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Week 51 in review: Galaxy S6 expected and Lollipop storm

Another week has passed and it’s time to look back on the major events from the past 7 days. The hype is spreading like wildfire as CES 2015 draws ever closer. All eyes are set on Samsung, as rumors about the Galaxy S6 start to intensify.

Reports have it that the new premium handset will have an aluminum body and will be available in a curved screen option, much like the Note Edge. Speaking of which, industry sources now claim that the latest line of Note devices – Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edge will skip Android 5.0 altogether and will receive an OTA update to 5.0.1 when Samsung is ready with the build.

In other Android-related news factory images of Android 5.0.1 are now officially available for the Nexus 5. Micromax also made an interesting announcement and finally launched its much anticipated Yureka smartphone in India. Currently the Delhi-based manufacturer has an exclusive contract with the team behind the very popular open-source CyanogenMod ROM and the handset will be the only device to ship with Cyanogen OS 11 out of the box.

Huawei, Vivo and Microsoft also launched devices during the past week. The Huawei Honor 6 Plus is now official and will break new smartphone ground by offering the first ever variable aperture dual-camera setup on a phone. Vivo’s X5 Max, which currently holds the title of world’s thinnest smartphone in now available to users in India and so is the Microsoft Lumia 638 – a budget device with 4G connectivity.

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Micromax announces Yureka with Cyanogen OS 11 in India

Micromax has finally launched its much hyped Yureka smartphone, part of the new Yu series of phone made in collaboration with Cyanogen. The phone will be sold exclusively through Amazon India for Rs. 8,999 ($ 142). The Yureka has a 5.5-inch, 1280×720 resolution IPS display with Gorilla Glass…


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As we get closer to the new year, a lot of rumors are starting to pop up regarding the next top of the line handset from Samsung, which will probably be called Galaxy S6. We’ve already had quite a few mumblings about this device, though, and it’s impossible to tell which of these are real, do keep…


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Huawei Honor 6 Plus, also known as Huawei Glory 6 Plus, has been officially launched in China. It leaked a few times already and its highlight is a dual 8MP rear camera setup, somewhat similar to the HTC One (M8) Duo setup. Huawei Honor 6 Plus packs a 5.5″ IPS display of 1080p resolution and…


Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and Edge will get Android 5.0.1 directly

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Google uploads Android 5.0.1 factory image for the Nexus 5

Google’s rollout for software updates has always been haphazard and unpredictable and the latest 5.0.1 update is no different. Some Nexus devices have received it already while others are still waiting. Last year’s flagship – the Nexus 5 – is in the latter camp. But while it still hasn’t received…


The world's thinnest smartphone - Vivo X5 Max - now in India

vivo’s super thin X5Max recently nabbed the crown of the thinnest smartphone in the world, coming in at a mere 4.75mm. The phone was officially announced last week and the company has now launched it in India. The vivo X5Max is priced at Rs. 32,980 ($ 525), which is a bit steep coming from an…


Lumia 638 launched in India, priced at $  130

Nearly six months after launching it in China, Microsoft has launched the Lumia 638 in India. Priced at INR8,299 ($ 130), the budget 4G smartphone will retail exclusively on the newly-launched Microsoft Store on Amazon India. It is currently available for pre-booking, and will start shipping on…


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