Apple to seed iOS 8.2 next week, iOS 8.3 to follow shortly after

Apple might release the final version of iOS 8.2 to the general public as early as this Monday, as per a report by BGR. The last release was iOS 8.2 beta 5 at the start of February.

iOS 8.3 is already in the works and is expected to have 4 beta releases. Currently, iOS 8.3 beta 2 is available to developers, leaving two more iterations until the final build is ready. This should happen in early April coinciding with the purported start of Apple Watch sales.

gsmarena 001 Apple to seed iOS 8.2 next week, iOS 8.3 to follow shortly after

Not that the Apple Watch can’t launch without it, iOS 8.2 already supports it. The next version of the OS will introduce redesigned emoji picker as well as new emoji icons. Naturally, there’s more the iOS 8.3 and we’ll share with you as soon as anything new comes out.

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Video recaps Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge leaks with new renders

Tomorrow in Barcelona Samsung will make both the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 Edge official. And now, a mere one day before that event, a video has surfaced which does a good job recapping all the leaked details we’ve heard about the two handsets.

Not only that, but it seems to add a couple of new renders too – showing parts of the front of the Galaxy S6 Edge, as well as what could be the back of either model, since they’re expected to be pretty much identical from that point of view.

gsmarena 001 Video recaps Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge leaks with new renders

The video stresses the main specs we’ve seen rumored so far. An octa-core CPU is pretty much a given, and according to past info Samsung has dropped Qualcomm as a supplier so we might have only one variant with the Korean company’s own Exynos silicon. Aiding it will be 3GB of RAM.

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Week 9 in review: MWC leaks, Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, One (M9)

With MWC 2015 mere hours away everybody is naturally excited about the impending releases and interesting mobile innovations. This has been the general vibe for the last month or so, but things have really been getting heated during the last week.

All eyes are still on industry giants and their eagerly-anticipated flagship devices. This explains why the news section has been overflowing with various leaks and speculations about the Samsung Galaxy S6, its edged variant – Galaxy S6 Edge as well as the HTC One (M9). The former has been discussed so vigorously that Samsung decided to hop on the rumor train and fuel speculations even further by issuing a few over the top “official rumors” about the phone. Users in the US can also rejoice as AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint are already teasing the new devices they are going to offer.

gsmarena 001 Week 9 in review: MWC leaks, Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, One (M9)

Naturally HTC’s One (M9) has also been getting a lot of attention. After an avalanche of cases and renders we finally saw precise images, as well as a few official teaser videos for the upcoming device. And while we are on the MWC topic, Sony still has a lot to show, despite the more-than-likely absence of the Xperia Z4. If rumors are true the Japanese manufacturer will bring a new midrange phone – the Xperia M4, as well as a tablet – Z4 Tablet to the Barcelona venue. Acer will also be present with what it says are “phones and a new wearable”, but nothing more is known yet.

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Sony Xperia E4g is already up for pre-order in the UK

Sony unveiled the Xperia E4g just a few days ago, as the 4G-capable version of the original Xperia E4. And today it’s already up for pre-order at a few online retailers in the UK.

For now, all of them are only offering the phone in SIM-free and unlocked form. So if you’re one to usually purchase your handsets with an operator contract attached, you still have some waiting to do before you can grab an Xperia E4g.

gsmarena 001 Sony Xperia E4g is already up for pre order in the UK

If, on the other hand, you have nothing against paying full price for a smartphone, then the Xperia E4g can be yours for £110 at MobileFun, £125 at Clove, or £129.99 at Amazon.

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Xiaomi Mi Note review: Striking the right note

GSMArena team, 27 February 2015.

Introduction

Proper flagships are coming in pairs lately as every maker is trying to cater for different crowds. Apple, Samsung, HTC and Sony – but also Oppo, Meizu, Huawei. Until recently the breakdown would’ve implied ones to watch and learn from vs. ones to compete with but the market is changing. Up and coming Chinese makers have really hit a stride.

Xiaomi here has done a fair deal of watching and learning, and still haven’t entirely outgrown the copycat phase. Yet they do have not one, but two flagship phablets that seem capable of challenging the big guys. Today we meet the Mi Note, the first of the two to make it to the market.

Unlike the Mi Note Pro, which uses all the latest tech such as a QHD display and the controversial Snapdragon 810 chip, the Mi Note is still one foot in 2014 with a 5.7″ 1080p screen and Snapdragon 801. But don’t be mistaken – Xiaomi has spared no effort in making the Mi Note a looker, enhancing its camera department and polishing its MIUI 6 launcher. The moment you grab a Mi Note – you’ll know you are handling something new and special.

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Karbonn Titanium Dazzle with 5-inch display launched

Indian smartphone manufacturer Karbonn has updated its Titanium line of devices with a new budget smartphone. Dubbed Titanium Dazzle, the handset comes in white golden and black colour options, and carries a price tag of INR 5,490 ($ 88).

gsmarena 001 Karbonn Titanium Dazzle with 5 inch display launched

The device is powered by a quad core SoC with 1.2GHz CPU, and sports a 5-inch (854 x 480 pixels) touch screen IPS display. It comes with 1GB of RAM, 8GB internal memory (expandable up to 32GB via a microSD card), and packs in a 1850mAh battery.

In terms of camera, the dual-SIM smartphone features a 5MP rear unit with LED Flash and a 2MP front shooter. Connectivity options include 3G HSPA+, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS.

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Apple took home 88.7% of smartphone profits in Q4, 2014

According to a latest report from market research firm Strategy Analytics, Apple iOS captured a record-high 88.7% global smartphone profit share in Q4, 2014, up from 70.5% in Q4 2013.

gsmarena 001 Apple took home 88.7% of smartphone profits in Q4, 2014

On the other hand, Android took a record-low 11.3% profit share, down from 29.5% in the same quarter in 2013.

In terms of dollars, Apple’s Q4, 2014 smartphone operating profits stood at $ 18.8 billion, up from $ 11.4 billion in Q4, 2013, while Android manufacturers had operating profits of just $ 2.4 billion, down from $ 4.8 billion in the same quarter the previous year.

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