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Could this be Nokia’s next Android smartphone? [Updated]

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Nokia is gradually making its comeback, as Microsoft’s grip of the once dominant Finnish brand nears its end. If the latest leak from an online benchmark is anything to go by, Nokia could be releasing a midrange Android handset by the end of this year.

Labelled as the Nokia D1C, the mysterious smartphone was found to have gone through a popular benchmark site called Geekbench a couple of days ago (October 1 or September 30, depending on the time zone). The date is important, because it signifies the start of the fourth quarter of 2016, which effectively lifts Microsoft’s non-compete clause disallowing Nokia from using its name on smartphones.


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The deal was valued at over $7 billion and began in April 2014. You might be wondering why the clause didn’t prevent the Android-powered Nokia N1 tablet from being announced back in November 2014, but that’s because the rule affects only smartphones, and anything outside of that, including tablets, is fair game.

Like the N1 tablet, the Nokia D1C will most likely be produced by China-based Foxconn, who also handles manufacturing duties for Apple’s iPhones. But while the N1 was quite innovative for its time, having introduced the USB Type-C standard on tablets for the first time, the D1C looks to be less than stellar.

According to the benchmarks, which gauge the raw computing power of the device, the upcoming Android 7.0 Nougat phone from Nokia is expected to have 3GB of RAM and a low-end to midrange Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor. The latter is the same chipset as the one found in the ASUS ZenFone 3 Laser, so we’re certain Nokia’s new handset will be a decent performer with a fair price.

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Every other detail is up for more leaks to clear things up, but we’re glad to see something other than a cheap feature phone from Nokia in the works.

Update: It looks like the Nokia D1C can’t keep a low profile. Check out these benchmark specs found on AnTuTu:

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We can confirm that the Android handset will indeed have the aforementioned processor and 3GB of memory, as well as 7.0 Nougat, a screen resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, 32GB of internal storage, and a pair of 13- and 8-megapixel cameras.

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Sources: GeekbenchPlayfuldroid

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Honor promises to deliver Android Q to its Honor 20 series

Existing phones will continue to receive updates

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Amid the issues surrounding its parent company, Huawei, Honor is confident to tell its users and those who are interested in getting an Honor phone that there’s nothing to worry about. The company would like to address the questions of the public about the effects of the imposed trade ban.

First and foremost, all Honor phones will continue to receive security patches and future Android updates. Anyone using an Honor phone will continue to access their apps like they normally would. Additionally, the existing warranties of purchased devices will still be honored for any required services.


Basically, Honor is following the footsteps of its parent company in making it clear for everyone that the trade ban won’t affect any of their current devices.

Moreover, Honor promises to deliver the upcoming version of Android, which is called Android Q for now, to its latest Honor 20 series. The list includes the Honor 20 Pro, Honor 20, and Honor 20 Lite devices. No news about the Android Q fate of other Honor phones, though.

While we’re at it, check out our Honor 20 Pro unboxing and hands-on to know more about Honor’s newest flagship phone:

SEE ALSO: Honor 20 Pro Moschino edition unveiled

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Android Pie-based ColorOS 6 rolls out to Realme 1 and UI

Sticking to the schedule

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As promised, Realme has started rolling out the stable versions of ColorOS 6 for its older phones. The newest version of ColorOS brings in Android Pie and quite a number of features that’ll bring new life to Realme’s older devices.

The initial two recipients of the Android Pie-based ColorOS 6 is Realme’s first smartphone, the Realme 1, and also last year’s Realme U1. The update for the Realme 1 carries version number CPH1859EX_11_A.37, while the Realme U1’s update has version number RMX1831EX_11_A.10.


The ColorOS 6 update will make older Realme models on par with the newer releases software-wise. It’ll have a refreshed UI with an app drawer and gesture navigation. There are also improvements in the camera department including the Nightscape Mode. Of course, the update brings a new security patch level as well.

As always, the update will come to a few devices first before it reaches every Realme 1 and U1 phones available.

Based on Realme’s schedule, next in line are the Realme 2 and C1. ColorOS 6 should become available for the two in the coming days or weeks.

Via: Fonearena

SEE ALSO: Realme will update all phones to Android 9 Pie starting May

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Bill Gates believes Microsoft losing to Android is his ‘greatest mistake’

He regrets that Microsoft didn’t beat Google

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It’s no secret that Microsoft is enjoying the dominance of Windows on PCs, but its mobile counterpart didn’t do well while it was still alive. Windows Phone or Windows 10 Mobile failed to compete with Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android in the mobile scene. Unsurprisingly, Microsoft’s founder Bill Gates saw this as a missed opportunity.

During a talk with venture capital company Village Global, Bill Gates admitted that he regrets that Microsoft lost to Google in making a “standard non-Apple phone platform.”


The whole interview is available for viewing on YouTube and it’s more than an hour long. A lot of topics were discussed with useful insights about startups, investments, major world issues from Bill Gates himself.

One of the interesting answers from Gates was the revelation of his “greatest mistake ever,” which was Microsoft failing to take the opportunity Android had before.

In his own words, “In the software world, particularly for platforms, these are winner-take-all markets. So the greatest mistake ever is whatever mismanagement I engaged in that caused Microsoft not to be what Android is. That is, Android is the standard non-Apple phone platform. That was a natural thing for Microsoft to win. It really is winner take all. If you’re there with half as many apps or 90 percent as many apps, you’re on your way to complete doom. There’s room for exactly one non-Apple operating system and what’s that worth? US$ 400 billion that would be transferred from company G to company M.

Gates’ owning the mistake is somewhat surprising because it was assumed that it was Steve Ballmer, former CEO of Microsoft, who didn’t saw the touchscreen revolution coming. Ballmer even laughed at the iPhone and called it unappealing to business customers because it lacks a keyboard. Hence, the company stuck with phones with keyboards.

We all know it was a big mistake for Microsoft as a company to ignore the iPhone. Google, on the other hand, took the golden chance and now they are on top of the mobile operating system chain.

Microsoft eventually came up with Windows Phone and launched it in 2010. It was pretty good, although it lacks the apps people are already enjoying on an iPhone or any Android device.

SEE ALSO: Microsoft’s Project xCloud game streaming service is coming in October

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