20-12-iphone6s-renderingDespite the well known rivalry between Samsung and Apple, Samsung have won a massive contract to supply the new A9 chips for the next iPhone smartphone which is expected to be the iPhone 6S. The deal will mean that Samsung will produce 90% of the A9 chips for Apple devices next year and according to reports, production is already under way in its manufacturing plant in Texas. The new A9 chip is anticipated to use 35% less power than the A8 chip and will boost performance by up to 20%. It's thought that the chip is also smaller in size than the A8 which could come in handy if the rumours about plans for a smaller iPhone 6 turn out to be true.

Talking of Samsung and Apple, there's speculation that Samsung could follow in Apple's footsteps and set up a mobile payment service to rival Apple Pay. Reports indicate that Samsung have been in discussions with a US company called LoopPay and we could see LoopPay's technology built into new Samsung devices in the future. Like Apple Pay, LoopPay uses NFC technology and could be used in all Samsung devices such as smartphones, tablets and even smartwatches. LoopPay is already available at more than 10 million shops in the US which is around 90 per cent of outlets from coast to coast so it would certainly be a fantastic opportunity for Samsung if it comes to fruition.

From mobile payments to mobile phones and Sony's mid range E series of smartphones is rumoured to be expanding in the next few months with speculation that an Xperia E4 smartphone will be launched at MWC in March 2015. The Sony Xperia E3 handset was unveiled in September and there are rumours that the E4 smartphone will feature a 5-inch display (540 x 960) and it could sport a more slimline and curved design that its predecessors. The Xperia E4 could also come with a quad-core 1.3GHz processor and 1GB of RAM. Watch this space for more news over the next couple of months.

And finally, it's that time of year when everyone reflects on the year which has just passed. Google has just released its 'Year in Search' report which looks at the search stats for 2014 and there was some interesting data for the mobile and technology world. Out of the top 10 trending searches of the this last year, the Flappy Bird app came an astonishing 6th overall. Google also compiled tech items into their own category and the iPhone 6 came out as the most searched for gadget as well as 6 other smartphones in the top ten which included the Galaxy S5 and Nexus 10. The remaining 3 spots were taken by the iPad Air, the Xbox One and the Apple Watch.