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2 months ago

Huawei P9, P9 Plus shipments exceed the 10 million mark

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The P9 is Huawei's first flagship series to cross the 10 million mark.

Huawei announced that it has shipped more than 10 million units of the Huawei P9 and P9 Plus since they made their debut in April. The phones are the first flagship-tier devices from Huawei to break the 10 million mark, and the milestone highlights the brand's growth in the smartphone segment over the course of the year.

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2 months ago

Soft Gold OnePlus 3T will be up for sale on Amazon India from Jan 5

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The OnePlus 3T is coming soon in a golden hue.

The OnePlus 3T is currently available in a gunmetal color scheme on Amazon India, but if that isn't to your liking, the company is all set to introduce the Soft Cold color option. The new color variant will be available exclusively on Amazon India starting January 5, and if you're interested, you can now register to pick it up once it goes on sale.

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2 months ago

LG G6 renders reveal dual camera setup, no sign of modular design

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An early look at the LG G6 shows off several changes, and a few similarities.

LG hasn't fared well in its attempt to build a modular phone with the LG G5, and it looks like the company is shelving the platform after just one generation. Renders of the upcoming LG G6 have surfaced on Gear by way of OnLeaks, giving us an early look at the device.

From the renders, it looks like the company is continuing where it left off from the LG G5. The G6 will likely feature a dual camera setup at the back, with a fingerprint sensor located beneath the camera. One major change is the modularity aspect — or lack thereof. It's no secret that LG failed to gain any momentum whatsoever for its Friends modular accessories, and the company's implementation wasn't ideal as it involved sliding out the battery and restarting the phone to switch out an accessory.

Other details include a USB-C charging port at the bottom, 3.5mm jack up top, and a metal frame round the sides. The back is said to be made out of "highly reflective metallic material," and will be available in a glossy finish. The renders also highlight a matte back, and LG may include wireless charging this time around. And it looks like the days of removable batteries in LG's flagships are numbered as well.

Given that we're still a few months away from the unveil and that the renders are based off of CAD designs, it is likely that the retail model of the LG G6 may differ from what's highlighted above. What would you like to see in the LG G6?

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2 months ago

So, what Android stuff did you get for Christmas?

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Share the wealth, would ya?

By now, the wrapping is balled up and in the garbage, and family is on their way back home (still stuck in traffic, if Google Maps is correct), and you're sitting with some cool new stuff.

Android or not, we want to know: What did you get?

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2 months ago

First look: Android 7.0 Nougat on OnePlus 3 + 3T

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Android 7.0 + OxygenOS 4.0 update adds software tweaks from the OnePlus 3T, along with small visual refresh and new Nougat features.

OnePlus recently released its first Android 7.0 beta build for the OnePlus 3, bringing the phone up to the latest (stable) version of the Android, while also including features from OxygenOS 3.5 on the OnePlus 3T. Because the OnePlus 3 and 3T are set to remain on the same software track going forwards, the experience on the OnePlus 3T should be the same when the update arrives for both phones later this month.

So what's new? If you've already been using OxygenOS 3.5 — either in community build form on the 3, or as a stable build on the 3T, many features will already be familiar. (For example, the redesigned home screen launcher and updated widget shelf.)

But there are also plenty of other changes, both big and small.

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2 months ago

Latest Nougat beta update for the S7 edge fixes reboot issue

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Bug fixes, transparent notifications, and no more errant reboots.

The fifth Nougat beta update is now rolling out to the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge to those enrolled in the Galaxy Beta program in the UK and South Korea. While there aren't any new feature additions, the update fixes the intermittent reboot issue, and has several stability improvements.

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2 months ago

Samsung teases water resistance for Galaxy A series

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Samsung is bringing water resistance to the Galaxy A series.

If Samsung's previous launch windows were any indication, we're likely due for new models in the Galaxy A series in the coming weeks. This time around, it looks like the company will unveil the 2017 refresh of the Galaxy A series at CES. Ahead of the launch, Samsung's Malaysian outfit teased an image that suggests the upcoming phones in the Galaxy A series will be water-resistant:

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2 months ago

Gionee M2017 debuts in China with a massive 7000mAh battery

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A luxury phone with a battery that rivals most tablets.

Gionee has carved out a niche for itself in China and India in the mid-range segment, but with its latest handset, the company has set its sights on the luxury market. The M2017 is made out of premium materials and is set to retail for ¥6,999 ($1,005).

The highlight of the M2017 is its battery capacity, with Gionee cobbling two 3500mAh batteries to create a 7000mAh monster. The phone supports Quick Charge 3.0, and Gionee claims that it'll offer 32 hours of talktime for calls and 26 hours of video playback on a full charge.

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2 months ago

Wileyfox commits to bringing Nougat to its entire portfolio of phones

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Wileyfox will deliver platform and security updates to its entire portfolio.

Cyanogen's announcement that it was shutting down its services and OS caught everyone by surprise, particularly those that partnered with the company to offer Cyanogen OS on their phones. British startup Wileyfox has five phones that run the now-defunct OS — Swift 2, Swift 2 Plus, Spark, Spark+, and Spark X — and the company has announced that it will bring the Nougat update to all of its handsets.

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2 months ago

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 fires, recall and cancellation: Everything you need to know

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Here's all the information you need about the Galaxy Note 7 fires and recall — the events that led to the phone being discontinued.

After months of twists and turns since September 2016, the Galaxy Note 7 story has (effectively) come to an end. The core of the situation is that Samsung faced a serious issue with Galaxy Note 7 phones that have a high propensity of batteries failing and in many cases catching on fire, leading to personal and property damage. In the original, pre-recall Note 7, hundreds of phones worldwide had critical failures.

Following initial reports of fires the phone was recalled officially in the U.S. once, and Samsung launched exchange programs in other countries. But the new models continued to see further issues, with replacement catching on fire in early October. This led to Samsung telling Note 7 owners to stop using the phones and return them, before permanently discontinuing the Note 7 worldwide. Shortly thereafter, the U.S. CPSC officially issued a second recall. The Note 7 is well and truly finished.

Here's everything you need to know about this unprecedented situation.

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2 months ago

Black Pearl Galaxy S7 edge with 128GB storage now available in India

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The Galaxy S7 edge is now available in six color variants.

If you're in the market for a high-end phone in India, you're in luck, because Samsung has introduced two new color options of the S7 edge in the country. The company rolled out the Pink Gold color variant in the country last week, and is now following it up with the more interesting Black Pearl model.

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2 months ago

Do these 5 things when you get your Google Pixel

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You just got a Google Pixel, now it's time to get up and running the right way.

You've done your research, you've read the review and you've placed your order. Now your fresh new Google Pixel or Pixel XL is awaiting your setup and customization. Just like any new phone there's a lot to take in with the Pixels, and we're here to point you in the right direction so you can start things off the right way.

Here are the first things you should do with your new Google Pixel.

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2 months ago

LG G5 owners, how's the Nougat update treating you?

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Running Nougat on LG's smaller flagship? We want to know what you think!

The LG G5 wasn't exactly a smash hit, nor did its modular "friends" ecosystem take off. But it's a solid phone in itself, and one of the few released in 2016 to offer a removable battery. It's also lightning fast, with one of the best phone cameras to date, in the form of a 16-megapixel main camera and 8-megapixel wide angle shooter.

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2 months ago

Honor 8 to get Nougat and EMUI 5.0 in Feb 2017

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Something Nougat this way comes.

Android 7.0 Nougat and EMUI 5.0 will come to the Honor 8 in February 2017, according to parent company Huawei.

The popular 5.2-inch Android phone, which emerged this summer with some great specs, nice looks and excellent reviews, shipped with Android 6.0 Marshmallow and EMUI 4.1, and will gain the same feature set as the larger Mate 9, which begins shipping this month in some parts of Europe (and in the U.S. next January).

We've played with EMUI 5.0 on the Mate 9 and it's a huge step in the right direction for Huawei, and based on early feedback from the Nougat beta on the Honor 8, it translates well to less powerful hardware and smaller screen sizes.

One major addition to the Honor 8 with EMUI 5.0 will be the addition of an app drawer in the launcher which, though it sounds like a fairly small detail, will appease many U.S. owners of the device. The Honor 8 will also benefit from EMUI 5.0's machine learning algorithms which, according to Huawei, "dynamically optimize processing resources by analyzing the user's behaviour over time and prioritizing frequently used apps."

While it's unclear whether the update will arrive at the beginning or end of February, at least now Honor 8 owners have a general sense of when they can expect it.

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2 months ago

HTC 10 owners, how's the Nougat update treating you?

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While others wait, the U.S. unlocked HTC 10 has Android 7.0.

The HTC 10 was one of the more underappreciated phones of the past year. HTC's 2016 flagship didn't flash about too many gimmicky features — instead, it just focused on being a great all-around phone. And the '10 has gotten even better recently, at least for some owners, with the arrival of Android 7.0 Nougat for the U.S. unlocked version.

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