Motorola Nexus 6 hits Germany with a base price of €599

The Motorola Nexus 6 retail expansion continues in Europe and the latest country where the phone starts selling is Germany. There, pre-orders of the device are now available at Media Markt and Amazon Germany.

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The 32GB version of the phone sales for €599 and is available only in Midnight Blue at Media Markt, while Amazon offers both color versions of the phone. The 64GB variant is available in both Midnight Blue and Cloud White for €649 at both retailers. The Nexus 6 will start shipping a month from now on December 19.

In the UK, pre-orders of the Nexus 6 have already started. The 32GB version of the phone retails for £499 at Amazon and Carphone Warehouse.

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More than 50 million Lumia devices have been activated to date

Microsoft revealed that there are more than 50 million Lumia devices activated to date. The Redmond-based tech giant revealed the stat during a press event in Germany.

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The number includes all Windows Phone products since the inception of the Lumia product range as part of Nokia’s portfolio of devices in 2011. There is no word on how many Lumia devices of those 50 million are still being used.

While 50 million activated devices surely looks and sounds impressive, it sits far behind those achieved by its competitors. Apple for example moved almost 40 million smartphones in the last fiscal quarter alone.

Furthermore, Microsoft revealed that there are more than 320,000 apps available in the Windows Phone Store. The number is up from 300,000 back in August, though significantly below the one million+ apps available in the Apple App Store and Google Play.

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Micromax unveils Yu brand powered by CyanogenMod

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Today in India, Micromax has launched a new smartphone brand: Yu. The devices that will be sold under this name will be offered online only, emulating Xiaomi’s business model.

The Yu phones will run Android, but their software will come from Cyanogen, Inc., the company behind the preinstalled ROM for the OnePlus One (and the Oppo N1 CyanogenMod Edition before that). This might be used by Micromax as a unique selling point for the new brand.

Cyanogen (the company) has been clear that it wants to partner with more phone makers, and this deal is in line with its strategy. As for Micromax, it must have felt the heat from Xiaomi’s arrival in India, and Yu is its response.

The first Yu handset is apparently going to be made official sometime next month. Micromax boasts that it will honor the warranty for Yu phones even if they’re rooted. And in the future, we should also see Yu-branded smartwatches and smart bands.

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Samsung plans to cut phone portfolio by 30% in 2015

Samsung head of investor relations, Robert Yi, has revealed during a presentation in New York that the company plans to cut the number of smartphone models it produces by 25% to 30% in 2015. With this step, Samsung hopes to fight the falling profits that were recorded in the last financial quarter.

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Naturally, Samsung investors aren’t happy with the latest developments and require changes that will head the company back to growth. As a result, the company plans to get back to double-digit percentage margin in 2015. The largest smartphone manufacturer maintained above 15% operating profit margins for 10 consecutive quarters, but in Q3 2014 that number fell to 7%.

There’s no further information on which phone models will be discontinued in 2015. Reportedly, Samsung’s focus will fall on the entry-level and mid-range phone segments. To streamline the process, Samsung will increase the number of components shared across the different models.

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Samsung and Apple reach a chip manufacturing agreement

Apple and Samsung have reached a chip manufacturing agreement. Worth billions of dollars, the deal will make Samsung the primary supplier of application processors for Apple from 2016 onwards.

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The deal will see the Korean giant manufacture 80% of the application processors needed by Apple. The remainder of the production will be handled by the Taiwan-based TSMC. The latter handles most of Cupertino’s chip manufacturing at the moment.

The agreement arrives shortly after Samsung and Apple agreed to drop all lawsuits against each other in outside the United States. Unsurprisingly, Apple will continue to design its processors. Samsung will handle the production of the 14nm chips in partnership with the California-based semiconductor manufacturer GlobalFoundries.

Application processors are significantly more profitable to manufacture than flash memory – another Samsung staple in demand from Apple. The revenue stream will allow the Korean company to make up for the declining profits from its smartphone operations.

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Sony IMX230 sensor features 192-point autofocus, Z4 bound

Sony just unveiled its latest mobile IMX230 EXMOR RS camera sensor, which might very well be the star on the back of the future Xperia Z4. The sensor shoots at 21MP resolution, just like the IMX135 it replaces, and uses stacked design. Sony says this makes the CMOS imaging sensor smaller and outputs higher image quality and improved functionality.

The size of the IMX230 image sensor is 1/2.4″ and the pixel size is 1.12μm. The sensor will be joined later by a 16MP stacked CMOS image sensor. In the photo below, you can see how the new IMX230 sensor fares against its predecessor in HDR shooting.

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Alleged photos of Sony Xperia Z4 digitizer emerge

Alleged live photos showcasing the LCD touch digitizer of Sony’s upcoming Xperia Z4 made the rounds online. The component is showcased alongside its counterpart found in Sony Xperia Z3.

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Alleged LCD digitizer panel of Sony Xperia Z4

Past rumors point that Sony Xperia Z4 will feature a 5.5 QHD display. However, the leaked photos suggest that the upcoming device will sport a screen with the same size as that of Sony Xperia Z3 – a unit with 5.2” diagonal. It is almost a sure thing that the display will pack 2560 x 1440 pixels though.

A closer look at the part hints that Sony Xperia Z4 will offer stereo speakers that are arranged in the same fashion as those of Sony Xperia Z2 – in tiny strips right by the edges of the front panel. The camera and the ambient light and proximity sensors have also switched places.

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