iphone5 black gold Apple Planning 25 More Apple Stores In ChinaApple is one company that has an unbelievable marketing team, where all that they happen to touch does seem to turn into gold. In fact, their latest efforts with the iPhone 6 as well as iPhone 6 Plus do seem to continue to bring forth the company forward with greater momentum than ever before. Well, there remains the world’s most populous country to “conquer”, so to speak, in terms of the market share and China is Apple’s next target.

Right now, Apple already has 15 Apple Stores across China, with 8 out of the 15 located in either Beijing or Shanghai. Having said that, it does seem as though Apple has plans to construct another 25 more Apple Stores over in China in the course of the two years, now how about that for a rapid rate of expansion? The thing is, will the country’s population be able to gain that kind of earning power in such a short time? I know that there are plenty of nouveau riche in that part of the world, but most of the working class are still struggling to make ends meet.


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huawei growth Huawei Q3 Shipments To Hit 16.8 MillionFirst it was Nokia that ruled the mobile phone world, and then came smartphones and the rise of South Korean companies such as Samsung and LG that helped to shape the landscape of players where Android-powered smartphones were concerned. Well, just like how we have learned in history, powers do come and go, and Huawei looks set to pounce on the opportunity of being the next big thing by making its way to the top of being a major player in the smartphone market, having shipped 16.8 million smartphones already in Q3 alone this year, with 26% of them being devices that resided in the mid-range to high-end scheme of things.

In fact, Huawei’s smartphone business grew by 23% overall compared to the previous year and 18% in its home country of China. It has also managed to penetrate select developing markets in a more impressive manner compared to the likes of Samsung, where shipments in the Middle East and Africa were up by 322% compared to the previous year. Will they have the momentum to last the distance? Only time will be able to tell.


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galaxy prime lte Samsung Galaxy Core Prime About To Be Imbued With LTE SupportIt looks as though there will be LTE connectivity after all in the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Core Prime, where a few versions of this particular model has already gone through TENAA, which is China’s FCC equivalent, namely the SM-G3606, G3608 and G3609, where all of them happen to be dual SIM capable handsets alongside TD-LTE connectivity. Out of those, two particular models will sport international LTE connectivity, and the main difference in 2G/3G would be whether its GSM or CDMA.

What you see on the right happens to hail from Indian retailer Flipkart, where it has already put up the phone on pre-order prematurely, and the model that they placed for order lacked LTE connectivity and comes with a solitary SIM card slot, but those have not yet been officially confirmed by the folks over at Samsung, so the final result might still change. As with all leaks, it does take plenty of patience until the real deal is released or officially unveiled, and that would be when we will see the full reveal.


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galaxy alpha a5 a3 Samsung Galaxy Alpha A5 And A3 Seen In The WildSamsung knows that there are many different kinds of personalities in this world, and with that, also different sorts of budgets. Having said that, it makes perfect sense then, for Samsung to work on a wide range of devices that will cater to every kind of personality, and this time around, Samsung has decided to focus more on build quality and presumably, handsets that will not bend, using more premium materials as opposed to plastic, such as aluminum. The new handsets that have yet to be released on an official basis would be the Samsung Galaxy Alpha A5 and the Samsung Galaxy Alpha A3, where you can see them above, flanking the Samsung Galaxy Alpha, on the left and right, respectively.

The Samsung Galaxy Alpha A5 is said to feature a nanoSIM card slot as well as a microSD memory card slot, where it will supposedly arrive with a 5″ 720p Super AMOLED display, a Snapdragon 400 or 410 chipset and a 13MP/1080p camera. As for the smaller sized Samsung Galaxy Alpha A3, it will come with a 4.52″ qHD Super AMOLED display, a Snapdragon 410 chipset, a 8MP/1080p camera and a 5MP front-facing camera. Doo bear in mind that all of these specifications are just rumors, and until something official is announced, we can only guess what will be packed alongside them.


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Google Plus Logo 640x313 Google+ Gets PG13 FeatureIf you feel that there are times when you would like to express yourself on Google+ using language that is a whole lot more colorful and stronger than what you are normally used to, perhaps it would be prudent to think again as whatever you type might just be read by a younger relative of yours, only to scar the young mind with some choice words that would include the gender of a female pooch. Having said that, this might be a thing of the past, after taking into consideration that the most recent Google+ update would allow you to tweak its settings, and placing an age limit on your content.


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galaxy grand prime1 Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime Launched In IndiaSamsung has just introduced the Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime to the masses over in India, where this particular handset would also carry with it the model number SM-G530H. This is a new and relatively affordable Android-powered device, where it will feature an 8MP shooter at the back, not to mention a distinct 5MP shooter in front that sports a wide-angle camera, allowing you to capture not only selfies, but as Samsung would like to call it, groupfies – which are “group selfies”.

Other hardware specifications for the Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime include a 5” display at 540 x 960 pixels, 3G support, a quad-core 1.2GHz processor, 1GB RAM, 8GB of internal memory, a 2,600mAh battery and Android 4.4 KitKat as the mobile operating system of choice. No idea on pricing, but it ought to retail for somewhere in the region of $250 after conversion.


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xiaomi redmi1s Xiaomi Redmi 1S: Gone In 13.9 SecondsXiaomi has certainly done pretty well for itself when it comes to advertising flash sales of its products. Their latest effort would involve the Xiaomi Redmi 1S smartphone – this particular device managed to sell a whopping 60,000 units in a matter of just 13.9 seconds over in India, now how about that?

Of course, this is not exactly something that Xiaomi has not experienced before – in the past, they managed to shift up to 40,000 units of the Redmi 1S in a matter of 4.2 seconds. Not only that, there was another incident before that managed to see 15,000 Xiaomi Mi 3 units being sold in a matter of just 2 seconds. These are definitely impressive sales figures, and not only that, it also goes to show what a testament to Flipkart’s ability in handling so many orders in such a short space of time.


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instagram android app 1 China Blocks InstagramIt looks like China, the country that has the Great Wall which so happens to be one of the new seven wonders of the world, is also known as the country that has the Great Firewall. After all, the government does wield a considerable amount of influence and control over its citizens, especially in the kind of media that they can or cannot enjoy. Having said that, here we are with all of the pro-democracy protests happening in Hong Kong that China has clamped down on the use of Instagram.

Yes sir, you read that right. China has blocked access Instagram over on the mainland, and it can be speculated that the whole point of doing so is to prevent images of the demonstrations from spreading beyond the borders of Hong Kong, as Instagram continues to function just fine in that part of the world. It does not look as though restrictions on Instagram over in China will be lifted up anytime soon as long as the protests continue, and hopefully it will not end up with a permanent ban.


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androidauto Is This What Android Auto Looks Like?Google has just introduced their latest developer guidelines for apps which will run on the soon-to-come in-car software. Android Auto is tipped to arrive before 2014 makes its way for 2015, where one will be able to interact with Android apps all the while driving, courtesy of a touchscreen display which will be integrated within select vehicles’ dashboards.

Do bear in mind that Android Auto apps are not exactly standalone apps, but rather, they happen to be smartphone or tablet apps which will feature an Auto component. Whenever you install the apps on your handset, the vehicle’s system is smart enough to recognize them for what they are, hence adding functionality to your Android Auto dashboard.

In such a manner, one is able to be on the receiving end of notifications, control music playback, as well as to make use of voice actions in the car. Similar in many ways to Google Wear, Google will continue to maintain a tight grip over the user interface, as device manufacturers cannot make use of custom skins – and will even be more locked down.


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google lollipop Google’s 16th Birthday Cake Could Have Hinted At Android L NicknameThere is nothing quite like a birthday celebration that allows everyone to know that you are not only one year older, but also one year wiser. This time around, it would be Internet search giant Google who has turned 16 – and that is pretty old where dot com companies are concerned in this day and age. Google celebrates their birthday in September, as until 2005, they do note that their birthday falls on September 7th, which is the day it was incorporated. Having said that, a proper birthday cake makes the entire celebration better, and Google has taken up to the social media platform to share what their cake looks like.

It seems as though in the animated image, the top of it came with a slew of lollipops, and knowing how cryptic Google can be at times, this could very well translate to a possible hint of what the next version of Android could be called – Android L being Android “Lollipop?”


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