The past week has been a relatively quiet one for the smartphone world, with the biggest manufacturers seemingly going a bit quiet ahead of the busier summer period. However, that's not to say there hasn't been plenty happening. From a new advancement from BlackBerry to a new step from Amazon, there's still been much to see from the tech world. We take a look at some of the biggest news from the past week.
By far and away, the biggest announcement of the last week has been from BlackBerry, with the Canadian firm finally having taken the step that many of its loyal customers have been asking for for years.
As of quarter three of 2014, BlackBerry will unleash BB10.3, its latest operating system. It will, at first, only be available for the BlackBerry Z10, before being rolled out to newer devices at a later date.
The biggest plus point that will come out of this update will be the introduction of a new app system, which will allow users to download apps from Amazon's marketplace. It will work with the company to allow for migration of its own native apps to Amazon, as well as making Amazon software compatible with BlackBerry devices.
In addition to this, BlackBerry is in talks with a new enterprise application partner program to develop commercial apps for its business customers, which should allow it to really appease what is one of its biggest consumer bases.
While Amazon is working with BlackBerry, it has also had a major announcement of its own this week – the launch of the Amazon Fire Phone.
In the past few years, the company has brought the Kindle e-reader and Kindle Fire tablet to market, really making a difference in the technology world, and the new move could help Amazon make waves in the smartphone world.
Never one to follow suit, Amazon has once again brought us a really innovative and different device this time around. While the rest of the smartphone market battles it out over quad HD, Amazon has introduced glasses free 3D displays for the Fire Phone, which will really help it stand out from the crowd.
Nothing official from South Korea yet this week, but as we draw ever closer to the release of the new Apple handset – probably in September – most experts are now pretty sure that Samsung is going to go head to head with the Cupertino firm.
And it seems its weapon of choice will be the Samsung Galaxy F – a device set to pack a punch with a quad HD screen and a far better build quality than the Samsung Galaxy S5, which would definitely allow it to compete at the top end of the market this autumn.
As we say, there's no official word on the device yet, but it looks like Samsung could be ready to launch a new prime device in June or July, stealing a march on Apple and bringing another real powerhouse to the marketplace.