Smartphone roundup: What's been happening this week?

04/07/2014

Smartphone Roundup: Whats Been Happening This Week?

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.