2015 year in review: Bandwidth Blog's top stories

With 2016 just hours away, we recap the top trending technology news stories from 2015 that charted here on Bandwidth Blog.

2015 was a monumental year in technology; we saw Apple take the offensive stance with the release of the Apple Watch, Microsoft make its formal resurgence in the form of Windows 10 and the Surface Book, as well as exciting developments in space, energy, and far more.
With CES 2016 days away, next year looks set to be an even better year in tech. While you can see the Bandwidth Blog teams’ top moments in technology here, we can now reflect on the stories that made the biggest impression on you, our readers, right here on Bandwidth Blog.

Samsung copies Apple’s iPhone 6 design for the Galaxy S6?

Samsung made a number of interesting decisions in 2015; from axing the Galaxy Note Edge to make room for the Galaxy S6 Edge + to building a new design language, one of the firm’s more controversial moments was mimicking Apple’s iPhone 6 design with the release of the flagship Galaxy S6.

WhatsApp unveils in-app voice calling

WhatsApp made the seismic move of releasing a new in-app voice calling feature earlier this year, which makes use of a Wi-Fi or 3G connection instead of airtime or minutes.

Mango and Microsoft celebrate launch of app with R1 flights

Yes, you read that correctly; for the briefest moment in 2015, Mango and Microsoft teamed up to offer the most affordable airline package yet; flights priced at R1 ZAR. Did you manage to get on board a R1 flight?

Sony Xperia Z5 images leaked

Much hype surrounded Sony’s present flagship this year, including its Premium sibling which comes equipped with a 4K screen. Will the handset be enough to fight back against the marching hordes of Samsungite flagships? We think so.

Facebook news feed

Earlier this year, Facebook, the world’s largest social network announced that it was introducing an overhaul to the service that allows users ““ and not an algorithm ““ to determine who‘s stories are shown.

LG G4 Stylus set to arrive in South Africa

The G4 Stylus was set to arrive in South Africa earlier this year, and in our review we found it to be a decent mid-range phablet, but one that didn’t nearly live up to its possible potential.

LG G4 vs Huawei P8: Birds of a feather

Our Editor-In-Chief Theunis van Rensburg brought the big guns out in our most popular comparison of the year, were we pitted the LG G4 against the Huawei P8.

Mxit formally shuts down

It was a dark day for Mxit users in South Africa, as the company formally decided to shut down and donate its assets to charitable organisations. The app and service will live on, but now will be non-profit.

Samsung slates foldable phone for January release

The hype is real for Samsung’s Project Valley smartphones, which are due to be unveiled next year. Could the firm have finally developed a fully foldable phone?

Opinion: Why Mxit deserved to die

Our most incisive piece of the year raised some eyebrows on social media, as general manager Bryan Smith argued that Mxit deserved its final demise.
What are your thoughts on this year’s most popular stories? What do you anticipate will make the news next year? Be sure to let us know in the comments below!