The announcement of iOS 8 was last week's hottest story – hardly a surprise given the anticipation that has been building around the latest version of Apple's mobile OS. Scheduled to launch later this year, the platform's eighth major release will bring along plenty of goodies to iPhones and iPads, including more versatile notifications, widgets, third-party keyboard support, and so much more. Best of all, all iPhones from the iPhone 4s onward will receive the update once it is ready for prime time. Good job, Apple!
Amazon also made headlines with its upcoming event. Scheduled for June 18, it is when we'll probably get to see the long-rumored Amazon smartphone. Information is scarce, but it is believed that the device will be taking advantage of some new three-dimensional interface. Sounds interesting, but let's not get too excited just yet.
In other news, we've been hearing about a Samsung phone called the Galaxy F for a while. And last week, photos allegedly depicting the handset leaked on the internet. The Samsung Galaxy F is said to be a "premium" phone with a metal-made body and very powerful internal. For more details, flick through the slideshow below!
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So yeah, iOS 8! It is an update that's going to be huge for both users and developers alike. iPhone and iPad users will surely love the platform's new features, while app makers are going to appreciate the new tools that Apple is providing, including the brand new set of development kits and APIs. iOS users surely have a lot coming down the road for them.
It might seem strange to believe, but BlackBerry might be planning on releasing this monstrosity. It is allegedly going to be known as the BlackBerry Q30 and it is expected to sport a large square-shaped screen. The handset seems impressive on paper, but it remains to be seen whether or not it will ever see the light of day.
This is a teaser video released by Amazon last week. From the looks of it, an Amazon smartphone is in the works, and it is going to be unlike anything we've experienced before. Or so it seems.
This, supposedly, is the Samsung Galaxy F – a premium smartphone with a metal body and a mouth-watering specs sheet. Rumor has it that a QHD display graces its front, and a Snapdragon 805 SoC might be ticking under its hood. Just take all this with a grain of salt for now.
The rumors about a potential merger of Sprint with T-Mobile refuse to die. In fact, we're hearing that the deal might be close to complete, and T-Mobile is being valued at $32 billion. Whether the FCC would approve a deal of such proportions, however, is a whole different story.
Behold the Sony Xperia T3 - the world's slimmest 5.3-inch smartphone! We can't argue with that, as there aren't many 5.3" handsets lying around to measure against. The T3 is just 7 millimeters thick, and inside that svelte body ticks a Snapdragon 400 SoC.