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AnTuTu 2014 charts: Xiaomi tops, Samsung dominates

AnTuTu 2014 charts: Xiaomi tops, Samsung dominates

With January almost halfway through, AnTuTu is releasing some interesting numbers for 2014. Although it isn't surprising to see Samsung's smartphones take up four slots in 2014's top 10, despite slumps in profits and sales, the charts do have a few unexpected revelations. While we have indeed seen the rise of Chinese manufacturers in the global smarpthone market, the inclusion of rather small players like OnePlus into the top 10 most popular smartphones is quite unexpected and perhaps hints at the changing tastes of consumers.

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OnePlus hands out alpha version of new custom ROM

OnePlus hands out alpha version of new custom ROM

OnePlus is definitely one company that will want to leave behind the problems of 2014 and look forward to the opportunities of 2015. In trying to start the year right, the Chinese startup is giving its fans a rather small taste of what is to come, specifically, the new custom ROM that it will be developing independent of its former partner Cyanogen. Though still bare and unexciting, this new ROM brings the promise of two things: Android Lollipop for the OnePlus One as well as a new user experience for its owners.

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India gives OnePlus some space, temporarily lifts ban

India gives OnePlus some space, temporarily lifts ban

India's High Court just handed OnePlus a timely holiday gift. Overturning the decision of a solitary judge, the court gave OnePlus some amount of reprieve and allowed it to continue selling its OnePlus One smartphone in India. But it is hardly a straight out victory for the Chinese startup as the case is still to formally begin in January. It does, however, give OnePlus some time to recoup some of its loses and at least sell some of its remaining inventory, and maybe even import some more, until that fated date.

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India; Xiaomi can sell Qualcomm-based devices, OnePlus banned

India; Xiaomi can sell Qualcomm-based devices, OnePlus banned

Xiaomi has just caught a break in its sudden legal predicament in India now that the country's High Court has ruled that the Chinese manufacturer can keep on selling its devices but with two caveats. Xiaomi can only sell smartphones in India that are running on Qualcomm's mobile chips and it can only do so until January 8, when a new hearing is scheduled. On the other hand, OnePlus has been banned from selling its one and only device due to a Micromax complaint.

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OnePlus One Mini allegedly surfaces in two photos

OnePlus One Mini allegedly surfaces in two photos

OnePlus recently teased on its Google Plus page plans to do something tomorrow -- likely introduce a new device. Ahead of it is a new leak that might clue us in on what to expect: the OnePlus One Mini, or whatever it might be called. Two images have surfaced showing a OnePlus handset with a 5-inch display and white backing, both of them having been posted over on Chinese website Weibo. If this is the device we'll be seeing tomorrow, OnePlus teases: "We've got 10,000".

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OnePlus Two coming in Q3 2015, report says

OnePlus Two coming in Q3 2015, report says

Do the math: after the One, there’s a Two, right? A new rumor says as much, and that OnePlus, makers of the highly desirable (but hard to get) One will be rolling out the successor to that device, of course named the Two, next year. In the report, we also get a glimpse of what the Two will have under the hood. We also get an idea of what pricing might be, and if it’s true, the honeymoon period is over.

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IDC: Windows market share doubles by 2018, iOS/Android still in charge

IDC: Windows market share doubles by 2018, iOS/Android still in charge

Here’s an interesting statistic you may not have seen coming: Windows Phone is expected to double their global market share over the next three years or so, according to IDC. In their most recent forecast, the analytics firm is noting Windows will become a more prominent player in the global smartphone market, while incumbents hold fast. IDC also cites the proliferation of lower priced phones with higher end specs as those to look for on the world stage, as emerging markets become important.

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OnePlus, Cyanogen to part ways in India

OnePlus, Cyanogen to part ways in India

OnePlus is set to make their first foray into India soon, an emerging market where many an OEM is staking claim. Since launching (slowly) stateside, OnePlus’ One smartphone has enjoyed Cyanogen, an operating system built atop Google’s Android. India, however, won’t have the same courtesy. When OnePlus launches their device for the Indian market, Cyanogen won’t be on it. Cyanogen has instead chosen to go with Micromax, an OEM more familiar to the Indian market. Cyanogen and Micromax also have an exclusive deal.

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OnePlus drops invite barrier to Android phone

OnePlus drops invite barrier to Android phone

OnePlus is temporarily dropping its invite system for the OnePlus One, another opportunity to bypass the frustrating line-waiting and go old-school with the "give a vendor money for goods" approach instead. For an unspecified period, rather than having to get an invite from a fellow OnePlus enthusiast or somehow earn one from the company, shoppers in the market for a new smartphone can simply click a button. Both the 16GB and 64GB versions are eligible, though the change comes amidst whispers of a second-generation OnePlus phone too.

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OnePlus One successor gets hyped by insider source

OnePlus One successor gets hyped by insider source

The OnePlus One smartphone is a rather strange beast. It became one of the most wanted smartphones of the year despite being widely unavailable to a global market. Or perhaps it was precisely because of that rarity that it became highly desired. Of course, there's the high end specs and cheap price, too. Chinese startup OnePlus seems to believe that it can recreate that phenomenon, hopefully minus the sore points, with the OnePlus One successor. But what exactly will the OnePlus Two or OnePlus One Two look like?

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