lumiaupdateleakSo, you happen to be rocking to one of the older Lumia handsets from Nokia, and would love to check out what all the hoo-haa is about concerning Windows 10 Mobile. If you happen to live in Poland, then here is a spot of good news for you to kick start your week – the Windows 10 Mobile update will be heading to the likes of the Lumia 630, 635, 640, 735, and 830 this coming December 14, whereas those who happen to be making use of the Lumia 520, 532, 625, 720, 820, 920, 925, 930, 1020, and 1320, will have to wait until February 1st next year.

Again, bear in mind that the Windows 10 Mobile update will only affect those smartphones which were purchased from Orange in Poland, so if you happen to own any of the above mentioned devices but from different people, then you would have to give the updates a miss.

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mi-band-1sWhat happens when you are behind one of the most popular fitness trackers in the world, mainly due to the dirt cheap pricing? Why, you think of ways and methods to come up with a sequel, of course! Xiaomi knows this, which is why they have positioned themselves well to work on a successor to the Xiaomi Mi Band, calling it the Xiaomi Mi Band 1S and we have word that this device is all set for a reveal this coming November 11th.

The rumored device will do all of what its predecessor can, and then some. In fact, it is said that the Xiaomi Mi Band 1S will gain the ability to be able to track your heart rate as well as keep track of your sleep in a far more detailed and useful manner compared to before. The optical heart rate tracker will be placed at the bottom of the Xiaomi Mi Band 1S as it faces the user’s hand, and while this is progress on the hardware front, it also means a greater drain on the battery. Chances are it will retail for a highly affordable $15 (99 yuan), now how about that?

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android-one-lollipop-indiaFor anything to be a success, one will need to sit down and analyze the situation to see what went wrong in the past in order to avoid similar mistakes in the future. Google must have done that with their Android One program which was first launched in India last year in an effort to penetrate the smartphone market there, as the country has the world’s second largest population. However, it did not do too well, which is why Google might be working to relax the requirements that are in place for Android One devices so that manufacturers will have a freer rein when it comes to pricing details and features.

It is said that the first device under the new Android One requirements will roll out in the months ahead alongside a partnership with India’s Lava International, where pricing details of this device remains unknown, although one might see it retain the $100 price point that original handsets in the Android One initiative were sold for.

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zuk-z1-oakSince we are all about individuality in this life, it makes perfect sense if we were to do our bit in making sure that some of our personal stuff will stand out from the rest of the crowd. For instance, have you ever decorated your textbooks in schools with doodles of your own, or at least scribble down your name somewhere? The world of smartphones is not too different either, with everyone vying for a slice of the individualism market. The ZUK Z1 will now sport a special version that will feature a back cover that is made from oak wood, where it will retail for CNY 1,799 ($283 or €259 after conversion) – which is an additional CNY 100 ($15 or €14) compared to the regulr mode.

It is not as though you are paying through your nose for pick up a special edition model now, right? The oak that sees action in the special edition smartphone’s back claims to originate from the Appalachian Mountains in the US, hence what you see would be the pure, unadulterated color of the wood – which means no two models are the same. As for the hardware underneath the hood, everything else will be similar to the vanilla version of the ZUK Z1.

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mate-8-gfxEver wondered what the next iteration of a Huawei smartphone will be like? Well, there has been whispers here and there as to the kind of device this will be, but perhaps things are a wee bit clearer this time around with the Huawei NXT-AL10 having appeared in a benchmark reading. It might very well be the Huawei Mate 8 – nothing’s confirmed yet, but in the meantime, just soak yourself in the revealed specifications.

In the GFXBench listing, it will feature a Full HD resolution count, the new custom Kirin 950 chipset that will boast of four Cortex-A72 cores clocked at 2.2GHz and another four Cortex-A53 cores that have been clocked at 2.0GHz. It will be accompanied by an ARM Mali-T880 GPU, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal memory, a 15MP camera at the back with a 7MP selfie shooter, dual SIM support, a microSD memory card slot, NFC capability and the very real possibility of a fingerprint reader.

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OnePlus might have just announced their latest smartphone, which is known as the OnePlus X, but this does not mean that it has not forgotten all about software. Their latest app would be a photo app, where it will be known as Reflexion, and you will be able to download it not only for the Android but iOS platform as well.

The video above would be able to do a far better job in explaining just what Reflexion is all about, where it will allow you to come up with all kinds of illusions using reflections – or in this case, “reflexions”, at least according to the folks over at OnePlus. It will offer a unique perspective of its own, and will deliver some really interesting images. Right now, it looks as though the app enables you to grab an image with the front camera, while the back camera will also shoot another photo – hence a “reflexion”.

There is no actual purpose that has been defined for this app just yet, but perhaps we might find out later? It is definitely artsy for sure!

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whosdownDo you remember the good old days of IRC and later on ICQ? I can still remember my 8 digit ICQ number, although I am quite sure that a fair number of you veterans out there do have an ICQ number that has far less digits, which is a badge of honor even until now. You could more or less see who was online among your list of friends, although there was the option to go invisible. Google has quietly rolled out a new app known as “Who’s Down”, where it will let you check out just who you would like to hang out with. How so?

For starters, when you turn on a switch that mentions you’re available and would like to do something specific (it is up to you, actually, so whether it is you carving out time to hang out at the mall or to grab a bite), then your desired status will appear with a question to invite anyone who has the same mind among your friends to join you. This status will last for three hours, and makes it easier to coordinate your desired plans with your mates.

I guess the Who’s Down app’s goal is to provide a platform where a group of friends can check out what you would like to do at a glance, as opposed to messaging one another on a group chat channel or the like. Your ego will also be protected in some way, since there is no way you can get turned down – because technically speaking, you didn’t ask anyone to join you directly. Who’s Down is available for the Android and iOS platforms.

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lg-v10-promoSo, you are thinking of upgrading your smartphone to a newer model that will be more suitable for your use, especially when it comes to storage? Well, why not take the LG V10 into consideration, as right now, LG is about to launch a new promotion that will see you be on the receiving end of a free 200GB microSD memory card, an additional 3,000mAh battery, and a battery charging cradle if you happen to bring home an LG V10 between October 30 and November 15 this year.

Of course, there are caveats to look out for. Eligibility is based on purchasing the LG V10 from a carrier, national retailer, or online dealer, and some of the qualifying retailers include the likes of AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon, Amazon, Best Buy, or a carrier-authorized retailer. After picking up the phone, you then have to submit details such as contact information, the purchase location of the smartphone, a snapshot of the V10 box with its accompanying IMEI number, and an upload of a legible copy of the receipt. Online submissions will have to be received by November 30, while mail-in submissions have the leeway of being received by December 7, although it needs to be postmarked by November 30.

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meizumx5leakIf you happen to be rocking to a Meizu MX5 smartphone, then you would be pleased to hear that a spanking new update has been made available for this particular smartphone – with the rollout of the Flyme 5.0 that will arrive on the flagship device. This is a brand new firmware that will see the Flyme launcher hit the 5.0 mark, although your Android version will still remain the same. Being an OTA download, you should need around 940MB of free space, although more is required when it boils down to the unpacking and installation processes.

The new Flyme 5.0 will see a flatter UI with refined icons and animations, superior battery life compared to before and overall stability and performance improvements. Downloading it at the moment can be quite slow due to Meizu’s servers being overwhelmed, so you might want to wait for a day or two before trying again as it can be quite frustrating at this point in time.

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nexus-5x-6pFor those of you out there who happen to reside in the US, here is news for you – the handset itself has started to ship for folks who have placed a pre-order for this flagship smartphone will be pleased to know that the handset has started to ship in this particular region.

Just to refresh our memories, the Nexus 6P will cost $500 a pop for the 32GB model, while those who would want double the amount of storage space will have to fork out another $50 more, and a $650 price tag will accompany the 128GB model. As for our friends who happen to live in the Great White North, the launch of it will be delayed by a week because of some “supply issues”, which points to a possible November 2 release date.

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