Google IO 2016 Coverage

Some Nexus 6P units have broken microphones

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The Nexus 6P is by no means a cheap phone. Google enlisted Huawei to make a premium device constructed of metal, but it seems that the Nexus 6P isn’t holding true to the $499 starting price. In October, rear panel glass was spontaneously shattering for some people. Quite bizarre, right? At least the most recent issue is very realistic and not nearly as random. The microphone’s functionality, according to multiple posts on the Google Product Forums, is posing a problem. There are owners of the Nexus 6P reporting that the phone’s microphone is not projecting their voice with strength or quality to people on the other end of a call.

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Rose Gold color option added to the Huawei Watch

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Arguably the best Android Wear device ever released now has yet another new color option to offer to prospective buyers. On Thursday, Huawei introduced a Rose Gold variant of its smartwatch that has both real sapphire crystal and gold. This Huawei Watch variant comes with a case made of 22K rose gold and an alligator-pressed brown leather strap.

Through Huawei directly, you can get this variant for $699. The company also offers it for $41.87 per month through Affirm Financing. Huawei says that quantities of the Huawei Watch in Rose Gold are limited. So it probably won’t make reach the company’s upcoming Black Friday sale. If you miss out, there is the Nexus 6P-related promotion that’s ongoing.

Source: Huawei [GetHuawei]

Huawei ready with special Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals for U.S. market

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Huawei has been patiently waiting to have an impact on the U.S. market for smartphones and wearable devices. The upcoming 2015 holiday shopping season looks like it may finally be time for that move and Huawei is getting ready for it with some special Black Friday deals and some special offers for the following week that kicks off with Cyber Monday. The focus of the specials for the U.S. market will be the Huawei Watch and the Huawei P8 Lite. Read more

In-house chips may be on the way to LG, Sony devices

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LG has been steadily improving its position in the mobile device market thanks to a string of successful smartphone launches over the past couple years. Meanwhile, Sony, while producing devices that tend to be well received, struggles to translate that into sales success. Although they seem to be on divergent paths, the two companies have something in common – they are both mentioned in rumors of a move by smartphone manufacturers to transition to in-house production of processors used in their devices. Read more

Details regarding Huawei and Xiaomi’s next flagships emerge

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Information regarding handsets from Huawei and Xiaomi has emerged from China. A source on Weibo, the Chinese social media platform, has revealed specifications for both the upcoming P9 and Mi 5. Based on the information provided, it seems that neither Huawei nor Xiaomi are going to hold back with these flagships. You can expect crisp displays, top-of-the-line processors, and the latest version of Android.

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Huawei poised for big leap forward in battery charging tech

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With several smartphones hitting the market recently with Quick Charge 2.0 technology for fast battery charging, a new baseline for performance will be established in the minds of consumers. This means buyers will be looking for the next major improvement and Huawei hopes to be there to meet the demand for the latest and greatest. Looking beyond Quick Charge 2.0, Huawei’s Watt Lab says they have developed technology that can charge lithium-ion batteries 10 times faster than the current standard. Read more