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    It should be crystal clear by now that, while it fell short of overly optimistic expectations from ardent iFans, the Apple Watch sold magnificently well during its first eight or nine months in stores, acting as the main catalyst behind the global rise of wrist-worn gadgets. Granted, Fitbits and Xiaomi Mi Bands also helped put wearables on the map, but they’re likely to gradually lose steam in the next few years, not to mention they’re generating peanuts in profits. Back to the “iWatch”, this reportedly accounted for a whopping two thirds of all smartwatch shipments in 2015, namely ...

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    There’s no question about it anymore, Huawei is the new Samsung. The world’s rapidly rising third largest smartphone manufacturer insists on trumpeting record-breaking sales numbers literally every week, which is something we were used to back in the day in relation to the now stagnating Galaxy. Forget quarterly reports, as monthly box-office updates are apparently in, with Huawei claiming its January 2016 shipment figures increased by a monumental 93 percent year-on-year. Mind you, we’re talking the traditionally slowest month of any given year in terms of electronic device demand ...

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    In its frenzied race to 120 million smartphone unit sales this year and consolidation of the number three spot on the global manufacturer ranks, Huawei doles out respectable mid-range Androids left and right, including in the US, a market that the OEM had trouble penetrating until not long ago. But the company’s release strategy is a little too all over the place these days, especially if you add the Honor sub-brand to the equation. This literally just debuted on the North American continent, and already, it’s making life awfully difficult for one of its non-Honor cousins. At first ...

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    How long have we been waiting for Android Wear watches to start sounding off? Models like last year's Huawei Watch were clearly packing integrated speakers, and it looked like it was just a matter of time before we'd see the software fall into place that would finally take advantage of them. But despite some indications that such updates were on the way, official speaker support has so far been elusive. Well, today's the day we've been looking forward to, as Google announces new hands-free features for Android Wear, including speaker support. Right now, the only two Android Wear models ...

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    It's easy enough to build an extremely affordable smartphone, but the trick isn't simply undercutting everyone else on price; it's keeping prices low while still delivering hardware that's worth buying, with attractive specs and a compelling design. Huawei may have hit that nail right on the head with its Honor sub-brand's new 5X, which just the other day went up for sale in the States at an incredibly attractive $200 price point. With a Snapdragon 615 under the hood, 13MP camera, and a 5.5-inch 1080p screen, that sure looked like it added up to one heck of a bargain. Now it's time for ...

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    In case you’re undecided between services like Spotify, Pandora, Google Play Music and Deezer, or simply too lazy to download and try them all on for size, Huawei will soon make it easy for its Honor sub-brand fans to enjoy online music streaming out the box. That’s right, all Honor buyers in Europe, Latin America, Middle East, North Africa, Russia and South East Asia should find the Android Deezer app pre-installed on their shiny new smartphones for immediate access to a solid audio library of 40 million tracks, personalized mixes, as well as 40,000 podcasts and audiobooks. The US is ...

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    After many years of constant, impressive growth in overall smartphone demand, the Chinese market hit a big stagnation point in 2015, according to at least two research firms, with new trends favoring domestic manufacturers over the rulers of the Western mobile world. Things got so bad for Samsung in the single biggest market around the globe that the Galaxy failed to make the local top five both in Q4 and as far as the whole year is concerned. Huawei won the October – December gold medal, with 15.2 percent share, followed closely by Xiaomi, Apple, Vivo and OPPO, at 14.8, 13.1, 10 and 9.2 ...

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    Feeling brave today? Huawei-subsidiary Honor is hoping you are. It's launching US store today with one phone and one wearable. If you've kept your attention past CES this year, you may recall that Honor launched a $200 all-metal phone. So, if a champ build for chump change is what's getting your motor going, hit up our source link. The Honor 5X, packed with a Snapdragon 615, a fingerprint sensor, a 5.5-inch 1080p display and a 3,000mAh battery, is on sale direct from Honor in the US at $199.99. Also on sale is the Honor Band Z1, a smartwatch with minimalist design and minimal ...

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    Boy oh boy, is next month’s Mobile World Congress shaping up to be a crowded affair, with LG, Sony, OPPO and now Huawei unafraid to confirm their presence in Barcelona for the industry’s largest expo, and Samsung likely waiting for the perfect timing to follow suit. The same day LG will probably debut the highly anticipated G5 flagship smartphone, Huawei apparently has a “global unveiling” of a new device in store too, though to be honest, we’ve no idea what that might be. It’s been almost a year since the P8, P8 max and lite saw daylight, so a succeeding trio feels like a good ...

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    Huawei’s been making the headlines for the past few months with impressive sales figures, which are only bound to improve in 2016, and the Honor sub-brand in particular got an important hype boost when the surprisingly affordable, surprisingly powerful 5X went official at CES. The sub-$200 Honor 5X is apparently about to go global, adding a number of European markets and now India to a release list started with the United States. On Indian shores, the fingerprint-capable upper mid-range 5.5-incher will go on pre-order later today through Amazon and Flipkart at Rs 12,999 ($190), with ...

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    When's the last time a new mobile gadget had you really excited? Were you awed by the sheer size of the iPad Pro? Rendered speechless by the 4K screen on the Sony Xperia Z5 Premium? Whatever that piece of hardware was, though, there's a good chance we're talking about a 2015 model. After all, so far this year we've yet to see much in the way of high-profile launches, and while CES brought us lots of cool stuff to check out, some of the season's biggest devices have been holding back for MWC. With the expo getting ready to let loose upon Barcelona in just a few more weeks, we're taking a ...

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    It’s no longer a secret the worldwide mobile hardware industry has reached a point of saturation and stagnation, with its two most popular companies in particular feeling the heat from consumers lacking incentives to upgrade on a regular basis. Samsung lost smartphone market share for the first time in years, as the Galaxy S6 family only managed to pull in 40 million unit shipments in 2015, and the Note 5 barely crossed the 10M mark, both numbers falling short of optimistic expectations. Meanwhile, Apple took the lion’s share of the year’s profits once again, but the striking visual ...

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    CES 2016 may not have brought us a ton of all-new phones, but we sure got to see new spins on some recent models, and that included the golden special edition Nexus 6P graduating to wide availability. The handsome-looking handset emerged as a show favorite, and shoppers have been free to pick one up for themselves both through the Google Store and with retail partner Best Buy. Even though the gold Nexus 6P is still the new hottness, it's already attracting efforts to make it just a bit more commercially appealing in the form of some solid discounts, bringing the price down fifty dollars. ...

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    When Huawei announced plans for the US expansion of the budget-focused Honor sub-brand, it wasn’t immediately clear if certain North America-only phones would be designed, or if the love would be spread to the old continent as well. But at least the Honor 5X is headed for Europe in addition to the United States, at an as-yet undisclosed price. It can’t be more than €250 and £250, though, and there’s reason to hope for a tag as low as €/£200. Either way, it’s going to be virtually impossible to turn down the metal-clad, fingerprint-recognizing, Full HD-capable and ...

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    When we first laid eyes on the Huawei Mate 8 at CES 2016, we were only mildly impressed. While its clean industrial design and oversized battery were welcome additions to the Mate family, the phone still came with software quite literally designed for another continent – and its overloaded feature set seemed more at home on a Samsung phone from 2012 than a modern Android flagship. A week with the Mate 8 back home in Boston hasn't changed our feelings about the phone's shortcomings, but it has given us time to appreciate all the advantages this device has to offer. And when one of ...

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    2015 wasn’t the year of the great PC comeback, as iPhones managed to eclipse the popularity of traditional Windows computers by themselves, but something must be telling two of the most successful handheld manufacturers in the world there’s still money to be earned in devices sized over 10 inches. Beside the looming Huawei MateBook (weird name, we know), a sub-13-inch hybrid of sorts could be coming soon from Xiaomi, which is currently putting the finishing touches to the Mi 5 flagship phone too. What’s interesting is that, according to Digitimes and the publication’s hit-and-miss ...

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    So much for a collapse. The PC market may be on the slopes, but with Microsoft making its own (convertible) laptop and Apple totally owning it with its MacBooks, Huawei seems to be puffing up its chest for a major Mate move. That's if the ever-grinding Chinese rumor mill gets its facts right. Swimming around in the muck is news that Intel had given Xiaomi a BOGO deal on chips, reportedly giving the OEM a tablet processor per notebook processor the company bought or possibly vice versa. That tablet processor could be the Atom x5 that we saw on the Mi Pad 2 late last year. We haven't seen a ...

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    The twists and turns of the path of Nexus came to a head last year with two phones from different manufacturers — one a Google favorite, the other a rising star. Trade winds blew in word that a troubled legacy phonesmaker would be making both of this year's Nexus smartphone entries. Noted HTC leaker @LlabTooFeR has tracked down "alleged" HTC Nexus device codenames. Allegedly related to HTC Nexus devices codenames are: T50 T55 — LlabTooFeR (@LlabTooFeR) January 19, 2016 There's little precedent for this codename format in both Nexus and HTC phone portfolios. As far as Android devices ...

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    Cobalt. It doesn't just strike your eyes with a certain pitch of blue: it's a key component of our smartphones' lithium-ion batteries. But it seems that the labor used to obtain this mineral has been poorly regulated. And Amnesty International is implicating Apple and Samsung — both companies having their own shares of labor problems — as well as Sony, Microsoft, Huawei, LG, ZTE, Lenovo and eight other multinationals for being complacent to child labor in their supply chains. All of those manufacturers, while they don't necessarily share battery providers nor battery part providers, do ...

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    When Huawei announced its new smartphone lineup at CES earlier this month, it followed up the hoopla with its usual generosity. That is: it gave everyone in attendance a review sample of either its new Mate 8 phablet, or a gold-colored refresh of the Nexus 6P. My colleague Jaime Rivera, perhaps anticipating an After The Buzz video in his future, went for the 6P. But despite my deep respect for the newest Nexus, I sprung for the weirder of the cousins for two reasons: I knew Pocketnow would have to post a Mate 8 review, and I wanted to write that review. The last Huawei smartphone I ...

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    Here in the West, Huawei's enjoying some of its best brand recognition in years. Getting tapped by Google to produce the Nexus 6P was a huge deal for the manufacturer's international stature, and while the Mate 8 wasn't exactly brand new when it showed up at CES this year, it quickly emerged as one of the expo's few stand-out phones. As we look forward to what's next from Huawei, a new rumor attempts to lay out the company's plans for some of this year's upcoming flagships, painting the picture of what the Huawei P9 family has to offer. To hear Evan Blass tell it, we're looking at four ...

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    Overall 2015 global smartphone sales numbers are in, at least from research firm TrendForce, and the single-digit growth predicted by IDC just last month was exceeded. Not by a lot, but it’s pleasing to hear almost 1.3 billion intelligent handhelds were shipped worldwide in the past 12 months, despite mature markets reaching saturation and many formerly emerging countries looking to follow suit. That represents a year-on-year progress of 10.3 percent, and it was all mostly due to fast-rising Chinese brands, which reportedly seized no less than seven of the top ten manufacturer slots. ...

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    Synthetic benchmarks: are they the end-all, be-all of device rankings? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Really, though, even if the dream of a single figure that reliably reflects a model's performance is an elusive one, a well-executed benchmark can still give us a useful point of comparison, and when we run enough of them, we just might start to close in on some respectable rankings that really do show how one phone's sheer processing power measures up against another's. With 2016 now in full swing, AnTuTu's looking back on all the phones that passed through its database last year, ans has crunched the ...

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    The discontinued Motorola-made Nexus 6 is available at a reduced price on Amazon, possibly in a last attempt to clear inventory, Google just dropped the Nexus 5X to a starting tag of $350 on a permanent basis, so it’s only natural the Huawei-produced Nexus 6P follows suit. Unfortunately for hardcore Android purists, the N6P is likely still greatly popular at its normal retail cost, so Big G doesn’t see the need to take anything off the MSRP yet. Instead, you’ll net $50 savings on any Huawei Watch configuration purchased from the search giant with the acquisition of any Nexus 6P ...

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    Vice City. Full of fattening foods, business propositions of the nether regions, fewer grand theft auto charges than you'd think would be there and — for one week out of the whole year — tech here, tech there and tech everywhere. I don't know how Pocketnow's largest ground crew survived through all of it, but they did. And they're here to tell the tale. (Recorded) LIVE from CES 2016, this is episode 182 of the Pocketnow Weekly! Check out the high-quality audio version of our podcast right here or on your podcasting feeds starting today at 11:00am Eastern or you can also catch our ...

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