Monthly Archives: October 2015

Huawei is working on Marshmallow beta for Honor 7

Honor 7i 2Huawei recently unveiled the list of its devices that are going to be upgraded to Android 6.0 Marshmallow. At the time, the Chinese company said the first rollouts could happen in November, and now it’s reiterated just that – but with a twist.

The first Huawei device to get a taste of Marshmallow is apparently going to be the Honor 7. That’s because, according to Huawei marketing exec Xi Zhao, a beta release of the Marshmallow update for the Honor 7 will be out soon. In a matter of weeks, actually. Perhaps around four weeks, as it turns out. (more…)

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Samsung Exynos 8890 for Galaxy S7 to hit mass production in December

samsAccording to new reports out of its home country of South Korea, Samsung is set to start mass producing the Exynos 8890 chipset for the Galaxy S7 at some point in December.

This SoC, also known by its codenames M1 or Mongoose, is going to be the first Samsung-made one to feature custom CPU cores. The Korean company will not be using ARM designs anymore, like it has so far for every single one of its past Exynos chips.

Going with custom cores is significant because at the moment only Intel, Apple, Qualcomm, AMD, and ARM have their own CPU designs in the semiconductor market. So Samsung’s going to be in good company in this regard. And apparently this will allow it to reduce costs, better optimize the chips for its smartphones, as well as gain a competitive edge in the market.

The Galaxy S7 could in fact have three different chipset variations inside, each model being sold in certain markets only. One of those will be the Exynos 8890, while another is set to be Qualcomm’s upcoming Snapdragon 820.

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MIUI 7 global stable ROMs now available for download

MIUI 7Xiaomi has released the global stable MIUI 7 ROMs for bunch of devices, including Mi 3, Mi 4, Mi Note, Redmi 1S, Redmi 2/Prime, Redmi Note, and Mi Pad.

The ROMs are currently available to flash manually from MIUI Official Forum, with instructions on how to go about doing that. If you are not comfortable with flashing, you can wait for a few days before the update starts rolling out as OTA update.

MIUI 7 comes with several improvements, including improved UI speed (up to 30%), up to 10% battery life, 5 new official themes, new Huge font size, dedicated folders in image gallery for babies and pets, child mode, and some India-specific features, such as Showtime, which plays a personalized photo or video when you call someone with a compatible device, daily changing lockscreen wallpapers, smart SMS grouping, and smart OTP SMS handling.

You can find the download links in the link below.


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Lenovo phone with 5.5-inch display and 2GB RAM shows up at TENAA

Lenovo phoneAfter Lenovo Vibe X3 (which, confusingly, has been certified twice by TENAA), an unannounced smartphone codenamed Lenovo K51c78 – which is allegedly the Vibe X3 Lite – has been spotted listed on the Chinese certification authority’s website.

Specs-wise, the handset is powered by a MediaTek MT5653 chipset with octa-core 1.3GHz CPU, and sports a 5.5-inch display with 1080 x 1920 pixels resolution. It has 2GB RAM and 16GB expandable internal memory, and packs in a 3300mAh battery.

In terms of camera, the new Lenovo phone features a 13MP rear unit and a 5MP front shooter. Running Android 5.1 out-of-the-box, the 8.7mm thick smartphone comes with a fingerprint scanner and also offers 4G connectivity support. Weighing in at 152 gms and available in white, silver, gold, and black color options, it is said to carry a price tag of around RMB 899 ($142).

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Android 6.0 factory images arrive for Nexus 6P

Nexus 6PLast week, Google released Android 6.0 factory images for the LG-made Nexus 5X, and now the company has also posted Marshmallow factory images for the Huawei-made Nexus 6P, which has recently started shipping in the United States.

Unlike its smaller brother Nexus 5X, there are only two images available for the Nexus 6P: MDA89D and MDB08K. Also, unfortunately, there is no other information available, like whether or not any of these images is for Project-Fi. (more…)

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