It was a pleasant summer for iOS with market share gains in 7 out of 9 countries

Just released data has revealed that Apple had a pleasant summer around the world. According to Kantar, seven of the nine markets monitored by the analytical firm saw iOS market share rise on a year-over-year basis during the three months ended in August. In the U.S., Apple’s mobile operating system had a 35% market share during the three months, up 3.7 percentage points from the same time period in 2016. Android’s share during the same months showed a decline of 2.9 percentage points in the states.

Kantar also discovered that during the three month period, the iPhone kept its number one …


Nokia 9 renders reveal thin bezels, lack of headphone jack

HMD isn’t supposed to launch another flagship by the end of the year, so if you’re hoping the rumored Nokia 9 will somewhat make its way to the market soon, then you’ll be disappointed. The Finnish company is expected to introduce at least three new handsets early next year: Nokia 2, 7 and 9.

Pictures of the Nokia 2 have already leaked out last month, but no credible Nokia 9 imagery emerged until now. OnLeaks has decided to render HMD’s upcoming flagship and provide us with a better look of what’s to come.

These renders are based on CAD files of the Nokia …

Fake news: No, Google did not buy Apple for $9 billion

Wall Street almost got on fire earlier today, and not because of a deliberate arson but due to a rather curious mistake that would be quite far-fetched even for an April’s Fools prank. A mishap of the Dow Jones newswire almost produced one of the biggest news in the technology space ever by claiming Google has acquired Apple for the rather lowly sum of… $9 billion, which is around a hundred times less than Cupertino’s 2017 market valuation of more than $805 billion.
“In a surprise move to anyone who is alive, Google said it’s going to buy Apple for $9 billion,” the …

Rumor: Nokia 2, 7 and 9 may be officially introduced in early 2018

There’s a lot of talking surrounding HMD’s new wave of Nokia smartphones that might or might not be unveiled by the end of the year. At least one other high-end and another low-tier handsets are expected to make their way to the shelves in the coming months, but it’s still unclear when exactly that will happen.

Nokia 2 and 9 seem to be the next aces under HMD’s sleeve, but there might be a mid-range smartphone that goes by model number Nokia 7, which should complete the next lineup of Android handsets the Finnish company plans to unleash on the market.

However, …

Screenshots of Android Oreo with EMUI 6 on the Huawei Mate 9 emerge ahead of release

Huawei is actively testing Android Oreo for Mate 9, but the company’s first smartphone to ship with the new version of the OS will eventually be the upcoming Huawei Mate 10, which is expected to be unveiled on October 16.

Regardless, some of Huawei’s high-end smartphones will receive Android Oreo updates, and by the looks of it, the Mate 9 will be the first to get it.

The folks over at XDA got their hands on a working beta build and captured of some screenshots of Android Oreo with EMUI 6 on the Huawei Mate 9.

Among the new features the new update …

See how the Huawei Mate 10 Pro compares to last year's Mate 9

We are less than two weeks away from the announcement of the Huawei’s new Mate 10 series, which kind of explains the deluge of leaked information, pictures, and teasers that have been unleashed in recent times. 
We already know that the Mate 10 lineup will consist of four devices – a regular Mate 10, a Mate 10 Pro, a Mate 10 Lite, and even a fancy Mate 10 Porsche Design.
A few days ago, reliable tipster Evan Blass uploaded what appears to be an official render of the Mate 10 Pro. That image (see above) gave us …

Huawei appears to be testing Android 8.0 Oreo on the Mate 9

Huawei could be closing in on updating the Huawei Mate 9 to Android 8.0 (Oreo). The phone appeared on benchmark test website Geekbench, powered by the latest build of Android. With the Huawei Mate 10 expected to be unveiled by the company on October 16th, the same software could be coming installed on Huawei’s upcoming new flagship model. The Mate 9 was launched January 9th of this year with a 5.9-inch LCD display, carrying a 1080 x 1920 resolution. It is powered by the Kirin 960 chipset, and comes with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of native storage.

While Huawei hasn’t announced a date for the Mate …

Huawei Mate 9 to receive Android 8.0 Oreo update soon

News about Huawei working on new Android updates for the Mate 9 dates from April. Although Google didn’t even launch Oreo, the Chinese company was already rumored to test early builds of the new OS for its last year flagship.

More recently, the smartphone was spotted at Geekbench with Android 8.0 Oreo on board. Huawei MHA aka Mate 9 was Huawei’s first smartphone to ship with Android 7.0 Nougat, just like the Mate 10 is expected to be the first to come with Oreo.

Even though we don’t have a specific timeframe for the release of the update, the recent listing of the Mate 9 at Geekbench …

MIUI 9 Global Beta now available for all supported Xiaomi devices


Xiaomi has just announced the third batch of its smartphones is now eligible for the MIUI 9 Global ROM 7.9.7 update. These are the last devices that Xiaomi plans to update to Android Nougat, as previously announced.

The Chinese company revealed plans to upgrade a bunch of smartphones to Android Nougat earlier this year but said this will be a gradual release that will happen in three stages. Xiaomi Mi 6 and Redmi Note 4 were the first to receive the update followed by a second wave of devices such as Mi Mix, Mi Note 2, Mi 5, Mi Max 2 and a couple of others.

The third wave of Xiaomi …

This fearless artist was lifted by 20,000 balloons for 9 hours

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What does an extreme fear of happiness look like? If you just pictured 20,000 party balloons lifting a human from the ground, you might be on the money.

Performed over nine hours on Sunday at the Sydney Opera House, artist Noëmi Lakmaier’s piece Cherophobia saw the artist tied to a frame and lifted from the stage using 20,000 multi-coloured helium balloons — Pixar’s Up-style. 

Open free to the public inside the iconic venue’s Concert Hall, the live installation formed the cornerstone of brand new Sydney talks, ideas, and politics festival Antidote, featuring speakers like staff members of The Onion, The Women’s March on Washington co-chair Tamika D. Mallory and Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race author Reni Eddo-Lodge. Read more…

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