Today is all about Apple’s latest gadgets, but the rest of the industry hasn’t stopped. Google, OnePlus and HTC are also making headlines across the web.
The guys at Apple weren’t the only busy ones today. Our Google friends have also announced Android 5.1 Lollipop, their latest improvement to the Android mobile OS. You probably get your usual performance improvements and bug fixes, but this is also a slightly bigger upgrade, with a few new features in tow.
Firstly, the new OS comes with support for devices with multiple SIM cards. Android 5.1 also makes your device more secure by introducing Device Protection, which will keep your lost/stolen device locked until you enter your Google account information (even if the phone has gone through a factory reset). Lastly, HD voice calling has been added for compatible devices.
Opinion: I happen to be most excited about the Device Protection feature, which will make it easier to keep your device and information secure if lost. We needed something like this to compete with Apple’s device locking features.
OnePlus is celebrating a huge market expansion. Today they are bringing the OnePlus One and accessories to Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia.
The startup goes on to mention they will be following the same invite system, allowing European customers to purchase a OnePlus One every Tuesday. The 16 GB version will be worth 269 Euros, while the 64 GB One will go for a slightly higher 299 Euros.
These is a pretty simple announcement, but OnePlus couldn’t just sign off without giving us a little tease. After all, that’s what they are best at. OnePlus is telling us to keep our eyes open for a “new product category” they will be launching in April, as well as the OnePlus 2, which is coming during Q3.
Opinion: OnePlus is growing steadily, which really makes us glad. It’s good to see a new company making it in this industry, in which most smartphone manufacturers are operating at a loss.
If the latest leak is to be believed, the HTC One M9 could be following the One M8’s footsteps closer than we thought. A new product page from B&H Electronics has seemingly uncovered some details on the HTC One M9’s price and release date.
It seems the HTC One M9 will be launched on March 25th for $649, a launch date and price point that are identical to the HTC One M8’s, last year. B&H Electronics has taken this information down, so either they realized they shouldn’t have used this as a place-holder or they don’t want to reveal the details.
Opinion: I would take all of this with a grain of salt. One thing is for sure, though – it won’t be long before we see the HTC One M9 hit the market. The Taiwanese manufacturer never takes that long.