More Nexus 6P Details Revealed In Leaked Training Material

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We already know a number of specifications on the new Huawei Nexus 6P smartphone and now it would appear that some training slides for the handset have been leaked.

A Nexus 6P presentation has been posted on Imgur and it gives us some more specifications on this new Android Marshmallow handset.

The presentation has confirmed that the handset will be available in three storage sizes, 32GB, 64GB and 128GB.

It has also revealed that the handset will be available in four colors, Aluminium, Graphite, Frost and Gold although the gold option will only be available in Japan.

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Other things that have been revealed by the leaked slide include that the handset will come with a 3450 mAh battery and that it will feature a metal unibody design.

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We previously heard that the new Huawei Nexus 6P would be powered by a octa core Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor and that it would also feature a Quad HD display with a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels, these specifications have also been confirmed.

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The device will also come with a fingerprint sensor and a USB Type-C connector and it is said to come with 3GB of RAM and front and rear facing cameras.

The cameras were not confirmed by the slides, although we heard previously that the front camera would be an 8 megapixel version and the rear cameras a 13 megapixel version.

Google will be making their new Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X official at a press event tomorrow, we will have full details on both devices then.

BlackBerry Priv Named Confirmed By BlackBerry

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We recently heard that the new BlackBerry Venice would launch as the BlackBerry Priv and now BlackBerry has confirmed the name of the handset.

BlackBerry confirmed on their Blog that their new Android Smartphone will launch as the BlackBerry Priv and also mentioned that Priv stands for Privilege and Privacy.

PRIV WILL BE THE SOLUTION FOR SMARTPHONE USERS WHO ARE LEARNING DAILY OF THE LACK OF PRIVACY THEY HAVE ON THEIR CURRENT DEVICES. PRIV WILL BE THE ANSWER FOR FORMER BLACKBERRY USERS WHO MISS THE PHYSICAL KEYBOARD BUT NEEDED APPS. AND, WE’RE RESPONDING TO CURRENT – AND PROSPECTIVE – BLACKBERRY USERS WHO NEED IT ALL: CHOICE, INNOVATION, SECURITY, PRIVACY AND PRODUCTIVITY.

The BlackBerry Priv will be the company’s first Android device, it will feature a slide out QWERTY keyboard and will come with a range of BlackBerry features and apps built in.

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The handset is rumored to come with a 5.4 inch display with a QHD resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels, processing will be provided by a hexa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor.

Other specifications on the device will include 3GB of RAM and a choice of storage options, possible 32GB and 64GB, it will also feature dual cameras.

The front camera on the handset is said to be a 5 megapixel version, the rear camera will apparently either feature a 16 megapixel or 18 megapixel sensor.

BlackBerry are rumored to be launching their new Android device in November, we are expecting an official announcement about the device next month.

Fossil Q Android Wear Smartwatch Teased

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Fossil is working on a number of new wearable devices and now the company has revealed some more details on their new Android Wear smartwatch, the Fossil Q.

The Fossil Q will run Google’s Android OS , although the device will actually be compatible with Android, Apple’s iOS and Microsoft’s Windows Phone.

The Fossil Q will come with an Intel processor and the device will feature a round watch face and it will be available in a range of colors and materials and with come with a choice of different straps.

Fossil Smartwatch

The Fossil smartwatch will come with a companion app for Android, Windows Phone and iOS and it will come with fitness tracking built in. The device will be able to display notifications from your smartphone and more.

You can find out more information about the new Fossil smartwatch at the link below, it will go on sale just in time for the holiday shopping season and will be sold online and in a range of retail stores.

Apple Music Could Land On Android Soon

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Apple’s three month free trial of Apple Music will end this week on the 30th of September, the new music streaming service has only been available on Apple’s iOS platform for the last three months.

Now it would appear that Apple is getting ready to launch their new music streaming service on Google’s Android platform.

According to a recent report from TechAeris, Apple has started sending out beta invites for Apple Music to Android device owners.

The email was sent out to members of a service for beta testers called Betabound and you can see what was said about Apple’s music streaming service below.

WE’RE EXCITED TO INVITE YOU TO COME TEST APPLE MUSIC FOR ANDROID. IF YOU’RE A CURRENT ANDROID USER THAT WOULD LIKE TO JOIN THE BETA FOR THE NEW MUSIC STREAMING SERVICE, YOU WON’T WANT TO MISS THIS OPPORTUNITY. TO LEARN MORE AND APPLY, CLICK THE LINK BELOW. BEST OF LUCK! THE BETABOUND TEAM.

This would suggest that Apple,e intends to start beta testing Apple Music on Google’s Android platform shortly.

It will be interesting to see how many paid subscribers apple manages to convert to its new music streaming service when the trial ends later this week, Apple is said to have had around 15 million people using the service during the free trial.

iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus Opening Weekend Sales at Record 13 MillioniPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus Opening Weekend Sales at Record 13 Million

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Apple on Monday announced it has sold more than 13 million new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus units just three days after the new iPhone models went on sale last Friday in select countries. The company has also announced the dates iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus will be available in several other countries, including an October 16 launch for India.

Last year, Apple had announced it sold over 10 million iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus units during the opening weekend – a record at the time – and Monday’s announcement tops that number. Announcedearlier this month, the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus come in four colours: Silver, Gold, Space Grey, and a new Rose Gold Aluminium finish. On Friday, the new iPhone models became available to customers in Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, Singapore, the UK, and the US.

“Sales for iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus have been phenomenal, blowing past any previous first weekend sales results in Apple’s history,” said Apple CEO Tim Cook. “Customers’ feedback is incredible and they are loving 3D Touch and Live Photos, and we can’t wait to bring iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus to customers in even more countries on October 9.”

 

iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus will roll out worldwide to more than 40 additional countries and territories beginning October 9 including Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Greenland, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Isle of Man, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Maldives, Mexico, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Taiwan.

On October 10, the new iPhone models will become available in Bahrain, Jordan, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and United Arab Emirates. iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus will be available in India, Malaysia and Turkey on Friday, October 16 and in over 130 countries by the end of the year, said Apple.

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4.70-inch

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A9

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5-megapixel

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750×1334 pixels

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2GB

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iOS 9

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16GB

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12-megapixel

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Android 6.0 Marshmallow Rollout Tipped to Start on October 5

Amidst several leaks surrounding the upcoming Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P, a Canadian telecom carrier has tipped that the latest iteration of Android may start rolling out on October 5. According to Telus, the LG Google Nexus 5 and the Motorola Google Nexus 6 will start receiving Android 6.0 Marshmallowas on OTA update starting October 5.

The telecom carrier on its official ‘Software Update Schedule’ page listed the release date for the next Android update for the two previous generation Nexus smartphones. Soon after several media reports cited Telus’ software update schedule, the telecom carrier updated the page removing the mention for Android 6.0 Marshmallow update. However, Mobilesyrup managed to get a screenshot of the list of the devices posted by telecom carrier. We will have to still wait for any announcement from Google regarding the rollout of Android 6.0.

android_6_update_leak_mobilecyrup.jpgSome of the new features of Android 6.0 Marshmallow, which has been available as the Android M developer preview since Google I/O 2015, include revamped app permissions; Google Now on Tap feature; new Chrome feature that will change the Web experience for Android users; new ways to handle Web links; integrated Android Pay mobile payment system; new fingerprint APIs for developers to add into their apps and native fingerprint support, apart from battery saver features called Doze that will make Android devices smart about managing power. Some of the other additions include a new memory manager, adoptable storage devices, new app drawer, auto backup and restore for apps, and support for USB Type-C ports.

Google will almost certainly unveil the two new Nexus phones apart from the new Chromecast dongle at its Tuesday event in San Francisco. Previous years have seen the rollout of the new Android version for previous generation Nexus devices almost a month after the launch of new Nexus devices, so if Telus’ post was accurate, Google has sped up its rollout cycle.

Last year, Google took at least two weeks to start rolling out Android 5.0 Lollipop update for its Nexus devices.

Both the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P smartphones were recently leaked in a flurry of press renders. The designs of the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P in the press renders were in line with earlier leaks.

Vodafone WiFi Calling Coming To Galaxy S6 Smartphones

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UK mobile carrier Vodafone has announced that their WiFi Calling is headed to Samsung’s Galaxy S6 smartphones.

The Vodafone WiFi Calling feature will be available in the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, the service will be made available ‘this autumn’.

VODAFONE’S NATIONWIDE WI-FI CALLING ENABLES CUSTOMERS TO MAKE AND TAKE CALLS IN MANY MORE PLACES – WHETHER IN A HOME WITH THICK WALLS, IN A BASEMENT OR ON THE LONDON UNDERGROUND. IF CONNECTED TO WI-FI, CUSTOMERS CAN TALK ON THEIR PHONE EVEN IF THERE IS NO MOBILE SIGNAL.

THE INTRODUCTION OF WI-FI CALLING FOLLOWS THE ROLLOUT OF VODAFONE’S NATIONWIDE PROVISION OF HD (HIGH DEFINITION) VOICE TECHNOLOGY, THE ROLL-OUT OF 4G+ (CARRIER AGGREGATION) AND THE VODAFONE RURAL OPEN SURE SIGNAL PROGRAMME AIMED AT GIVING 100 REMOTE COMMUNITIES MOBILE COVERAGE FOR THE FIRST TIME.

Samsung Galaxy Tab E Lands On Verizon

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The Samsung Galaxy Tab E was announced back in June and now US mobile carrier Verizon Wireless has the tablet available on their network.

The company is selling the tablet off contract for $329.99, it is also available on a two year contract for $129.99 and on their 24 month payment plan for $13.74 a month.

As a reminder the Galaxy Tab E comes with a 9.6 inch display that features a resolution of 1200 x 800 pixels, the device is powered by a 1.3GHz quad core processor.

Other specifications on the Samsung Galaxy Tab E include 1.5GB of RAM, 8GB of built in storage and a microSD card slot for expansion.

The tablet features WiFi, Bluetooth and 4G LTE, it also comes with a 5000 mAh battery and front and rear facing cameras. The front camera on the tablet is a 2 megapixel camera and the rear camera is a 5 megapixel version.

New Samsung Gear VR Announced, Coming Soon For $99

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Samsung and Oculus have announced the first consumer version of the Samsung Gear VR and the company has said that the new version is 22 percent lighter than the previous Innovator Edition.

The new Samsung Gear VR is compatible with Samsung’s latest smartphones which include the Galaxy Note 5, The Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge and S6 Edge+.

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“SAMSUNG HAS BEEN AT THE FOREFRONT OF DELIVERING MOBILE EXPERIENCES AND ‘GEAR VR INNOVATOR EDITION’ LAUNCHED LAST YEAR WAS NO EXCEPTION,” SAID JK SHIN, CEO AND PRESIDENT OF IT & MOBILE DIVISION, SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS. “WE SEE VIRTUAL REALITY AS THE NEXT COMPUTING PLATFORM, AND WE ARE THRILLED TO PARTNER WITH OCULUS ON GEAR VR TO SET THE STANDARD FOR MOBILE VR AND BRING THIS REVOLUTIONARY PRODUCT TO CONSUMERS.”

“TOGETHER WITH SAMSUNG, WE’VE REDEFINED VIRTUAL REALITY AND CREATED THE BEST MOBILE VR EXPERIENCE AVAILABLE TODAY,” SAID BRENDAN IRIBE, CEO, OCULUS. “ON GEAR VR, PEOPLE ARE PLAYING IMMERSIVE VR GAMES WITH FRIENDS, SHARING 360 VIDEO EXPERIENCES, AND TELEPORTING AROUND THE WORLD WITH PHOTOS AND VIDEOS – AND IT’S ONLY THE BEGINNING FOR WHAT’S POSSIBLE WITH MOBILE VR.”

The company has  said that their new Samsung Gear VR device will launch this fall and it will retail for $99,

iOS or Android, Which One Should You Pick?

BlackBerry and Windows Phone are practically non-existent now, so for most of us, the choice of which phone platform to buy into comes down to choosing between iOS and Android. Since their launch in 2007 and 2008, iOS and Android respectively have had their share of fan following.

It is obvious that Android dominates the smartphone market share worldwide by virtue of its presence across wider price brackets, and being offered by a variety of phone makers. Apple has consistently maintained a healthy share of the global market despite having only about a relative minuscule number of devices on sale each year.

For the past few years, September has been the month when Apple unveils its new iPhones. While a new Android phone is launched almost daily these days, Google also usually introduces one Nexus phone a year, typically in October. Along with new hardware, this is also the time when both companies release the latest versions of their mobile operating systems.

Both companies have, over the years, made strong cases for why a user should choose them. This means that a typical iOS versus Android debate could run on for hours. Over the years, both operating systems have been filling the gaps, and Android has become more polished over time, while iOS became more flexible.

So how does one choose? Here is a list of pros for both platforms that should help you decide the camp you belong to.

Things you gain with Android

sony_android_phone_stocksnap.jpg1) More functional apps
This is evident with useful apps like the TrueCaller family; a bunch of no-input expense logging apps like Smart Spends and Walnut; automation apps like SpeakerPhone Ex and Tasker. Due to limitations of iOS platform, the ones mentioned above either don’t work as well or don’t work at all on an iPhone. On Android, apps like these that can truly make the most advantage of the phone’s capabilities.

truecaller_google_play.png2) Lower cost of ownership
The ‘Apple Tax’ is a term used to describe the premium one has to pay to own Apple products. Android phone makers have been consistently trying to price their flagship phones as high as iPhones for years, but most of them end up quickly discounting the price, to sell better. Then there are the new-age upstarts like Xiaomi and OnePlus that thrive on selling phones with near-high-end features at a cost that’s less than half of what Apple charges for its flagship device.

It is not only the iPhones that sell at a premium. A simple charging cable from Apple for your iPhone will cost you an excess of a thousand rupees. Even upping the storage capacity from the base 16GB on an iPhone to the next step (64GB) costs Rs. 10,000 – the same amount of money required to buy a usable Android phone these days.

3) Innovative hardware features
Due to stiff competition amongst Android smartphones, phone manufacturers go the extra mile to innovate on the hardware front, as Google covers most of the software side of the story. As a result, you get phones with nifty useful features like an IR blaster, which lets you control TVs, set top boxes and other appliances in your home, via your phone. Front-facing stereo speakers are great while consuming audio-visual content without hacky solutions like holding your hand behind the speakers on an iPhone to bounce the sound back.

And in markets like India, many people also prefer using two SIM cards at the same time. Dual SIMs were largely restricted to entry-level phones at first, but today, you’ll see dual SIM options in phones like the LG G4 and the OnePlus 2.


There are a lot of other features you can get if you go with Android thanks to the large number of phones out there. You’ll find phones with double-sided displays, screens that curve at the edge, andwireless charging, to name just a few new features.

It’s not to say the iPhone doesn’t have any hardware features to boast about – things like a capacitive multi-touch display with the original iPhone, the Retina Display with the iPhone 4, the fingerprint-scanning Touch ID with the iPhone 5s, and the 3D Touch-toting iPhone 6s are some of the innovations that the rest of the industry has followed suit on.

4) Tight Google Integration
Apple makes its money selling hardware, Google makes its by selling ads. Since iOS is the second biggest OS in terms of market share after Android, Google makes all its services available to iPhone users.

But although Google has made several apps for iPhone, they are just not as well integrated as they are on Android, and this can matter a lot if you’re highly reliant on Google’s services.

Take the example of voice commands – say you want to translate ¿Cómo estás? to English. On an Android phone, just saying “Okay, Google” and then repeating that phrase will get you the answer. Or say you want to send a WhatsApp message to a friend using voice – it’s doable with “Okay, Google”. This kind of stuff is not possible with Siri, Apple’s virtual assistant today, as it does not integrate with third-party apps. There is a Google app for iOS, it’s just an app and not a part of the OS like on Android.

Take another example – every time somebody shares a location with you on WhatsApp, Apple Maps will open up by default, not Google Maps. And we all know how helpful Apple Maps are in India.

5) Deeper customisation
No need to elaborate on this one too much – almost everybody’s aware of the fact that you can customise Android to the way you like. Don’t like the homescreen or lockscreen? Change it. Don’t like how the default fonts look? Change them too. Want to open your favourite app when you swipe up anywhere on the home screen? No problem.

These are things you can do easily on Android, without any heavy modification to the software the phones comes preinstalled with; doing similar things on iOS is only possible by jailbreaking your device.

With Android, customisation has been allowed since day one, and that has also allowed hardware manufacturers to create their own flavours of Android. Phones like the OnePlus One were successful not only because of their bang-for-the-buck hardware, but also because of the highly-customisable variant of Android that came preinstalled on the device.

6) A universal charging port
Last but not the least, there’s a good chance you won’t miss carrying your phone charger everywhere if you’re using Android. The Micro-USB port is ubiquitous amongst all phone makers except for Apple. A transition to USB Type-C is now underway, which will cause some hiccups, but it’s something that will quickly be resolved. On the other hand, even though Apple has adopted USB Type-C in the new MacBook, there is little indication that it will replace the proprietary Lightning port anytime soon on iOS devices.

zuk_z1_type_c_port.jpgThings you gain with iOS

1) Timely OS updates, and updates to older devices
The biggest advantage when the same company makes the hardware and software is timely updates. The newest iOS 9 update hit 50 percent of all devices in just 4 days. Android Lollipop reached 21 percent in 10 months, iOS 9 crossed that in 48 hours.

Android phone makers usually promise one major Android update for each handset. The iPhone 4s has received four major iOS updates since its launch 2011. I doubt there is any Android phone in the market that was made in 2011 that is running the latest version of the OS, which could bring in a host of new features and be a new lease of life to an old phone.

Sometimes important security fixes also are a part of newer updates, which will be hard for Android users to get.

2) Negligible fragmentation
Google generally releases a new version of Android every year, most manufacturers then take that OS and make their own variation of it (the manufacturers “skins”, such as TouchWiz, HTC Sense, MIUI et al) and then sell it to customers. Then next year, Google releases the next Android software update. For Android phone makers to keep supporting older hardware with new versions of Android is tedious and cost-intensive (remember they stop selling that model after a year or two anyway) so you get lots of Android phones on the market, all of which are running different versions of the OS.

Then there’s fragmentation within manufacturers’ own UI overlays. Look at TouchWiz on a Note 4 and a Galaxy S6, and you’ll notice they’re not exactly the same and they have separate timelines for updates. Or let’s take the example of how Xiaomi’s MIUI 6 chose to keep some of its own feature implementations instead of Google’s, while running Android 5.0 Lollipop.

Then there’s hardware fragmentation that causes further software fragmentation, as there are a wide variety of screen sizes and display resolutions, processors, and different amounts of RAM available to developers.

With iOS, there is negligible software fragmentation as there are only a handful devices with fixed screen resolutions, processing power and hardware capabilities. With different screen sizes and multiple models, the iPhone is slightly more fragmented than it was a few years ago, but it is still a tiny variance, when compared to Android.

3) Unmatched cross-device syncing if you use other Apple products
This is a big plus if you’re the owner of multiple Apple products. Thanks to software-hardware integration, no other software ecosystem lets you take phone calls that come to your phone on your computer without installing any additional software, then reply to SMSs from your tablet, and pick up an article you were reading on a tablet on your phone, right at the point where you left off.

4) Consistent hardware upgrade cycles
Many iPhone loyalists usually stick to a two to three year upgrade cycle. The reliable software updates are also an incentive to stick to your current iPhone, knowing that you’ll get the same software features as the new one (unless they’re hardware-dependent). Also, since 2011, a new iPhone consistently comes out by September each year. This is reassuring since you’re buying something knowing when the next version is going to be out.

With Android, there’s far too much distraction, with so many manufacturers vying for your attention with their devices. Unless you’re loyal to one Android phone maker, the timelines are all messed up with tempting Android phones launching all along the year. You buy one thing, and some other phone maker will come up with their next best in a few months, making you yearn for a feature or two that it has, and yours doesn’t.

5) A variety of high-quality, creative apps
Two years ago, apps on iOS were better designed than the ones on Android. In the past two years, we’ve seen more and more developers make Android apps look good. Today, a fair share of apps we use on Android are certainly not poorly-designed. But iOS still holds the pedestal for good looking apps. Not only are apps well-designed, but some really excel in terms of their creativity. For example, the famous Paper app is to date exclusively for iOS. Infinity Blade, a game with cult following, has remained iOS exclusive for all three versions. One wonders if it would have ever gotten paid downloads in the same numbers, had it released on Android.

infinity_blade_3_itunes.jpgYou may say there’s a certain superiority complex among iOS-exclusive developers, but it boils down to the fact that iOS users are more willing to pay for apps than Android users and that they’re simply pandering to that audience, by going the extra mile.

6) Comparatively lesser malware
Apple’s “walled garden” of apps comes with certain benefits when it comes to malware. Apple doesn’t let you tinker with the OS in any meaningful way, and doesn’t (for all practical purposes) let you install apps without using the App Store. It does not permit third-party app stores, and has stringent measures to prevent malicious apps from entering the app store. Okay, maybe this is a bad week to be writing this, but it’s generally true.

Add to that the fact that Android has the lion’s share of the global market, which makes it an appealing target for malware makers, the same way Windows users tend to get targeted more on PCs.

So there you have it – both platforms compared in 2015. Personally, I’ve kept swapping between Android and iOS every few years and although currently I swear by Android, iOS only has one shortcoming, in my view, the fact that I can’t have system-wide default apps that don’t belong to Apple. Come iOS 10, I hope Apple will finally let me pick Gmail as the default mail app.