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Nougat for Motorola Moto X Style arrives in India

The Motorola Moto X Style from 2015 has started getting a new update in India. It brings Android 7.0 Nougat and while the company is yet to officially announce the rollout several users have reported they have already received it. The wait for Nougat has been long for Indian Moto X Style owners given that US units started getting the update back in April this year. Recently, units in Brazil also started receiving the update. Via 1 2



ZTE Axon 7 starts getting Android 7.1 update

Less than a month after ZTE pushed out the Android 7.0 Nougat update to its Axon 7 smartphone, the device has started getting the Android 7.1 update. Rolling out over the air, and arriving as software version ZTE_A2017V1.1.0B09, the update is currently hitting units in China. The update also bumps the MiFavor UI version to 4.2. Given that the roll out has started in the company's home country, it'd be reasonable to expect that other regions will also get it sooner than later. ZTE has brought the Daydream-ready Axon 7 at the MWC and anyone there can enjoy some high-quality VR...



Italy fines Samsung and Apple due to firmware updates that slow performance

The Italian Competition and Market Authority (AGCM) opened an investigation against Samsung and Apple over claims of planned obsolescence. That was in January and the investigation has now closed - both companies were found guilty. Samsung and Apple were slapped with a €5 million fine each. AGCM concluded that "the release of some firmware updates of mobile phones that have caused serious malfunctions and significantly reduced performance, thereby accelerating the process of replacing them." The companies got in trouble in part because they were too pushy when prompting users to...



Deal: HTC 10 goes for €290 on eBay Germany

The HTC 10 went into the "old but gold" category after the U11 came out. It's still a capable smartphone with a great camera and its Snapdragon 820 chipset still has plenty of oomph. Plus, it's last call for those wanting a metal HTC, the company switched away to glass for the U-series. There's an offer on eBay for €290 while HTC's official site sells it at €480. There's a catch, of course. The item condition is "new, unused", but this looks like an open box unit. Also, be warned some people have complained that they have received demo units from B-Ware deals (like this one). HTC...



Xiaomi Mi VR Standalone is an Oculus Go version for China

Oculus and Xiaomi have partnered up to bring portable VR experience to China. The Mi VR Standalone will be a version of the Oculus Go that is exclusive to China while the Oculus headset will be available in the rest of the world (at $200). Both headsets are functionally identical - based on the Snapdragon 821 Mobile VR Platform, they work without a phone or a PC (or cables). Visuals are provided by two 2K LCD screens with new-generation lenses. The Xiaomi Mi VR Standalone comes with a motion controller (with a touchpad and a trigger). It has built-in spatial audio (developed by Oculus)...