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Mozilla Gives Up on Firefox OS Smartphones

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Mozilla Gives Up on Firefox OS Smartphones

It was alright while it lasted, Firefox OS-- Mozilla announces an end to development and sale of smartphones running on the operating system at the "Mozlando" developer event.

Further confirmation of the news comes through TechCrunch and a company statement reading "Firefox OS proved the flexibility of the web, scaling from low-end smartphones all the way up to HD TVs. However, we weren’t able to offer the best user experience possible and so we will stop offering Firefox OS smartphones through carrier channels."

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Xiaomi Presents Redmi Note 3, Mi Pad 2

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Xiaomi Presents Redmi Note 3, Mi Pad 2

China's Xiaomi takes to Twitter to announce a trio of product additions-- the Redmi Note 3 smartphone, the Mi Pad 2 tablet and one oddity, the Mi Air Purifier 2 "smart" air filter.

The Redmi Note 3 is similar to the previous model, being a mid-range Android handset with a 5.5-inch 1920x1080 resolution display. However it does feature a couple of Xiaomi firsts with a full metal body and a fingerprint sensor integrated with Mi Wallet, the company's take on mobile payment services.

Further spec details include an MTK Helio X10 processor (the same found in the Redmi Note 2), 2/3GB RAM, 16/32GB storage and a 4000mAh battery with fast charging promising to power the device to 50% capacity in 1 hour.

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ARM Claims "Most Efficient" 64-bit Processor

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ARM Claims

ARM announces a successor to the Cortex-A5 and A7 mobile processors-- the Cortex-A35, a 64-bit processor the company says is designed for mobile and embedded applications, including smartwatches.

The Cortex-A35 features big.LITTLE configurability, supports 32- and 64-bit capabilities and is 25% smaller than the Cortex-A53. It also consumes less power (90mW per core according to ARM) while featuring enhancements such as a redesigned instruction fetch unit, new in-order 8-stage pipeline and improved NEON floating-point performance, making it ideal for next generation low-cost devices.

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OnePlus Presents Lower-Cost OnePlus X

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OnePlus Presents Lower-Cost OnePlus X

The OnePlus 2 gets a lower-end sibling-- the OnePlus X, a lower-cost smartphone with high-end design features such as a glass back and a 5-inch 1920x1080 resolution AMOLED display.

The OnePlus X will actually be available in 2 versions, the Onyx (features the aforementioned glass back) and a ceramic version limited to just 10000 European customers. Like all other OnePlus devices actually buying the X involves online invites, a system the company says allows for tight inventory management.

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HTC Presents One A9

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HTC Presents One A9

HTC launches a midrange addition to the One smartphone family-- the One A9, an Android 6 (aka Marshmallow)-powered handset featuring an aluminium unibody perhaps all too similar to the Apple iPhone.

The device has a 5-inch 1920 x 1080 resolution display and is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 processor, 3GB RAM, 32GB storage (expandable via microSD slot) and a 1250mAh battery. The rear-facing camera has a 13MP sensor behind a f/2.0 lens, and comes complete with optical stabilisation and dual-tone flash.

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Google Updates Device Lineup

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Google Updates Device Lineup

Google announces annual device lineup updates-- the 5.7-inch Nexus 6P and 5-inch Nexus 5X smartphones, Microsoft Surface/iPad Pro rival Pixel C, a redesigned Chromecast HDMI dongle and, in new offerings, the Chromecast Audio wifi audio streamer.

The smartphone offerings have features new to the Nexus family, namely a Nexus Imprint fingerprint sensor and a USB Type-C port. The bigger of the two, the 5.7-inch Nexus 6P, is Huawei-made and is the first Nexus devices with an all-aluminium body and a 12.3MP camera with a sensor promising "massive 1.55µm pixels."

Further spec details include a 2560x1440 resolution AMOLED display, 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 octa-core CPU, 3GB RAM, 32/64/128GB storage, 8MP front-facing camera and 3450mAh battery.

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Faster Connectivity Through Qualcomm Snapdragon 820

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Faster Connectivity Through Qualcomm Snapdragon 820

Qualcomm describes the upcoming Snapdragon 820 mobile device processor as its most powerful yet, as it features the company's "most advanced" integrated modem and Quick Charge 3.0 technology.

The integrated modem in question is the X12. It handles LTE category 12 download speeds reaching up to 600Mbps, beating the previous company record of 450Mbp, as well as speeds of up to 150Mbps. It is also the first to support unlicensed LTE (aka LTE-U).

When it comes to wifi the X12 gets 802.11ac 2x2 MU-MIMO and 802.11ad support, making it fairly futureproof as far as mobile device modems go.

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Sony Claims First 4K Smartphone at IFA

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Sony Claims First 4K Smartphone at IFA

IFA 2015 sees Sony launch the flagship Xperia Z5 family-- the 4K display-equipped Z5 Premium, the Z5 and the Z5 Compact, all featuring the latest Sony cameras and a fingerprint sensor integrated in the power button.

The Z5 Premium is arguably the most intersting of the three, thanks to the 5.5-inch 3840x2160 resolution display. The resolutions on the other models don't go so high, as the Z5 has a 5.2-inch 1080p display while the Z5 Compact has a 4.6-inch 720p screen.

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Ex-Apple CEO Presents Obi Worldphone

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Ex-Apple CEO Presents Obi Worldphone

Obi Worldphone, the latest venture of ex-Apple CEO (and Misfit co-founder) John Sculley, presents a pair of mid-tier Android smartphones aimed at younger customers in emerging MEA markets, the SF1 and SJ1.5.

The SF1 and SJ1.5 are not the first Obi Worldphone handsets-- 2014 saw the company release 5 smartphones made with off-the-shelf parts in the UAE. The SF1 and SJ1.5 differ by being Obi-designed , if in collaboration with Ammunition, the San Francisco design firm behind the the first Beats headphones.

As such, the two handset have look reminiscent of the OnePlus handsets, with slightly raised "extruded" displays supposedly offering a bit of protection from drops. Both devices have 5-inch displays and components from the likes of Qualcomm, MediaTek, Sony, Corning and Dolby.

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