Mobile Nations Weekly: Launching, relaunching, unlaunching

Last minute releases, last minute pull backs. As the holiday season kicks into full gear, things are getting hectic as last minute launches flow out the door. Microsoft’s long-awaited new Windows Mobile flagship finally arrived in the form of the Lumia 950, a 5.2-inch Quad HD hexa-core 20MP beast of a phone. And it’s even beastlier brother, the 5.7-inch Lumia 950 XL is due a week later. While Microsoft had a successful launch, things have been a little more hinky on the Android side of things, where LG unlaunched the Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE, a surpise move that saw the first cellular-equipped Android Wear watch getting pulled back from retail. That said, it’s been a weird story for that watch since the very beginning. In other news, Apple Pay launched into Australia and Canada (so long as you’ve got an American Express account), NVIDIA announced the new Shield Tablet K1, and even T-Mobile’s notoriously unfiltered CEO thinks BlackBerry is ‘on a comeback’. Looking for the perfect tech gift? Check out our 2015 holiday gift guide!