One of the great things about Android is that you don’t have to spend a small fortune to gain access to its ecosystem.
Chinese manufacturers like Huawei and ZTE — and even the likes of Samsung, HTC, and Motorola — all offer super affordable Android-powered smartphones that even budget-conscious consumers and those in the developing world can gain access to. And some of them aren’t bad, either.
Take the new Moto G, for example: It starts at just $179 off contract, and for that you get an HD display, a quad-core processor, a 5-megapixel camera, and access to Google’s latest Android operating system.
Thanks to devices like this, smartphones are about to go mainstream in the developing world, according to a new piece in the latest edition of Wired from our own editor-in-chief Leander Kahney.
MetroPCS, the largest prepaid service in the U.S., has officially announced that it will carry Huawei’s latest ultra-affordable Android smartphone, the Valiant, which is available to purchase from the carrier’s website as from today.
Two days ago, Huawei officially unveiled its latest affordable mid-range Android smartphone, the Honor 3, which is one of the company’s most unique devices on the market. It features IP57 dust and waterproofing, with a touchscreen that is capable of recognizing wet fingertips. This handset is now available to purchase in China for ¥1,888 ($309).
The only images we’ve seen of the upcoming HTC One Max up to this point have been small and somewhat blurry hands-on pictures taken by those who have managed to obtain the device early. But the latest picture is a high-quality, “non-final” press shot believed to be from HTC.
“Life’s Good,” or at least it used to be for LG. But not so much anymore, it seems. The company has today announced that it’s old slogan has been replaced by “It’s All Possible” — but it already sounds awfully familiar.
Just over a week ago, Vodafone confirmed that it would be the only U.K. network to carry Huawei’s 6.1-inch phablet, the Ascend Mate, but gave no indication of its release date. As of yesterday, residents in the United Kingdom are now able to pick up the Mate on Vodafone for free on a £29 per month contract, or for a one time payment of £300 on PAYG.
We first saw the Huawei Ascend Mate back at CES 2013, in January with its enormous 6.1 inch screen, at the time one of the largest we had ever seen on a smartphone, and now six months later the device is about to make its way to the U.K. market through the major U.K. carrier, Vodafone, who confirmed that it would be hosting the 6.1-inch phablet in an official blog post on its website yesterday.
Samsung has overtaken Apple and Nokia to become the global leader in mobile web traffic, according to the latest figures from web analytics company StatCounter. It’s the first time the South Korean company has taken the lead in Internet usage, but Apple isn’t far behind.
Just last week, Huawei’s Consumer Business Group CEO, Richard Yu, was adamant when he told journalists that the manufacturer was in no way interested in releasing a “Google Edition” Ascend P6. However, we are seeing signs of what can only be described as a huge turnaround today, with reports that another Huawei executive has announced that such a device is very much with the realm of possibility.
Still trying to choose which flagship smartphone you’re going to pick up this year? Well, if display is the most important thing to you, the Huawei Ascend D2 currently has the best on the market, according to the experts at DisplayMate. Steer clear of the Sony Xperia Z, though, because that has the worst.