Huawei Files to Trademark Its Hongmeng Mobile OS Around the World After US Ban

China’s Huawei has applied to trademark its “Hongmeng” operating system (OS) in at least nine countries and Europe, data from a UN body shows, in a sign it may be deploying a back-up plan in key markets as US sanctions threaten its business model. The move comes after the Trump administration put Huawei on a blacklist last month that barred it … Read more

ZTE Blade A2 Plus with 5,000mAh battery arrives in India for around $180

After launching it in China last year, ZTE has now brought the Blade A2 Plus to India. The device – which packs in a massive 5,000mAh battery – carries a price tag of INR 11,999 (around $180), and is a Flipkart exclusive in the country (it will go on sale Monday onwards). Specs-wise, the phone … Read more

Android’s global smartphone market share now stands at around 88%

According to latest numbers released by market research firm Strategy Analytics, Android’s global smartphone market share in Q3 2016 stood at around 88%, up from the 84.1% figure reported in the same period last year.. Apple’s iOS, meanwhile, lost some of its market share – it’s now 12.1%, down from the 13.6% share it claimed … Read more

32GB Google Pixel XL costs around $285 to make

The 32GB version of Google’s Pixel XL has an estimated Bill of Materials (BoM) of $285.75, including component costs and assembly costs. This is according to the BoM experts at IHS, who have released their report regarding Google’s smartphone today. This, however, does not mean that the entire difference from $285.75 to the $769 selling … Read more

This week in games: Revolver steering wheels and a game built around RTFM

I was hoping for more news out of Tokyo Game Show this week but apparently it’s not to be. Other than the last-minute delay of The Last Guardian (again) and a mediocre Watch Dogs 2 trailer (below), things have been quiet out of Japan. But hey, Zachtronics is bringing out a spiritual successor to TIS-100, … Read more

Razer Turret review: This compact lapboard works around the living room

The Razer Turret is too small for any serious gaming, or even serious work, but it’s also inconspicuous enough you won’t mind leaving it around the living room. COMMENTS Hayden Dingman | @haydencd Games reporter, PCWorld Sep 13, 2016 2:15 PM The Razer Turret (available for $150 on Amazon) is the first mouse and keyboard … Read more

Microsoft only sold around 1.2 million Lumia phones in the April to June quarter

Although Microsoft hasn’t revealed how many Lumia smartphones it sold in the second quarter of this year through its regular quarterly financial results, the company has an SEC filing out today that clears that up. In the document, Microsoft mentions that in its fiscal year 2016 (which started on July 1, 2015, and ended on … Read more