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OnePlus has always been in the business of offering the most outrageously powerful phones at insanely cheap prizes. While the likes of Xiaomi, Oppo and Realme has been lately stealing a little of their mojo, they are still a respected force in the industry and are ever-anxious to prove it.
So, recently, they launched their OnePlus7 Pro. This smartphone had every feature bar a laser sight and cryogenic-cooled missile seeker and is quite competitively priced. While critics were generally effusive in their praise of the new OnePlus flagship, the camera performance was judged as good but not really great and not all that competitive with other cameras found on other recent flagship devices.
This judgement apparently stung OnePlus and the eggheads there speedily got to work crafting an all-around update that would presumably fix every identified flaw. Such an update would also make it possible for the OnePlus7 Pro to soundly beat all other smartphone cameras in its category.
This update is the recently released OxygenOS 9.5.7. that apart from improving the overall smartphone beast that is the OnePlus7 Pro also amps up the camera performance to undreamt of heights.
Changes include the following:
Better overall contrast and colour performance.
Better white balance consistency on the triple camera.
Better shooting accuracy and autofocus stability.
Elimination of the dismal greenish hue seen on photos taken in low light environments.
Elimination of noise in the all-important HDR scene.
Improvement in both the contrast and colour saturation ability of the ultra wide sensor.
Enhanced clarity and less noise for low light pictures taken in ultra wide mode.
Enhanced clarity and less noise in telephoto mode.
Enhanced clarity and better colour in Nightscape mode.
Enhanced brightness and clarity in photos taken in low light .environments in the Nightscape mode.
OnePlus 7 Pro Makes It Happen
While the above on its own is breathtaking, the update as well makes possible some sweet system-level upgrades that bear telling. This includes the optimization of the Double Tap To Wake feature, as well as the fixing of frustrating issues with the Ambient Display feature. The screen now has better touch sensitivity, you can use features such as deposit by phone method in online casinos very easily. There is noticeable audio quality enhancement during voice calls from third-party apps.
As with most updates, this particular one will be gradually rolled out and not all folks will get it at the same time. The update is a "mere" 127MB and can thus be downloaded without wrecking the data balance account of users.
The OnePlus 7 Pro is, of course, the very first device from that oh-so-famous company that has a triple camera set up sitting pretty at the back. These beauties comprise a 48MP Sony IMX586 sensor that is equipped with OIS, EIS, a 7P lens and an aperture of f/1.6.
There is also an ultra-wide angle shooter that measures 16MP and with an f/2.2 aperture and 117 FoV. The last is an 8MP telephoto shooter that has 3x optical zoom, OIS and an aperture of f/22.4.
The selfie camera at the front of this phablet is a 16MP pop-up shooter with a Sony IMX471 sensor, EIS and an aperture of f/2. This all adds up to some serious muscle when taking photos or just living the perfect Instagram life.
OnePlus released its first smartphone in 2014, the OnePlus One. The company is focusing on budget flagship smartphones since then. As the years pass and the company established its presence, the smartphones from OnePlus is getting better, and the price also got increased for the upcoming smartphones. This year the company launched OnePlus 7 Pro which is considered most powerful device OnePlus has launched ever, and it cost $100 more than its predecessor. However, the company is always looking to improve its hardware and software to improve its sales and ranking.
Recently, the OnePlus 7 Pro got the new OxygenOS 9.5.10 update. OnePlus 7 also received a new OxygenOS update. The OnePlus 7 Pro was supposed to updated with the latest OS but the company decided to halt the update due to a bug in tap-to-wake feature. The OxygenOS 9.4.10 update has been just rolled out with the bug fixed as well. At the same time, the OxygenOS 9.5.7 update comes to the OnePlus 7 not even a month after Oxygen 9.5.6 release. Due to this update, the phone will get many enhancements such as tune-up camera feature.
The image quality in the Pro has been improved significantly as well as the phone stitching in the Panorama mode. In addition to this, the autofocus got better and the mode switching has been sped up by OnePlus in the camera UI. When the screen is off the GPS's accuracy is better, the auto-brightness sensitivity has been improved, the wireless connectivity got faster. The OS just works amazing, the biometrics are fast and unobtrusive. The whole package of hardware and software come very nicely together. Sure the OnePlus 7 Pro has the gadgets and the polish but the OnePlus 7 is the all-rounder that is more than good in every feature. The update has been rolled out in batches so if you haven't got your update, you may have to wait for few days.
One of the most undervalued facts of 4G is that E in 4G LTE stands for evolution. Not all 4G devices are the same, though if you compare the network speed on these devices, you will find a surprising fact. Huawei phones are among the slowest available stateside compared to the other LTE enabled devices, with iPhones are underperforming despite of their huge price tag. Network performance depends heavily on the capabilities and and prioritization of the network, though older smartphones and budget-oriented models are less likely to feature Cat16, or gigabit-class, LTE.
According to the Opensignal's Mobile Network Experience report, published Monday OnePlus phones allows you to experience the fastest LTE speeds on US mobile networks among the gigabit-class smartphones. The average speed of OnePlus phones was 35.7 Mbps, while Samsung placed second at 33.9 Mbps, followed by LG in third, at 33.1 Mbps. Razer, Sony, and Google phones averaged around 31 Mbps, while Apple was in seventh at 25.4 Mbps, among models capable of LTE Cat16. Huawei was last, in eleventh, at 22.4 Mbps.
For mid-range smartphones - defined by Opensignal as LTE Cat5 (300 Mbps) to LTE Cat15 (750 Mbps)-the winner was HTC at 31.8 Mbps, with Google in second at 29.1 Mbps, and Samsung in third at 27.5 Mbps. Apple ranked twelfth, at 19.5 Mbps. Huawei followed at 18.5 Mbps. For low-tier smartphones-LTE Cat4 (150 Mbps) or lower-Apple was dead last in 15th, at 12.0 Mbps.
Apple's long-lived support for iPhone models is likely working against them in these statistics, as 2013's iPhone 5S-still supported in iOS 12-enables users to hold on to their phones for far longer than is practicable with Android. Using an iPhone 5S in 2019 is not likely to be the most pleasant experience, granted, though it should still be head and shoulders above using any of the Android phones on ZDNet's Top 10 smartphones of 2013. Huawei's underperformance isn't necessarily related to their hardware. It is most likely because these phones are not sold by any major US carrier so there is less incentive for vendors and US carriers to optimize their network to support Huawei smartphones.
At CES 2020 OnePlus unveiled its latest concept smartphone - called the Concept One. Although the design is beautiful, in a recent interview with the company's industrial design team revealed a more stunning early prototype of the device. In such pictures showcasing the design, you don't see the front side because usually there isn't much difference there. What we do see is that same leather back on the Concept One we recently got into our hands. The device is available in black and orange color, whereas this one is completely black, featuring a subtle carbon fiber design around the camera sensors.
According to the team lead in the interview, the company might do some experiments with the design to create more environmentally-friendly alternatives in the future that achieve a similar look and feel to the concept one.
"We believe leather is a material that achieves the premium build quality we strive for, providing a soft touch, while also create a thinner hand feel when compared to glass," said Tao. "In the future, if we intend to apply similar back design, we will look into alternative materials that can achieve the same look and feel with leather, while being more environmentally friendly and easier to keep clean in the long run."
OnePlus has done a few new design experiments with concept one. The biggest surprise perhaps is the use of electrochromic glass. This technology can turn the glass opaque and you will find this technology in fancy hotels and airplanes. This would hide the cameras in the phone OnePlus has encased three camera lens in a slot between two big pieces of orange leather. This phone looks good as you won't see any camera lens in the view. The device takes just 0.7 seconds to switch from opaque to transparent which is the fastest in the industry. As per the company, this type of technology won't be affecting the quality of the photos being taken.
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro is a great smartphone we can expect at the end of September 2020. The Xiaomi Mi 10T is an affordable alternative for budget-conscious users. The Mi 10T will be revealed on 30 September 2020. You can watch the event online on Xiaomi's official YouTube channel at 02:00 Beijing Time. Here are the global times so you know when to tune in:
West Coast USA: 05:00 (PDT)
East Coast USA: 08:00 (EDT)
UK: 13:00 (BST)
EU: 14:00 (CEST)
Now we have full specs leaks just a few days before the launch. He leaks confirmed details on the processor, battery, and major difference between regular and pro phones. According to the leaks, both phones feature a 6.67-inch LCD panel with full HD+ resolution. These smartphones come with a 20:9 ratio and an impressive 144Hz display refresh rate. Both phones will feature the same Snapdragon 865 processing chip. The phones are powered by a huge 5,000mAh battery which is sufficient enough to keep the phone functional all day.
Now, you might be asking if the processor, battery, and display size are the same, what's the difference. Essentially, the phones are different only in the photography area. The Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro comes with 108-megapixel as a primary camera with a 13-megapixel ultra-wide-angle lens and a 5-megapixel macro lens. The regular model has a 64-megapixel primary camera with the same specs for an ultra-wide and macro lens. The regular model comes with 8GB RAM and 128GB internal storage, whereas the Pro model has 8GB RAM with 256GB internal storage.
Huawei usually announces two premium smartphone series every year: The P series and the Mate series. The P series has already arrived in the market in the early months, while the Mate series is still on the hold and we can expect it somewhere in the second half of the year. With the Huawei P series already being announced, all tech enthusiasts are waiting for the Mate series. Especially, with the Trump administration's actions against Huawei, things are quite interesting with the Chinese smartphone users, as nothing to seem to stop the company from rising against the odds.
The Huawei Mate 10 was the first phone in the series and was introduced almost 3 years ago in 2017. The Mate 20 was launched in the next year in October 2018 , and the Mate 30 series was introduced in September 2019. This gives us a hint that the Mate 40 series might launch somewhere in October, as rumors suggest. While we don't have any official announcement or date yet, we can assume easily that the phone will be launched in near future.
The Huawei Mate 30 was initially priced around €799, while the Pro model started at €1099. The Mate 30 Pro with 5G was sold at €1199. We are expecting something similar pricing model for this year's Huawei Mate 40 series smartphones. The Mate 40 and Mate 40 Pro will have prominent camera housing at the rear side with possibly a triple camera for the vanilla model and a quad camera for Mate 40 Pro smartphone. As per rumors, the Huawei Mate 40 will have a 6.4-inch or 6.67-inch display with 90Hz refresh rate.
Mate 40 will be using the Kirin 9000. With the US trade ban in place, companies can't manufacture any new chip and as per resources, this is the last phone from the company that will use already-stockpiled chips. The Mate 40 offers 6/8GB of RAM and Mate 40 Pro comes with the higher 12GB option. In terms of battery, we expect to see at least 4,000mAh or 5,000mAh battery. To answer your curiosity, as we all know, there won't be any Google Apps or services. Which means you can't use apps like Whatsapp or banking apps.
It's no secret that the two biggest names in the smartphone business are preparing for what could be the most important year for both of them in recent history. Apple released the iPhone 7 to an overwhelming success, but unimpressed reviews from even some of its ardent fans. The Galaxy Note 7 on the other hand, exploded into (pardon the pun!) all sorts of problems even after being received extremely well by the critics on release. The phone itself had to be shut down permanently by Samsung for safety concerns. A lot depends on the success of the Galaxy S8 in 2017 for Samsung, and perhaps even more so with that of the Note 8 (or whatever Samsung decides to call it).
The 10th anniversary of the iPhone is coming up in 2017, and we are sure that Apple is going to make it particularly special with either the iPhone 7s or the iPhone 8 (or both). We will now take a look at the most prominent changes that we could be seeing in the upcoming flagships devices, as per leaks and rumors around the web.
AI assisted digital assistant
Both the Galaxy S8 and the Note 8 could sport "Bixby," an AI assisted digital assistant that is being developed by reportedly the same firm which helped in the development of Siri for the iPhone.
Most experts, including us, are quite convinced that both the S8 and the Note 8 will have iris scanners that made its debut with the Note 7 this year. Apple too, may embrace the technology as the company is currently in business with Xintec from Taiwan.
Full screen pressure sensitive display
A display with almost no bezel seems to be on the cards for the Galaxy S8, as well as the next iPhone. If you want to know what we are talking about exactly, take a look at the Mi Mix. Pressure sensitivity or Force Touch has been a part of the iPhones for over a year now, but Samsung too may embed similar pressure sensitive tech into its displays starting from 2017.
Foldable OLED display
Samsung may move to foldable displays in 2017, while Apple may shift to using OLED panels for their iPhones in 2017 in place of LCDs. Many have speculated that the rumoured 6.2-inch Galaxy S8 Plus will sport a foldable display to make it portable.
Reportedly, Qualcomm, Samsung and Apple will all move to the significantly more powerful, yet energy-efficient next generation 10nm processes to manufacture their SoC units in 2017.
Dual 20-megapixel camera sensors
Most reports are suggesting that the S8 and the Note 8 will feature dual 20-mp sensors at their back. Apple once again, already has done it with the iPhone 7 Plus.
"Safe" removable batteries
There is no denying that the Galaxy Note 7 disaster could have been somewhat controlled if only Samsung had opted for removable batteries. Let's just hope that Samsung recognizes that fact well enough to equip their upcoming smartphones with user-removable batteries.
There are plenty of other details floating about in the market regarding the upcoming superphones, but these are the most significant changes which the world is hoping to see from the two companies in their upcoming devices.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
It's Christmas and we have less than a week left in the year now. Given that no new smartphones will be released this year anymore, let us take a quick look at the three absolute best smartphones that were launched in 2016. Let us know if you are using any of these beasts in the comments section below. Keep in mind that phones such as the Mi Mix were kept out of the list because they are simply not available anywhere outside China as of now.
The OnePlus 3 was an excellent flagship device with the all-powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 SoC and a whopping 6GB of RAM, available at half the price of most flagships from big boys like Samsung or LG. The OnePlus 3T keeps everything that was brilliant about the OnePlus 3 and adds an even more powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 SoC, 13% more battery (3,450mAh), a much better front camera sensor and a 128GB option at a modest price of $439 (64GB).
Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge
The S7 and S7 Edge are a bit old now, but they still are among the absolute best that 2016 had to offer. The curved Quad High Definition Super AMOLED display on the S7 Edge is quite simply beautiful and arguably the best in the business.
Google Pixel Phones
When it comes to software and actual user experience, you just cannot beat the Pixel and the Pixel XL. Owners of these two smartphones will experience the epitome of what the latest Android OS has to offer. It also helps that these are powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 chip, beautiful AMOLED displays and Google Assistant; which is arguably the most enhanced virtual assistant ever to make a public debut.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Whether you are a business owner or a higher up, carrying around two phones can be tedious. With the added stress of ensuring it is charged, this can oftentimes be more stress than it is worth. However, by eliminating the need for a job and personal phone, you can begin to manage workload and ensure a phone call is never missed again.
Ensures Open Line Of Communication
One of the biggest benefits that come from a BYOD (bring your device) services is that it keeps an open line of communication when you are out of the office. It allows you to answer all your work phone calls without having to carry around a separate phone. This not only saves time, but this is also a business expense that can be spared by using your device instead of purchasing business phones for you.
Allows For Work To Be Completed Outside The Office
In addition to ensuring open lines of communication, there is the opportunity to complete work outside of the office. Whether this is conference calls or meetings with other members of the team, work can be completed remotely. This is ideal for those that are constantly travelling for business as work can be completed with the phone and a laptop. Though this will require a strong phone signal, this is a simple yet effective way of keeping your business connected through a central network, regardless of where you are travelling to.
Ensures Emails Are Connected
In addition to phone calls, having all your emails on one place can help you to complete work efficiently over the course of the day. Whether you are travelling to meetings or you are away on business, a BYOD contract allows you to use your phone as a central hub to the office. This is ideal particularly for smaller businesses as this will keep everyone connected even when travelling on business. This allows those that are out on jobs to still be contactable when they are out of the office. This will not only improve efficiency, but it has the potential to boost revenue month on month.
Allows Them To Set Realistic Deadlines
The final benefit to a contract such as this is the realistic deadlines. By having phone calls and emails all on one device, you can focus on the task at hand without having to switch device. This not only makes travelling easier, but it allows you to monitor deadlines with the rest of the team. When having calls directed to your mobile, you can help the team progress without having to juggle two phones. This, therefore, means that there is never the risk of a missed call regardless of where you are.
With this in mind, using a contract such as this can help to increase efficiency over time. Whether you are a new business looking to connect all employees through a central hub or you are a business looking to remove the added expense of business phones, this style of contract can benefit you in the long term.
The Vivo v17 pro has received an official price cut of Rs. 2000 within a month after its launch in India. It was launched in late September this year, and the price was Rs 29,990. The Vivo v17 pro is available online and offline at the same price. You can also further reduce the price with the 5% cashback offer if you buy the device online using HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank, and Axis Bank credit and debit cards, This would give users up to Rs. 1,400 discount on the new retail price. If you are looking for a premium smartphone with a budget-friendly option, Vivo V17 is your device.
The Vivo V17 Pro is a mid-range smartphone that comes with many premium features, full-display notch-less design. For the selfie camera, it uses a pop-up housing. The rear camera setup uses a 48-megapixel primary sensor with f/1.8 lens, an 8-megapixel f/2.2 ultra-wide unit, a 13-megapixel telephoto unit offering 2x optical zoom, and a 2-megapixel telephoto unit with 2x optical zoom, a 20megapixel depth assistance unit with an f/2.4 lens. The Vivo V17 Pro can shoot videos on both 4K and Full HD at 30fp. The front camera is 32-megapixel with a f/2.0 lens, and an ultra-wide angle unit with 8-megapixel sensor.
The device has a gradient color on the cover and available in the crystal black, crystal sky, and midnight ocean finish. The Vivo V17 Pro is powered by the Qualcomm snapdragon 675 SoC, coupled with 8GB RAM and has 128GB storage. The display has a wider aspect ratio, with Full HD+ resolution. For connectivity, the device uses a USB-C 2.0 port for charging and tethering, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 5. There is also an under-display fingerprint scanner for biometric authentication. The phone has a solid 4,100mAh battery that supports 18W fast charging.
A whole long list of SD 865 smartphones are going to arrive soon, so hold on to your purse and don't waste your money on current gen flagship smartphones just yet, because they are going to become a lot cheaper in a matter of weeks!
To give you an idea of what's to come, we have compiled a short list of the three highly anticipated Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 powered smartphones which will be the first to reach consumers.
Samsung Galaxy S20 Series
No one can say for sure whether the S20-series will really be the first smartphones to get to the market, with a SD 865 SoC in them, but rumors surrounding Samsung are almost always true these days! The Galaxy S20, S20 Plus and S20 Ultra mau also have the following specs to show off later in the month.
· OS: Android 10 (Q)
· 1440 x 3040, S AMOLED, 6.2"/6.7"/6.9"/ QHD+, 20:9 display
· 8GB - 12GB RAM and 128GB - 1TB internal storage
· 64+13+8 megapixel / 64+13+8+2 megapixel rear cameras on the S20 and S20 Plus respectively
· 108+13+8+2 megapixel setup at the back with 5x optical zoom on the S20 Ultra
· 5,000mAh battery
· Will be announced at the Unpacked 2020 event on February 11, 2020 in San Francisco
Xiaomi Mi 10 Series
Also coming in February, but probably in the last week is Xiaomi Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro. Other interesting rumors about the 5G capable duo are as follows.
· OS: Android 10 (Q)
· 1080 x 2340, 19.5:9, S AMOLED 6.39" / 6.7", 120Hz display
· 128GB storage & 8GB RAM / 256GB storage & 12GB RAM / 512GB Storage & 16GB RAM
· 108 + 16 + 12 + 5 / 108 + 16 + 12 + 8 megapixel rear cam modules with 2x optical zoom (Mi 10 & Mi 10 Pro respectively)
· 4,500mAh / 5,250mAh battery for the Mi 10 and 10 Pro respectively
· Will be announced in late February
This one will likely be a timed exclusive in India, and this move could make the new sub-brand of Vivo, the first OEM to release a Snapdragon 865 powered smartphone in the country. Not much else is known about the smartphone, but it is rumored to have impressive flagship specs such as a 120Hz display and 64+12+12+8 megapixel rear camera modules to go along with that flagship SoC as well.
As of now, it is expected that the Snapdragon 865 chip with its brand new Cortex A77 - powered Kryo 585 cores will finally be able to close the huge performance gap that exists between Apple's latest A-series chips and anything that any Android OEM is able to churn up. Of course, we will just have to wait and see how that actually turns out!
Sources: GSMArena, 91Mobiles and Ice Universe
Letv, Chinese internet video company which in the last couple of years branched in to everthing else and also smartphone business. The Letv smartphone manufacturing division has only been alive for a few months and they have already released three hit smartphones, LetV just broke a Chinese record by selling one million smartphones in less than three months and beat Xiaomi to it. The Letv One X600 is currently only available at GearBest for $272.
The Letv One X600 is powered by MTK helio X10 64bit Octa Core 2.0GHz CPU which is the same CPU that powers also Xiaomi RedMi Note 2 smartphone. The well known AnTuTu benchmarks showed a perfect score above 50.000 for the specific Letv device.
Letv One X600 Full Specification:
Type: 4G Phablet
Service Provide: Unlocked
OS: Android 5.0
Languages: Bahasa Indonesia, Bahasa Melayu, Catala, Cestina, Dansk, Deutsch, Eesti, English, Spanish, Filipino, French, Harvatski, Italian, Latviesu, Lietuviu, Magyar, Nederlands, Norsk bokmal, Polski, Portuguese, Romana, Slovenscina, Suomi, Svenska, Vietnamese, Turkish, Greek, Russian, Hebrew, Arabic, Persian, Thai, Korean, Simplified/Traditional Chinese, Japanese
SIM Card Slot: Dual Standby, Dual SIM
SIM Card Type: Dual Micro SIM Card
CPU: MTK helio X10 64bit
Cores: Octa Core, 2.0GHz
GPU: PowerVR G6200
RAM: 3GB RAM
Wireless Connectivity: GSM, 3G, WiFi, 4G, Bluetooth, GPS
WiFi: 802.11b/g/n wireless internet
Network type: GSM+WCDMA+FDD-LTE
2G: GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz
3G: WCDMA 850/900/1900/2100MHz
4G: FDD-LTE 1800/2100/2600MHz
Screen type: Capacitive
Screen size: 5.5 inch
Screen resolution: 1920 x 1080 (FHD)
Pixels Per Inch (PPI): 403
Camera type: Dual cameras (one front one back)
Back camera: with AF, with flash light, 13.0MP
Front camera: 5.0 MP
Camera Functions: Face Beauty
Video recording: Yes
Picture format: BMP, PNG, JPEG, GIF
Music format: AMR, MP3, WAV
Video format: H.264, H.263, 3GP, AVI, MP4, RMVB
MS Office format: Word, Excel, PPT
E-book format: TXT, PDF
Live wallpaper support: Yes
Games: Android APK
I/O Interface: 3.5mm Audio Out Port, Type-C
Sensor: Proximity Sensor, Gravity Sensor
Additional Features: Gesture Sensing, Browser, 3G, Proximity Sensing, MP3, Wi-Fi, 4G, MP4, Bluetooth, Sound Recorder, FM, People, GPS
Battery Capacity (mAh): 3000mAh Bulit-in Battery
Cell Phone: 1
SIM Needle: 1
Power Adapter: 1
USB Cable: 1
Product size: 14.75 x 7.42 x 0.95 cm / 5.80 x 2.92 x 0.37 inches
Package size: 18 x 10.5 x 5.5 cm / 7.07 x 4.13 x 2.16 inches
Product weight: 0.170 kg
Package weight: 0.550 kg
Samsung launched the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 edge+ earlier yesterday, Choosing between two phablet devices with the same performance specs (Octa-core 4GB), display size (5.7") and resolution (QHD). However, in the same time they are two very different devices with distinct target audiences.
It's no wonder then that picking one of the two is a tough call, which mostly hangs on whether you'd ever think of using the S Pen. It would appear, though, that there's more to consider, as Chrissy Teigen will quickly have you convinced in the video below.
Having a model talk about smartphones certainly brings a fresh perspective, and surprised as you may be, she does appreciate the S Pen. Ultimately, though, she goes for the Galaxy S6 edge+, and we suspect that "Pippa" might have had a say on the matter.
Users that chose AT&T as their carrier while buying the HTC One M8 and HTC One M9 were left a little disappointed in the fact that they had not yet received the Android M update on their smartphones. Given that Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint had already released the update for their respective versions of the two phones, the disappointment is understandable. However, this was expected as HTC had earlier made it public that Marshmallow will reach the M8 and the M9 on AT&T, later than their counterparts on other carriers.
Nonetheless, we have good news for you because Mo Versi (VP of Product Management, HTC) just confirmed on Twitter that both the smartphones will begin receiving the much awaited upgrade, starting today. Although the OTA update package won't reach every phone at the same instance, it is only a matter of time before it does reach all the HTC One M8 and One M9 handsets that are on AT&T. If you are impatient, check right now to see if the update has arrived on your smartphone yet by going to Settings >About device > Check for updates.
Author: Saikat Kar (Tech-journalist and enthusiast)
It seems Verizon has been developing Android Marshmallow update in the background. They are rolling out the latest version of Marshmallow for the LG G3 and flagship G4, as well as HTC's One M9 devices. Those where were eagerly waiting for this update can now enjoy the new Android flavor.
The Over the Air notification will connect with your device within a few more days. Then you'll be able to continue with the install. As usual your device needs to have at least 50 percent of full charge, and Wi-Fi connection is always recommended. Apart from that you should also keep a backup of your important data. This is a good way to avoid data loss if anything goes wrong while updating the smartphone.
There is an option to get the update manually.To go ahead with this, open up the Settings app on the LG G3 or G4, then browse through the following:
About Phone → Update Center → System Updates → Check for Update. In case of the HTC One M9, use the following steps: Settings → System Updates → HTC software update → Check Now.
Following Verizon, today T-Mobile is also about to release Marshmallow support to users of the HTC One M9. But, there is no info as of now on whether it's still on track. T-Mobile's LG G4 Marshmallow upgrade was initiated few week back, while the G3 is still in the waiting list.
Google has just started rolling-out Marshmallow 6.0 for its Nexus line-up.HTC VP Product Management, Mo Versi, announced that the HTC One M8 Google Play Edition (GPE) is getting Android 6.0 Marshmallow update. The original HTC One M8 users are still waiting for their Marshmallow update with Sense 7 UI.
@athreya7777 M8 GPE will include Marshmallow OS update. Our target is this month. Will advise once we are close to release.— Mo Versi (@moversi) October 6, 2015
The M8 GPE should get the OTA package by the end of this month (October), packing all the the tasty features of Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Stay tuned with us and we will let you know when this update is Rolling-out, don't forget to follow the Official HTC Updates page.
HTC has officially announced its final list of devices that will receive Android 6.0 Marshmallow update in the period starting from the end of this year (2015) to early next year (2016). The list included One M8 and M9 and lots of other variants.
Unfortunately, the official list didn't include the HTC One M7 (2013), the first One family flagship. The Taiwanese company decided to Cancel the Marshmallow update to the One M7 as the device's support has ended already.
We would like to remind you that the HTC One M7 and One M7 Dual-SIM variants has already got Android 5.0/5.1 updates with all the security and bug fixes.
Faster updates ? You must be talking about Google Nexus devices... No, this time it's HTC, the Taiwanese company just announced a new flagship device, HTC One A9, with Android 6.0 Marshmallow Pre-installed, as you may know HTC sense 7.0 is the reason of delaying every update due to the development & integration process with every new Android version.
Well, HTC has officially announced through its USA twitter account that it will be speeding up this process which will make the HTC One A9 receive every Android update within 15 days of the Nexus line having received it. That's a very bold promise, and one that's unique in the Android world so far.
Did you hear that? The Unlocked A9 will receive every Google SW update within 15 days of Nexus devices! #BeBrilliant— HTC USA (@HTCUSA) October 20, 2015
We hope that the company keeps its promise and do the same thing to all its future flagship devices.
We already published the list of officially confirmed HTC devices that will get Android 6.0 Marshmallow update. Among those devices, the HTC One M8 which is the 2014 flagship, the device has already got Android 5.0.2 Lollipop update with Sense 6.0 UI.
HTC will bring the Sense 7.0 UI with the Marshmallow 6.0 update to the One M8. It looks like the One M8 could get the update a bit sooner given as the update for the handset has been certified by Bluetooth SIG. As you can see in the screenshot above, the certification was issued on October,28th.
Keep in mind that we're just speculating an early arrival of the update as the Bluetooth SIG filing doesn't contains any specific date related to the roll out.
HTC has officially announced the list of devices that will get Android 6.0 Marshmallow update. The list included the company's latest flagship device One M9 and his older brother One M8 too along with some other devices.
The HTC One M8 will get the new HTC Sense 7.0 UI for the first time with this Marshmallow 6.0 update after the Taiwanese company decided not to roll-out 5.1 for the M8. Now, got the first screenshots of the Sense 7.0 UI on the M8 running on top of Marshmallow 6.0 with all the new expected features.
As you can see it looks very close to the latest HTC One A9's user interface which was the first HTC device to launch with android 6.0 Marshmallow pre-installed. You will notice that the Sense 7.0 is getting flatter and more simple, new icons, new notification panel, updated themes app to support Sense 7.0 features, update system apps, updated home screen and widgets, updated settings menu, new lock screen, better battery management, better app permissions control along with lots of performance improvements and bug fixes.
The One M8 and M8 Marshmallow 6.0 update is expected to start rolling-out by the end of this year. Stay tuned and follow HTC official updates page here.
HTC already released the Android 5.0.1 Lollipop update to the unlocked HTC One M8. The One M7 should get the same update on Early Feb,2015. As for the rest of the One Family, HTC initially promised to update all versions of its 2013 and 2014 flagship smartphone within 90 days of receiving the Android 5.0 code. However, it looks like there will be a slight delay...
Mo Versi, HTC's Vice President of product management delivered the news in a dedicated post. The delay is caused by issues Android 5.0 initially contained, which were subsequently fixed by Google with minor updates. HTC is working hard with Google and its carrier partners to incorporate the latter into its OS build.
HTC already updated several versions of the One M8. They include the factory unlocked model, the Developer Edition, and the Google Play variant. Mo Versi promises "good news to share soon" on the rest of the One family.
The original HTC One (M7) is finally getting the Android 5.0.2 Lollipop update in Europe Reports have been flooding in from our readers that the two year old handset is getting the OTA all over the continent. The package itself contains an Android 5.0.2 build, about 805 MB in size and brings important bug fixes, as well as enhancements.
According to the changelog the lockscreen and notification system have been updated for a new material Android 5.0 look. Other additions include multiple pages within the recent apps interface as well as a new search function within the settings menu.
The Google Play edition of the handset has been enoying the new OS version for quite some time now, but HTC did keep their word to bring Lollipop to the One M7 despite the skipped 90 day deadline form last November.
Google is currently rolling-out the official Android 5.1 Lollipop update to the HTC One (M8) Google Play Edition (GPE). The update is Available Over-the-air with size of 244MB.
Android 5.1 Lollipop brings various bug fixes, performance improvements, security updates and HD voice support to the One (M8). Other Android 5.1 goodies include the ability control paired Bluetooth devices from Quick Settings. Users can also join Wi-Fi networks in a similar way.
Original HTC One (M8) users is still on Android 5.0.1 Lollipop with Sense 6.0 UI on board, waiting for the 5.0.2 update with Sense 7 UI.
Many of the HTC One M8 users are waiting on fire for the New Sense 7.0 UI to hit their devices. Today, we have some good news for HTC users worldwide, HTC ROM developer @LlabTooFeR (trusted for HTC news) just tweeted some that Sense 7.0 UI will come with Android 5.1 Lollipop Update to the HTC One M8, One M8s, Desire Eye, Butterfly 2 and some other devices.
Non of the current devices will get Android 5.0.2 + Sense 7.0 (except M9)...Sense 7.0 become available with Android 5.1 only on some models.— LlabTooFeR (@LlabTooFeR) April 10, 2015
According to the source, the Android 5.0.2 update for HTC won't pack the Sense 7.0 UI like what's on the HTC One M9 currently. This means that current M8 users will have to wait a while for 5.1 Lollipop update to enjoy the New Sense 7.0 UI.
For sure Sense 7.0 will be available as update for M8, M8s, Desire EYE, Butterfly 2 and some other devices...— LlabTooFeR (@LlabTooFeR) April 10, 2015
As for the HTC One M7, it's not clear yet if it will get updated to Sense 7.0 UI or not. The 2 years old flagship already received the 5.0.1 Lollipop update with Sense 6.0 UI earlier this year. Hopefully, HTC won't forget its loyal "One" users.
Great News for M8 users... HTC UK has just officially confirmed that the company's previous flagship device, HTC One M8, will get the Official Android 5.1 Lollipop Update with Sense 7.0 UI in August,2015 which is only 4 months away.
@JKMcCloskey Hey James, the HTC One M8 will have a Software Update for Android Version 5.1 and Sense 7 in August 2015 :)— HTC UK (@HTC_UK) April 29, 2015
HTC UK made this announcement regarding the unlocked variant of the HTC One (M8) via its official twitter account.
After this update the device will pack the same exact HTC One (M9) User Interface which includes major improvements is that you can change the grip app switcher to stock Lollipop style. App reshuffling, some new widgets, BlinkFeed updates and other changes are also part of the update.
I heard you all on M7 5.1 for Carrier versions. Many of the fixes are already in our current SW, but understand your concerns. Stay tuned.— Mo Versi (@moversi) March 20, 2015
In other hands, HTC product manager "Mo Versi" has also confirmed via his own twitter account that Android 5.1 Lollipop update for the company's first one flagship, HTC One (M7) too. It's not clear if the 3-years old device will get Sense 7.0 UI along with the new Lollipop build or not.
HTC annouced that it will release Sense 7.0 UI for the One M8 with Android M update instead of Lollipop 5.1.1 Update - More Info Here
Many HTC users are still waiting for their Android 5.0 Lollipop update to reach their device. Sadly, today we got some bad news for the One mini 2 owners. Due to performance related issues HTC has officially Canceled the Android 5.0 Lollipop update for the HTC One mini 2.
The News came from HTC's official twitter account responding to user query about the One mini 2 update release date. HTC said that it "Lollipop on the One mini 2 will not provide an optimal experience".
This may be caused by limited hardware capabilities or performance issues as the HTC One mini 2 is powered by Snapdragon 400 and a 1GB LPDDR2 RAM.
@EdoardoBerti We determined that Lollipop on the One mini 2 will not provide an optimal experience; it isn't scheduled to receive the update— HTC (@htc) April 27, 2015
Also, YouMobile is launching a New HTC Official Updates Page to track all Android Lollipop update being released for HTC devices worldwide, we Track the updates so you don't have to, Coming soon on HTC.YouMobile.com
Few weeks ago, HTC has confirmed that HTC One mini 2 Android 5.0 Lollipop Update has been canceled due to performance issues. Today, HTC also confirmed via twitter that the Original HTC One mini won't be getting the Lollipop update.
@reekeanu The HTC One Mini will not receive the Lollipop update.— HTC (@htc) May 3, 2015
The original One Mini was launched back in 2013 shortly after the original One M7. Considering the newer One Mini isn't getting the update, it's no surprise that the older one isn't either. However, this is rather unbecoming of a company to launch phones under the flagship brand name and then just leave them out in the cold later when it comes to updates.
HTC One (M7) Dual-SIM is getting its official Android 5.0 Lollipop update, the update is available in India Over-the-air (OTA). Will start rolling-out to other regions in the next few weeks.
After applying the update, which is around 675MB in size, the device runs Android 5.0 Lollipop, with software version 7.117.720.6.
The roll-out comes just over a week after HTC revealed that the One Mini as well as the One Mini 2 won't be getting the update. It's also worth mentioning that the regular version of the M7 started receiving Lollipop back in March this year.
Few hours ago, Google officially announced Android M Developer Preview. Now, Jeff Gordon, Senior Global Online Communications Manager at HTC, has just announced via its Twitter account that Android M update will become officially Available to the HTC One M9 and HTC One M9+ and More devices.
Good news! The HTC One M9 and M9+ will be updated to Android M, with more devices to be announced soon.— Jeff Gordon (@urbanstrata) May 28, 2015
More HTC devices to get M updates will be announced soon. We expect that all latest HTC High-end and Mid-range devices released last year get the Android M update. Currently only the developer preview is available, Google will release the final version of the Android M later this year, HTC will take 90 days starting from this release date to develop an update for its devices with Sense 7 UI.
Google says that Android M is its most powerful release ever, bringing hundreds of improvements, including improved battery life, simplified app permissions control, Android Pay, an enhanced UI, and more.
HTC One Max has started receiving its official Android 5.0 Lollipop update. Weighing in at around 760MB, the over-the-air (OTA) update is currently rolling out in select Asian and European countries, including Taiwan, France, Italy, Poland, and Czech Republic.
For those who aren't in the know, according to a previously leaked schedule, the One Max was expected to start receiving the update back in March this year.
HTC users are eagerly waiting for their Lollipop 5.1.1 Update, especially the HTC One M9 owners who bought the company's latest expensive flagship.
Luckily, HTC's VP Mo Versi shared on Twitter today that the official Android 5.1 Lollipop Update is coming to HTC One M9 starting with Sprint's variant.
HTC One (M9) Sprint Owners! We have received technical approval on Lollipop OS 5.1 which includes camera improvements. OTA to start on 7/1!— Mo Versi (@moversi) June 29, 2015
The Lollipop 5.1.1 OTA update will bring better RAM management, some improvements to the camera, performance improvements along with various bug fixes and stability improvements to Sense 7.
Good News for M9 users, Mo Versi, HTC's VP of product management announced via his twitter account that AT&T HTC One M9 Android 5.1 Lollipop update will start rolling-out OTA (Over-the-air) today.
HTC One (M9) AT&T Owners! We have received technical approval on Lollipop OS 5.1 which includes camera improvements. OTA to start on 7/15!!— Mo Versi (@moversi) July 14, 2015
HTC's Android 5.1 update will pack data performance, call drop enhancements, various bug fixes and Battery life improvements.
Even more importantly, the camera of the HTC One M9 has received a number of optimizations with the update. The temperature management of the device has also been tweaked in order handle that Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 chipset better.
HTC has already confirmed that its latest flagship, HTC One M9 and One M9+ will get official Android M update later this year.
Today, HTC's VP of product Mo Versi, has confirmed via its twitter account that the HTC One M8 will get the upcoming official Android M update.
Whatever the new version gets called Marshmallow, Muffin, or M&Ms last year's HTC flagship will be basking in its under-the-hood and over the top improvements at some point, after Google releases the source code to manufacturers in the fall.
The HTC One M8 GPE (Google Play Edition) and HTC One M7 GPE (Google Play Edition) Android 5.1 Lollipop updates are currently Rolling-out Over-the-air (OTA), Google has approved the update and HTC GPE users should get a notification on their devices to get the new update which is Sense UI free.
Approval for both M8 & M7 GPE versions have been granted by Google for 5.1 OS. OTA out shortly!— Mo Versi (@moversi) April 8, 2015
The most important part of this update is the Memory leak bug fix that was reported before on 5.0.2 build, the update also includes the usual bug fixes and performance improvements.
However, there is still no official confirmation if One M8 (GPE) or One M7 (GPE) will get Android M update or not but it's up to Google to decided, Stay tuned!
HTC has started Rolling-out official Android 5.1 Lollipop update to its latest flagship devices, HTC One M9 and HTC One M9+ (unlocked variants). Carrier variants should start getting the same update in the upcoming few weeks.
The Update packs Android build 5.1 (Software version 2.8.617.4) keeping the same Sense 7.0 UI version but with few extra tweaks that includes new UI animations, improved sound controls that allow the user to enable Do Not Disturb mode but still allow alarms through and Camera enhancements.
In this update HTC is giving M9 users the ability to tweak the color temperature of their phone's display. The One M9 Lollipop 5.1 update brings multi-user support that allows Guest access to your device or a second user (using his own Google/HTC account), so that he can install his own apps and access his account using the device without affecting the original owner's data/account.
HTC has started rolling-out the official Android 5.0 Lollipop update to the One E8. The One E8 is considered to be the mid-range variant of the One M8. The Update is Available Over-the-air (OTA) to all carriers/unlocked One E8 variants.
The HTC One E8 update packs many performance improvements, new lock screen, new notification panel and updated User Interface but still keeps the Sense UI v6.0 on the Android 5.0.1 lollipop build.
According to HTC's Product and Service Director, the HTC One M9 official Android 5.1 Lollipop update should be live now for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.
Android 5.1 coming to EMEA HTC One m9 devices tomorrow...enjoygraham wheeler (@wheelergd) August 3, 2015
The update OTA package size will be about 831MB. In addition to all the new features in Android 5.1, the update improves the amount of time taken to charge the battery.
HTC is rolling out the update in stages, so if you don't see the OTA just yet, hold tight. It's coming.
We reported before that HTC will be releasing the Android 5.1 Lollipop Update for the One M8 and One M8s with Sense 7.0 UI and few security and bug fixes. Well, they have changed their plans!
According to Mo verse, HTC VP Product Management, the HTC One M8 will Sense 7.0 UI but with the official Android M update which will be by the end of this year or early 2016 (still not-confirmed). He tweeted this as a reply to a fan requested info regarding the M8 Sense 7 release.
@harshitsharma04 Will be tied to the M release. Thanks.— Mo Versi (@moversi) August 6, 2015
However, the One M8 users will set to get all the Lollipop security improvements and bug fixes but keeping the same Sense 6.0 UI as it is, So if you are waiting for Sense 7 to hit your device you gonna need to hold-on a little bit longer.
Stay tuned and check the Official HTC Updates Page to stay up-to-date!
HTC users are eagerly waiting for their Lollipop 5.1.1 Update, especially the HTC One M9 owners who bought the company's latest expensive flagship.
Now, the Official Android 5.1.1 Lollipop update is rolling-out Over-the-air (OTA) to HTC One M9 users worldwide. The update packs the hugely acclaimed Stagefright exploit patch.
The OTA package is about 900MB in size and brings lots of bug fixes, security enhancements and performance improvements to the flagship which is expected to receive the Marshmallow update by Early 2016.
A Super Quad HD (1440 x 2560) display needs an appropriately high-res wallpapers, that much is for sure. But manufacturers bundle only so many backgrounds with you fancy new smartphone, and sooner or later you'll find yourself looking for a change. That's where we come in.
Despite what the internet may have you think, finding quality wallpapers that aren't generic-looking and are sufficiently high-res, is tougher than it should be. We made this small Collection of Super Quad HD scrollable Wallpapers to enjoy on your QHD device or even if you have a FHD, these will look even more great. Download them all from the Google Drive folder below.
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Nokia has come back with some really affordable yet feature-rich smartphones in the market. In an event in India, Nokia unveiled it the Nokia 2.2 which will be the cheapest smartphone right now that comes with Android One out of the box. While the Nokia is available at only 99 euro in the European countries, it has price tag of 6999 Indian Rupees in India. At first, it sound like an entry-level smartphone with not so much to offer but it in real it is quite opposite in fact. The display is 5.71-inch large with a water drop notch on the top. The display has high brightness which gives you a very vivid and sharp colors. The bezels around the display is quite thick but at this price who really cares about the bezels.
The device has a removable polycarbonate back cover with a reflective finish that gives it an attractive appearance. Another highlight of the Nokia 2.2 is a separate button for Google Assistant. Nokia 2.2 is powered with a quad-core MediaTek Helio A22 Soc. It comes in two models - 2GB RAM and 16GB storage, 3GB RAM and 32GB storage. It doesn't have any fingerprint scanner but features face unlock ability. The battery is removable and has 3,000mAh capacity. It has 13MP camera lens on the rear side with flash, and house a 5MP camera at the front side for taking selfies. It can shoot video at 1080p which is High Defination.
One of the highlight of the Nokia 2.2 is its support for two years of OS updates and three years of security updates. The device is the first in the market with Android 9 Pie out of the box at this price. It will be cheapest phone to get Android Q. The Nokia 2.2 is available in two colors - Black and Steel. You can buy these in India starting June 11. You can also choose to pre-order the phone via Nokia Phones pages.
HMD Global is expecting to launch another Nokia smartphone. The new Nokia 7.3 5G features a circular camera module on the rear side of the phone. The module houses a quad-camera system that consists of a 48-megapixel primary camera lens and a 12-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera lens. There would be a 2-megapixel depth sensor and a 2-megapixel micro camera. These aren't as useful as the other two lenses, but together they serve the purpose of having a quad-camera system. There is an LED flash on the left side of the camera with a rear-facing fingerprint scanner just below it. Nokia has used plastic on the rear side to reduce the manufacturing cost of the phone.
The rumors suggest that the phone is going to feature a 6.5-inch punch-hole full HD+ display with slim side bezels, and a thicker bottom bezel with Nokia branding on it. The top-left corner of the phone displays a small camera for taking a selfie. This one is rumored to boast a 24-megapixel resolution, although there isn't much information available right now. Overall dimensions of the phone make it taller than its predecessor but smaller than the Motorola Moto G9 Plus.
Nokia 7.3 is one of the phones that support 5G network connectivity. To support 5G the phone is using the Snapdragon 690 chipset that's also going to power the next OnePlus Nord. According to reports, it'll be coupled with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage as standard. MicroSD card support is highly likely and pricier 6/64GB and 8/128GB versions are on the way too. The Nokia 7.3 will likely to be launched in October or November alongside the Nokia 6.3. The phone is set to price at 399 euros in Europe.
2020 has ended and we have seen many new smartphones by some major and small mobile phone manufacturers. In the smartphone department, Nokia started last year with the launch of Nokia C2, which was then followed by Nokia 5.3, Nokia 8.3 5G, and Nokia C3. The Nokia 2.4 and Nokia 3.4 were released in September. They completed their launch of new smartphones with the Nokia C1 plus and Nokia 5.4. So, we got three devices from the C series, two from the 5 series and one from the 1,2,3, and 8-series each. If we keep the count of last year's smartphones we might get to see the new Nokia 6,7, or 9 this year before anything else.
As the last year was about to end, there was some news about three new Nokia batteries being certified by the authorized bodies. According to the new certifications, the future Nokia smartphones might carry the 3,900mAh, 4,470mAh, and 5,050mAh batteries. The first two models were certified by TÜV Rheinland Japan and the latter by Element Materials Technology.
At least three new Nokia smartphones can be expected based on these certifications. We are not sure if there will be only three models or more that will appear as Nokia 3.4 and Nokia 5.4 share the same battery, so we can expect the same for the future smartphones as well. Currently, the maximum battery capacity supported by Nokia smartphones is 4,500mAh battery, that too only in Nokia 8.35G and Nokia 2.4. Hence, a 5,000mAh+ will be the first significant upgrade Nokia phones are going to have this year. Hopefully, it will come with the fast charging option. We don't know what next year will bring for us but I think it is time for Nokia to introduce bigger batteries and fast-charging technology to more devices.
HMD has decided to redesign its whale series of smartphones and came up with three lines of phone - the C series which is the entry level series, the G series which is targeted towards budget-conscious audience, and the X series which is premium series. Despite X series being the most expensive one, it is still affordable compared to many other flagship smartphones with similar specs.
The latest smartphones introduced in the series are X10 and X20. If you are wondering what is the difference and which one you should buy, keep reading on and together we find the answer.Let's talk about the design first. To my surprise, there isn't any difference in the design of Nokia X10 and X20 and has come with the same display. Both devices share the same IPS LCD panel of 6.67-inches, full HD+ resolution with 1080x2400 pixels.
Both phones are powered by the Snapdragon 480 processor that comes with 5G connectivity. The processor might be the same but the memory and storage configurations aren't. The Nokia X10 is available in three variations - 6/64 GB, 4/128 GB, and 6/128 GB. Nokia X20 comes with 6/128 GB and 8/128GB configurations of RAM and internal storage. Both phones share the same 4,470mAh battery that supports 18W fast charging. The battery life isn't bad and can last for more than a day with a moderate usage.
Perhaps the biggest difference between these two cameras lies within the photography department. The Nokia X20 has a 48MP primary camera sensor while the Nokia X20 has a 64MP primary camera. Both phones use the Car Zeiss optics that allow these phones to deliver great picture quality. The front camera of Nokia X10 shoots selfie with 8MP camera while X20 comes with an amazing 32MP selfie camera sensor. X10 has 48MP+5MP+2MP+2MP camera specs whereas X20 features a quad camera system consisting of 64MP+5MP+2MP+2MP camera sensors. The Nokia X10 is available in Forest and Snow hues, while the Nokia X20 was launched in two different color variants: Midnight Sun and Nordic Blue.