Samsung Galaxy Alpha unwrapped at last?

At times, it has felt like little more than a myth, as Samsung repeatedly refused to acknowledge the existence of a new handset that would come in at the flagship end of its range. But after the company said last week that it now intends to bring out two new handsets before the end of the year, the Samsung Galaxy Alpha appears to be real…

A week in smartphones: What’s been happening in the past 7 days?

Smartphone manufacturers around the world are starting to limber up for what will be one of the busiest periods of the year towards the tail-end of summer, with new devices being readied for action and high-profile launch dates now being planned.With that in mind, it has been another busy week of announcements and rumours in the gadget world. Here, we take a look at some…

Is Samsung set to address build quality gripes with new devices?

Samsung has been the largest smartphone manufacturer in the world in terms of the number of devices sold for many years now, but 2014 has been one of the most difficult years it has faced in recent times, with competition being stepped up by its main opponents, and some complaints being aimed at the Korean firm. While in recent times it has enjoyed a pretty…

iPhone 5S knocked off its lofty perch by its own stablemate

Apple's hugely popular iPhone 5S flagship device has been usurped as the company's most popular phone, according to the latest report released this week by uSwitch. However, perhaps a cushion to that blow for the Cupertino firm is the fact that the report shows it was overtaken by another Apple device, the budget-friendly iPhone 5C, which was released at the same time as the flagship handset…

Mobile signal a priority for young homebuyers, study finds

A strong mobile phone signal is a major selling point for young people looking into buying a new home, according to new research. Mobile analytics firm RootMetrics conducted a survey of over 2,000 adults and found that 45 per cent of those aged between 18 and 35 years thought a good phone signal was the most important factor when searching for a new property. This…

Is Google teaming with Motorola to bring a new Nexus to market?

The last few weeks have been busy for Google, with the announcement that it is going to be releasing all future operating systems at an earlier date to developers, to allow for a more seamless rollout on devices not manufactured by itself, and the news it is going to be bringing to market a new range of budget phones called Android One. And now it seems…

A week in smartphones: The latest roundup from the biggest firms

Late summer is the period when the smartphone market starts to return from a well deserved holiday and we begin to see more new phones hitting the shelves around the world. This has meant that the last week has been filled with new announcements and leaks from some of the world's biggest firms about what they're going to be releasing a couple of months from…

LG smartphone sales show strong growth in Quarter 2

LG is starting to challenge the top names in smartphone industry, after the firm released its latest sales figures, showing strong performance in the second quarter of the year.While LG has always had a decent range of smartphones available, it has always lagged behind the likes of Samsung and Apple, and more recently HTC and Sony, but the figures seem to suggest that it is…