Lenovo takes the wraps off its K5 Note with all-metal body and MediaTek’s Helio P10 SoC

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The Motorola brand might be being phased out over time, but the Lenovo brand is very much alive, with the Chinese electronics company having unveiled the K4 Note at CES just a few short weeks ago, and the K5 Note earlier today. Yes, you read that right, Lenovo has already released a follow-up model to the K4. Unlike the K4 Note that is China-bound, the K5 Note is aimed squarely at the Chinese market, and features an all metal design and mostly updated hardware.

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Global launch of Samsung’s Gear S2 Classic begins, available in China first

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Samsung first unveiled the Classic New Edition of its Gear S2 smart watch back at CES a couple of weeks ago, and today marks the beginning of its roll-out globally. China is the first country to be graced with the devices’ presence. The Gear S2 Classic New Edition models feature high-end materials and unique finishes, making for a premium experience.  Read more

Samsung Pay rumoured to launch in China, Spain, and the UK in early 2016

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Samsung Pay launched in South Korea and the US earlier this year, and it’s been going great guns, already notching up more than 1 million users in Samsung’s home market. Besides the possibility of becoming available for more brands in the future, it seems that Samsung has its eyes on expanding its mobile payments system to other regions as well. Read more

Google ready to jump back into China’s mobile market against stiff competition

motorola_moto_x_play_google_play_TAGoogle stepped out of the Chinese mobile market years ago, and since 2010 China has seen a ton of growth for many other manufacturers which puts Google in a sticky situation and six years behind some of its competition. However, the Chinese market is too big to ignore and we’ll likely see Google push its mobile app store back into the country sooner rather than later.

A mobile analytics firm measured how much of the market some of China’s most popular app stores currently hold, and Google’s own Play Store sits at number 10 with barely 3.5% penetration rate. Compare that to Tencent’s 18% penetration rate for its own app store, and even rates from competitors like Oppo, Huawei, and Xiaomi, and Google would have a long road ahead to get things back in full swing. Read more