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I'm sure you've heard by now that Apple's new iPhone 6 Plus is bending in some pockets, so what better time to tease the world of the upcoming next generation Nexus handset? Gogole is preparing to launch the new Nexus mid next month, alongside the launch of its 9-inch, NVIDIA Tegra K1-powered Nexus 9 tablet made by HTC.
According to sources of Android Authority, Google is planning to launch 'new phone hardware' and an unveiling of 'a new software initiative'. The first, should be the new Nexus, possibly named Nexus 6, while the software initiative is most likely Android L, or Android 5.0. The final version of Android L won't be official until November 1 according to these same sources. We should hear more about both the new smartphone and mobile OS in the coming weeks.
Samsung announced it will launch its Galaxy Note 4 smartphone in China later this month, as the company tries to defend against the Apple iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. This is a major effort by the South Korean electronics giant, because it's the first time it has decided to release a flagship device in China before other foreign markets.
The Galaxy Note 4 will be available Korea later this week, and will be introduced to the United States and other foreign markets throughout October. Samsung hopes to ship 15 million Note 4 units within the first 30 days of global release, as the 5.7-inch device competes with Apple's larger-screened iPhone.
Despite many Chinese consumers preferring cheaper devices - often made by domestic manufacturers - Samsung, Apple, and other major smartphone makers fight for increased market share. Xiaomi recently overtook Samsung as the No. 1 carrier in China, but the Galaxy Note 4 could help shake things up further.
Shortly after releasing the iOS 8.0.1 update, Apple has decided to pull it and users will have to wait for a new update. Some people reported they installed the update and lost the ability to make phone calls, use the Touch ID fingerprint scanner, and other problems related to the update. It only took about an hour before Apple decided to pull 8.0.1 as further improvements are made.
"We are actively investigating these reports and will provide information as quickly as we can," Apple said in a statement. "In the meantime, we have pulled back the iOS 8.0.1 update."
Apple has been frantic to improve faults of iOS, as many iPhone owners were anxiously awaiting the opportunity to upgrade to iOS 8.
Smartphone manufacturer BlackBerry introduces its Passport device, a rather square-shaped, dual-control keyboard to compete against the Samsung Galaxy and Apple iPhone. The Passport has a 4.5-inch touchscreen with touch-sensitive keys that give users the ability to conduct gesture-based shortcuts.
"I am not disclosing it right now, but we expect it to be successful," said John Chen, BlackBerry CEO, in an interview with Bloomberg. "But the market will tell me that. And we have various different ideas that we could kind of use this as a mother-daughter type approach. So we'll - we're going to have to gauge what the market does. So far it seems to be pretty good."
It seemed likely the company would continue to push forward with enterprise mobility technology, but the company proved it isn't ready to throw in the towel on smartphones. It will remain an uphill battle for BlackBerry, which once dominated the smartphone market - but has just 0.5 percent software market share, according to IDC.
The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus smartphones have become an instant hit since their release earlier this month, but the long, thin metal phone casing is bending. It's unknown if this is a serious problem that all iPhone 6 owners will need to worry about, or if it is a small number of early adopters suffering from bent cases.
The iPhone 6 pre-orders topped 4 million units sold during the first day, with 10 million units sold in just the first three days of availability. It's an impressive product launch for two devices that seemingly underwhelmed everyone but Apple customers - but it seems like there have been headaches every step of the way.
The use of smartphones and tablets outpace any other consumer electronic devices in the household for younger people, according to research published by The NPD Group. In 2014 smartphone ownership among young people aged from 4-14 reached 71 percent, a 16 percent increase from 2012.
Consumer electronic pricing has become more affordable, especially for budget, entry-level smartphones and tablets - and company customer support has also proven to consumers. Just Samsung and Apple are considered when it comes to mobile devices, but there are multiple other major OEMs expanding in the market.
"Technology devices are as much staples for American families as traditional toys, perhaps more so considering their ability to engage with almost any member of the family," said Juli Lennett, The NPD Group Toys division president, in a statement. "Marketing smartphones and tablets for family use, rather than the traditional primary user, and offering pricing and payment options to meet the needs of families, will engage this audience even further."
Apple has broken its own record with the new iPhones, with the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus becoming the fastest-selling iPhones yet. Apple announced the news today, confirming the opening weekend sales numbers at over 10 million.
The 10 million iPhone sales include pre-orders, and the sales of the first three days of availability. Pre-orders hit around four million units, for both the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, during the first 24 hours of availability. This time last year Apple had sold nine million iPhone 5S, and 5C units combined, so even with the bigger sizes, Apple sold only 10% more iPhones.
We've already heard it was coming, but now The Wall Street Journal is reporting from its sources that Google and HTC will soon unveil the Nexus 9, which is the first time the companies have worked together since the original Nexus One.
WSJ is reporting that HTC engineers have been flying to and from Google and their base in Taiwan as the companies work together on the upcoming slate. The Nexus 9 should arrive with NVIDIA's very impressive Tegra K1 processor, which should give the performance side of things a massive boost. I'm hoping that we see Android L unveiled with the tablet, with the announcement to be very soon.
As servers are slammed by Apple users upgrading to iOS 8, some users are complaining of slow download speeds, sluggish Wi-Fi, performance problems, and issues with the native keyboard. It seems Apple 5S owners are struggling the most, as they cannot send text messages, pictures or videos, along with movie playback and buffering problems.
It's not a surprise to hear Apple is having some problems, but this isn't the first time the company launched a major OS update to its customers. Problems using iMessage, which has been designed to make it easier to send photos, audio and video to contacts, has led to users sending accidental selfies to friends.
Even though Google Android smartphone owners shrugged off the announcement of the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 and iOS 8 - Apple fans have been eager to upgrade their devices and purchase new phones.
Imagine: you've just waited in line for however many hours, gotten your hands-on one of the first next generation iPhone 6 handsets in the world, and an Australian TV breakfast crew comes up to you and wants to interview you, why not, you say.
Well, Jack Cooksey may have been one of the first people in the world with the new iPhone, but when he pulled it out of his box clumsily in front of the camera, it fell to the ground. Luckily, it didn't smash or shatter the screen (at least from what we can see in the video). Cooksey explained: "I dropped it in a panic to get it open. Luckily it's covered in plastic, so it's fine".