Honor Reveals Phones Set to Get Android 6.0 Marshmallow Update in February

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Wondering when your Honor handset will get the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update? If your handset is one of the five named – then early next year. Honor India has announced that it will be rolling out Android 6.0 Marshmallow software version in the country to a range of its handsets beginning February 2016.

Honor India noted that the Honor 4C, Honor 6 Plus, Honor 7, Honor 6, and Honor 4X users in the country will be receiving the impending software version. Considering how much time smartphone manufacturers have taken in the past to roll out the new Android software to their handsets, Honor India’s current rollout timeline is impressive, however, those who were expecting it sooner might be disappointed.

Parent company Huawei recently announced on its Weibo channel that many of its handsets including the Ascend P8, Ascend P8max, Mate S, Mate 7, Ascend G7, Ascend G7 Plus, and Ascend G8 will begin receiving the update in China starting November.

Separately, a report citing Huawei marketing executive Xi Zhao said that the company plans to beta test Android 6.0 on at least one of its device before releasing the stable version of Android 6.0. Zhao said that the Honor 7 users should expect to see a beta test for Android 6.0 Marshmallow in a few weeks.

It will be interesting to see the company’s take on Emotion UI, its user interface for Android handsets. Many users have previously requested the company to tone down on customisation and apps that it bakes in its lineup of smartphones and tablets.

The company is also set to launch a high-end handset, probably the Huawei Mate 8, this month. The company has started teasing the launch of the Mate 8 for November 26. The handset is rumoured to have company’s own high-end handset Kirin 950.

BlackBerry Priv Android Slider Smartphone Detailed by Company

BlackBerry ahead of the commencement of shipping of the Priv smartphone next week wants to make sure users are familiar with all the features. The Canadian company has released a video showing the major features of its upcoming Android handset.

The company in its YouTube video stresses on the privacy and productivity features alongside the familiarity of the Android platform. The video shows some of the highlight features of the BlackBerry Priv including physical keyboard on the slider, BlackBerry Hub, pop-up widgets, 4K video recording support, dual curved edge screen, touch enabled physical keyboard with SmartSlide, rear camera with OIS, and DTEK by BlackBerry. You can watch the video below.BlackBerry Priv Android slider smartphone is up for pre-orders at $699 (roughly Rs. 45,500), and is slated to begin shipping in the US starting November 6.To recall, Priv features a 5.4-inch QHD (1440×2560 pixels) Amoled display and sports a pixel density of 540ppi. Under the hood, it is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 hexa-core processor clubbed with 3GB of RAM, and supports up to 32GB of expandable storage. An 18-megapixel rear camera is at the rear while a 2-megapixel front-camera is also on board. A massive 3410mAh battery backs the device. The company is yet to reveal the exact Android Lollipop version of the Priv handset.

Recently, BlackBerry’s ‘Productivity Edge’ or notifications on the curved edge display was spotted in a leak. An image of Productivity Edge on the Priv showed icons for quick viewing calendar, mails, tasks, and contacts. BlackBerry’s ‘Productivity Edge’ looked similar to Samsung’s People Edge, which primarily allowed users to quickly access select contacts. Samsung also included an option to light up the edge screen when mails, messages, or calls arrive. Samsung had also implemented Apps Edge, which let users pin apps to the edge display.

LG Top OEM for Issuing Security Patches to Its Android Devices

In the light of the recent Stagefright vulnerabilities for Android, a report states that out of all the OEMsLG is best at offering security updates for its devices. The University of Cambridge, UK has released a research paper defining FUM (Free Update Mean) scores, based on which different OEMs including LG have been ranked.

As per the researchers, FUM scores include three segments – the proportion of devices free from vulnerabilities over time, the proportion of devices that run the updated version of Android, and the mean number of vulnerabilities the manufacturer has not fixed on the device.

Based on FUM scores published at Android Vulnerabilities website, LG is on top with the score of 4.0, followed by Motorola (3.1), Samsung (2.7), Sony (2.5), HTC (2.5), Asus (2.4), Alps (0.7), and worst being Symphony and Walton at 0.3. While this was for OEMs, Google’s own Nexus devices remain ahead of the game at 5.2 FUM score.

The University of Cambridge research paper however, has added that about 87 percent of all the Android smartphones are exposed to at least one of the known vulnerabilities. The average Android smartphone receives 1.26 security updates each year, something which contradicts the per month update OEMs promised couple of months ago when the Stagefright vulnerability came into spotlight – of course, with the more frequent rollout promised, this may change soon.

The study also puts the recent comment made by the HTC USA President Jason Mackenzie in new light. Mackenzie last week tweeted that pushing out monthly security updates to all the HTC smartphones is ‘unrealistic’.

For those unaware, LG, Google and Samsung in August promised monthly updates to fix the Stagefright vulnerability in all their smartphones. Sony, Motorola, and OnePlus and other companies have also rolled out updates.

While the companies are still rolling out the Stagefright vulnerability fix to devices, security experts earlier this month found a new Stagefright 2.0 vulnerability as well. The newer version of the bug can also affect devices running OS versions below Android 5.1 Lollipop. Unlike the previous Stagefright bug, the Stagefright 2.0 can enter any device in the form of mp3 or mp4 file instead of a MMS text.

Sony Concept For Android Marshmallow Edition Now Available

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Sony has announced that it is expanding its Sony Concept for Android program, the company is releasing a new version of the software for Android Marshmallow and opening up the program to more countries.

Sony Concept for Android Marshmallow will be available for 10,000 people to try out, in order to qualify to test the software you need either a Sony Xperia Z3 or Xperia Z3 Compact and need to live in one of the countries that the program has been expanded to.

If you live in the UK, Sweden, Ireland, Germany, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Iceland, Estonia, Latvia or Lithuania, you can sign up to the program.

The software is built on some of the key feedback from our first “Concept for Android” – the users helped us create an experience built on the fundamentals of: prolonged battery life, smooth and fast performance, sleek user interface, Sony apps and experiences and frequent, timely updates. We’ve included all of that here and also hope to road test a few new Sony experiences along the way…

You can find out more details about the Sony Concept for Android Marshmallow at the link below, the first 10,000 people who sign up to the program will be able to test the software.

Samsung Pay Launched In The US

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Samsung’s new mobile payment system, Samsung Pay is now available in the US, Samsung launched their new service in the US yesterday.

Samsung Pay is only available on certain Samsung devices at the moment and only with some of the US mobile carriers.

In order to use Samsung Pay you will need either a Galaxy Note 5, a Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge or Galaxy S6 Edge+ on one of the supporting mobile carriers.

The mobile carriers which support Samsung’s mobile payment in the US include AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint and US Cellular, Verizon Wireless does not support the service.

You can find out more details about Samsung’s mobile payment system over at their website at the link below.

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.

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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.

iPhone 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

RAM

2GB

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iOS 9

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16GB

Rear Camera

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.