Xiaomi retained top spot in China in 2015, but Huawei likely to hit back this year, says Canalys

While Canalys reported last year that Huawei overtook Xiaomi to become the biggest-selling smartphone manufacturer in China during Q3, it now says strong Q4 sales enabled Xiaomi to retake the top slot for the year. It says Xiaomi ended the year with a 15.2% market share against 14.7% for Huawei, with Apple following at 12.5%.

The WSJ reports that this view is echoed by rival market intelligence company Strategy Analytics. However, with more Chinese consumers looking to upgrade to mid-range handsets this year, Canalys analyst Nicole Peng believes the positions could be reversed during the course of this year …

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Google chief: Current high-end phones likely won’t be Daydream VR-ready

A few days ago, it was revealed that most of today’s best and most powerful phones won’t support Android N’s seamless updates feature. Sadly, in order for updates to install in the background, the phone needs a special partition in its memory to make that possible. As it happens, it’s also very unlikely that any of the current crop of  flagships will be certified ready for Daydream VR either, but for different reasons.

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OnePlus and Qualcomm confirm Snapdragon 821-powered device is on its way, likely to land very soon

Ever since the OnePlus 3‘s production started to encounter problems — which have led the Chinese OEM to ultimately stop sales for a period of time — rumors began to float around the internet circa a slightly refined, more powerful version of the phone to debut before the end of the year.

And, it seems, those rumors were correct…

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Over-the-ear headphones are likely one form factor for ‘Bisto’ devices w/ Google Assistant

The latest beta of the Google app on Monday yielded a wealth of information about “Bisto.” First encountered in April as a new device type possibly related to headphones, this teardown confirmed it and detailed features, functionality, and operation.

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ASUS announces ‘Zenvolution’ event, will likely reveal Zenfone 3 lineup on May 30th

ASUS has announced that it will be hosting a press event on May 30th at Humble House Taipei, where it is expected to reveal the next generation Zenfone, among other Zen-branded devices. Dubbed ‘Zenvolution’, the event will kick off at 2pm local time (6am GMT/1am Eastern/10pm Sunday 29th Pacific). Following the launch, ASUS will have a booth open at the Computex 2016 tradeshow between May 31st and June 4th at the Taipei World Trade Center Nangang Exhibition Hall.

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How Android One has changed, and why its US debut via the Moto X4 is likely imminent

Today we got our first look at an Android One-branded Moto X4 from the ever-reliable Evan Blass, but here’s something you might not be aware of: we’ve been tracking this story here at 9to5Google for more than half a year now. The first rumors of the program’s launch in the US popped up back in January, and a few months later we got a sizable dump of information about the program from a source, some of which we published in April.

So what’s happening? How has Android One changed? Is the Moto X4 going to be the first Android One phone for the United States?

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The Moto Z2 Force likely won’t be a Verizon exclusive, may come to T-Mobile

Last year’s Moto Z was a pretty solid phone, but I don’t think anyone can deny that the Moto Z Force was better. With improved battery life, the shatterproof display, and a more comfortable build, it was just no contest. Except for one thing. The Moto Z Force was an exclusive to Verizon. The Moto Z2 Force, though, may change that.

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Four mysterious cities getting Google’s self-driving cars, Ann Arbor a likely candidate

Google’s self-driving car project first came to Austin, Texas in July of last year, marking its first expansion outside of Google’s hometown of Mountain View, California. It was a logical next step, considering Austin’s forward-thinking political culture and unique environmental challenges (“pedicabs, pickup trucks, and everything in between,” Google said). Now, it appears—thanks to some recently-published FCC documents (via Mark Harris)—that Google has plans to bring the self-driving car program to four more mysterious cities…

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