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Xiaomi Impresses While Missing Sales Target in 2015
By Micah Bartos on Friday January 15, 2016

Xiaomi's huge growth from being a startup company in 2010 to being one of the top five smartphone manufacturers in the world now has been unprecedented.

BBM Update for Android Brings Array of Features
By Micah Bartos on Thursday December 10, 2015

BBM (BlackBerry Messenger) is perhaps the clearest evidence of how BlackBerry has changed in recent years. Once one of the company's core features and one that it kept to its own platform, BBM has since moved to be a cross platform service and has been eclipsed by other messenger services. That said, BBM still has tens of millions of users across iOS and Android and the former of those platforms is seeing its BBM app get an update.

Google Cute Nexus 5X by $50
By Micah Bartos on Wednesday December 09, 2015

We like the Nexus 5X a lot. The LG made device built on the original Nexus 5 of two years ago, which itself was a stunning handset, and has been a success with consumers.

Google starts Android 6.0.1 Roll Out with Nexus Devices
By Micah Bartos on Tuesday December 08, 2015

Google is rolling out Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow to its Nexus devices (namely the Nexus 5, 6, 7, and 9) with the factory image now available for download. So, with the freshest version of Android now rolling out what can we expect from the build?

Microsoft Lunches Lumia 550
By Micah Bartos on Monday December 07, 2015

Microsoft raised the curtain on the Lumia 550 back in October, the first budget smartphone to run the Windows 10 Mobile platform. The company said at the time that it would launch the handset on December 8th, but a bit earlier than planned (the 7th) Microsoft has launched the Lumia 550 in Europe.

U.S. HTC One M8 Receiving Android 6.0 Marshmallow
By Micah Bartos on Thursday December 03, 2015

We told you yesterday that the European version of the HTC One M8 is going to be getting Android 6.0 Marshmallow in the coming weeks, although there was no word on the U.S. variant of the 2014 flagship. However, it seems as though HTC has been working quietly as the U.S. variant is apparently getting Marshmallow right now, according to some screenshots posted by users.

Motorola Confirms Launch and Price of Moto 360 Sport
By Micah Bartos on Wednesday December 02, 2015

Motorola announced the Moto 360 Sport alongside the 2015 edition of the regular Moto 360, but while the latter has been available for some time, consumers are still unable to get the 360 Sport. That is about to change through December and January as Motorola confirmed the price and launch date for the smartwatch.

Xiaomi Mi 5 is "worth the waiting" says CEO
By Micah Bartos on Wednesday November 25, 2015

We have been waiting a very long time for Xiaomi to launch the Mi 5 flagship, a follow up to its current Mi 4 that was launched way back at the end of the summer in 2014. In flagship terms that is an eternity and in that time every other company has launched a new high end device, while many (Samsung, Apple, LG, Meizu, Sony) have launched two.

Sony Xperia Z5 Premium Available in United States
By Micah Bartos on Tuesday November 24, 2015

A week after the Sony Xperia Z5 arrived in the United States, its jacked up sibling the Xperia Z5 Premium has also made its debut. It is worth noting that, just like the Xperia Z5, the Premium is only available in its International variant, which means it is not being sold officially through Sony so will not come with any warranty in the United States.

Apple Debuts Charging Dock for Apple Watch
By Micah Bartos on Thursday November 19, 2015

Apple has launched a new accessory for its Apple Watch, a dock that lets you wirelessly charge the wearable by placing it magnetically on the dock. Apple has made the accessory available from today via its online store and should be making its way to bricks and mortar Apple locations in due course (November 20).