New details emerge about OPPO N3 camera

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Yesterday a new image surfaced from OPPO showing the new camera for the upcoming OPPO N3 smartphone. This ended lots of speculation and rumors about what form the rotating camera may take. Now the CEO of OPPO released a new image using his Weibo account to share some details about the camera. The biggest news to come from the image is that the sensor will measure 1/2.3-inches in size. This is a sizeable improvement compared to the sensor in the OPPO N1 that measured 1/3.06-inches.
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Second source claims Google to launch Nexus 9 running Android L on October 15th

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An unnamed source described as “close” to Google indicates the company plans to officially announce the Nexus 9 tablet and a new Nexus smartphone on Wednesday, October 15th. The source says Google will make the announcement via a blog post instead of doing it via a big, splashy event. The source indicates the reason for the lack of a “big reveal” was to give programmers more time to iron out some final tweaks in Android L. It is worth noting though that Apple has an event scheduled for Thursday when it is thought updates to their tablet lineup will be revealed, so Google may be trying to get a jump on the press and make sure consumers have something to compare any new iPad devices against.
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Verizon to launch Motorola Droid Turbo at an event on October 28th

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Just a few days ago, Verizon “accidentally” tweeted an image of the upcoming Motorola Droid Turbo, and then quickly pulled that image. It wasn’t the first time the Turbo had leaked, with a user manual making the rounds earlier in the week. Today we have the final piece of the puzzle as Verizon has put a countdown clock on their site, redirected from DroidDoes.com. The countdown shows a phone identical to what we’ve already seen and ends on October 28th, the same day as an upcoming Verizon event (the flyer for which features the same image as the countdown clock), so it is safe to assume that the Turbo will launch that day. 
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HTC pushing Eye Experience update with Android 4.4.4 to unlocked One (M8) on Tuesday

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The Eye Experience is coming to the HTC One (M8). On Tuesday, HTC will be rolling out a software update to the unlocked version of the One (M8) that includes Android 4.4.4 alongside the Eye Experience. The company’s vice president of Product Management, Mo Versi, tweeted the news on Monday night.

Other owners of the One (M8) should expect an identical update in early November.


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Former Google executive hired by Xiaomi for push into India

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The future of Xiaomi is not found in its homeland China. The company is looking at new markets for expansion. It is one of the reasons that Hugo Barra made the jump from Google to Xiaomi. Now, another former Googler is heading out to join Barra. Xiaomi has hired Jai Mani, who worked on Google Play and other items from 2009 until 2013, to lead the Chinese company into India. Barra and Mani do have a history of working with one another at Google.

Here is some of what Hugo Barra had to say about Mani’s hiring:

“The first person we hired is someone who’s going to be the glue between our users in India, product feedback that we receive, and the engineering team we have in Beijing as well as the engineering team that we are going to be building fairly soon in India.”

Via: Digits (The Wall Street Journal)

OnePlus sends Cyanogen Camera app to the Play Store

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Following the lead of other manufacturers that use the Google Play Store to distribute core apps, OnePlus has made the Cyanogen Camera app that is part of CyanogenMod 11S, the special version of the operating system used for the OnePlus One smartphone, available in Google Play. By using the Play Store, manufacturers are able to push out updates more quickly and easily to end users. This eliminates the need for an app to go through a carrier’s review process to be included in an OTA update, which tend to be sporadic in their timing.
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Sony offering student discount on Xperia Z3 Compact

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Since Sony announced the Xperia Z3 Compact, a smaller but equally powerful companion to their current flagship (the Xperia Z3), consumers have been patiently waiting for the device to become available in the US. Finally, the Z3 Compact is available to order from Sony’s website, though it is currently backordered. Though its no surprise that it finally made its way to the US, what is surprising is customers with a working .edu email address will recieve a substantial discount on the devices full price of $529, instead paying only $477.
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Huawei announces limited edition Glory 6 Extreme Edition with pre-orders launching October 21st

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Huawei launched their high-end Honor 6 (also known as the Glory 6) back in June and are still rolling it out to other markets, but that hasn’t stopped them from announcing a successor in the form of the Glory 6 Extreme Edition. The main difference is the superior Huawei Kirin 928 octa-core processor clocked at 2GHz, trumping the original’s Kirin 920. This model also ships with a minimum of 32GB of internal storage, besting the original’s default 16GB, though both are expandable.
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