If you own a Galaxy Note Edge (unlocked) in Europe, the chances are that you will soon be notified about the much awaited Android M 6.0.1 update. According to Sam Mobile, the 1.4GB update will change your handset's firmware build number to N915FYXXU1DPE1, along with installing the SMR patches for May.
We also have good news for our readers in China because the Samsung Galaxy A9 just started receiving the upgrade to Marshmallow as well. The A9 is the first in Samsung's A-series to receive the update so far. After downloading and installing the file, you can check from settings to see the firmware version changed to A9000ZCU1BPE2 and the base Android version changed to 6.0.1 Marshmallow.
The Blackberry "Priv" may not have been a good name to be honest, but the manufacturer was certainly ahead of many greater and better names in the industry when it rolled out the Marshmallow update to the Priv before many. The latest update released is a humongous 1.8GB file that will upgrade the handset to Marshmallow beta. The STV100-1, STV100-3 and the STV100-4 models in the applicable geographical areas are eligible for the upgrade as of now.
Author: Saikat Kar (Tech-journalist and enthusiast)
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Blackberry needs no introduction in the mobile phone industry. It was a huge brand when the iPhone hit the market and eventually Blackberry had to leave. According to the latest news, the phone is coming back, with Android and 5G support. The revival is, however, made possible by a Texas startup called Onward Mobility that has been building security solutions for enterprises and Government for some time. The new Blackberry phone will support 5G connectivity. The phone feature a physical keyboard and a list of security-focused features. Almost 6 months ago Blackberry brand license TCL communication announced that it would cease the sales of Blackberry devices starting from August 31 and now we have a new announcement.
OnwardMobility is set to release the first 5G Blackberry smartphone, as early as the first half of 2021. The phone will be based on the Android operating system and feature a physical keyboard. The phone will be launched in North America and Europe. However, there isn't any fixed date of its debut. The company has partnered with Foxconn subsidiary FIS mobile to manufacture the new Blackberry phone. The new device is touted as a feature-rich 5G ready in the press statement. "Enterprise professionals are eager to secure 5G devices that enable productivity, without sacrificing the user experience," said Peter Franklin, CEO of OnwardMobility. "BlackBerry smartphones are known for protecting communications, privacy, and data."
There isn't anything on the specs right now. However, Franklin in an interview said that it would come with a redesigned clean-sheet keyboard and might have a competitive price. This suggests that the phone might not be pricier like the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 or the upcoming Apple iPhone 12. Instead, it is likely to fall in the budget-category. John Chen, Executive Chairman and CEO, Blackberry said in a statement, "We are excited that customers will experience the enterprise and government level security and mobile productivity the new BlackBerry 5G smartphone will offer."
BlackBerry's story in the mobile domain has been a long and strenuous one, but unlike many other industry mammoths, the Canadian tech giant has managed to sustain growth by coping with the changes in modern age. After an elongated period of steady decline now it seems that the company's plans to get into the growth track and recover itself from the losses have started show the desire result. As per the Q3 financial results there is a 13 percent rise in stocks and overall losses have also declined.
They released the BlackBerry Priv as their latest Android smartphone, and it looks like it has far more demand by the consumers than it was expected. A month later after it was released to the public, the sales record gathered by them shows that it is approaching a positive side. Owing to its high demand and popularity among smartphone buyers big outlets, Walmart, CNN Money, and Best Buy had to refill their shelves.
iDigitalTimes also said before that the BlackBerry Priv has been sold out during the first week of its Nov. 6 release date. It was so in demand that retailers had to take backorder on the Priv and even online giant Amazon.com ran out of stock during that time. According to the reports of CNN Money, the company's stock has also seen 7 percent increment (on 10th December), pushing the share price to $8.05 USD due to the huge demand of the Priv model.
The Samsung-made Exynos chipset turned out to be the best SoC that came out this year. It is indeed better than the competitors. Earlier it was used primarily in Samsung's high-end devices and Meizu's Pro 5 was also powered by this. Although, Blackberry's very first Android smartphone - the Priv featured Qualcomm-made Snapdragon 808 chipset, Blackberry is now testing its devices with the Exynos keeping in mind the Android phones to be released in the future.
We're saying this because a BlackBerry handset running on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop and featuring Samsung's Exynos 7420 SoC has been spotted in the GFXBench database. It is using the Exynos 7420 64-bit octa-core processor clocked at 2.1GHz. But, take this news with a pinch of salt, as the credibility of the source is has not been confirmed till now. It is quite easy to edit the build.prop file to make it look a Blackberry device.
There is a possibility that Blackberry might be actually testing its devices with Exynos, which also powers the S6. The handset has a 5.1-inch QHD touch screen, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, a 16 MP camera in the back and a 5 MP selfie camera.