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OnePlus hit the headlines this year with its OnePlus One smartphone, but failed to grab much marketshare with issues of producing enoguh smartphones and getting it into consumers' hands quick enough.
But, we're hearing about the OnePlus One 2 now, and during a recent interview on Reddit, Carl and David from OnePlus answered a slew of questions about the future of OnePlus, and their upcoming devices. They were asked if Android L would appear on an upcoming OnePlus device, with Carl saying: "OnePlus 2 should be out in Q2 or Q3 of 2015. By that time, I'd think Android L would be standard. :)"
Carl also responded to users' claims that they found the form factor of the OnePlus One to be too large, where he replied: "We've seen a lot of people asking for a smaller device, and want to let everyone know that we hear you. We're thinking about it". Even right now, the OnePlus One isn't available commercially, but the company will be launching its pre-order program by the end of next month, where it should sell smartphones at a faster rate than its current invite-only program allows.
Android L is expected to be unveiled with the forthcoming Nexus 6 smartphone, which should sport a 5.9-inch QHD display, but this new mobile OS will be modified for Google's modular Project Ara smartphone.
Google's Paul Eremenko has teased that we are to expect hot-swappable components, so that users can switch out the camera module for example, without having to power off the entire phone. Virtually every single component will be hot-swappable, apart from the display and the CPU. On its Phonebloks blog, Google said: "Project Ara will use a modified version of Android L, developed in collaboration with Linaro. Thanks to this version, the modules, except the CPU and the display, will be hot swappable".
These hot-swappable modules will be made available through the Google Play store, which will open up "a new online store" to sell the modules too. We should expect the modular smartphone to be made available to consumers early next year.
Google is close to unveiling its new Nexus 6 smartphone, which according to Android Police, will feature a 5.9-inch 2560x1440 QHD display. There's some great new information on the phone, with a detailed picture of Google's upcoming flagship.
The 5.9-inch display is going to make it feel absolutely huge, even against the now large iPhone 6 Plus, or Galaxy Note 4. We have black, front-facing stereo speakers, with the power button and volume rocker finding their homes on the side of the device. Inside of the Nexus 6, we have a 3200mAh+ battery, which should keep the massive 5.9-inch QHD display and the rest of the pone powered for the entire day.
There's a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera with OIS, backed up by a 2-megapixel front-facing camera for selfies. The 5.9-inch QHD display will provide a retina-busting 496PPI, which should have display enthusiasts drooling. With Android Police giving this rumor a '9/10' we should expect this smartphone to be announced any day now, but I'm disappointed we have seen Google push the new Nexus right up to 5.9-inch. I'm hoping Google surprise us with a second Nexus, with a 5.2-inch (or so) display.
Even if Apple said iPhone 6 Plus phone models bending are scarce, it appears two teenagers in the UK walked into an Apple store, bent an iPhone 6 display model, and then heard from an employee that bending doesn't actually happen.
The teenager responsible for bending the phone uses so much force that the screen actually displaces from the casing.
"The reason why we were laughing was because it was really funny," the kids said in the video. "We were in the Apple store bending and breaking their iPhone, which I guess is criminal damage but I don't even care, to be honest. It's Apple's fault - they are false advertising, saying it's the best iPhone but clearly it's not if it can bend in your hands or your pocket. It's just ridiculous."
Apple is reportedly going to begin selling its iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus smartphones in China on Friday, October 10, with the Chinese government claiming approval is in final stages. Retailers will begin receiving product on October 7, giving them three days to prepare for the public sale to begin prior to the weekend.
Samsung beat Apple to the punch after announcing the Galaxy Note 4 will be available in China before the end of the month. Even though Apple has faced pressure from Samsung and Chinese-made manufacturers, the large consumer base is too appealing for the company to simply ignore.
It continues to be a curious journey in China - the Chinese media previously said the iPhone is a "national security threat," an accusation Apple has rejected. The Chinese government has also clamped down on smuggled iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models that are being illegally brought into the country.
Apple is still battling regulatory issues and didn't release its iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models in China, but models purchased in the United States, Hong Kong and Singapore are now being smuggled into China. Due to the high price of the devices, smugglers have already slashed prices - from $1,960 to $,2450 down to $1,060 to $1,436 - but the high price tag surely scares away most consumers.
To make matters worse, the Chinese government is stepping up enforcement on shutting down iPhone 6 smuggling into the country. A recent bust in Shanghai led to 453 units being confiscated, as hundreds more were also captured in Hong Kong. Passengers entering the country with smaller numbers of iPhones are being stopped at customs, according to Chinese government officials.
For Chinese consumers looking for a shiny new mobile device, Samsung recently released its Galaxy Note 4 to the market.
The BlackBerry Passport smartphone has sold 200,000 units since launching publicly last Wednesday, according to BlackBerry CEO John Chen. The phone sold out on the BlackBerry website in just six hours, and took only 10 hours to sell out on Amazon. If true, it's a surprisingly strong start for the smartphone device, as BlackBerry shows it still wants to throw down in the smartphone market.
BlackBerry has struggled to compete against the Apple iPhone, Samsung Galaxy S, and other Google Android-powered smartphones - but has continually leaned on its experience to try to fight back. The company is hiring 350 new engineers over the next few months, which is a strong turnaround from numerous layoffs and restructuring.
Chen hopes to push BlackBerry back to profitability during its fiscal 2016, which would help build investor trust.
Samsung is gearing up for the release of its Galaxy Note 4, unleashing a new four-minute ad that focuses on the 5.7-inch smartphone, which has two friends with the new Galaxy Note 4, deciding to play a game where they rename as many words they can, with "note".
It sounds like it won't work, and to some they won't think it's funny, but I actually didn't mind the ad. It didn't force the features of the Galaxy Note 4 down our throats, but I would've liked to have seen a little more of the features in between. An introduction and acknowledgement of Gear VR would've been good too, with one of them even sitting on the couch playing it, and using the 'note' pun somewhere in there.
I do have to say, the bit with the barista/bartender was golden, when he started pushing back with the puns.
Passengers flying the European skies could very soon be able to use smartphones, tablets, and other portable electronic devices anytime while onboard a flight, according to new research guidelines. Individual airlines will be able to choose what type of devices can be used - based on aircraft type and other factors.
"We're basically opening the door where, in theory, you'll be able to continue making your phone call through the gate throughout the flight... like you would on a train," said Ilias Maragakis, European Aviation Safety Agency spokeswoman.
There has been concern that using certain electronics would interfere with transmission signals, but airlines must certify that wouldn't be a problem. The EASA allowed devices to be on as long as they were switched to "airplane mode," but additional research indicated the rules could be altered even more.
After apologizing to customers for releasing - and quickly pulling - the Apple iOS 8.0.1 update, the popular company has released iOS 8.0.2. The second firmware update for iOS 8 fixes problems users reported having when they upgraded their devices to 8.0.1, which was pulled very shortly after release earlier in the week.
Despite the fix, some users in Australia are complaining of mobile connectivity and Touch ID problems - which are two problems the 8.0.2 update was supposed to fix for all users. Only time will tell if these issues are isolated to Australia, or if Apple has released another dud.
The iOS 8.0.2 update is available for iPhones dating back to iPhone 4s, along with tablets back to the iPad 2.