We greeted the New Year with fanfare and it’s time for a recap of the one we sent off. And because we’re all about order, we’ll do it chronologically, starting with the most interesting stories from the first quarter of 2015.
The top-read article, by a long stretch, was the market launch of the Yu Yureka. Micromax’ subsidiary was a prominent player throughout the year, but it was precisely the Yureka that started it all.
A distant second in terms of hits, the announcement of the Lumia 640 and 640XL at MWC was another hot topic. A whole bunch of Samsung Galaxies was unveiled on January 6, and also made for a top-three story.
You were curious to read about Tizen’s compatibility with Android apps on the Samsung Z1, and that even topped the announcement of the company’s flagship pair Galaxy S6 and S6 edge. Lollipop updates were eagerly anticipated and the Android 5.0 firmware for Motorola’s original Moto G accumulated the most hits, with a subsequent 5.1 release also making the chart.
The promise for a bezel-less Oppo R7 was another interesting read, and even though in the end it turned out little like the initial leaks, the smartphone, and the entire family it ushered in, proved to be solid performers. Meanwhile, the Xiaomi Redmi 2 netted half a million hits in just its top two articles, and there were quite a few more stories around it.
A chart topper in the bang-for-buck category, the Asus Zenfone 2 was announced at CES in January alongside the Zenfone Zoom. A smartphone with 4GB of RAM for $200 was sure to entice readers though it did turn out that the two numbers didn't come in a single device.
An LG clamshell, what year is it? That’s what you thought, apparently, and clicked to find out more. And then a Lenovo leak from February revealed most of the company’s lineup for the year, with devices gradually getting official the following months.
Wrapping up this improvised top 20 list is the article with the Galaxy S6’s camera samples. It was an incessant stream of contradictory leaks regarding sensor manufacturer and megapixel count and you were curious to find out what Samsung did eventually.
The phone is running Cyanogen OS 11 out of the box and is available for just $145.
Both will launch with WP8.1 but will be updated to W10. The Lumia 640 XL packs a 13MP Zeiss camera.
Samsung is launching the Galaxy A3, A5, E7 and E5 in India, announcing the last two as well.
OpenMobile's ACL will bring some of Android's versatility to the budget platform.
The first Samsung unpacked event for 2015 brought us a duo of flagships - Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge.
Both the first and second generation models are being upgraded to Lollipop.
Pricing and launch date is unclear though. Also, some already bought the 1GB/8GB version, now what?
The Micromax Canvas Xpress A99 will be the first Micromax phone to get the Lollipop update.
The Oppo R7 has almost no bezels at the sides and expected to be as slim as R5.
The phone is more compact but keeps the 4.7" 720p screen. It's powered by a 64-bit chipset from Qualcomm.
No other Sony Xperia smartphones with Android will be getting the latest Lollipop update.
Trademark links seems to further prove that Samsung is keeping busy with the new smartphones.
The handset is the second flip phone from LG after the Wine Smart that debuted in September.
Both phones have 5.5-inch Full HD screens, but the Zenfone Zoom offers a 3x zoom OIS camera lens.
Samsung France confirmed on Twitter that the Note 3 Neo will be getting Lollipop later in the year.
The announcement was made by Samsung Poland, although it didn't say when the update will roll out.
The prices have been dropped by roughly $30 to $288 and $336 for the E5 and E7, respectively.
The new version is already shipping on Android One smartphones in Indonesia.
The phones in question are the Lenovo Vibe S1, Vibe X3, Vibe P1, Vibe P1 Pro and the Vibe Max.
Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge went official today with 16MP F/1.9 rear cameras and OIS.
Happy to see there is at least 1 news piece about a flip phone, GSMarean, can you write an article or 2 about non-smartphones? i find them more exciting than anything in the market, at least they look different.
samsung z1 the worst one.. Microsoft u did very well....
Top story, apple embezzeling the Italian tax system ?