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Apple devices made up 49% of Christmas activations

Apple devices made up 49% of Christmas activations

When it came to mobile devices at Christmas this year, it seems those by Apple were the gifts on everyone's mind. Recently shared data from analytics company Flurry Insights reveals that Apple device accounted for an impressive 49.1% of the mobile activations that took place during Christmas week. With just under half of all activations, Apple was the dominant manufacturer, while the next closest was Samsung, which accounted for 19.8% of devices.

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Microsoft can, and will, directly push monthly Lumia 950 updates

Microsoft can, and will, directly push monthly Lumia 950 updates

One of the concerns that surfaced when Android was beset with the Stagefright security vulnerability scare was how fast can platform makers push out critical security fixes to users. Apple has practically no problem since it exercises tight control over updates. Android, in complete contrast, is a mess. It seems that Windows 10 Mobile might this time be better off than Google's mobile OS, with AT&T revealing that Microsoft indeed has the power to push updates to Lumia 950 owners, bypassing the carrier's certification process entirely.

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HP Falcon to challenge Microsoft Lumia 950 XL at MWC 2016

HP Falcon to challenge Microsoft Lumia 950 XL at MWC 2016

It is probably a tad too early to speculate about MWC 2016, seeing as CES will naturally come first. But that is also no reason not to be also a tad excited at what might come to pass at Barcelona in February, especially if you're a Windows 10 fan. According to reports, HP might have a high-end Windows 10 Mobile smartphone that could rival Microsoft own Lumia 950 XL flagship. Currently nicknamed Falcon, the 2K display Windows smartphone is also rumored to debut at MWC 2016 next year.

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DxOMark: Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ tied at the top with Xperia Z5

DxOMark: Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ tied at the top with Xperia Z5

Long gone are the days when smartphone cameras were just passable compromises when better performing digital cameras were not available at a moment's notice. Long gone too are the days when Apple had monopoly of that category as well. The top spots in DxOMark's who's who in the smartphone photography category are getting a bit more crowded, especially now that Samsung's Galaxy S6 edge+ has taken the top spot, side by side Sony's Xperia Z5.

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Android 6.0.1 will make the Galaxy S6 edge’s edge more useful

Android 6.0.1 will make the Galaxy S6 edge’s edge more useful

It seems that Samsung has finally come to its senses. While some Android users are waiting for their Android 6.0 Marshmallow update just for the sake of being on the latest Android version, some of Samsung's faithful might have a lot more riding on that update. A video of what is allegedly Android 6.0.1 running on a Galaxy S6 edge reveals that Samsung may have tucked in lots more functionality in curved edge, potentially making what is just a fancy design into something truly useful and perhaps even desirable.

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Stacked Wireless Charging cuts the wires

Stacked Wireless Charging cuts the wires

One thing that any smartphone user can relate to is the hassle of trying to use a smartphone when it needs to be plugged in to charge. The wire leaves you tethered to a six foot leash that never quite seems long enough to reach where you are comfortable using the device. Stacked Wireless Charging has a new video that shows its product in use, and it's very interesting.

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Samsung Galaxy J1 refresh inbound for 2016 says leaked image, specs

Samsung Galaxy J1 refresh inbound for 2016 says leaked image, specs

Samsung has been very busy the last few weeks, not only announcing an updated range of devices in the Galaxy A lineup, but also trying to contain leaks on the highly anticipated Galaxy S7 flagship. But the South Korean manufacturer surely hasn't forgotten about its entry-level offerings, as we're now hearing rumors about the budget-friendly Galaxy J1 getting a facelift for 2016.

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LG says it sold 450,000 LG V10 in the US in 45 days

LG says it sold 450,000 LG V10 in the US in 45 days

Although it has almost been leaked to death, the LG V10 still came as a pleasant surprise, especially considering how the rumors about the "second display" were basically spot on. Although LG already had an LG G4 flagship, the V10 practically trumps it in many ways, including, apparently, reception in the US market. The Korean manufacturer was only too happy to reveal that in the 45 days since it launched, it managed to sell more than 450,000 units in the US alone. That's devices sold and not merely shipped, hinting at many changes in the market. At least based on LG's analysis.

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