Getting closer to the present, Q4 2015 was focused mostly on the upcoming Galaxy S7. Display sizes and shapes, dimensions and specs - most of these remain to be established for certain, though obviously they have long been settled upon by Samsung.
That said, the top read over the last quarter was the list of confirmed smartphones to receive Marshmallow. As with any Android release, the adoption of the latest version is a lengthy process and few devices will be graced with the coveted firmware, you were curious to know which ones.
Xiaomi was again responsible for some of the most interesting stories, this time with the announcement of the Redmi Note 3, mere months after the Redmi Note 2, and the Redmi Note Prime gathered almost as many hits. Sure enough, the Nokia C1 popped up again and again, now rendered running Windows 10, and if that one’s too smart for you, there’s always the 2.8-inch feature phone Nokia 230.
Soda companies will have smartphones in their portfolios, apparently, if the Pepsi Phone P1 is indication of new trend. Meanwhile Sony is reported to be working on as many versions of the future Xperia Z6 as there are days in a week.
A fair share of announcements took place over the last three months of the year too. Microsoft’s long overdue flagship came in the shape of the Lumia 950 and 950 XL, the former making it to the top 20 most interesting news articles of the quarter. The HTC-copied-Apple-copied-HTC clamor was strong around the launch of HTC One A9, and Samsung made a complete overhaul of the A-series with brand new odd-numbered A’s for 2016.
Here's a list of devices that have been confirmed to get updated to the new major Android version.
The smartphone packs a full metal body a 4,000mAh battery, and Helio X10 processor.
It looks like the next Samsung flagship will have a huge 6.0" version, in addition to the standard 5.1" one.
This is the Chinese company's second made-in-India handset after the Redmi 2 Prime.
It seems like someone jumped the gun and the On5 is not officially official. A user manual for the Galaxy On7 was uploaded too, but no specs.
The much-rumored device is supposed to be Nokia's first after having sold its smartphone business to Microsoft.
The regular 5.2-inch diagonal to remain, a revival of the Ultra is also reported.
Sources hint at the possibility of a revamped better specs sheet for the handset.
The soda-branded smartphone has a 5.5" 1080p screen, octa-core processor and dual-SIM LTE connectivity.
The phone launches on November 3 in China and India with a pricetag of $173.
A new rumor claims these will be the two main new features for the next generation of Apple smartphones.
The Exynos 8890 scored a new record in leaked benchmark from China.
The new Galaxy A phones keep their Super AMOLED screens, but lose their bezels.
Front and rear 2MP cameras, both with an LED flash, in this latest Series 30+ feature phone.
HTC One A9 is now official with a 5" AMOLED display, Snapdragon 617 chip and a 13MP OIS camera.
The now public list may unfortunately be a lot smaller than many have expected.
Sticking close to the S6 aesthetics, the Galaxy S7 may not resurrect the features that the 2015 model cut out.
The flagship offer will be equipped with a 5.5 inch QHD display and a Snapdragon 820 SoC.
The new screen is bigger and sharper, the camera has been polished, the chipset has been beefed up.
The imager allegedly features dual-photodiode technology, nearing mass production.