If the Priv fails, BlackBerry might be forced to abandon hardware


Today, BlackBerry CEO John Chen sat down with Re/code at the publication’s Code Mobile conference. And of course the main talking point was BlackBerry’s upcoming Priv handset. Chen explained during his session at the conference that BlackBerry is moving to Android because of the company’s need for apps. With that, he feels that BlackBerry can produce a device that masters software, security, and productivity.

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Startup launches smartphone-inspired camera to take on DSLRs


Not many people are aware that Android was originally meant to be an advanced operating system for digital cameras. But since the market was not ready for it, the early founders of Android started working on a software for mobile phones. Now when smartphones have largely gobbled up the point-and-shoot cameras’ market, the only kind of cameras that remain relevant anymore are the DSLRs. But a photography startup called, Light, claims that its Android-based point-and-shoot cameras are capable of taking better images than DSLRs.

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Benchmark scores leak for new Samsung chip believed to be the Exynos 8890


Sources are reporting a new image that surfaced on Weibo appears to show benchmark testing results for the Samsung Exynos 8890. The processor is based on a new CPU architecture that Samsung has been working on codenamed Mongoose that not only improves performance, but efficiency as well. The Exynos 8890 is supposedly going to be one of three chips available in the Galaxy S7 when released next year. Read more

Cyanogen to continue working with YU even after stock Android phone’s release


A partnership currently exists between Cyanogen and Micromax’s Indian-based YU brand. The agreement formulated at the close of 2014 gave Micromax exclusive access to Cyanogen’s software in India to be implemented in future YU phones. But the Yuphoria that was released earlier this year shipped with stock Android, leaving behind any traces of Cyanogen OS. Fear not, though, as Cyanogen says everything is fine and the two parties will continue to working together.

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Sony bolsters its growing image sensor business by acquiring Softkinetic Systems


Sony may be considering the future of its mobile division, according the latest reports, but it’s image sensor business is a rising star, generating much-needed profits. It’s doing so well, that its even helping to cover Sony’s losses in its mobile and television divisions. It should come as no surprise then that the Japanese company is bolstering its image sensor business with the purchase of Belgian image sensor technology company, Softkinetic Systems.

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