Open Thread: What will be the biggest game change in smartphones for 2015?

2015 is well underway and we have seen some important steps that are driving the Chinese smartphone industry forward, but what is going to be the real game change for 2015?

We are almost 3 months in to 2015 and already we are seeing some huge changes from the Chinese phone market. We have seen more Chinese phone makers concentrate on international markets, more manufacturers are offering direct sales, and there have been some shocking technology changes.

At the time of writing Mediatek have really upped their game and are producing SoC’s that are more desirable than what Qualcomm have to offer. Chinese phone makers such as Elephone, UMi etc are working with developers to launch custom ROM’s and old favourites like Meizu have entered new markets with low-cost devices.

But the real question is what is going to really change the game for the Chinese smartphone market? Do you think Chinese phone makers commitment to alternate ROMs will pave the way forward, or do you think more direct sales options and lower pricing is what is needed?

This is an open discussion so write your ideas and opinions freely below and keep your eyes on the latest Chinese tech news to see if your options and ideas become a reality.

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