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Go West : The march of Chinese Mobile OEMs to the U.S.

Go West : The march of Chinese Mobile OEMs to the U.S.

ZTE made an unexpected, if you haven't been monitoring the rumor mill, announcement yesterday. A new Axon smartphone brand that puts mainstream flagships on notice with its high-end specs and sub-premium price. That is, however, just the tip of the Chinese iceberg. Crowd favorite Xiaomi has made its slow crawl to markets outside China. Huawei made an interesting proposition when it announced the P8 lite smartphone and seems to be a crowd favorite for the next Google Nexus smartphone. The dragon is rising and OEMs should take note. But this journey to the West, just like the novel, is fraught with challenges.

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There might be other motives involved in a Huawei Nexus

There might be other motives involved in a Huawei Nexus

Google said that Android M is still on track for a fall release, which means that we are likely to see a new Nexus device as well by then. So far, there have been two rumors about which manufacturer will get the chance to make the device. On the one hand, there is LG, already a proven Nexus maker. On the other hand, Huawei's name also came up, which would make it the first Chinese OEM to be given the distinction. And apparently, there might be other reasons for this rather novel team-up.

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Huawei to challenge Moto 360 with Zero Circle watch

Huawei to challenge Moto 360 with Zero Circle watch

This week the folks at Huawei have revealed a device that they call "Zero." This device is a watch - more than likely an Android Wear watch - that works with a circular watch face. As the Moto 360 continues to be the most popular of Android Wear devices on the market - or at least in development terms - Huawei will make with the competition. In true Huawei form, we're to understand that this device will cost less than its opponents while it delivers style that's quite similar.

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Huawei Honor 7 brings multi-functional fingerprint scanner

Huawei Honor 7 brings multi-functional fingerprint scanner

Meizu isn't the only Chinese manufacturer with a smartphone to flaunt today. Huawei has also come out with its own flagship. As you would expect based on the trends, the Huawei Honor 7 touts a full metal design but there are things that the OEM is also doing differently. For one, it isn't going with ready-made Qualcomm or MediaTek chips, preferring its own Kirin processor instead. It is also making its fingerprint sensor go beyond simple authentication, adding a bit more functionality to the rear-side feature.

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LG Nexus tipped to break the mold with 3D “Tango” camera

LG Nexus tipped to break the mold with 3D “Tango” camera

The next Nexus smartphone has been tipped this week with a 3D camera akin to Google's Project Tango device line. Two Nexus smartphones have been tipped to be released this year, both with Android M under the hood. One, a relatively normal Nexus device with low cost and a vanilla edition of Android, made by Huawei. The other, an LG-made Nexus device with a 3D camera - not as cheap, but still running the next version of Android nonetheless. The LG-made smartphone won't necessarily be called "Nexus" - it might be released on completely different terms.

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Facebook Lite Review: stripped for the next billion users

Facebook Lite Review: stripped for the next billion users

This week Facebook launches Facebook Lite, a version of their social networking app made for low-speed data networks around the world. This app is aimed at nations with little or severely limited data on smartphone, pushing the line between functionality and operability. This app isn't made for everyone - it's made for those that want to connect in remote areas, and don't mind giving up a few flourishes in an app to do so. Facebook Lite functions very similar to the standard Facebook app - can it keep up?

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Huawei bakes Jawbone UP health into TalkBand B2

Huawei bakes Jawbone UP health into TalkBand B2

Huawei's TalkBand B2 wearable, squeezing a Bluetooth headset into a wristband, lands in the US this week, and it's bringing a Jawbone UP surprise. The detachable headset - announced back in March at Mobile World Congress - will hit virtual shelves today, priced from $179.99, and as well as offering a way to make calls it will also deliver the same sort of activity and sleep tracking as you'd find in a dedicated fitness wearable such as Jawbone's UP3.

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Huawei’s $250 P8 lite wants to kill subsidies: Hands-on

Huawei’s $250 P8 lite wants to kill subsidies: Hands-on

Huawei isn't first to think it can coax America off its smartphone subsidy addiction, but the new P8 lite is more than an also-ran in unlocked devices. Launching today as the pared-back - and thus more affordable - sibling to the Huawei P8, the P8 lite carries a $249.99 price tag but hits that with no need for carrier financing or any sort of minimum contract: just slot in the AT&T or T-Mobile USA SIM card of your choice. With a tag like that, though, you know Huawei had to trim some of the tech.

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2015 rumored to see two Nexus phones, but no tablet

2015 rumored to see two Nexus phones, but no tablet

With Google's I/O developers conference only two days away, Android enthusiasts are eagerly awaiting news and details on the next version of the operating system, codenamed Android M. But while the event may primarily focus on software development, it can also be a starting point for speculation about what hardware will be released under Google's Nexus brand later in the year. One of the latest rumors building up is that there will be two Nexus smartphones to see release in 2015, however there may not be a Nexus tablet.

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