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Smartphone maker OnePlus is riding some strong marketing momentum after announcing the OnePlus 2 device in late July. The new flagship phone follows up the OnePlus One, as the company continues promoting powerful devices that don't have premium price tags.
"In 5 years I think it will be Apple, OnePlus and Samsung because there's no more room in the market," said Carl Pei, OnePlus co-founder, in a statement to USA Today. "Everyone else would've died because they couldn't reach the scale they wanted fast enough or they couldn't have a margin to sustain their business. Look at the soft drink space: there are only two players, Pepsi and Coke."
Pei said the company broke even last year, and is looking to break even again in 2015, though admitted OnePlus has aggressively expanded its staff. If everything goes well, OnePlus hopes to sell 3-5 million units in 2015, but officials are more interested in what consumers think of its products.
In a world where 8-core smartphones with 4GB of RAM is normal, Chinese smartphone maker Meizu might just have the new champion handset with its upcoming MX5 Pro.
The Meizu MX5 Pro is said to be powered by Samsung's 14nm FiNFET processor, but its the huge 41-megapixel rear-facing camera that should surprise most. Filling out the rest of the specs, we have a 5.5-inch QHD panel (2560x1440), a large 4100mAh battery, Android 5.1, a 13-megapixel front-facing camera, and 32GB of internal storage.
When it comes to pricing, the 32GB model should be priced at around $483 (2999 Yuan). Meizu only has one competitor in the 41-megapixel camera race: Nokia, and its Lumia 1020 smartphone.
The specs of Samsung's Galaxy Note 5 haven't been much of a secret, but now notorious leaker @evleaks has dished the specs on Samsung's upcoming Galaxy Note 5.
We should expect Samsung to be using an 8-core Exynos 7420 processor, a 5.66-inch 2560x1440 QHD display, 4GB of RAM, 32GB of on-board storage (with 64GB and 128GB models, too), a 16-megapixel rear-facing camera backed up by a 5-megapixel selfie shooter, Android 5.1.1 and no SD card slot. The last bit is going to have Galaxy Note fans up in arms, as it was one of the more powerful features of the previous generation handsets.
Samsung should include some updated, and new pen-orientated apps that the S Pen can be used with, but here's hoping there's more in store for the Galaxy Note 5 ahead of its unveiling later this month.
One of the most annoying things on any of Samsung's Galaxy smartphones is the bloatware, that cannot be removed easily. Well, thanks to a Chinese lawsuit over its bloatware, Samsung will soon be offering patches for Chinese consumers' smartphones, allowing them to delete pre-installed apps.
Samsung's Galaxy Note 3 was used in an example, but we should see recent handsets like the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge also being capable of having their bloatware removed. Samsung is still not in the clear, with the Shanghai Consumer Council waiting to see if the South Korean giant will "meet its own promise" before the legal action dries up.
We were only just learning that Sony could release its Xperia Z5 in March 2016, but it looks like we have something very awesome to look forward to next week.
Sony has taken to the official Xperia Twitter page to tease: "Focus closely now, a new way to capture split-second photos is coming. 03.08.15 #Xperia". Now, I would guess that we're going to see Sony unveil a new smartphone that packs the insanely powerful Exmor RS IMX230 sensor that we heard about, and salivated over, late last year.
Subway has launched a new mobile app and order.subway.com, which allows customers a streamlined way to order their lunch - and the company has teamed up with PayPal, giving guests a convenient way to pay.
Visitors can already use Apple Pay and Android Pay while at the checkout, as Subway seems dedicated to fully embracing multiple forms of mobile payment. Subway launched the mobile payment last year, and has spent time teaching employees how to properly accept mobile payments.
Ideally, guests will be able to create their sandwiches using the app - or online service - pay before visiting the restaurant, and just pick up the food and then leave.
Sony hasn't been doing too well in the mobile industry, but it has to be better than the 1.2c profit per smartphone that LG has been making, right? Even with the not-so-great sales on the Xperia Z4, Sony is forging forward with the Xperia Z5, which is said to be arriving in March 2016.
According to the leaks, the Xperia Z5 will be released alongside the Xperia Z5 Compact, both rocking Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820 processor. Qualcomm isn't expected to have its new chip ready until early 2016, so it should be perfect timing for Sony. The Xperia Z5 should rock a 5.7-inch QHD display, 4GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, and a 20.7-megapixel rear-facing, 4K-capable camera.
We should begin to hear more about Sony's Xperia Z5 smartphones later in the year, especially once we get to CES 2016 and MWC 2016.
Members of the ING Netherlands bank can now test a new mobile banking service that allows them to log in and pay using their voice. The unique system, powered by Nuance, went live earlier in the week, and is supported by Apple iOS and Google Android.
The ING Netherlands mobile banking app activated voice-driven payments so customers no longer need to enter a PIN number or password while shopping. The app compares a stored voice recording that is used to verify each time a person says a simple phrase.
Fraudulent voice activations can be saved, and ING Netherlands will be able to help reduce fraud.
The worldwide tablet market dropped 7 percent year-over-year during Q2 2015, with shipments racking up 44.7 million units, according to the IDC research group.
Apple is the No. 1 tablet vendor, with 24.5 percent market share, though saw its year-over-year growth suffer a whopping -17.9 percent. Samsung now has 17 percent market share, but saw its year-over-year growth finish at -12 percent - with both the No. 1 and No. 2 tablet manufacturers suffering greatly.
Lenovo (5.7 percent), Huawei (3.7 percent), and LG Electronics (3.6 percent) rounded out the top five, though each company saw year-over-year growth.
E FUN has announced the Nextbook Flexx 8, an 8" tablet that is powered by Microsoft Windows - is now available at Walmart.com - and can be upgraded to Windows 10. Nextbook also includes one year of Microsoft Office 365 Personal and 60 Skype world minutes per month.
The tablet has the following specifications: Intel Atom Z3735G quad-core CPU, 1GB RAM, 8" 1280x800 IPS screen with capacitive multi-touch, and 32GB internal storage. The Flexx 8 also features Bluetooth 4.0, micro USB port, micro HDMI port, audio jack, front webcam and 2-megapixel back camera.
The tablet is available at Walmart.com for just $99.99.