Cyanogen Inc. allegedly undergoing major layoffs, app strategy pivot in the works

Cyanogen Inc has been hard at work over the past couple of years working an its alternative version of Android for OEMs, but it seems that can only take the company so far. We’ve seen a few devices here and there that offer the software, most notably the OnePlus One, however even with help from Microsoft, Cyanogen has never been very successful in its endeavors and today it’s clear that the company is suffering the consequences…

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On launch day, here’s Google’s crazy print advertising strategy for the Pixel [Gallery]

We’ve reported about Google’s big marketing push for the Pixel, and emphasized how this is truly a first for the company. It certainly is the first time they are not just advertising a product — which is relatively new in itself — but also speaking openly to the average consumer, something we generally see Apple or Samsung do.

And they may have even gone the extra mile this time…

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T-Mobile details its Android 6.0 Marshmallow update strategy for 17 devices

On the same day that Google released the factory images for Android 6.0 Marshmallow, T-Mobile has updated its Software Updates support page with details on its plans for the rollout. T-Mobile has listed the 17 devices that it plans to update to the latest version of the Android operating system.

T-Mobile says there are three main stages to its update process. The first is “Manufacturer Development,” which means T-Mobile and the manufacturer have agreed to support a software update. The second stage is “T-Mobile Testing,” during which the carrier itself tests the latest build of the operating system. Finally, the final stage is “Completed” and is when the update starts to rollout to users.

You can view T-Mobile’s Software Updates page here and track the progress of an update to your device. Below are the 17 devices on T-Mobile that will receive Android 6.0 Marshmallow:

  • HTC
    • One M8
    • One M9
  • LG
    • G3
    • G4
    • G Stylo
  • Nexus devices
    • Nexus 5
    • Nexus 6
    • Nexus 7
    • Nexus 9
  • Samsung
    • Galaxy Note 4
    • Galaxy Note 5
    • Galaxy Note Edge
    • Galaxy S5
    • Galaxy S6
    • Galaxy S6 edge
    • Galaxy S6 edge+
    • Galaxy Tab S2

‘Pokémon Duel’ strategy board game launches for Android devices

The Pokémon Company is today releasing its latest offering for mobile devices with Pokémon Duel, a strategy board game that lets you grow a team of six Pokemon characters and fight against others. The game was previously available in Japan but today is launching in the US and elsewhere internationally. 
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Strategy Analytics: Huawei was the most profitable Android manufacturer during Q3

A new report from Strategy Analytics today sheds some light into the smartphone industry for the third quarter of 2016. The report shows that the mobile industry as a whole brought in .4 billion in profits, while Apple accounted for a monstrous 91 percent of that number. In second place, however, was Huawei…

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IDC and Strategy Analytics show that Apple and Samsung were in a dead heat for Q4 2014

Both IDC (above) and Strategy Analytics (below) produced their smartphone maketshare numbers for Q4 and both show Apple and Samsung in a neck and neck race for total Smartphone sales for the holiday quarter. Notably Samsung’s numbers are down 11% while Apple’s are up 46% in year over year. Android folks shouldn’t be too alarmed however because the smaller Android makers are more than making up for Samsung’s demise with Lenovo/Motorola up 78%, Huawei up 42% and Xiaomi up a whopping 178%. Even the ‘others’ which include a rising LG were up 30% year over year. more…

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