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The Surface family is doing fantastically well for Microsoft, who reported $1.35 billion in revenue from it between late September and late December. The launch of the Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book boosted sales 29%, double the previous quarter's $672 million.
Total non-GAAP revenue for the same fiscal quarter was $25.7 billion, which Microsoft chief operating officer Kevin Turner is happy about, saying, "It was a strong holiday season for Microsoft highlighted by Surface and Xbox. Our commercial business executed well as our sales teams and partners helped customers realize the value of Microsoft's cloud technologies across Azure, Office 365 and CRM Online."
Apple always has a tight product release cycle, usually having a new or improved version of the last announced and released every year. And this March will mark the month that a new iPad Air (3) is expected to show up. And this time with some vastly improved specs than last year, though of course these are only unsubstantiated rumors.
The Retina displays already had enough pixel density to have incredibly sharp looking screens, but rumors from sources inside the supply-chain of Apple's devices seem to point towards an upgrade to a 9.7" screen with a 4K (or equivalent 3:2) resolution combined with up to 4GB RAM, presumably DDR4L as well.
Again according to some of those companies in the supply-chain, 3D Touch is coming to the iPad Air 3, which isn't surprising given how it's slowly invading the entire product lineup. But the current primary maker of panels for Apple is expecting an increase in demand due to more, and larger, 3D Touch equipped panels.
To revitalize its ailing handset business, HTC plans to release the "its most advanced smartphone ever," according to reports from renown hardware insider Evan Blass.
According to inside sources, HTC's new phone is code named "Perfume" and may release onto the retail market as the One M10. The Perfume prototype features a bevy of high-performance specifications across the board, including a 5.1-inch QHD AMOLED screen at 25560 x 1440p resolution, 4GB of onboard RAM, and is tipped to sport Qualcomm's latest Snapdragon 820 SoC with Adreno 530 graphics.
HTC has also reportedly fastened a fingerprint scanner to the prototype, which is nestled in a Samsung Galaxy-esque home button format. As far as camera optics, Perfume features a new refresh of HTC's UltraPixel technology: the flagship is outfitted with a 12-UltraPixel resolution with laser-sighted autofocus.
OnePlus phones used to be sold on an invite only basis. You had to apply to be part of an exclusive club, something that curtailed the excitement that was possible surrounding their inexpensive yet powerful and exquisitely designed devices.
But now they're letting anyone get in on the fun with an invite free policy exclusively for the OnePlus X. It seems that OnePlus is able to meet the consumer demands a lot more quickly due to more mature supply-chain management and better manufacturing. This means we can all enjoy their exquisitely designed, inexpensive phones, a lot sooner than with previous models of theirs. Even the OnePlus 2 had to wait four months before being invite-free.
To help celebrate them setting the OnePlus X free, standard shipping for orders of $100 and above is free. The Power Bank that they sell on their site is a little more expensive, though, at $19.00. But overall the $249 price tag is very alluring for such a strangely marvelous phone.
LG is expected to show off its next-gen G5 smartphone sometime next month, most likely during Mobile World Congress, and it should have at least one trick up its sleeve when it comes to beating out the Galaxy S7 from Samsung.
According to notorious mobile leaker Evan Blass (or @evleaks), renders of the G5 smartphone show a slot at the bottom of the smartphone which acts like a cartridge receptacle, that would allow for user-replaceable batteries - just like the G4 before it, except this time it'll be much easier to replace your battery.
We should also expect LG to change the position of the volume buttons on the G5, moving them from the back of the phone - where the G4 volume buttons were - to the side of the smartphone, like most handsets on the market. We're also expected to see LG unveil two smartphones this year, with the G5 being the first unveiling at MWC 2016 in Barcelona next month.
Just in some for some of that mobile lovin', Google has dropped the prices of its Android 6.0-powered Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P smartphones for Valentine's Day.
The 16GB unlocked Nexus 5X is now $299 while the 32GB model is $349 - a damn good price for an excellent smartphone. The bigger, Huawei-made 16GB Nexus 6P has been dropped to $449, while the 32GB model will cost $499. Google is also offering $50 credit towards any future purchase of a Huawei Watch, as long as you buy the Nexus 6P in any color.
Microsoft isn't holding back anything from their upcoming Word Flow iPhone keyboard app. The new app is going to be a replica of the Windows smartphone keyboard, but it'll feature a unique one-handed mode that's different and very usable compared even to the Windows 10 Mobile version of the same.
Photo credit: The Verge
The one handed mode on the Windows 10 Mobile version has been an unbridled success for Microsoft. People love it and it's surprisingly useful. As phones become larger in size, one-handed convenience is sacrificed. The Windows version just makes a compact keyboard on either side, which is effective yet still somewhat limited.
The iPhone Word Flow app will morph into a fanned layout, that the developers have noticed is much easier to work with. You should be able to type one handed just as fast, if not faster, than when the iPhone enjoyed a 3.5" screen. And you'll be able to access word suggestions, emoji and, of course, swipe words all from the compact fan arrangement. What a unique way to solve a problem. It actually looks useful, but we'll see once we actually go hands-on.
Earlier today we reported on the newly rumored iPhone 5se, Apple's latest smartphone that's said to feature a 4 inch screen, 8 megapixel camera, and an A8 CPU. Now some more specs have rolled in courtesy of sources close to 9 to 5 Mac, and they're juicy.
First, the phone is now expected to include A9 and M9 chip variants, not the A8 and M8. Beyond improved performance, this means the device will support always-on Siri activation. The default capacity is said to again start at 16GB, but secondary capacity should start at 64GB (versus the 32GB found in the 5s). All told, this should run you what the 5s did: $199 (to start).
Claimed by One More Thing to be a photo of Apple's next iPhone release, this small image is said to showcase exactly what we should expect to see launched in March.
Designed with a 4-inch screen, this model is reported by 9-to-5Mac to also have a weird name attached to its release - set to be called the 'iPhone 5se'. Not only is this name unusual because Apple hasn't released a 'se' phone to date, but also because industry experts expected it to be named the '6c'.
No matter what the name, you can expect this smartphone to come packed with an 8-megapixel camera, a rounded frame and an A8 processor.
We are finding more and more out about the Galaxy S7 as we get closer to Mobile World Congress next month, with notorious mobile leaker Evan '@evleaks' Blass coming out stating that the Galaxy S7 will be released in the US on March 11.
Blass tweeted: "Starting to look like a Friday, March 11th Galaxy released in the U.S." with nothing else, on January 23. We should expect Samsung to unveil the new Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge at MWC in Barcelona next month, rocking an 8-core processor (split between the Snapdragon 820 from Qualcomm, and Samsung's in-house Exynos 8890).