AndroidSPIN Google Android News, Phones and Tablets, Software and hardware reviews and more2016-06-26T15:12:13Z http://androidspin.com/feed/atom/WordPress Onkar Soundankar https://plus.google.com/+OnkarSoundankar/about <![CDATA[Samsung Galaxy Note 7 to feature Exynos 8893, new Grace UX, and new S-Pen]]> http://androidspin.com/?p=171092 2016-06-26T15:12:13Z 2016-06-26T15:11:20Z Rumors have being floating around since a few days that Samsung might skip a numeral and launch the Galaxy Note 7. Renowned leaker Evan Blass (@evleaks) posted a new photo yesterday on Twitter confirming that the South Korean giant will indeed name the next Galaxy Note device as the Galaxy Note 7. Also, the Galaxy Note 7 was […]

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Rumors have being floating around since a few days that Samsung might skip a numeral and launch the Galaxy Note 7. Renowned leaker Evan Blass (@evleaks) posted a new photo yesterday on Twitter confirming that the South Korean giant will indeed name the next Galaxy Note device as the Galaxy Note 7.

Also, the Galaxy Note 7 was rumored to feature a large 5.8-inch curved Super AMOLED screen display (5.77 inches, to be precise) and a 12-megapixel primary camera with laser autofocus for faster focus in low-light conditions. Evan also revealed it will come with 5.7″ QHD AMOLED display, 12MP DualP / 5MP camera and an iris scanner.

The processor is still a mystery, but we heard earlier that Snapdragon 821 is under development and the Galaxy Note 7 might feature it. Now, a popular Chinese smartphone leaker @i ice universe posted a photo on Weibo today revealing complete specifications of the Galaxy Note 7.

We may also see Exynos 8893 in the Galaxy Note 7 for non-American markets. Moreover, the Galaxy Note 7 is expected to feature a whopping 6GB of RAM, a microSD card slot, and a 4,000 mAh battery. It might also feature a USB Type-C port, which would be the first time for a smartphone from Samsung.

The South Korean smartphone giant might announce the Galaxy Note 7 on the 2nd of August, 2016. What do you think about the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 ? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

Source: @evleaks

 

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Onkar Soundankar https://plus.google.com/+OnkarSoundankar/about <![CDATA[Huawei building its own smartphone OS just in case things go sour with Google]]> http://androidspin.com/?p=171073 2016-06-25T10:19:04Z 2016-06-25T10:19:04Z Huawei is a biggest Chinese smartphone manufacturer has made some great devices in the past few years, including the Nexus 6P. We have seen many companies build their own custom ROMs based on Android, which is nothing new. Samsung has even made its own Tizen operating system for its devices offering an Android-like experience. Now, a new report claims that Huawei is making its own […]

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Huawei is a biggest Chinese smartphone manufacturer has made some great devices in the past few years, including the Nexus 6P. We have seen many companies build their own custom ROMs based on Android, which is nothing new. Samsung has even made its own Tizen operating system for its devices offering an Android-like experience.

Now, a new report claims that Huawei is making its own mobile 0perating system in case anything goes wrong with Google. Huawei devices currently work on their EMUI 5.0, which is their own custom ROM, built on top of Android. Last year, the company hired a former Apple designer to make EMUI better and give it a different look than iOS as they both look quite similar.

In an interview, Abagail Brody told The Information that Huawei’s mobile operating system is under development. It’s not ready yet, and is in its early stage. They have hired developers who used to work for Nokia for this project, and it is being developed in Scandinavia. Though they might see no immediate use of this operating system, it can act as an alternative.

Smartphone manufacturers have maintained their standard with their own custom ROMs, developing something different than stock Android experience. If this operating system comes with new features and customiztion options, we may see huge demand like Huawei’s market in the smartphone sector.

Source: The Information | Via: GSMArena

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Onkar Soundankar https://plus.google.com/+OnkarSoundankar/about <![CDATA[Qualcomm sues Meizu for patent infringement in China]]> http://androidspin.com/?p=171086 2016-06-25T10:01:12Z 2016-06-25T10:01:12Z Meizu is a Chinese smartphone brand that makes devices that used to mimic hardware and software design of iPhones. However, Meizu has come a long way and maintained their unique standard in the mobile market competing with the domestic companies like Xiaomi and Huawei in Mainland China. According to Qualcomm, Meizu has used Qualcomm technologies in their […]

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Meizu is a Chinese smartphone brand that makes devices that used to mimic hardware and software design of iPhones. However, Meizu has come a long way and maintained their unique standard in the mobile market competing with the domestic companies like Xiaomi and Huawei in Mainland China.

According to Qualcomm, Meizu has used Qualcomm technologies in their devices for 3G/4G communication without a valid license. These patents are copyrights of one of the best SoC manufacturers, Qualcomm.

Meizu MX3 Hands-On

Don Rosenberg, executive vice president and general counsel of Qualcomm, said in a statement.

“Qualcomm’s technologies are at the heart of all mobile devices. “Meizu is choosing to use Qualcomm’s technologies without a license, which is not only unlawful, but is unfair to other licensees that are acting in good faith and respectful of patent rights, and ultimately damaging to the mobile ecosystem and consumers”. 

Meizu Vice President Li Nan wrote on his official page on the WeChat messaging application.

“Meizu has always been staying in close communication with Qualcomm on the patent issue, and has conducted several in-depth discussions with them. We respect Qualcomm’s right to take legal action if they’re not satisfied with the business negotiation.”

Qualcomm has negotiated extensively, and in good faith, with Meizu to sign a patent license agreement consistent with the terms of the rectification plan but Meizu. However, the Chinese brand has been unwilling to negotiate, while unfairly expanding its business through the use of Qualcomm’s innovations without compensating Qualcomm for the use of Qualcomm’s valuable technologies.

Source:- Qualcomm | Via:- WSJ

 

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Onkar Soundankar https://plus.google.com/+OnkarSoundankar/about <![CDATA[Confirmed: Samsung likely to announce the Galaxy Note 7, official logo leaks]]> http://androidspin.com/?p=171084 2016-06-25T09:51:54Z 2016-06-25T09:51:20Z Rumors have being floating around since a few days that Samsung might skip a numeral and launch the Galaxy Note 7. Renowned leaker Evan Blass (@evleaks) has posted a new photo on Twitter confirming that the South Korean giant will indeed name the next Galaxy Note device as the Galaxy Note 7. Confirmed. pic.twitter.com/jo1EF3Mp3J — Evan Blass (@evleaks) June […]

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Rumors have being floating around since a few days that Samsung might skip a numeral and launch the Galaxy Note 7. Renowned leaker Evan Blass (@evleaks) has posted a new photo on Twitter confirming that the South Korean giant will indeed name the next Galaxy Note device as the Galaxy Note 7.

There’s no doubt that Galaxy Note 7 will directly compete with the upcoming iPhone. It is rumored to feature a large 5.8-inch curved Super AMOLED screen display (5.77 inches, to be precise).  The 12-megapixel primary camera might feature laser autofocus for faster focus in low-light conditions. Moreover, the Galaxy Note 7 is expected to feature either a faster version of the Exynos 8890 (the Snapdragon 823 processor for the American markets), a whopping 6GB of RAM, and a microSD card slot.

The Galaxy Note 7 would most probably be IP68-certified for water- & dust-resistant, similar to the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge. It might also feature a USB Type-C port, which would be the first time for a smartphone from Samsung. The South Korean smartphone giant might announce the Galaxy Note 7 on the 2nd of August, 2016.

What do you think about the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 ? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

 

 

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Onkar Soundankar https://plus.google.com/+OnkarSoundankar/about <![CDATA[Xiaomi devices start getting MIUI 8 (beta) ROM updates]]> http://androidspin.com/?p=171064 2016-06-22T14:30:30Z 2016-06-22T14:26:54Z It seems that Xiaomi is working pretty hard this year. The company has released a bunch of smartphones in first half of the year: the entry-level Redmi Note 3, the Mi 4s, and the high-end Mi 5. It has also launched its biggest smartphone yet, the Xiaomi Mi Max. Providing consistent updates to its devices has become a trend. MIUI 8 is based on Android 6.0.1 (Marshmallow), […]

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It seems that Xiaomi is working pretty hard this year. The company has released a bunch of smartphones in first half of the year: the entry-level Redmi Note 3, the Mi 4s, and the high-end Mi 5. It has also launched its biggest smartphone yet, the Xiaomi Mi Max. Providing consistent updates to its devices has become a trend.

MIUI 8 is based on Android 6.0.1 (Marshmallow), which brings some exciting new features to compatible devices. As announced by Xiaomi, the update started rolling out from the 1st of June in the China. Also, the global rollout was expected to happen on the 17th of June, and now the devices are receiving the update. The MIUI 8 China Developer ROM version 6.6.16 is said to be more stable than the Alpha and Beta ROMs that are currently available for download.

MIUI 8 Features

  • MIUI 8 introduces two new features that are designed to improve battery life: the power-saving mode, which freezes background apps and tasks in order to keep the phone running for as long as possible.
  • Camera improvement and enhancements to the gallery app that comes preloaded on Xiaomi devices. These include new sharing controls, improved multiple photo selection, and support for various doodles and stickers. Video editing has also been improved, and overall, the gallery app is said to be more storage-efficient.
  • High quality wallpapers: Users can pick their favourite categories, set the frequency for changing wallpapers, or wait for the wallpaper to be changed daily.
  • New notifications toggles: Users can also customize new and existing notification toggles in the settings menu.You can get detailed more information for flashing the update manually on device.

Also, the company is launching two new devices that are rumored to be Mi Note 2 and Mi 5S, an upgraded version of the Mi 5. The company recently launched the Redmi Note 3 and the Mi 5 in India, and the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3, which is priced at INR 9,999 in India, has quickly went on the become the best-seller.

source:- MIUI

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Onkar Soundankar https://plus.google.com/+OnkarSoundankar/about <![CDATA[OnePlus 3 with 5.5-inch display and Snapdragon 820 officially unveiled, priced at Rs. 27,999 in India]]> http://androidspin.com/?p=171036 2016-06-14T17:36:15Z 2016-06-14T17:35:06Z OnePlus has finally announced its most anticipated smartphone, the OnePlus 3, as promised earlier. This smartphone was leaked multiple times and every smartphone enthusiast was excited for it. The OnePlus 3 features a 5.5-inch 1080p AMOLED display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection and a full metal body. The OnePlus 3 is priced in India at Rs. 27,999 and will be available from […]

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OnePlus has finally announced its most anticipated smartphone, the OnePlus 3, as promised earlier. This smartphone was leaked multiple times and every smartphone enthusiast was excited for it. The OnePlus 3 features a 5.5-inch 1080p AMOLED display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection and a full metal body. The OnePlus 3 is priced in India at Rs. 27,999 and will be available from Amazon starting tomorrow.

OnePlus-3

Under the hood, there is a quad-core Snapdragon 820 processor with Adreno 530 GPU, 6GB RAM, and 64GB of internal storage. There’s no microSD card slot though. It runs Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow out of the box. Connectivity features include dual-SIM card slot, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 GHz and 5 GHz), Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, and GPS.

Coming to the camera department, the OnePlus 2 is equipped with a 16-megapixel primary camera (Sony IMX298 sensor with 1.12 micron pixel size) with phase-detection autofocus, LED flash, ƒ/2.0 aperture, OIS, and 4K video recording. The front-facing camera has a resolution of 8 megapixels and an aperture of ƒ/2.0. The front-facing camera can record 1080p videos and can digitally stabilize videos.

The OnePlus 3 comes with 3,000 mAh non-removable battery and the new Dash Charge technology that helps you charge the phone’s battery up to 60% in just 30 minutes with the 5V/4A charger. The USB Type-C port is placed on the bottom of the OnePlus 3. OnePlus claims that the new technology can rapidly charge the device without overheating it.

The 6GB RAM variant with 64GB storage is priced at CNY 2,744 ($416.41). This Smartphone will be available through open sale from tomorrow. OnePlus has also published the details of how to buy the OnePlus 3 on its official forum, making it easier for the buyers. The OnePlus 3 can give a great competition to the LG G5 and the HTC 10 which have the same hardware configurations. So, are you excited to buy this the OnePlus 3?

SourceOnePlus

 

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Onkar Soundankar https://plus.google.com/+OnkarSoundankar/about <![CDATA[Meizu m3s with 5-inch display and 13MP camera announced]]> http://androidspin.com/?p=171042 2016-06-13T10:09:36Z 2016-06-13T10:09:36Z Meizu has finally announced the m3s smartphone, and it comes with a 5-inch display with 2.5D curved glass panel and a 13-megapixel camera. The m3s runs on Android 5.1 Lollipop-based FlymeOS. The Meizu m3s is 8.3mm thin, weighs 138g, and comes with the lightning fast mTouch 2.1 fingerprint scanner that’s embedded into a physical home button. Coming […]

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Meizu has finally announced the m3s smartphone, and it comes with a 5-inch display with 2.5D curved glass panel and a 13-megapixel camera. The m3s runs on Android 5.1 Lollipop-based FlymeOS. The Meizu m3s is 8.3mm thin, weighs 138g, and comes with the lightning fast mTouch 2.1 fingerprint scanner that’s embedded into a physical home button.

Coming to the camera department, the m3s sports a 13-megapixel autofocus rear-facing camera with LED flash and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera. Under the hood, there is a Mediatek MT6750 octa-core processor along Mali-T860 GPU. The device comes with 2GB/3GB of RAM with 16GB/32GB of onboard storage and also includes a microSD card slot for further storage expansion.

The device has a 3,020 mAh battery capacity. Connectivity options include 4G LTE with VoLTE, Wi-Fi (2.4GHz/5GHz), Bluetooth, GPS, and a microUSB 2.0 port. The Meizu m3s also comes in rose gold, silver, grey colours. The 2GB RAM variant with 16GB storage is priced at just CNY 699 ($106.2) and 3GB variant with 32GB model is priced at CNY 899 ($136.55).

Source: Weibo

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Onkar Soundankar https://plus.google.com/+OnkarSoundankar/about <![CDATA[Leaked renders shows up Samsung Note6/7 Edge, confirms USB Type-C port]]> http://androidspin.com/?p=170947 2016-06-10T17:51:56Z 2016-06-10T17:51:56Z As we all know, Samsung will be launching the Galaxy Note 6/Note 7 in first week of August according to latest news reports. Many rumors claim that Samsung is planning to launch the Galaxy Note 7 instead of Note 6, to bring the numbering in sync with the Galaxy S7. There is no doubt that Note 6 […]

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As we all know, Samsung will be launching the Galaxy Note 6/Note 7 in first week of August according to latest news reports. Many rumors claim that Samsung is planning to launch the Galaxy Note 7 instead of Note 6, to bring the numbering in sync with the Galaxy S7. There is no doubt that Note 6 will give direct competition to the upcoming iPhone.

We can also see new USB Type-C port on the next-generation Galaxy Note, which enables faster data transfers and faster charging. Now a video is leaked, which shows us that the handset will feature a design that’s almost identical to the Galaxy S7 Edge.

Samsung note 6,7 edge

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 6 configuration was leaked on Weibo earlier. The Galaxy Note 6 will most probably be carry a 5.8-inch screen (5.77 inches, to be precise), and the resolution should also be the typical 2K. The camera might support IR autofocus, which, combined with the 12MP dual-pixel Galaxy S7 camera, will focus faster in low light conditions.

Also, there is rumour that a new Gear VR will follow the launch of the Galaxy Note 6/Note 7 Edge. Even based on rumour, it shouldn’t be a surprise if the company switches to USB Type-C port. The current-generation Gear VR model won’t work with it then. We will have to wait to see more details as the day’s past.

Source@Onleaks ViauSwitch

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Onkar Soundankar https://plus.google.com/+OnkarSoundankar/about <![CDATA[Russia making its own smartphone operating system]]> http://androidspin.com/?p=170985 2016-06-10T17:46:40Z 2016-06-10T17:46:25Z Russia is one of the largest developing countries in the world, right up there with China, in the mobile industry considering the development in the technology sector. It was rumored last year that the country is making a new smartphone operating system but it was later reported as untrue. Now, there is news once again that the Russians […]

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Russia is one of the largest developing countries in the world, right up there with China, in the mobile industry considering the development in the technology sector. It was rumored last year that the country is making a new smartphone operating system but it was later reported as untrue. Now, there is news once again that the Russians are developing their own smartphone operating system to compete with Android, iOS, and Windows mobile OS.

Coming to the official confirmation, this operating system is being developed by Open Mobile Platform on the top of the Sailfish OS. Yes the Sailfish OS, the product developed by the Finnish company Jolla, formed by former Nokia engineers. The Minister of Russian Communication Ministry, Nikolai Nikiforov, tweeted last month about the initiative to develop a new Russian mobile operating system, for which the Russian company Open Mobile Platform is hiring developers, testers and security engineers.

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In early 2016, Nikiforov talked about the possibility of an Android-alternative in Russia. He discussed the possible partnership with other BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) members to develop this operating system. Meanwhile, the country is also working on the development of its own version of Tizen OS that can be used on smartphones, tablets, laptops. They are hiring local engineers to port Android and iOS apps to Tizen OS as well as Sailfish OS.

If this OS comes with great features and customizations, it can compete with Android OS and Windows OS that are currently ruling the smartphone market in the country. As the days pass, we may see this operating system in few months. Stay tuned for more details.

SourceHackerNews

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Onkar Soundankar https://plus.google.com/+OnkarSoundankar/about <![CDATA[Lenovo PHAB 2 Pro smartphone with Tango features and 6.4-inch QHD display announced for $499]]> http://androidspin.com/?p=171007 2016-06-10T17:42:19Z 2016-06-10T17:42:19Z Lenovo just announced PHAB 2 Pro, the world’s first Tango smartphone for consumers at the Tech World 2016 in San Francisco. This Smartphone was leaked a few days back and Lenovo had confirmed the existence of this smartphone at CES. This dual-SIM (Hybrid) Phablet sports a 6.4-inch screen with 1080p resolution. It is powered by an octa-core […]

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Lenovo just announced PHAB 2 Pro, the world’s first Tango smartphone for consumers at the Tech World 2016 in San Francisco. This Smartphone was leaked a few days back and Lenovo had confirmed the existence of this smartphone at CES. This dual-SIM (Hybrid) Phablet sports a 6.4-inch screen with 1080p resolution. It is powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 652 processor and Aderno 510 GPU.

Lenovo-PHAB-2-Pro

The Lenovo PHAB 2 Pro has a 16-megapixel camera with LED flash and an 8-megapixel camera on the front. There is 3GB RAM, 32GB ROM, and up to 128GB microSD card support. It runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow with VibeUI. Other features include 4G LTE, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 GHz and 5 GHz), Bluetooth 4.0, and GPS.

The device also has a fingerprint scanner at the back. It has four cameras that includes a 16-megapixel RGB camera, a depth camera, a motion tracking camera, and an 8-megapixel front-facing camera for Tango’s 3D mapping technology to understand the world around you. It has a 4,050 mAh battery with fast charging support.

The Lenovo PHAB 2 Pro comes in Champagne Gold and Gunmetal Grey colors with full metal body design, is priced at $499, and will be available globally starting September 2016.

 

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