2014 was the year Apple took the lead against Samsung. Photo: HBO/Cult of Android

2014 was the year Apple took the lead against Samsung. Photo: HBO/Cult of Android

Of the smartphone stories which played out in 2014, two of the biggest were the triumph of Apple’s iPhone 6, which sold a massive 10 million+ units in its opening weekend alone, and the faltering of Samsung, which fell from the dominant position it had enjoyed since 2011.

Today, a new report from Gartner (paywall) breaks down both the 1.2 billion smartphone sales that took place worldwide last year, and also the sales from Q4 2014 — revealing how Apple leaped ahead in the smartphone category, while the South Korean tech giant Samsung started to lose its footing.

Make no mistake about it: this was the year everything changed.

BBM on your Android Wear watch. Photo: BlackBerry

BBM on your Android Wear watch. Photo: BlackBerry

BlackBerry has rolled out a welcome BBM update for Android that finally brings custom PINs, support for Android Wear, and other new features you’ve been waiting for.

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The Doxie Flip is an ultra-portable, cordless flatbed scanner, ideal for digitizing photos, sketches, books, memorabilia — anything you think of — whether you’re at home, in the office, or on the go. It’s small enough to fit in your pocket, and for a limited time only, it’s under $100 with 32% off.

Google wants to show carriers how to get it right. Photo: Google

Google wants to show carriers how to get it right. Photo: Google

After finally lifting the lid on its new Apple Pay competitor this morning, Google confirmed plans to take on carriers as well. The search giant will launch its own wireless service within the coming months, but it will serve only as a proof of concept to “show what’s possible.”

"Young Together." Screenshot: Cult of Android

“Young Together.” Screenshot: Cult of Android

Google’s been releasing some terrific Android ads in recent weeks, and the latest, entitled “Young Together,” demonstrates why its mobile platform is ideal for the big kid inside all of us.

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