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The malware can gain root access on Android phones, exposing the entire device to the hackers. (Source: Android Recovery Mode Screen)

Hackers compromise over 1 million Google accounts

Malicious software disguised as legitimate Android apps have breached over 1 million Google accounts. The software can then install additional apps or even post content online.
Meizu M3X Android smartphone with MediaTek Helio P20 processor and 3 GB RAM

Meizu M3X now up for pre-order

This new Android handset is powered by the MediaTek Helio P20 processor, also featuring 3/4 GB RAM, 32/64 GB internal storage, dual-SIM support, a fingerprint scanner, and more. In China, it will hit the market for $247 USD or $290 USD, depending on the variant.
The Meizu PRO 6 Plus, powered by the Samsung Exynos 8890, is now available in China. (Source: Meizu)

Meizu unveils PRO 6 Plus powered by Samsung Exynos 8890 SoC

Meizu's new PRO 6 Plus is a followup to its PRO 6, released earlier this year. The PRO 6 Plus phablet is boasts impressive specs and could even be a suitable replacement for those missing the Samsung Galaxy Note 7.
CyanogenMod logo, Cyanogen Inc. to close its Seattle office and lay off staff

Cyanogen might shut down Seattle office

Although this has not been confirmed yet, it seems like Cyanogen is currently planning to close its Seattle office by the end of the year, laying off some employees in the process as well.
Coolpad Note 3S Android smartphone with Snapdragon 415 and 3 GB RAM

Coolpad launches Note 3S and Mega 3 smartphones

Both smartphones target the low-cost area of the market, come with a 5.5-inch display, run Android 6.0 Marshmallow with Cool UI 8.0 on top, and will go on sale in India via Amazon on December 7.
Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime Android smartphone now available in the US

Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime now available in the US

This 5.5-inch metal-clad Android smartphone already arrived in India and the Philippines, and now the time has come for the US market. The Exynos 7870 Octa-driven handset can be acquired via Amazon for $295.97 USD.
Sony Xperia X Performance Android smartphone gets Nougat update

Sony Xperia X Performance gets Android Nougat

Not long after the first LG G5 and HTC 10 flagships received Android 7.0 in the US, the Sony Xperia X Performance joins them. The new firmware rolls out to both the single- and dual-SIM variants of this handset.
Samsung Galaxy On7 (2016) Android smartphone now available in South Korea

Samsung Galaxy On7 hits South Korea

After making its debut in China, this 5.5-inch Android handset comes to South Korea. Powered by Marshmallow out of the box, it uses a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor, next to 3 GB RAM and 32 GB internal storage.
Will Qualcomm release the Snapdragon 830 as a scaled down version of the Snapdragon 835?

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 830 might come after all

When Qualcomm released the Snapdragon 835 recently, it was widely expected that this would be their flagship processor for 2017. However, according to new rumors out of China, Qualcomm might also release the Snapdragon 830 just a few months after the Snapdragon 835 as a slightly scaled down version.
Samsung Pay in use, launch in the UK delayed for 2017

Samsung Pay UK launch pushed to next year

Although its arrival to the UK was expected for this December, it looks like Samsung's mobile payment service will only make its debut in the area in 2017. Unfortunately, no accurate release date has been unveiled yet.
#ExtremeUnboxing: The OnePlus 3T is unboxed in a Fighte Jet.

OnePlus made an unboxing OnePlus 3T video inside a Fighter Jet

Making an unboxing video at home is boring so OnePlus rented a Fighter Jet and a pilot in Czech Republic and made the video high up in the sky. It may have been even better in VR.
Meizu is launching the Note 5 on December 6th.

Meizu Note 5 has a December 6th launch date

Meizu has released teasers revealing the launch date for the Note 5 for December 6th. Meizu decided to omit the Note 4 and launch the Note 5 as a successor to the successful M3 Note.
LeEco Le Max Pro Android phablet coming soon to the US via multiple online retailers

LeEco phones coming to Amazon, Best Buy, and Target

Although the company initially planned to have flash sales in the US, they are now dropping the idea and opening the web store 24/7. However, LeEco will sell its products in the US via other retailers as well.
The Nexus 6P by Huawei is one of the first devices to receive the update to Android 7.1.1. (Source: Huawei)

Nexus 6P to receive Android 7.1.1 update in December

The update will be included in a security patch scheduled to go out on December 6th.
LG G5 Android flagship on T-Mobile gets Nougat update

LG G5 on T-Mobile gets Android Nougat

One week after Sprint released the Android Nougat firmware for the LG G5 flagships on its network, T-Mobile does the same. The update has 1.2 GB in size and rolls out via OTA, packing the usual features and the November security patches.
Lenovo K6 Power Android smartphone with Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 launches in India

Lenovo K6 Power launches in India

This 5-inch Android handset has been uncovered at IFA 2016 and now debuts in India. Priced at roughly $145 USD, it uses a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor and runs Android Marshmallow with Lenovo Pure UI on top.
HTC 10 Android flagship now gets Nougat update in the US

HTC 10 gets Android Nougat in the US

Not long after introducing the Android Nougat-powered Bolt/10 Evo, HTC has finally released the new firmware for the HTC 10 flagships in the US. The 1.1 GB update brings Android 7.0 and the November security patch.
Google Pixel family expected to sell over 9 million units by the end of 2017

Google expected to sell 9 million Pixel handsets in 2016 and 2017

According to the financial firm Morgan Stanley, Google will sell around 3 million Pixel handsets by the end of 2016, followed by over 6 million during 2017. These sales are expected to bring in almost $6 billion in revenue.
Lenovo ZUK Edge teaser surfaces on Weibo, launch expected early December 2016

Lenovo ZUK Edge coming next week

Recently spotted at TENAA, this 5.5-inch handset that is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 chip has been confirmed to arrive next week. Sadly, it does not come loaded with Android Nougat.
Cube's Mix Plus is a low-powered, low-cost laptop/tablet hybrid. (Source: Cube)

Kaby Lake powered Cube Mix Plus now available for pre-order

The 10.6 inch 2-in-1 sports a Core M Kaby Lake processor. Is the Chinese manufactured hybrid a good value?
Fairphone 2 Smartphone Review

80% Fairphone 2 Smartphone Review

Good conscience. Fairphone's 2 promotes fair labor conditions and sustainability rather than exploitation and waste. With its unique, to the smartphone world, modular design that easily allows replacing components, the 5-inch Android takes a different approach than its rivals in all other aspects, as well.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AA | Qualcomm Adreno 330 | 5.0" | 172 g
Samsung Pay mobile payment service in use, not working on Gear S3 with Google Pixel smartphones

Samsung Pay on Gear S3 not working with Google Pixel handsets

Although the Samsung Gear S3 smartwatch comes with Samsung Pay support out of the box, it seems the Google Pixel devices are the only major Android handsets not compatible yet.
Microsoft Arrow Launcher for Android gets updated to version 2.7

Microsoft Arrow Launcher gets updated

This launcher app for Android devices has just reached version 2.7, and now features improved file search, customized grid layout, as well as the usual bug fixes and improvements, including a 10 percent performance increase.
Samsung Galaxy C7 Pro (SM-C7010) specs on Geekbench

Samsung Galaxy C7 Pro shows up on Geekbench

The device that has been spotted in the benchmark database carries model number SM-C7010 and features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor. It is expected to sport a 5.7-inch display, runs Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, and has 4 GB of memory.
Meizu 7.9-inch Android tablet with MediaTek processor image leak

Meizu tablet leaks online

The first tablet of this Chinese brand is expected to feature a 7.9-inch display, next to a MediaTek Helio X or P processor, 4 GB RAM, 32 GB internal storage, a 13 MP main camera, and a generous battery.
The A1 symbol can tell you if the Micro-SD card is fast enough to run apps.

The A1 symbol on Micro-SD cards tell you if it is fast enough for apps

The SD Association recently introduced new application performance classes that will specify Micro-SD cards that are fast enough to be used for starting apps and programs. So far only one class, named A1 has been announced
The Samsung Galaxy S8 may integrate up to 256 GB of storage. (Image: Concept by Steel Drake)

Samsung Galaxy S8: Versions up to 6 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage?

New rumors regarding the Galaxy S8 recently appeared on Chinese Weibo, suggesting that the Galaxy S8 may come in versions up to 6 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage. Apparently there will be further innovations like a larger display area, an iris scanner and AI-Assistents.
LG might still keep the battery on the LG G6 replaceable even though the phone won't be modular like the G5.

LG G6 might adopt a replaceable battery and iris scanner

Early Next year LG is expected to unveil a successor to the G5. While most likely not adopting a modular design anymore, LG will keep the battery replaceable and adopt an iris scanner, according to a report from South Korea.
Just one year after it came to market, the Nexus 5X is fit for scrap if it breaks.

Google/LG Nexus 5X: LG offers refund because an essential part is out of stock

The one year old Nexus 5 may be fit for scrap if it suffers from hardware failures because a certain not specified part is out of stock and won't be available anymore. Instead, LG offers a refund, users on reddit report.
UMI Plus Smartphone Review

81% UMI Plus Smartphone Review

Plus size, small price. Budget Chinese smartphones are looking and performing better every year. The UMI Plus is no exception at the cost of a larger form factor and subpar camera.
Mediatek Helio P10 MT6755 | ARM Mali-T860 MP2 | 5.5" | 185 g
Upcoming Gionee M2017 smartphone could ship with 7000 mAh battery

Upcoming Gionee M2017 smartphone could ship with 7000 mAh battery

The 10.65 mm thick smartphone can charge other devices and will house flagship specifications including a 5.7-inch QHD AMOLED curved display and 6 GB of RAM.
The design of the Meizu X might appear to look like the Honor 8.

Meizu X: This smartphone might make Helio great again

Next week, on November 30th Meizu will launch a new smartphone to "make Helio great again". This smartphone might be the Meizu X, which apparently will be a midrange device that seems to resemble the Honor 8 from Huawei.
The glossy black version of the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge will be available soon.

Samsung: Pictures of the glossy black version of the Galaxy S7 (edge) leak

First it was just a rumor on Chinese Weibo but then a Samsung Manager posted pictures of the glossy black Samsung Galaxy S7 edge, making it very likely, that this color option will be available soon.
The update to Android 7.0 Nougat is currently only available in the U.S. (Source: HTC)

Android 7.0 Nougat comes to HTC 10 in the U.S.

HTC made good on earlier rumors by bringing Android 7.0 to the HTC 10 on Friday.
Star Wars mobile phones by Sharp to debut in Japan in December

Two Star Wars Mobile handsets coming next month

The handsets are made by Sharp and will hit the Japanese market packed with Star Wars-related content. The specs are quite strong, including a Snapdragon 820 processor, 3 GB RAM, 32 GB internal storage, a 22.6 MP main camera, and more.
The leaked specsheet of the Xiaomi Mi 5c suggests that Xiaomi used their own processor.

Xiaomi Mi 5c specs leak: Low-Cost phone features CPU developed by Xiaomi

Xiaomi will soon release the Mi 5c a new low-cost option based on the Pinecone processor, a SOC developed by Xiaomi based on ARM's Cortex A-53 cores. It won't break any speed records but it will be cheap.
The Pinebook will soon launch as a laptop alternative to the Raspberry Pi for $89.

Pinebook: Cheap Linux laptop with Quad-Core ARM processor

Pine64 launched an alternative to the popular Raspberry Pi last year, based on an Allwinner A64 ARM-CPU. Now they announced two laptop versions and called them Pinebooks. They will be available starting at $89 and run both Android and Linux.
Microsoft Cortana virtual assistant to get Samsung competitors

Samsung trademarks Bixby and Kestra voice assistants

Not long ago, we heard that Samsung's upcoming voice assistant would be Bixby. Now, we find out that it will come with a feminine counterpart, dubbed Kestra. Both are expected to debut alongside the next-gen Galaxy flagship.
Samsung Galaxy S7 could come in Jet Black for the Holidays

Samsung Galaxy S7 could come in Jet Black for the Holidays

The new glossy color option should reinvigorate sales of the nearly one year-old Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge.
OnePlus 3 flagship killer receives OxygenOS 3.2.8 software update

OnePlus 3 gets OxygenOS 3.2.8

Although this update comes just in time to offer Nougat, OnePlus decided to use Android Marshmallow as foundation for a new firmware once again. The highlight of OxygenOS 3.2.8 is the [email protected] fps video recording capability.
BLU Vivo 6 Android handset with 5.5-inch full HD display and 64-bit MediaTek Helio P10 processor

BLU Vivo 6 hits the UK

The 5.5-inch Vivo 6 handset was announced last month, and now this unibody Android device made using aircraft grade aluminum goes on sale in the UK. As a Black Friday deal, those interested can get it today for £184.99 GBP - £55 GBP off its regular price.
HTC Desire 650 Android smartphone with 5-inch 720p display and Qualcomm Snapdragon processor

HTC unveils Desire 650 smartphone in Taiwan

This new Android smartphone comes with low-end specs and features mostly, but also includes BoomSound speakers and a 13 MP main camera. Powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor (model not specified yet), it uses a 2,200 mAh battery.
Huawei G9 Plus Android smartphone, Huawei most profitable Android brand

Huawei now most profitable Android brand

While Apple continues to dominate the market with a record 91 percent share of all smartphone profits worldwide, Huawei grabs the second place but ranks as the most effective Android brand as well.
ZTE Axon 7 Mini Smartphone Review

84% ZTE Axon 7 Mini Smartphone Review

Is the Mini version all you need? In addition to the flagship model Axon 7, the Chinese manufacturer once again offers a Mini version of the current model. Besides the size and the features, the price was reduced as well. But can the Axon 7 Mini compete with the strong rivals?
Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 MSM8952 | Qualcomm Adreno 405 | 5.2" | 153 g
Sprint-exclusive HTC Bolt Android smartphone gets free headphone adapter

HTC Bolt buyers can get a free headphone adapter

Owners of this Sprint-exclusive handsets can get a free headphone adapter, since it was not included in the retail box so far. Even more, future HTC Bolt batches will come with the USB Type-C to 3.5 mm jack adapter in the box.
Pebble 2 Collection White, Pebble firmware 4.3 now available

Pebble firmware 4.3 now available

This update brings Kickstart as a new watch face for the Pebble 2 and Pebble Time, as well as the usual set of performance improvements and bug fixes. Last firmware released by Pebble was 4.0, which arrived back in August.
Samsung Gear S3 Classic smartwatch gets new software November 2016

Samsung Gear Fit 2 and Gear S3 get minor software updates

The new software for Samsung's smart wearables only brings minor changes but succeeds in improving the user's experience. The list of new features includes auto pause and indoor set exercises support (Gear Fit 2), as well as speedometer support for the Gear S3 (not confirmed yet).
Xiaomi Mi 5c Android smartphone to launch for about $145 USD

Xiaomi Mi 5c to cost around $145 USD

This handset, codenamed Meri, is expected to launch as the cheapest Mi handset by Xiaomi. According to the latest leak from China, the (probably) MediaTek Helio P20-powered smartphone would carry a price tag of less than $150 USD.
Microsoft Solitaire Collection now for iOS and Android devices

Microsoft Solitaire Collection hits Android and iOS

Spider, Freecell, Klondike, Pyramid and Tripeaks Solitaire are now available via both Apple's App Store and Google's Play Store.
Huawei Honor 8 Android smartphone gets Nougat Beta

Huawei Honor 8 gets Android Nougat Beta

Not long after the new Android version for the Huawei Mate 8 surfaced online, the Honor 8 owners who are part of the Nougat beta program receive the new firmware that integrates EMUI 5.0.

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