OnePlus took to their own forums to announce that a community build of OxygenOS 3.1 (Marshmallow) is available to flash on OnePlus X handsets, indicating that a final build may not be too far off.
We might finally see Xiaomi take a legitimate stab at the US market, according to Hugo Barra. He’s talked about the US smartphone market before, citing that subsidized flagship phones make it very difficult for a mid-range brand like Xiaomi to compete. It’s a sensible reason, but with the rise of device payment plans and the death of two-year contracts, things might have shifted in Xiaomi’s favor. Read more
Samsung makes a lot of profit from its mobile division selling its high-end Galaxy S and Galaxy Note phones, as well as a confusing smörgåsbord of lesser devices, which has led to the company being criticized over its scatter-gun approach to developing handsets. So how does the Korean electronics giant come up with a new stream of revenue that won’t saturate the market even further? One way is to have an official refurbishment program which could be officially unveiled in 2017. Read more
Whenever a new phone launches, it’s up to iFixit to tear the device apart and see how tough it is to repair in case you need to do an emergency part replacement. The Note 7 is the next device in the workshop, so if you’re interested in the guts of the next big thing, keep reading. Read more
Motorola introduced an active display way back on the original Moto X that would show you notifications on your device without having to actually turn the screen on. It was a pretty useful feature that’s since been ported to tons of other phones and even third-party apps. Read more