A week in smartphones: Bendy devices and Android's alive

27/06/2014

A Week In Smartphones: Bendy Devices And Androids Alive

Google IO was the big must-see event of the past week in the smartphone market, and the company did not disappoint, with new operating systems, wearable tech and other announcements wowing attendees. 

But that's not been the only thing that's been happening in the past seven days. Here, we take a look at all the major talking points from the week and check out who's been up to what in the world of smartphones. 

New Android OSs are go!

Google's IO was the biggest event of the week without doubt, and despite everyone knowing that it was going to reveal details of its new OS at the event, it surprised us all with the announcement of two new versions of Android with very distinct differences.

Android L will be the flagship software we've all come to know and love, and it will be going through some major changes this year with its new user interface, new system for notifications and a number of other updates and alterations.

However, we did not expect to see the arrival of Android One - a brand new OS that Android says will be perfect for the specialist development of budget phones. With these becoming more popular, this could be a big move from Google. 

Bendy phones?

It has been an exciting year for those with big ambitions for futuristic smartphone designs, with both Samsung and LG having brought curved screens to the fore in the shape of the Samsung Galaxy Round and LG G Flex. 

However, it seems that the two Korean firms may be going a step further in the months to come, with reports stating that they may both be working on new designs that incorporate bendable flexible screens. 

Rumours suggest that Samsung's flexi-phone will have a three-sided display, while LG's will have a quad HD display with a pixel density of 510 ppi. 

iPhone 6 release date

Rumours around when Apple will take to the stage to at last lift the lid on the oft-discussed iPhone 6 are rife at the moment, and while we all seem to agree that September will be the month for the arrival (Apple are sticklers for routine), we may have the first potential date at last. 

Nothing has come out of Apple yet - of course - but Chinese media has '100 per cent confirmed' that the conference will be held on September 19th. Watch this space.

Nokia is back!

When Nokia announced last month that it was getting rid of its branding to focus on creating Windows branded Windows phones, we were all a bit shocked, but it seems that wasn't the end of an era that we all thought it was.

Just a few weeks after this announcement, Nokia has announced its new device, the Nokia X2, which is a strange one in itself given that it runs an Android OS when Nokia recently partnered with Microsoft. 

However, Nokia fans need not worry too much. The company may be embracing Android for the second time, but you wouldn't necessarily know it. The Nokia version of the popular OS has a distinctly Windows feel to it, with the tiled design almost making you forget you're not just using a Windows phone.