Worldwide Android News 05/02/16 – Gionee, Huawei And More


Xperia M5 & M5 Dual Started Receiving Android 5.1 Lollipop

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Sony has confirmed that the Android 5.1 Lollipop rollout for the Xperia M5 and M5 Dual has kicked off. The update brings better memory management, while there are some new features included here as well, and overall improvements to the OS. If the update did not hit your device just yet, be patient, it will roll out soon, and you can always manually check if an update is available through settings.

Gionee P5W Announced In India For Rs. 6,499 ($96)

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Gionee P5W is the company's entry-level handset. This phone features a 5-inch 720p (1280 x 720) IPS OnCell display, along with 1GB of RAM and 16GB of expandable internal storage. The phone is fueled by the MediaTek MT6735 64-bit quad-core processor, and a 2,000mAh battery is placed on the inside. The 5-megapixel snapper is available on the back of this phone, and a 2-megapixel shooter can be found up front. The phone is available in White, Black, Red, Blue and Yellow color options for Rs. 6,499 ($96).

Huawei G8 Gets A Rose Gold Variant In China

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The Huawei G8 was introduced back in July in China, and a higher-end variant of this phone has been announced in September. That being said, Huawei has decided to introduce yet another color options of this device to their consumers, the Rose Gold Edition of the G8 has been introduced. The specs remain unchanged, this phone sports a 5.5-inch fullHD display, 3GB of RAM and it is powered by the Snapdragon 616 64-bit octa-core SoC. The 13-megapixel camera is placed on the back of this phone, and a 3,000mAh battery is located on the inside. The phone costs $380, in case you were wondering.

Helio P10-Powered Gionee GN9011 Gets Benchmarked



MediaTek's Helio P10 SoC will be one of the most used chips this year. It hasn't exactly been available out in the market for long, but judging how many smartphone manufacturers already released, or will soon release, Helio P10-powerd phones, we'll get to see this chip quite frequently out there. The Gionee GN9011 will be one such device, and a Geekbench listing revealed that it will also sport 4GB of RAM, and ship with Andriod 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box.

BlackBerry Priv Now Available Through Optus Stores In Australia

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BlackBerry Priv is the company's current flagship, and their first Android-powered handset. This phone has been introduced last year, and it has now become available through Optus stores in Australia. There are various of tariffs at your disposal, in case you're interested in getting one of these, all you have to do is visit Optus. The BlackBerry Priv features a 5.4-inch QHD AMOLED panel, 3GB of RAM, and is fueled by the Snapdragon 808 64-bit hexa-core processor. The full qwerty physical keyboard is also available here, and the device looks quite interesting overall.

Flyme 5.1.3 Meizu MX5 Update Rolling Out To Indian Consumers

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In case you own a Meizu MX5 and live in India, we have some good news for you, the Flyme 5.1.3 update has started rolling out your way. The update brings a number of optimizations to the OS (around 1000), and is around 817MB in size. In case you're interested, you can download it by clicking here, and you can check the full changelog here. This isn't the first Flyme 5 build available for the Meizu MX5, but it does bring quite a few improvements to the table.

Google Play Carrier Billing Hits Finland, Hong Kong, Malaysia, And Denmark

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Carrier billing isn't available to every country which supports Google Play Store, but Google is constantly expanding its availability. The carrier billing has just rolled out to three new carriers in three new countries. It is now available in Finland through DNA, in Hong Kong through Smartphone, Maxis supports it in Malaysia, and H3G in Denmark. Keep in mind that the carrier billing should be live already, but if it's not, it will be soon.