Posts by Anton D. Nagy

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    If you have a Google Nexus 5X, like we do, you will most likely be notified of an update’s existence any time now. The Nexus 5X update that is rolling out now to devices is likely a bug fix release, as there’s no official changelog detailing what’s new. What we do know is that the build is MDB08I (updates from MDA89E), a build which was recently seen as a factory image on Google’s servers. If you haven’t already seen the notification, don’t worry, as it should reach your phone soon. You can also check manually for its existence, or, if you are eager to side load it, follow the ...

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    There were a series of reports recently concerning Sony Xperia Z5 Compact touchscreen issues, where the display would start to act up. Errors and misbehaviours reported included the touchscreen either not registering touches, or executing several commands upon a successful registration of the touch. Interestingly, all of these reports referred to the white version of the Sony Xperia Z5 Compact — we can’t confirm this as we’re reviewing the black model — and this has lead to the belief that there might be a hardware error specific to the white variant. Interestingly, as it turns ...

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    As it turned out, Apple is using two third party companies (TSMC, and its own rival, Samsung) as manufacturers for the A9 chip inside its latest iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. This is nothing new, as Apple, in the past, has made similar decisions regarding other key components as well. This year, however, the SoCs are not only made by two different companies, but they are also different in the production technology used. Some reports recently claimed that there is substantial difference between the two chips, if not necessarily in performance, but in power consumption and temperature as ...

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    If you want an iPhone 6s, or an iPhone 6s Plus, but you don't want to have it tied to a carrier (AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, Verizon), you should now be able to purchase an unlocked device online. Apple has made the SIM-free iPhone 6s (and 6s Plus) available as an option in its cloud store, where you'll able to purchase phones with model numbers A1633 (6s) and A1634 (6s Plus). Not being tied to a carrier has its pros and cons. While  you will have the freedom of choosing your own SIM card (and it will most likely work on these carriers), buying a SIM-free iPhone 6s will require you to ...

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    Inspired by the Apple Watch Force Touch and iPhone 6s 3D Touch (or not), Synaptics is preparing pressure sensitive screens which will allow Android OEMs to have smartphones that offer a similar functionality to Apple's latest and greatest. Think of it as 3D Touch on Android; Huawei already announced that a "force touch"-enabled version of its Mate S will be available, but, at the moment, only these two products (with the iPhone 6s/6s Plus) offer you the option for this sort of interaction. However, flagship Android smartphones in 2016 might come equipped with pressure sensitive screens ...

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    In the first three quarters of 2015, HTC has suffered a net loss of NT$12.15 billion (US$372.39 million), reports DigiTimes, but the Taiwanese company is looking to turn that around in the last quarter of the year. HTC has already announced the HTC One M9+ and HTC Butterfly 3 in Japan, as well as the Desire 728 dual sim in China. However, according to unnamed sources cited by the publication, more phones are expected from HTC in the last quarter of the year, both mid-rangers, as well as high-end devices. The HTC One A9 -- the name is as good as confirmed -- will be unveiled, according ...

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    Ever since the beginning of the Nexus project, and the birth of Nexus phones, one of the direct effects of Google teaming up with a certain OEM (or maybe also part of the reason behind the move) was/is to offer some sort of support, to bring the manufacturer into the spotlight; to "show some love", if you will. Of course, such an exposure and official backing/promotion from Google resulted in increased sales figures for said manufacturer, and not only for its Nexus device, but for others in its portfolio too. The Huawei-made Nexus 6P will help the company reach its goal of shipping 100 ...

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    Owners of some Nexus devices (Nexus 6, Nexus 5, Nexus 9, Nexus 7 2013, and Nexus Player) can already get a taste of Android 6.0 Marshmallow thanks to Google, who made the factory images available on its servers. But what if you own a smartphone (or a tablet, for that matter), and your carrier of choice is T-Mobile? Magenta confirmed the Marshmallow update to be in the works for 17 of the devices on its line-up. The page also reiterates something we know so well (and learned to hate) concerning the long time required for a carrier phone to get an update: "Software updates are a long ...

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    featured review In this day and age, when there’s really fierce competition on the smartphone market, it is really difficult for a brand to gain traction, brand recognition, and, of course, market share. It’s easy if your name is already on the lips of millions and millions, and if that name is Apple, Samsung, HTC, LG, Huawei, Motorola, Sony, or any of the other big guns. These companies have flagship, premium devices (with premium specs, build, and, of course, premium price tags), but they also have lower-end, and mid-range offerings, for those who can’t afford to always rock the ...

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    The Galaxy Note 5 and S6 edge+ event is still fresh in our memory (and the iPhone announcement couldn't really make it fade away), but that doesn't stop rumors and reports from talking about the upcoming flagship, the Samsung Galaxy S7. Back in June we heard back-to-back reports -- based on the fact that the Note 5 was announced earlier than usual -- that claimed Samsung would announce the Galaxy S7 this year, and then the opposite, that it would still arrive in 2016. Between then and now, there have been plenty of reports talking about possible dual models in different sizes, edge models, ...

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    Smartwatches are gaining traction and momentum, there’s no doubt about that. Whether it’s the Pebble, the Apple Watch, the new Moto 360, Samsung’s Gear S2 or LG’s watch line-up, almost every manufacturer that matters has one in its portfolio. But how about a much smaller company, and its less "smart" offering? Does it stand a chance against these behemoths? Martian Watches are betting big on their products, wearables that are not smart in the "smart" sense of the word – but they're hardly "dumb" watches either. So, instead, we’ll just refer to them as “connected” ...

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    Chevrolet announced that it will be the leader, with more 2016 models supported than any other car maker, in bringing Android Auto and Apple CarPlay to the dashboard of its vehicles. 2016 models equipped with the company's seven-inch infotainment system will offer Android Auto and/or Apple CarPlay by default; 2016 models that feature the slightly larger, eight-inch system, will only be available, initially, with Apple CarPlay. However, Android Auto will be offered later, and now, according to official wording, we find out exactly when. March of next year is when owners of 2016 models ...

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    According to industry sources cited by DigiTimes, fingerprint scanner prices have dropped 50% compared to early 2015. While, at the beginning of the year, a fingerprint scanner was priced at about $7-$8, now the same component has reached $5. Said sources also claim that the prices are likely to continue dropping next year, a trend which is mostly due to competition on the market, thanks to multiple manufacturers. But the increase in suppliers is not the only reason for the price drop; the report claims that components made in China and Taiwan with high performance/cost ratio are ...

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    Whether Samsung should have officially made the Galaxy Note 5 available in more regions (read Europe, but not only) remains an open question, that opens the speculation flood gates. For whatever reason (and that's a completely different debate), the South Koreans have opted to keep the 2015 phablet, for now, limited to only some regions, the US being the spearhead. One can argue that Samsung could have made a better business decision here, especially after Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge figures were lower than expected (of course, arguably, depending on who you tend to believe). The key ...

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    Whether a 4K display on a smartphone is useful, just gimmick, or proof of concept, or on the contrary, is up to you to decide. What we do know is that the Sony Xperia Z5 Premium is the world's first phone to pack a crazy resolution of 3840x2160 on a 5.5-inch display, for an even crazier pixel density of beyond 800PPI. Sony's already pushing its fresh Xperia Z5 line-up in recent ads, but there's more to the Sony Xperia Z5 Premium resolution than just the numbers on paper. As it turns out, the Sony Xperia Z5 Premium will barely use its native 4K resolution. As a matter of fact, the phone ...

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    A couple of days ago a Geekbench benchmark result was uncovered, believed to reveal information about the upcoming Huawei Nexus smartphone. While the information didn't reveal too much, it did shed some light on the processor and RAM, namely the Snapdragon 810, and 3GB of memory. Other important bits, like the phone's screen size and resolution were not part of the report, but, a new benchmark result sheds more light on the matter. This time the result comes from GFXBench, and it represents results for a certain "Angler" codenamed device, believed to be the Huawei Nexus. While the 3GB of ...

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    With the Galaxy S6, S6 edge, S6 edge+ and Galaxy Note 5, these Samsung mobile devices constitute a very attractive line-up for this year. Despite making a couple of decisions which have generated controversy among both customers and the press (non-removable batteries, lack of expandable storage), the company's 2015 offerings are, without a doubt, powerful enough to make it to the (top of the) list including smartphones to consider. However, according to a report that cites unnamed "industry sources", Samsung is lowering its mobile device component orders. The report, word for word, says: ...

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    The new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus are powered by Apple's 64-bit A9 chip, with the embedded M9 motion coprocessor, which makes it almost certain that next year's smartphones, the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus (if Apple maintains its naming convention and product line-up) will be powered by Apple's A10 chip. According to a recent report, mass production for the Apple A10 chip will start in March of 2016. The information has been published by Chinese publication Commercial Times, and cited by DigiTimes, and the report also includes the name of the manufacturer. TSMC (Taiwan Semiconductor ...

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    After initially hearing quite a lot about a certain upcoming HTC phone, codenamed Aero, said device is now being referred to as the HTC One A9. Said device will likely be announced later in the year, though some rumors have suggested dates that are already behind us. That didn't stop the device from allegedly being pictured next to the iPhone 6. The image you see below is allegedly a screenshot representing benchmark results of a certain HTC One A9. We advise you to remain skeptical about this, as there's no way in verifying the veracity of the information below. At the end of August ...

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    Update: as it turns out, the Meizu Go Pro will not be a flagship, and it will not even be a smartphone. As the image below suggests (@nofnikospao13 on Twitter), we're looking at an action camera, so, unless that's your cup of tea, there's nothing to see here. The latest Meizu leaks talked about an MX5 Pro Plus device powered by the same processor as the Galaxy S6 (Exynos 7420), something that made the headlines at the beginning of August, as a simple internet chatter. While Meizu's VP Li Nan said that the company no longer desired to be a small manufacturer, at the end of July, word was ...

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    September 16, less than a week from today, is when Android Pay is supposed to go live, according to the latest rumors we heard on September 4. The information allegedly came from Verizon through unofficial channels, and the fact that Mountain View has a new Google Wallet app ready in the Play Store is a clear indication that the rumors were (at least) close to reality. You will not be limited to paying in stores with the new Google Wallet app; instead, you'll be able to send (and receive money) to people in the US via email (apparently, with no fees), manage your Wallet card, deposit and ...

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    While it wasn't an official announcement, like everything we've seen today, those who paid close attention to the presentation managed to acknowledge the OS X El Capitan release date. Yesterday was all about the Apple Watch, Apple TV, iPad Pro, and iPhone 6s/iPhone 6s Plus, but, with the occasion of one particular demo (3D Touch on the new iPhones), Apple made a silent announcement as far as the OS X El Capitan release date is concerned. September 30 is the date to circle in your calendar. An email (for demo purposes, but still) from Phil Schiller -- to Craig Federighi -- says "The El ...

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    Whether it really was the real deal or not, Monday's leaked (purported) LG Nexus 5 render gave us probably the best look at the upcoming smartphone, granted, just for the back of it. One day later we not only saw two (black and white) color options, but we were treated with a look at the smartphone's side, but, as we get close to that rumored October 13 launch date, accessory manufacturers (especially case makers) are gearing up. One such LG Nexus 5 case maker, Ringke, is showing off its clear case in the render above. Luckily, Ringke is also (allegedly) showing off the front of the ...

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    The world just got richer with two new smartphones that are part of the new Obi Worldphone line-up, a fruit of the collaboration between Apple's ex-CEO John Sculley, and and Ammunition design founder Robert Brunner. You can debate whether each of the two resembles something else on the market (past or present), but there are just so many ways to build a smartphone these days. The Obi Worldphone SF1 and SJ1.5 will both set you back less than $200, when they become available in October in emerging markets in Asia, Africa and Middle East. The Obi Worldphone SF1 (below) will go for ...

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    The Cityman and Talkman are codenames for two smartphones that Microsoft will allegedly unveil in the near future. According to some reports, October 19 is the date to circle in your calendar if you are looking forward to seeing new Microsoft Lumia flagships. While we've been seeing renders and leaks of all sorts regarding the two aforementioned phones, the leak we're looking at is hopefully going to further clarify things. The images above and below appear to be official press renders (claimed as such) of the two upcoming Microsoft Lumia flagships, the aforementioned Cityman (above) and ...

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