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Jun 30
Android Nougat statue now on display at Googleplex

Android N finally gets an official name

Although many were expecting for Nutella or Nectar, the next major Android release is dubbed Nougat as its statue has been already unveiled outside Google's HQ.
Xiaomi Mi Max Android phablet hits India

Xiaomi Mi Max hits India

This 6.4-inch Android phablet has the same specs as the variant that launched in China, but its price in India is slightly lower - around $220 USD.
Microsoft Windows 10 runs on 350,000 devices, Redstone update coming in early August

Microsoft announces Windows 10 anniversary update

Windows 10 is now running on 350 million devices, and its next major update will arrive in early August.
Asus ZenUI custom Android launcher now available on non-Asus handsets

Asus ZenUI now working with non-Asus handsets

From now on, virtually any handset running Android 4.3 or later can use the launcher previously available only on Asus devices.
Olixar case for Samsung Galaxy Note 7 suggests a curved display design

Olixar cases for Samsung Galaxy Note 7 show up online

The new cases confirm that Samsung's next-gen phablet has a curved display, and its design is similar to that of the Galaxy S7 Edge.
HP officially announces Chromebook 11 G5 with support for Play Store

HP officially announces Chromebook 11 G5 with support for Play Store

The durable and classroom-friendly notebook is coming later this year just in time for Google's Android Play Store update for Chrome OS systems.
Google may finally be producing its own smartphone

Google may finally be producing its own smartphone

After having produced the Pixel C, new reports are claiming that the search giant is ready to produce its own smartphone to co-exist with the current Nexus family.
Microsoft Surface Phone could be exclusive to corporate customers

Microsoft Surface Phone could be exclusive to corporate customers

Microsoft is still standing firmly behind Windows Phone with significant updates on the new goals of the mobile operating system coming this July.
Next BlackBerry smartphone could be a re-branded Alcatel Idol 4

Next BlackBerry smartphone could be a re-branded Alcatel Idol 4

New evidence suggests that the Blackberry "Hamburg" will be handled almost exclusively by TCL with a design based heavily on the mid-range 5.2-inch Alcatel Idol 4.
Google may be considering Live Support for new Nexus devices (Source: Android Police)

Google may be considering Live Support for new Nexus devices

The app would allow users to easily contact and speak with service representatives for troubleshooting in a manner similar to Amazon Mayday.
Lenovo Solution Center gets patched after discovering major vulnerabilities (Source: Lenovo)

Lenovo Solution Center gets patched after discovering major vulnerabilities

Owners of Lenovo systems are being urged to update LSC to version 3.3.003 or later to avoid unauthorized takeovers.
Jun 29
Vivo X7 and X7 Plus smartphones leak

Vivo X7 and X7 Plus specifications leak

The 5.2-inch and 5.7-inch smartphones will carry nearly identical specifications according to leaks ahead of the official announcement. This includes the Snapdragon 652 SoC, 4 GB RAM, and 64 GB eMMC.
Asus ZenPad 3s 10 Android tablet coming July 2016

Asus ZenPad 3s 10 tablet coming in July

The new 9.7-inch slate is expected to feature a 2K display, a hexa-core processor, 4 GB RAM, and a 5900 mAh battery (Quick Charge 3.0 support is also present).
Samsung Galaxy S5 Neo Android smartphone gets Marshmallow update

Samsung Galaxy S5 Neo gets Android Marshmallow

The update has begun to roll out in Europe for the SM-G903F variant, so it should also hit other variants all across the world soon.
Turing Phone secure Android handset shipments begin July 2016

First Turing Phone units should reach customers next month

Although first pre-orders were placed last August and this secure handset was expected to start shipping in December 2015, it looks like the first units will ship next month.
Jun 28
Asus Chromebook Flip C100 convertible to get a Skylake-powered successor

Asus Chromebook tablet with Skylake processor could be in the works

The popular Chromebook Flip might soon get a Skylake-powered sibling that currently seems to be internally known as "Cave."
Qualcomm Snapdragon 821/823 scores nearly 155000 points on AnTuTu

Qualcomm Snapdragon 821/823 scores nearly 155000 points on AnTuTu

An upcoming LeEco smartphone has appeared in the benchmark database with scores around 10 percent higher than the existing Snapdragon 820 SoC.
Huawei Y6 II and Y6 Compact entry-level smartphones coming soon

Huawei Y6 II and Y6 Compact entry-level smartphones coming soon

The 5.5-inch 6Y II and 5-inch 6Y II Compact are expected to retail for 200 Euros and 150 Euros, respectively, with Kirin and MediaTek processor options.
Microsoft to begin phasing out the Surface 3 tablet

Microsoft to begin phasing out the Surface 3 tablet

The aging and less expensive Surface 3 tablet will end production later this year with no known official successors down the road.
T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Android phablet gets Marshmallow update

T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy Note 4 gets Android Marshmallow

The 1.5 GB update brings Android 6.0.1 to the phablet that arrived back in 2014, also offering the latest security patches, as well as various tweaks and fixes.
Oppo Find 9 may have Snapdragon 823 SoC, 8 GB RAM, and 4100 mAh battery

Oppo Find 9 may have Snapdragon 823 SoC, 8 GB RAM, and 4100 mAh battery

The ambitious leak for the 5.5-inch flagship shows it to be a powerhouse with dual 21 MP rear cameras and a large capacity battery.
Xiaomi may be preparing a smartwatch for a launch in September

Xiaomi may be preparing a smartwatch for a launch in September

A "Smartwatch" category has appeared on the manufacturer's website just two months after Xiaomi Vice President hinted at a potential wearable.
Jun 27
Apple discontinuing its 27-inch Thunderbolt display

Apple discontinuing its 27-inch Thunderbolt Display

A successor to the Thunderbolt Display is nowhere to be seen as Apple sells of it remaining stock.
Samsung Ahead wearable device

Samsung trademarks "Ahead" wearable

A new patent filing describes a helmet-shaped smart wearable that might end up launching as a Google Glass alternative some day, although Samsung has already unveiled a device with this name.
Lenovo TB-8703N Android tablet at TENAA

Lenovo TB-8703N tablet hits TENAA and GeekBench

This 8-inch slate has a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 2 GB RAM, 16 GB internal storage, and runs Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow.
Samsung Galaxy Note 5 to get successor with 64 GB RAM and blue color option

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 might come in blue

The latest rumor concerning Galaxy Note 5's successor reveals 64 GB of internal storage and black, silver, and blue color options.
More images and specifications leak on ZTE Nubia Z11

More images and specifications leak on ZTE Nubia Z11

Several pictures showing off the thin design and small body of the smartphone have leaked just days before the official unveiling.
LeEco Le Max 2 Pro could come with Snapdragon 823 SoC and 8 GB RAM

LeEco Le Max 2 Pro could come with Snapdragon 823 SoC and 8 GB RAM

The first smartphone with 8 GB RAM may be just around the corner and could even be revealed this Thursday at a press event in Beijing, China.
Fujitsu unveils Celsius H760 mobile workstation

Fujitsu unveils Celsius H760 mobile workstation

The 15.6-inch notebook updates the outgoing H730 with new internal features including Skylake Xeon options, DDR4 ECC RAM, Thunderbolt 3, and optional 4K UHD.
Jun 26
Alleged benchmarks for GeForce 1080M surface online

Alleged benchmarks for GeForce 1080 Notebook surface online

A forum poster is claiming a 3DMark Fire Strike Graphics score of 16893 points and a core clock rate of 1442 MHz out of the GTX 1080M.
Toshiba updates Tecra A50-C-1W2 with Core i7-6500U and LTE

Toshiba updates Tecra A50-C-1W2 with Core i7-6500U and LTE

The 15.6-inch Tecra A50-C business notebook will now have integrated LTE options with configuration prices reaching 1800 Euros.
LG launches Product Security Response Team for its smartphones

LG launches Product Security Response Team for its smartphones

The new website aims to be a user-friendly stop for LG smartphone owners to read up on current Android vulnerabilities, download updates, and report potential exploits.
Jun 24
Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 Android tablet gets Marshmallow update in the US

Unlocked Galaxy Tab S2 tablets in the US get Android Marshmallow

The update aims unlocked 8- and 9.7-inch WiFi variants of the slate and comes three weeks after Verizon released it for the locked models on its network.
Google sets end-of-life dates for its current selection of Nexus devices

Google sets end-of-life dates for its current selection of Nexus devices

Google is committing to a two-year long support cycle for its newer Nexus smartphones and tablets while smaller patches for security flaws will continue for about a year longer.
Samsung to focus on fewer smartphone models for higher profits

Samsung to focus on fewer smartphone models for higher profits

The South Korean manufacturer may be switching from the traditional growth-oriented strategy to a newer profit-oriented strategy in the face of a slowing global smartphone market.
Samsung Notebook 7 Spin Windows convertible with Intel Skylake processor

Samsung unveils Notebook 7 Spin convertible

This new portable comes in 13.3-inch and 15.6-inch variants, powered by Intel Skylake processors and featuring up to 16 GB DDR4 memory.
Qualcomm Snapdragon SoCs and modems will support Galileo navigation

Qualcomm Snapdragon SoCs and modems will support Galileo navigation

Consumer smartphones with common Snapdragon SoCs like those from the 800, 600, or 400 series will receive OTA updates this coming Q3 2016.
LG Nexus 5X Android handset to get a HTC-made successor

HTC Sailfish specs surface online

This smartphone is said to have a 5-inch full HD display, an unspecified quad-core 64-bit processor, and 4 GB of memory, all with Android N on top.
Microsoft Edge boasts longer battery life than Chrome or Firefox

Microsoft Edge boasts longer battery life than Chrome or Firefox

Microsoft's own testing conditions show Edge outlasting Chrome and Firefox by as much as three and two hours, respectively.
Jun 23
Pantech Sky IM-100 Android smartphone with Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor

Pantech launches Sky IM-100 smartphone

This handset is powered by a Snapdragon 430 chip, next to 2 GB RAM and a 3000 mAh battery, having a price of roughly $380 USD.
Huawei Honor 5C now available in parts of Europe

Huawei Honor 5C now available in parts of Europe

The 5.2-inch smartphone will have an aluminum chassis, scratch resistant back, and respectable core specifications for just 200 Euros.
MSI: Compact gaming desktop PC

MSI: Compact Gaming Desktop PC "Vortex" and VR backpack announced

MSI shows a mobile solution for VR (Virtual Reality) without any annoying cables at Computex 2016. There is also an update for the compact gaming desktop Vortex, which is mainly based on notebook components.
MSI: Next generation of high-end gaming notebooks GT73 and GT83 announced

MSI: Next Generation of the High-End Gaming Notebooks GT73 and GT83 announced

MSI updates its lineup of gaming notebooks and announces three new models at their local expo in Taipei. The wait for Nvidia's next GPU generation has begun.
MSI: GS32, GS63 and GS73 Gaming Notebooks with next-gen Nvidia GPUs

MSI: GS32, GS63 und GS73 Gaming Notebooks Overview

The Gaming specialists from MSI show their new mobile gaming notebooks at this year's Computex in Taipei. All notebooks should be equipped with next generation "Pascal" GPUs from Nvidia.
Samsung Galaxy S8 could include UHD display and dual rear cameras

Samsung Galaxy S8 could include UHD display and dual rear cameras

The UHD display aims to improve VR experience where the higher pixel count can have a much larger impact.
Huawei EMUI 5.0 custom ROM coming fall 2016

Huawei EMUI 5.0 expected to arrive this fall

The new version of Huawei's custom ROM will mainly target Western users as the company continues to increase its presence in the United States.
Amazon Kindle June 2016 variant with

Amazon Kindle gets faster, thinner, lighter

The redesigned Kindle still starts at $79.99 USD, but offers twice as much memory as the previous model and is also available in white.
Oppo A37 mainstream smartphone now available for $200 USD

Oppo A37 mainstream smartphone now available for $200 USD

The affordable smartphone is stylish and slim with an emphasis on camera quality.
ZTE growing in popularity amongst European users

ZTE growing in popularity amongst European users

The Chinese manufacturer is now the 5th largest smartphone manufacturer in Europe by market share as of Q1 2016.
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Upcoming ARM Cortex-A73 could support HDR and 4K UHD at 120 Hz

The ARM "Egil" can bring HDR video and 4K UHD HEVC and VP9 decoding to future smartphones.
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