Most interesting news stories of 2015: Q4

Getting closer to the present, Q4 2015 was focused mostly on the upcoming Galaxy S7. Display sizes and shapes, dimensions and specs – most of these remain to be established for certain, though obviously they have long been settled upon by Samsung.

That said, the top read over the last quarter was the list of confirmed smartphones to receive Marshmallow. As with any Android release, the adoption of the latest version is a lengthy process and few devices will be graced with the coveted firmware, you were curious to know which ones.

Xiaomi was again responsible for some of the most interesting stories, this time with the announcement of the Redmi Note 3, mere months after the Redmi Note 2, and the Redmi Note Prime gathered almost as many hits. Sure enough, the Nokia C1 popped up again and again, now rendered running Windows 10, and if that one’s too smart for you, there’s always the 2.8-inch feature phone Nokia 230.

Soda companies will have smartphones in their portfolios, apparently, if the Pepsi Phone P1 is indication of new trend. Meanwhile Sony is reported to be working on as many versions of the future Xperia Z6 as there are days in a week.

A fair share of announcements took place over the last three months of the year too. Microsoft’s long overdue flagship came in the shape of the Lumia 950 and 950 XL, the former making it to the top 20 most interesting news articles of the quarter. The HTC-copied-Apple-copied-HTC clamor was strong around the launch of HTC One A9, and Samsung made a complete overhaul of the A-series with brand new odd-numbered A’s for 2016.

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The big Android 6.0 Marshmallow update list
Here’s a list of devices that have been confirmed to get updated to the new major Android version.

EXCLUSIVE: Samsung Galaxy S7, S7 Plus sizes and renders leak
It looks like the next Samsung flagship will have a huge 6.0″ version, in addition to the standard 5.1″ one.

Xiaomi launches Redmi Note Prime with 5.5-inch display, 3100mAh battery
This is the Chinese company’s second made-in-India handset after the Redmi 2 Prime.

Galaxy On5 shows up on Samsung’s site, a 5” entry-level phone
It seems like someone jumped the gun and the On5 is not officially official. A user manual for the Galaxy On7 was uploaded too, but no specs.

New render claims to depict upcoming Nokia C1 running Android and Windows 10 Mobile
The much-rumored device is supposed to be Nokia’s first after having sold its smartphone business to Microsoft.

Sony Xperia Z6 family to have five sub-models, a 4-inch Mini among them
The regular 5.2-inch diagonal to remain, a revival of the Ultra is also reported.

Nokia C1 leaks again with alleged specs and a new render
Sources hint at the possibility of a revamped better specs sheet for the handset.

Pepsi Phone P1 – an affordable, metal phone with a fingerprint reader
The soda-branded smartphone has a 5.5″ 1080p screen, octa-core processor and dual-SIM LTE connectivity.

LeTV Le 1s is official with a MediaTek Helio X10 chipset
The phone launches on November 3 in China and India with a pricetag of $173.

iPhone 7 might come with 3GB of RAM and waterproofing
A new rumor claims these will be the two main new features for the next generation of Apple smartphones.

Galaxy S7 chipset gets crazy high benchmark score
The Exynos 8890 scored a new record in leaked benchmark from…

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