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Huawei Watch Debuts in United Kingdom
By Micah Bartos on Thursday November 05, 2015

We like the Huawei Watch, it is one of the best Android Wear smartwatches on the market, not to mention one of the very best looking wearables available. Consumers in the United Kingdom can now get a taste of the Huawei Watch as the device is rolling out in the nation right now.

BlackBerry Getting Serious about Android Security for the Priv
By Micah Bartos on Thursday November 05, 2015

One of the questions surrounding the BlackBerry Priv flagship is how the company will manage to implement its market leading security nous on the Android platform. That should be the notoriously unsecure Android platform as 98 per cent of all mobile based malware attacks happen on Google's platform. Today BlackBerry has said how it will make sure the Priv upholds the company?s excellent security reputation.

Xiaomi Mi 5 to Launch Next Month with Snapdragon 820 Processor
By Micah Bartos on Thursday November 05, 2015

We know by now that Xiaomi is holding off launching its Mi 5 flagship as the company awaits the launch of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor. It has been a long wait too as the Mi 4 is looking a little long in the tooth and is already over a year old. There is some light at the end of the tunnel for Xiaomi fans though as a report today suggests that the Mi 5 will launch on December 3.

66% of Devices Running iOS 9
By Micah Bartos on Wednesday November 04, 2015

Apple says that adoption rates of iOS 9 are progressing well and the company says it is the fastest growing operating system build in its history. The iPhone manufacturer says that 66 per cent of all compatible devices are now running iOS 9, including iOS 9.1 which has been recently rolled out by Apple.

Xiaomi Launches in Africa
By Micah Bartos on Wednesday November 04, 2015

Xiaomi has built itself into one of the major smartphone manufacturers in the world by selling products in emerging markets, starting in China and then expanding through Asia and into India. While the next major frontier for the Chinese brand is the United States and Europe, the company is still not finished making its presence felt in emerging markets, with Africa the latest to get Xiaomi's smartphones.

Motorola Moto X Force Starts UK Pre-Orders
By Micah Bartos on Tuesday November 03, 2015

The Motorola Moto X Force, or the DROID Turbo 2 as it is known in the United States, is making its debut in the UK, available for pre-order. The company says the handset will start shipping on November 9, and will boast a solid price of 497.99 for a SIM free unlocked device. That is a good price compared to other flagships, which with its specs, the Moto X Force most definitely is.

Nexus 5X Lands in Europe November 9, Pre-Order Now
By Micah Bartos on Tuesday November 03, 2015

While the Huawei made Nexus 6P is facing a back log and shipments are back to mid-December, the LG built Nexus 5X is likely to be more available. That handset has now had its Europe release announced and will be landing on the Old Continent on November 9 and pre-orders are open now if you are interested in this solid mid-ranger.

Samsung Galaxy J3 Coming to U.S.
By Micah Bartos on Monday November 02, 2015

Samsung's budget Galaxy J3 smartphone (SM-J3109) has passed through the FCC for sales in the United States. We have been hearing about this handset for some time, but Samsung has yet to confirm the release of the Galaxy J3. The listing at the FCC reveals that the handset has LTE, 3G, and Wi-Fi connectivity.

Huawei Honor Range getting Android 6.0 Marshmallow in February
By Micah Bartos on Monday November 02, 2015

Huawei will be updating its Honor smartphones to Android 6.0 Marshmallow in February 2016, according to the Huawei Honor India division that issued the timeframe in a tweet. Indeed, those using the Honor 7 smartphone could be a part of a Marshmallow beta test in the coming weeks and months.

Oppo A53m and A33m Smartphones Certified in China
By Micah Bartos on Friday October 30, 2015

Oppo has had a pair of devices certified by 3C in China, the A53m and A33m, the latter of which has also passed through the TENAA certification body. Neither handset has been officially announced by Oppo just yet, but both are likely to land in the next month and will pad out the company's budget smartphone portfolio.