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iOS Gains on Android in the US
By Luke Jones on Tuesday August 04, 2015

ComScore has revealed its latest data showing the state of the mobile platform industry in the United States, and the results show that Apple is continuing to make ground on Android in its home country. However, while Apple's business model is thriving in most markets, the US is one of the few regions where its iOS is catching Android. Not that it particularly matters at the moment because both platforms are doing very well based on their respective ideals and are dominating the global market.

iPhone 6c to Launch Q2 2016
By Luke Jones on Tuesday August 04, 2015

It has been widely rumored that Apple will launch a new "affordable" iPhone when the company launches the iPhone 6s next month. A replacement for the iPhone 5c, the iPhone 6c will launch in the second quarter (April through June) of 2016. Digitimes suggests the device will be delayed until next year, so does that mean we will not see it next month?

OnePlus 2 Sells 30,000 Units in China in 65 Seconds
By Luke Jones on Tuesday August 04, 2015

If you live in China you will be able to buy the OnePlus 2 without the frustrating and annoying invite system, a perk of being from OnePlus' home nation we guess. Another perk is the fact that Chinese customers have already been able to get the handsets, while the rest of us have to wait for the invite system to open August 11th. Those consumers lapped the device up too, with 30,000 units selling in just 64 seconds.

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Blitzes AnTuTu Benchmark
By Luke Jones on Tuesday August 04, 2015

With the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 launching next week, there is no surprise that the phablet is passing through benchmark software, with AnTuTu claiming the device passed through its tests. As is usually the case, it means the specs of the handset were also revealed while the Note 5 is shaping up to be the beast we all think it will be.

Sony Impresses with Xperia M5
By Luke Jones on Monday August 03, 2015

Sony revealed late last year that it would be changing its smartphone strategy to work on high end handsets. While that meant the Xperia Z flagship range, the company also planned to work on exciting new high end devices that fit into the mid-range. The now officially launched Xperia M5 fits that bill, as will the Xperia C5 Ultra when it launches next month. Back to the M5 for now as this seems a very impressive mid-range smartphone.

OnePlus Co-founder Reconfirms Second Smartphone for 2015
By Luke Jones on Monday August 03, 2015

OnePlus is currently riding a wave of publicity as its OnePlus 2 Flagship Killer has been well received by critics and consumers alike. However, the company has not finished its smartphone output for the year as co-founder Carl Pei discussed with USA Today. The head of OnePlus revealed that a new handset with the company's branding will be landing later in the year, maybe in time for Christmas.

HTC Desire 728 Poses Pre-Launch
By Luke Jones on Monday August 03, 2015

We have heard plenty about the new HTC Desire 728 recently, the device passed through TENAA and in the process revealed its specs and design. Despite passing through the Chinese regulatory body and being certified for sale, HTC has still not announced the new mid-range device. However, a new leak shows the Desire 728 out in the wild... surely this device will land soon.

Sony Schedules IFA Event for September 2
By Luke Jones on Monday August 03, 2015

With the August sun shining bright it is time to cast an eye to the IFA trade expo in Berlin, which is now just a month away. The event will get underway September 4 through September 9, so expect plenty of smartphone manufacturers to announce their events in the coming weeks. Sony for example already has, sending out invites for its September 2 launch event.

Apple Concedes Chinese Number 1 Position to Xiaomi
By Luke Jones on Monday August 03, 2015

Apple is no longer the best-selling smartphone manufacturer in China, a statement that has an air of inevitability about it. The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus had put Apple at the top of the pile in China over the last quarter, but it was a position the company was unlikely to maintain as sales slowed (still impressive nonetheless). The companies taking Apple's crown are Xiaomi at number one and Huawei number two.

NVIDIA Recalls Shield Tablets Amid Fire Hazard
By Luke Jones on Friday July 31, 2015

We sniff a PR disaster. NVIDIA has opened a voluntary recall of every single Shield Tablet that has been purchased in the last 12 months due to a safety issue. The battery used inside the slate can apparently overheat enough that it becomes a fire hazard, making the overheating issues of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 seem tame in comparison.