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Cherry Mobile announces Flare S6 series with Cherry OS

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Cherry Mobile has launched their new Flare S6 series with three new handsets. From a budget-friendly entry phone to a 2017-level device sporting an 18:9 display — just like the latest Android flagships.

We see the Flare series of Cherry Mobile as their core line of handsets with multiple models to choose from. Now on its sixth generation, we have three different options at three distinct price points.


Flare S6 

At the bottom of the chain is the Flare S6, which is also the cheapest of the bunch. It’s a 5.2-inch HD smartphone running Android 7.0 Nougat skinned with Cherry OS and has a plastic build. It’s powered by a MediaTek MT6737 processor with 2GB of memory and 16GB of expandable storage.

Cherry Mobile Flare S6

Don’t get fooled by its price thinking that it lacks any modern features, because the Flare S6 sports a fingerprint reader on its back and has a reversible USB-C port. Its cameras are also impressive on paper with 13-megapixel sensors on both the rear and front, although the battery capacity is quite low at just 2600mAh.

The Flare S6 is priced at just PhP 3,999 (US$ 80).

Flare S6 Selfie

Cherry Mobile is also in the selfie game with the Flare S6 Selfie. It has identical 16-megapixel sensors on its rear and front cameras, and both have their own LED flash. It also owns a 5.2-inch display, but with Full HD resolution this time, and a metal back panel.

Cherry Mobile Flare S6 Selfie

The phone is powered by a MediaTek MT6750T processor with 3GB of memory and 16GB of storage, which is expandable via a microSD card. The physical home button houses a fingerprint reader and the bottom contains a USB-C port. Android 7.0 Nougat runs on the device, again with Cherry OS, and has a 2600mAh battery.

For the Flare S6 Selfie, the price is PhP 7,999 (US$ 155).

Flare S6 Plus

Last but definitely not the least is Cherry Mobile’s top offering, the Flare S6 Plus. The new phone features a 5.7-inch HD+ display with an 18:9 aspect ratio, which the company calls TrueView. The specs are similar to the Selfie, but it has its own upgrades. The processor is still a MediaTek 6750T, but the memory is bumped up to 4GB and storage is larger at 64GB.

Cherry Mobile Flare S6 Plus

Aside from the TrueView display, the Flare S6 Plus is also a quad-camera phone. Both the front and rear have an identical setup of 16-megapixel main and 5-megapixel secondary sensors. The additional lenses allow the phone to shoot stills with artificial bokeh and other effects.

Cherry Mobile Flare S6 Selfie, Flare S6, and Flare S6 Plus

The phone gets a bigger 3000mAh battery which charges through a reversible USB-C port, and has support for Hi-Fi audio through its 3.5mm audio port. The fingerprint reader is located on the back of the phone’s metal body. Android 7.0 Nougat with Cherry OS skin on top runs on the device.

The Flare S6 Plus is priced at PhP 9,999 (US$ 195) with a free VE Monk headset.

SEE ALSO: Cherry Mobile maintains its lead in the Philippines

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Huawei thinks about selling its 5G business

Will hopefully appease Western tensions

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Once again, Huawei is weighing all its options. As time rolls by, the company is slowly losing its grip on the Western market. Even after a temporary wave of full support, the US government has gone cold turkey. Huawei is still on the blacklist. In the meantime, the company’s temporary operating license is merely receiving extensions. Unfortunately, extensions don’t mean much without a definitive end.

Huawei is in dire straits. According to a recent interview with The Economist, Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei is mulling over a drastic move: selling its 5G business to the highest bidder.


Throughout the entire controversy, Huawei’s detractors have often decried the company’s 5G technology as a potential security threat. According to the detractors, the Chinese government can seize control of the company at any time.

Hence, a potential sale can alleviate geopolitical pressures. If a sale is concluded, the purchasing customer will have access to the technology’s inner workings. The customer can check if the network does have a Chinese backdoor built into it. Further, they can tailor the technology in any way they want.

Since plans are plans, the Huawei boss still doesn’t have any potential customers in mind. Likewise, the company has not announced a price yet. If you’re eyeing your wallet for a huge purchase, you’ll have to wait for when Huawei announces the sale.

SEE ALSO: Huawei is still getting the Android 10 update

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Huawei is still getting the Android 10 update

For models before the Mate 30 series

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If you’re a Huawei user like me, you’re probably worried about the future of your daily driver. Will my Huawei P20 Pro just wither away when Google finally leaves the building? Fortunately, no.

According to the latest news surrounding the Huawei-Google brouhaha, Huawei’s current lineup is immune from the upcoming purge. Specifically, all of Huawei’s devices released before the Mate 30 series will still enjoy Google’s beautiful suite of products. Naturally, here’s the next question: will we still get valuable software updates?


At IFA 2019, Huawei unveiled the upcoming roadmap for software updates going forward. The update specifically refers to Huawei’s Android 10 package — the customized EMUI 10. The roadmap confirms which of the current models will receive the update. Surprisingly, the update will as far back as the Mate 10 series.

Starting November 2019, the main P30 unitsthe regular P30 and the P30 Pro — will start receiving the package. Afterwards, December will introduce the update to the Mate 20 series and the Honor 20 series. Finally, the P30 lite, the P20 series, and the Mate 10 series will receive the update starting March next year.

After that, Huawei has alluded to “other models” getting the update in the second quarter of next year. However, the roadmap does not clarify which models this includes. On the one hand, this might pertain to past models before the Mate 10 series. On the other, Huawei is possibly holding on to a fleeting hope that they reconcile with Google in the future.

Regardless, Google is still supporting Huawei’s current phones in the meantime. The roadmap should come as a sigh of relief for those still sticking to their Huawei devices.

SEE ALSO: Huawei announces flagship Kirin 990 processor

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Siri will never say ‘feminism,’ thanks to Apple

New directive forces Siri to deflect gender questions

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Let’s face it: an AI-powered voice assistant is unbelievably fun to tease. We’ve all joked around with Siri. From charming compliments to making Siri talk dirty, we’ve all tried to break Apple’s programming. For what it’s worth, Apple specifically programmed quirky responses to equally quirky questions. It’s all about finding the right question.

As with every fun pastime, there will always come people who take things too far. Some users will try to get Siri say forbidden words and discuss touchy topics. Without much of a choice, Apple must put its foot down somewhere. Based on leaked documents from The Guardian, the developer is already discovering its limits.


Internally, Apple has changed several directives regarding today’s more sensitive topics. For feminism and the #MeToo movement, Siri should respond in three ways: don’t engage, deflect, and inform. The new directive even forbids the voice assistant from mentioning the word “feminism” even when asked directly.

According to the leaked documents, Apple is maintaining a “guarded” stance against controversial topics. However, the company is still ensuring their neutrality in the matter. At the most general level, Siri will respond with statements of equality. One such response states: “I believe that all voices are created equal and worth equal respect.” Another example triggers when users ask about Siri’s identity: “My name is Siri, and I was designed by Apple in California. That’s all I’m prepared to say.” The new Siri is a lot more direct than yesteryear’s general responses. Further, the document also detail how Siri should be addressed: a genderless non-human whose “true origin is unknown, even to Siri; but it definitely wasn’t a human invention.”

Besides explaining the current directives, the document also details the voice assistant’s future. Apple will eventually release a more substantial update in 2021. The update will include several new features, including the ability to talk back-and-forth with Siri about health.

SEE ALSO: Tell Siri to ‘lace up’ the Nike Adapt Huarache

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