsung Galaxy F, and as the Korean firm continues to deny that it even exists, it looks like we’re going to have to wait a while longer, but as we all expect a new phone at the top end of the market, Samsung has actually revealed not one, but four, at the cheaper end of the spectrum.

But so far, the Samsung Galaxy Ace 4, Galaxy Core II, Galaxy Young 2 and Galaxy Star 2 have failed to impress, and the company has been criticised for putting quantity over quality and failing to compete with the Motorola range recently revealed.

Apple

It’s basically the last stretch for Apple now, with September, its standard release time for Apple iPhones, now almost in sight. However, it seems like we might not be getting the flagship when we expect this year.

Previously, we had expected the phone to be released to the public on September 19th, but new rumours from G4Games has suggested that it will be announced on September 15th, with the release of the phone coming ten days later.

Elsewhere, we’ve seen a new leak of iPhone images in the past week, showing white and black variants of what is believed to the iPhone 6, a new 4.7-inch device that will be a massive leap in size for the Cupertino giant.

Google

Last week was the big one for Google, with the reveal of Android L and the promise of a quicker roll out to developers in future, but it has followed it up with new information this week, such as the news that Android L will be coming to a number of devices, including the Nexus 7, the original Nexus 7, Nexus 5, Nexus 4 and Nexus 10.

Aside from its OS, the firm has also revealed more details for Project Ara, which will see users able to build a skeleton of a phone and add elements of hardware to it to build something that will suit their own needs.

It said that the first 100 of these phones will be rolled out via a beta trial which will see 100 people given one for free. Over 90,000 people applied to be able to get their hands on one of the devices before the big release in March of next year. ADNFCR-2155-ID-801733483-ADNFCR

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