lollipop-distriIt looks like folks who have been rooting for Android Lollipop will be pleased to take note that early this month, there has been an increase in its installation share to 23.5% across all Android-powered devices that are in the market. In September, Lollipop crossed the 20% mark in Google’s Android distribution chart, and this means that there is a wee bit of progress for this month.

Slowly but surely would be the mantra for Android 5.x Lollipop, but how do the other operating system versions fare? Well, KitKat sees a slight drop to 38.9% from 39.2% in September, while all three iterations of Jelly Bean will now carry a 30.2% market share, which is a wee bit less than the 31.8% in the previous month. As for Ice Cream Sandwich, it will drop to 3.4% from 3.7%, with Gingerbread taking a 3.8% share from 4.1% previously. Strangely enough, Froyo remains the same at 0.2% of installs.

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htc-one-e9Now here is a new handset (in a sense) that hails from the folks over at HTC, although it does not really pay homage to HTC’s motto of “Here’s To Change”. Apparently, the HTC One E9s Dual SIM arrived on the HTC India website with nary an official announcement, and do not be fooled by its name since it is far less an improvement over the HTC One E9 as opposed to the HTC Desire 820, taking into consideration this device is thicker, heavier, has a slower chipset, a smaller battery, and a lower resolution 720p display as opposed to the Full HD display on the HTC One E9.

Other hardware specifications of the HTC One E9s Dual SIM include 16GB of internal memory, a 13MP shooter at the back, a 4MP camera in front, 2GB RAM, LTE connectivity and as mentioned earlier, Dual SIM capability. Oh yes, throw in stereo speakers and Dolby audio, and you’ve got a “new” model.

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LG-Watch-Urbane-2nd-EditionIt looks like the smartwatch arena is about to get all the more interesting, what with the reveal of the LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition. Do bear in mind that the LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition happens to be the very first member of the Android Wear family which will boast of cellular connectivity, now how about that? This means this is a standalone device, and can run without a compatible Android or iOS device paired to it.

Chances are you will still pair this bad boy up with a smartphone somewhere, simply because it does offer you many more options when it comes to performance, but at least you can now wear and use it without toting a smartphone around. It can also be tethered through Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, depending on the situation at that point in time.

This is a water- and dust-tight smartwatch that will come in a hairline-etched stainless steel body and a hypoallergenic TPSiV elastomer band, sporting a pair of extra buttons on the right side that will assist the crown button in navigation. Other hardware specifications include a 1.38” P-OLED display at 480 x 480 pixels, a 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 chipset, 768MB of LPDDR3 RAM, 4GB of internal memory and a 570mAh battery. [Press Release]

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huawei-tenaaWell, there might be plenty of fanfare that surrounds Google’s recently introduced LG Nexus 5X, but here we are with yet another device that might just keep you interested – the Huawei Honor 5X. Of course, nothing official has been confirmed just yet, but apparently, a device that comes in a metal chassis has gained its TENAA certification, where it will feature the model number KIW-AL10 to boot. In other words, this might be the Huawei Honor 5X which should succeed the Huawei Honor 4X that was rolled out earlier this year.

The KIW-AL10 will feature a 5.5” display that boasts of a Full HD resolution, alongside a pixel density of 401ppi. The Snapdragon 615 SoC will power the device from underneath the hood, where it boasts of an octa-core CPU and an Adreno 405 GPU. Keeping it company would be 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal memory, where there is a 13MP camera located behind as well as a 5MP camera right in front. Throw in a fingerprint scanner while Huawei is at it, why don’t they? Expect it to arrive with Android 5.1.1 Lollipop right out of the box, and based on its AnTuTu benchmark, the score of 20916 places it squarely in the mid-range scheme of things.

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zuk-z1It looks like the Lenovo-back ZUK Z1 is all ready for its international debut, which comes about not too long after the device was unveiled over in China officially. However, it will only hit France and Spain first via eBay, so it remains to be seen whether the other countries will be able to “benefit” from the handset’s release in due time. With Cyanogen OS 12.1 based on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop running proceedings from within, it will also sport the Lenovo branding on the box and in the user guide.

As for the hardware specifications, things have pretty much remained the same as what was announced back in August, that is, a 5.5” 1080p touchscreen, a 13MP rear camera with LED flash, an 8MP front-facing camera, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 801 chipset, 3GB of RAM, 64GB of internal memory, 4G LTE support, dual-SIM functionality, a fingerprint scanner, a USB Type-C port, and a 4,100 mAh battery. is offering it for €279.99, whereas’s price is a wee bit more expensive at €285.99.

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htc-one-a9-leak-1We do know that the HTC One A9 is well on its way, but as to exactly when will it roll out to the masses? We do not really know, but what we do know is this – there will be an October 20th event that will be held by HTC, and chances are pretty high that will be the date on which HTC rolls out their new HTC One handset. Right here, right now, we will just have to make do with a bunch of leaked HTC One A9 photos, where this smartphone does seem to resemble an iPhone 6 where its design and form factor are concerned.

Of course, there is also a quick look at HTC’s very own Sense UI that will run on top of the Android operating system, in addition to rounded sides of an aluminum unibody and a microUSB 2.0 port – I guess that rules out the Type-C port that other handset manufacturers are starting to incorporate. Other than that, it looks like a loudspeaker resides on the bottom, with a lack of stereo speakers on the front. Check out the photo gallery after the jump.

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oppo-a33-tenaaOppo is a name that we are familiar with when we look at the svelte smartphones which have rolled out in recent times, including the Oppo R7, Oppo R7 Plus, and Oppo Find 7. However, it looks like Oppo has remembered about the entry level market, which is why they have come up with the Oppo A33 that has been spotted on TENAA.

The Chinese regulatory agency that is responsible to certify smartphones that will go on sale in China have more or less given the nod of approval for the Oppo A33, where this handset will come with a 5” touchscreen at 540 x 960 resolution, an 8MP camera at the back with LED flash, a 5MP selfie shooter, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal memory, 4G LTE support, dual-SIM capability, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 SoC with a 1.2 GHz quad-core Cortex-A53 CPU, and Android 5.1.1 Lollipop as the mobile operating system of choice. The dimensions of the Oppo A33 will be 142.7mm × 71.7mm × 7.55mm, weighing in at 145 grams.

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android-marshmallow-oct5It is more or less a given that in due time, all smartphones, tablets and other miscellaneous devices that run on the Android platform will see Android 6.0 Marshmallow as the dominant version, but right now, this particular version has not even hit the market just yet. What we have heard from a Canadian carrier, however, would be the start of something bigger. Telus of Canada claims that Android 6.0 Marshmallow will roll out this coming October 5th, where the first two devices that will come with this operating system version will be the Nexus 5 as well as the Nexus 6.

Of course, Telus is also careful to throw in a disclaimer, stating that the date might not remain at October 5th, as it could very well be subject to change – which is to be expected anyways, since nothing has been firmed up on an official basis just yet. As for the two Nexus handsets that will roll off LG and Huawei production lines, they are tipped for an unveiling later this September 29th, so we’ll see.

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nexus-5x-mintGoogle is surely going to reveal their new collection of Nexus handsets in the near future, where these have been touted to be ‘hero’ devices for its Android 6.0 Marshmallow mobile operating system update, and it seems that there is new information which should keep fans and interested parties alike on the edge of their seats. No, it will not be some sort of spanking new hardware specification that we are unaware of, but rather, it seems that there is a new shade for us to ogle at.

Basically, the upcoming Nexus 5X is said to be a 5.2” device that will feature three different colors – where it will arrive in black, white, and of course, the new shade that is tipped to be called ‘mint’ by the folks over at Google. Compared to the larger sized 5.7” Nexus 6P, that model by Huawei is tipped to arrive in boring old combinations or monotones like black, white, silver/aluminum and gold. Do you think mint would help boost sales in the long run?

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nexus-5x-6pThere is a saying that goes something like, there’s no smoke without fire. This can be seen two ways, although there are certain quarters out there who vehemently deny whatever rumors that come their way as nothing but pure lies and filth. However, gadgets do not have a voice to deny or confirm such rumors, which is why when a leaked image of Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P retail boxes hit the internet, it can more or less be confirmed that these handsets are all set to be named that way.

These two Nexus smartphones by LG and Huawei should be shown off to the masses at their press event in San Francisco this coming September 29, which is set to happen next week. The retail package of the Nexus 5X will show off a rather generous sized letter X that comes dressed in a Material Design wallpaper. As for the Nexus 6P, it will sport the letter P with similar styling on the box. Let us wait until next week for the official unveil and see whether both devices will sport fingerprint sensors as rumored.

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