With our recent article on the best Android smartphones witnessed in 2015, what Android phones should we be excited to see in 2016?

Motorola Moto G (4th gen)

Motorola’s G series is better known for manufacturing budget phones featuring high-end features. However, the Moto G (3rd gen) launched this year, failed to impress because unlike its predecessors it lacked a similar price and performance proportion. But will the upcoming Moto G 4th generation manage to impress where its predecessor failed?If that is its plan then a full HD display may need to be featured on the Moto G (2016).  With Sony’s recent release of a pricey Xperia Z5 Compact complemented with a 720p display, it may be a bit soon to expect a similar technology on Moto G’s budget phone. However, if Motorola is able to feature such a display, it could be a delight.

Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge

Even though Samsung may have lost a few of its consumers, since it dropped the expandable memory storage and removable battery features, the Korean manufacturer still managed to launch two excellent smartphones in 2015. Samsung’s Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge made a huge impact with their transformation of the Galaxy S series design aspects.The Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge are expected to be an upgraded version of their predecessors. The two are said to keep the glass-metal designs but rumored to employ Samsung’s very own 3D touch technology.

Google’s Project Ara

Project Ara cancels the idea of your smartphone ever becoming obsolete, Ara’s modular design smartphone allows you to switch to a new component once its components are old or better ones are launched. Project Ara gives users control over which components they prefer their devices to have. Additionally, manufacturers will have the option to create modules for newer functionalities meaning a Project Ara device will have a large scope capability on top of its unique X-Ray camera module.The core components of Project Ara will be the display, battery and camera, all of which are replaceable or interchangeable.


LG has consistently produced high-quality devices, especially with its G flagship series. Though, the LG handsets still haven’t followed its competitor’s glass and metal design, the LG G4 was sensational in all the right ways, often making up with premium features where it lacked in premium physical aspects.If the LG G5 should do better than the LG G4 in all the important aspects, then should be one of the phones to reign in 2016.

Sony Xperia Z6

Sony Xperia Z6 is expected to be the sixth device on Sony’s Xperia Z high-portfolio series. The Xperia Z devices are developed from Sony’s OmniBalance principle which includes water-resistance, dust-proof, glass and aluminium body quality. The devices have featured only a few changes, but hopefully the approaching sixth debut will be a total transformation.Though, Xperia Z5 was complemented with microSD card support, water-resistant design and they innovative fingerprint scanner, its asking price was a bit exorbitant. The Z series is steadily becoming unpopular but hopefully the Xperia Z6 will turn things around.

LG G Flex 3

LG’s G Flex series is primarily known for their curved-screen design. 2015’s saw the LG G Flex 2 become the debut smartphone to feature Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 processor, with other 2015 flagships following suit. The device also housed one of the most splendid cameras of the year.There have been rumors that the upcoming addition to the G Flex series expected February 2016, will be equipped with the new Snapdragon 820 processor. In addition, it could also implement a 6-inch QHD display, a 20.7 megapixel camera and a RAM of 4GB. What are your thoughts on the upcoming Android devices? Let us know in the comments.

View Comments

What's my model number?

There are several ways to locate your model number:

Option 1
On your device, go to Settings, then "About device" and scroll down to "Model number"
Option 2
Often times you can view the model number inside the device, by removing the battery
Option 3
Using Samsung's model/serial number location tool

Looks like you're using an ad blocker.

We get it: ads aren't what you're here for...

But ad revenue is our only way to manage this site. Without ad revenue we won't be able to continue to provide quality content and free firmware downloads.

Please disable your ad blocker or whitelist Updato.com in order to continue into Updato's ad-light experience.

Thanks for your support!