Smartphone roundup: What's been happening this week?

11/07/2014

Smartphone Roundup: Whats Been Happening This Week?

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. 

So what has been happening in the past week? We have a look at some of the biggest stories that have emerged.
 
Sony

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.

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. 

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? 

Speaking of iPhones…

Apple

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. 

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.

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.

Nokia/Microsoft

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.

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. 

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.