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Jan 22
Huawei Honor 8 Android smartphone gets Nougat-based EMUI 5.0 firmware globally

Huawei Honor 8 gets Android Nougat globally

The new firmware comes with EMUI 5.0 on top and has over 2.2 GB in size. According to Huawei Japan, the update comes with the usual Nougat features, as well as better app versatility and various tweaks.
The Redmond-based software giant has experienced several rounds of layoffs under Nadell's leadership. (Source: The Techy)

Microsoft set for round of 700 layoffs this week

Microsoft is expected to conduct about 700 layoffs next week when it announces its earnings for Q4 2016. The positions cut are not from one department, but throughout Microsoft's office and business units around the world.
Jan 21
Hopefully the new Moto Z will have better battery life this time around to support the QHD screen. (Source: Android Police)

Motorola flagship spotted on Geekbench

The Moto Z (2016) may be getting its successor soon, though details about the hardware inside the phone remain scarce. What is clear thus far is that the phone will feature Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 chipset.
Sony Xperia XZ Android smartphone gets January 2017 security patch

Sony Xperia XZ and X Performance receive new security patches

The new firmware fixes a few minor issues, the most noticeable one being the clock reset that occurs after rebooting on some handsets. The update is based on Android 7.0 Nougat and has the security patch level dated January 1.
A new year brings new lawsuits for the chipset company. (Source: Qualcomm)

Apple sues Qualcomm for nearly $1 billion

Qualcomm is embroiled once again in allegations of excessive licensing fees that allegedly discourage innovation and make consumers pay higher prices for their phones and tablets.
LG G6 teaser and invite to launch event, coming in late February

LG G6 to feature Google Assistant

Next to the heat pipes for cooling the processor and its water resistance, both teased by LG already, the upcoming G6 is also rumored to come with Google Assistant. However, this has not been confirmed by LG yet.
LineageOS replaces Cyanogen OS, promises weekly updates and support for over 80 devices

LineageOS to offer weekly updates and support for over 80 devices

The former CyanogenMod team is now back with LineageOS, another Android-based ROM that is already available in the shape of a few unofficial builds that run on over 66,000 devices. The official versions coming soon promise support for over 80 handsets and weekly updates.
Vivo X5 Max with 3.5 mm audio jack, this connector might soon disappear

The 3.5 mm audio jack might disappear earlier than expected

Since the latest iPhone and the HTC Bolt, Moto Z, or the latest LeEco smartphones dropped this old connector, it would not be a surprise to see all high-end handsets abandon it by the end of the year.
The report is alleged to reference a separate issue for both of the Note 7's battery manufacturers. (Source: Samsung)

Samsung Note 7 was afflicted by two separate issues: report

Samsung is due to report on the finding of their investigation into their Galaxy Note 7 recall on Monday. Leaks allege that the fires were the result of two separate problems: one manufacturer's battery didn't quite fit into the device, and the other manufacturer's battery had a manufacturing flaw.
Huawei Honor Note 8 Android phablet to get Nougat update soon

Huawei unveils list of devices to get Android Nougat

Some Huawei handsets already received the Nougat-based EMUI 5.0 beta firmware, and now the list of devices to get this later this year when the beta is over has been revealed. The list includes the Mate 8, Honor 6X, MediaPad M3, and others.
The T470 and T470s are part of Lenovo's Extended Lifecycle program, while the T470p is not. (Source: Lenovo)

Confirmed: Lenovo ThinkPad T470, T470s will have Thunderbolt 3, but T470p will not

Lenovo has confirmed that press release images showing the T470p with a Thunderbolt 3 port were a mistake, and that only the dual-core T470 and T470s will have Thunderbolt 3. This is bad news for ThinkPad fans who were hoping to use a T470 with an external GPU.
Lenovo still struggling with its three-year old Motorola acquisition (Source: The Wall Street Journal)

Lenovo still struggling with its three-year old Motorola acquisition

The Chinese manufacturer had high hopes when it took Motorola off Google's hands. Unfortunately, combined sales of both Motorola and Lenovo smartphones have been far lower than expected.
Jan 20
Buzzvil acquires Slidejoy

Buzzvil acquires Slidejoy

This acquisition allows Buzzvil to deliver 4 billion ad impressions each month, but also "to diversify its geographic footprint while bringing on a world-class team" at the same time.
Nokia 18.4-inch tablet specs on GFXBench, might show up at MWC 2017

Nokia's 18.4-inch tablet hits GFXBench

This huge tablet promises to be more powerful than the Samsung Galaxy View, the benchmark database revealing a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, 4 GB RAM, 64 GB internal storage, all with Android Nougat on top.
Asus ZenFone 3 Android handsets to get successors unveiled in May

Asus ZenFone 4 might launch in May

Although Asus failed to ship as many ZenFone units as anticipated last year, stopping at the 17.5 million barrier, the company aims to sell 20 million units in 2017. The next-gen ZenFone is rumored to show up in May, claim insiders familiar with the matter.
Vivo V5 Plus Android smartphone with frontal dual-camera setup for best selfies

Vivo V5 Plus also heading for Malaysia

Already confirmed to launch in India, Thailand, Myanmar, and Indonesia, this unique Android smartphone with dual cameras for selfies will also reach Malaysia, but the prices have not been announced yet.
Apple is rumored to be working with wireless charging tech startup Energous. (Source: Apple Insider)

iPhone 8 will support wireless charging, reports say

"Industry sources" have provided further confirmation that Apple's next flagship will allow for wireless charging, though it remains to be seen how the company will implement the feature.
New Samsung Flip Cover patent with E-Ink display

Samsung's Flip Cover to come with an e-ink display

Next to its foldable devices, Samsung seems to be working on a new Flip Cover. As revealed by a patent recently filed in Korea, Samsung plans to add an e-ink display to the next-gen cover for its flagships.
Asus says the UX430 fits a 14-inch laptop into a 13-inch's footprint. (Source: Asus)

Asus unveils UX430 and UX530 ultra-thin notebooks with dedicated graphics

Today Asus unveiled new UX430 and UX530 ZenBooks. The thinnest ZenBooks ever to have dedicated graphics, both pack U-series Kaby Lake chips and Nvidia Maxwell GPUs.
LG Gram 14 Windows 10 ultrabook to get e-book support via upcoming software update

Latest Windows 10 build offers support for e-books

The new Insider test build does not include the new "My People" feature that surfaced in October and was supposed to be included now, but it is important to see that e-book support is coming to Windows 10.
LG Music Flow gets updated with Google Home and multi-room support

LG Music Flow to get Google Home and multi-room support

LG's music streaming system arrived back in 2015, and now it is a few weeks away from a Google Cast update that promises to bring both Google Home support and multi-room capabilities. For now, the update is still being tested but should arrive by the end of February.
The S7 and S7 Edge can run at HD, FHD, or QHD resolutions. (Source: SlashGear)

Galaxy S7/Edge gets Android 7.0, defaults to lower resolution

Samsung has updated its S7 and S7 Edge handsets to Android 7.0 Nougat. As part of the update, the resolution is downscaled to 1080p.
Jan 19
The IPC3 is a ruggedized mini-PC with a passive cooling system. (Source: Fit PC)

The Compulab IPC3 is a fanless PC with a Core i7

The mini-PC sports either a Kaby Lake Core i5 or Core i7 and is passively cooled.
Samsung Glaaxy J7 (2017) FCC compliance certificate

Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017) passes FCC testing

Not long after showing up on Geekbench, the Galaxy phone with model number SM-J727 arrives at FCC. This handset is most likely the long-awaited Galaxy J7 (2017), a smartphone that still has to be announced by Samsung.
Fire Emblem Heroes will be Nintendo's second release on smartphone platforms. (Source: Nintendo)

Nintendo continues mobile march with Fire Emblem Heroes

Nintendo will carry on its foray into smartphone apps by launching a new game, Fire Emblem Heroes, on both Android and iOS February 2nd. In addition, Super Mario Run will also be coming to Android sometime in March.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 Android smartphone now available in India

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 hits India

The successor of the Redmi Note 3 comes to India in three variants, all powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor, featuring 32 GB or 64 GB internal storage space and between 2 GB and 4 GB memory. The starting price is around $150 USD.
Will the new notebook be light enough to surpass the competition? (Source: Xiaomi)

Xiaomi is launching a notebook with magnesium-lithium chassis

Not content with the weight of the Mi Notebook Air, Xiaomi intends to outdo its previous effort with an even lighter material, but magnesium-lithium doesn't come cheap.
Sources say that the 9.7-inch model will represent up to 60% of total iPad shipments this year. (Source: Phone Arena)

Apple has three new tablets coming in latter half of 2017

The new tablets are still in the planning phase and aren't expected to release until the latter half of 2017. Still no word on the fate of the iPad Mini, however.
Samsung Z2 Tizen smartphone with 4G now gets WiFi calling via software update

Samsung Z2 gets WiFi calling

Samsung has just added WiFi calling to the features of this first 4G LTE Tizen handset via a software update. The 50 MB firmware also comes with improved Panic mode and updated security.
LG G6 launch invite February 26 in Barcelona

MWC 2017 | LG G6 to be unveiled on February 26

Just as rumored, the next-gen LG flagship launches in time for MWC, but everything is official now. The launch event has been scheduled for February 26, in Barcelona, one day before the popular trade show for the mobile industry opens its gates.
Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Android phablet to get Nougat soon

Samsung reveals list of devices in line for Nougat

In addition to the Galaxy S7 lineup that has just received Android 7.0, Samsung plans to deliver this update to a pretty long list of devices, including the Galaxy Tab S2, Galaxy S3, Galaxy Note 5, and a few others. The list is not final, so more Samsung products could get the update in the second half of 2017.
Nokia 6 Android smartphone has sold the first batch in just one minute

First Nokia 6 batch sold out in one minute

Available via a flash sale, the first Nokia 6 batch disappeared no less than 60 seconds. However, HMD Global did not reveal how many units were part if this first lot, but this achievement looks impressive nevertheless.
Twitter's Fabric joins Google

Google acquires Twitter's Fabric

Twitter's mobile app developer platform joins Google, who also gets the Crashlytics crash reporting system, Answers mobile app analytics, Digits SMS login, as well as the FastLance development automation system.
Motorola Moto Z by Lenovo modular Android smartphone gets Nougat later this month

Android Nougat coming to unlocked Moto Z handsets next month

While Moto Z Droid and Moto Z Force Droid on Verizon got updated to Nougat back in mid-November, the unlocked Moto Z will finally get the latest Android version next month, reveals a Motorola spokesperson.
Nokia 6 Android smartphone to get multiple successors by the end of 2017

Nokia P1 might be unveiled next month

After Nokia 6 has been unveiled back at CES, we heard about two more upcoming handsets from this iconic brand - Nokia E1 and Nokia 8. Now, the time has come for the 5.3-inch Nokia P1 flagship with many top-of-the-line specs, including the Snapdragon 835 processor and a 23 MP main camera with Carl Zeiss optics.
Laputan machine: The legal code should eventually include

EU Legal affairs committee suggests rules for robots—including rights and kill switches

The European Union's Legal Affairs Committee has recommended that the EU begin drafting rules for issues of robot rights, including autonomous cars, a definition for "electronic persons", issues of liability, and even kill switches.
Apple AirPods are the best selling wireless headphones in the US

Apple AirPods are the best selling wireless headphones in the US

Apple instantly knocked back Beats and Bose out of their top positions in terms of online sales revenue with the launch of the AirPods.
The Xperia XA successor makes the same stylistic choices that set it apart from the competition. (Source: ePrice)

More images of Sony Xperia XA successor discovered

More hints at Sony's successor to the Xperia XA are gradually emerging, but questions remain regarding the actual hardware inside the device.
Seamless UI scaling between phones, tablets, Xbox, and full-sized computers is the goal. (Source: Windows Central)

Windows 10 shell update will help close the gap between Windows PCs and phones

Microsoft is allegedly planning on integrating the Windows 10 UIs for PC, mobile, Xbox, and convertibles into one "Composable Shell", allowing for a truly universal Windows OS.
Jan 18
Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro Android phablet hits FCC on its way to the US market

Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro hits FCC

The international variant of this massive 6-inch Android handset has been spotted on FCC, not long after the model number SM-C900F surfaced on the WiFi Alliance website as well.
NVIDIA Shield Tablet/Shield Tablet K1 gets Android Nougat update in a few weeks

Nvidia Shield Tablet to get Android Nougat soon

NVIDIA has just confirmed that both the Shield Tablet and its improved sibling simply known as Shield Tablet K1 will receive the long-awaited Android 7.0 software update "in a few weeks."
ZTE Blade V8 Pro smartphone now shipping in the U.S.

ZTE Blade V8 Pro smartphone now shipping in the U.S.

The Blade V8 Pro is a mid-range phone with two rear facing cameras tuned to take artistic bokeh-style shots.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Pro Android smartphone/phablet, Chinese brands dominate the Indian market

Chinese brands now in control of India's smartphone market

Samsung and local brand Micromax are losing ground in their battle against Chinese brands, who managed an impressive jump from 19 percent a year ago all the way up to more than half of this $10 billion smartphone market.
Sony Xperia Z5 Premium Android smartphone/phablet to receive Nougat update

Sony Xperia Z5 lineup gets Android Nougat

This new firmware update comes with all the Android 7.0 goodies, as well as a new Xperia Home launcher that is "smarter and more personal" and also fully integrates Google Now.
Fujitsu ARROWS Tab V567/P Windows 10 Pro tablet coming soon to Japan

Fujitsu working on a 6-inch Windows 10 Pro device

The 6-inch phablet/tablet will launch as "ARROWS Tab V567/P," but will only be available in Japanese. Its technical specs are not public yet, but considering the price around $1,300 USD, a high-end Intel processor would not be a surprise.
LG Aristo Android smartphone with 4G VoLTE and Nougat preinstalled

LG Aristo hits T-Mobile and MetroPCS next week

Although it can be purchased right away for just $144 USD, this Snapdragon 425-driven, 5-inch handset comes with a 13 MP main camera, 16 GB internal storage, 4G VoLTE, and runs Android Nougat out of the box.
OnePlus 3 Android smartphone now gets OxygenOS 4.0.2 update

OxygenOS 4.0.2 rolls out

As promised earlier this month, the new OxygenOS update comes to solve the Google Play store app download issue encountered by OxygenOS 4.0.1 users. The new firmware is compatible with the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T handsets.
Lava Pixel V1 Android One smartphone might reach the US market

Android One handsets might reach the US market

Initially introduced to allow low-cost handsets to retail loaded with stock Android and to receive updates coming directly from Google, the Android One initiative only targeted emerging markets so far, but the US might be added to the list by mid-2017 as well.
Samsung Galaxy J2 Ace Android smartphone with MediaTek MT6737T and

Samsung Galaxy J2 Ace launches in India

This handset comes with Android Marshmallow out of the box, featuring a quad-core MediaTek processor, 1.5 GB RAM, a 5-inch qHD display, 4G VoLTE support, and a 2,600 mAh battery, all for a price of roughly $125 USD.
The business-oriented U937/P is made from a magnesium alloy. (Source: Impress)

Fujitsu unveils 1.7-pound 13-inch notebook

Fujitsu has revealed two of the world's lightest 13-inch laptops at a launch event in Japan. The UH75/B1 weighs a scant 1.72 lbs while the U937/P weighs 1.87 lbs. The base units come with a small 25 Wh battery to reduce weight, but a 50 Wh battery is available, which will make the unit weigh just over 2 lbs.
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