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Leaked document reveals Marshmallow update rollout schedule for Samsung devices

If you own a Samsung device, you must be wondering when the Korean tech giant will roll out the Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) update for your smartphone or tablet? If a leaked document is to be believed, we may know when the update will be available for your device. It also reveals which devices will not be getting the update.

Marshmallow rolling out to…

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The document shown above was sent to PhoneArena by a tipster. The schedule reveals that the first device to get the Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) update is the Samsung Galaxy Note 5. Its status is listed as “uploading,” and is estimated to arrive in December of 2015. In January of 2016, three more devices are scheduled to receive the Marshmallow update, as the update is listed under the “testing” stage. These devices include the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus, the Samsung Galaxy S6, and the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge. In February of 2016, two devices will be getting the Marshmallow update. These include the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge, with the updates listed as “approved.” In March of 2016, only one the Samsung Galaxy A8 is expected to get Marshmallow treatment. In April of 2016, a smartphone and a tablet will be updated to the latest version of Android. These are the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5.

The following devices are still waiting for their Marshmallow update to get approval, which means it is yet to be determined when Marshmallow will be available for them, but are sure to get the update. Smartphones include the Samsung Galaxy Alpha, the Samsung Galaxy A5, the Samsung Galaxy A3, the Samsung Galaxy E7, the Samsung Galaxy E5, the Samsung Galaxy J7, the Samsung Galaxy J5, and the Samsung Galaxy J2. Tablets include the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4, the Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7, and the Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.

Sadly, the document also lets us know which devices will never run the latest version of Android. These include the Samsung Galaxy J1, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, and the Samsung Galaxy S4.

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BlackBerry pushes back Priv shipping to November 30

Have you pre-ordered the BlackBerry Priv? If you have, you may be wondering why the device hasn’t arrived on your doorstep, since it was initially listed to ship on the 9th of November. Apparently, the high demand for the high-end Android-powered slider has forced the Canadian phone maker to push back the device’s shipping date to the 30th of November.

Will ship starting on the 30th of November

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BlackBerry UK now says that the buyers who pre-ordered the Priv will start getting their hands on the device starting on the 30th of November. The Priv was said to be the last device BlackBerry makes if it turns out to be a flop. We’re guessing, since the demand for the device turned out to be high, BlackBerry will continue to manufacture devices.

To recap, the BlackBerry Priv rocks a 5.4-inch screen with a resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels (Quad HD). This works out to a pixel density of 540 ppi. Just like BlackBerry devices of old, a physical QWERTY keyboard slides out. A virtual keyboard is also available. A Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 64-bit hexa-core processor (two cores clocked at 1.8 GHz, four cores clocked at 1.44 GHz, and an Adreno 418 GPU to handle graphics), coupled with 3 GB of RAM is found under the hood. The Priv features 32 GB of internal storage. It also comes with a microSD card slot for additional storage options. Its camera combo consists of an 18-megapixel Schneider-Kreuznach rear-facing camera with optical image stabilisation that can record 4K videos and a 2-megapixel front-facing for snapping selfies and video chat. Keeping the lights on is a colossal 3,410 mAh battery that offers 22.5 hours of battery life (mixed use).

The BlackBerry Priv comes with a new security feature called DTEK. DTEK is an early warning system that alerts you if your privacy has been compromised. Not only does the system monitor your smartphone, it also alerts you when you are at risk. Lastly, it offers suggestions on how to make your smartphone more secure.

Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) is now being pushed out by Google. This said, when will the Priv get the update? According to BlackBerry execs, the update will be rolled out to the smartphone “sometime in the new year,” but failed to mention the exact date.

The BlackBerry Priv (SIM free) is available from BlackBerry UK for £559.00 (VAT included).

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Official BlackBerry Priv promotional video goes live – reveals features

The BlackBerry Priv’s first TV ad recently was released, letting us know that our lives are found in our smartphones, which means we should choose devices that are more secure. Now the device’s promotional video has just went live, revealing its features.

Promotional video

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Here’s the promotional video:

At the very start of the 30-second video, BlackBerry reaffirms that the BlackBerry Priv comes with features exclusive to BlackBerry devices like Blackberry Hub. This feature allows users to find all of their messages, email, social media interactions, and so much more all in one place.

The Blackberry Priv features a 5.4-inch screen with a resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels (Quad HD). This works out to a pixel density of 540 ppi, which is the best screen found on a Blackberry smartphone so far. Although it features a rather large screen, this doesn’t mean that you can only make use of the device’s virtual keyboard. It also comes with a physical QWERTY keyboard that slides out of the frame.

According to the video, the BlackBerry Priv comes with a “colossal” 3,410 mAh battery, which can offer 22.5 hours of battery life of mixed use.

The video also lets us know that the BlackBerry Priv features an 18-megapixel Schneider-Kreuznach rear-facing camera with optical image stabilisation. This camera can record 4K videos.

The last feature revealed by the video is DTEK – an early warning system that lets you know if your privacy has been compromised. DTEK monitor your smartphone and alerts you when you are at risk. It also gives you suggestions on how to make your smartphone more secure.

Here are the features and specs not mentioned in the video: a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 64-bit hexa-core processor (two cores clocked at 1.8 GHz, four cores clocked at 1.44 GHz, and an Adreno 418 GPU to handle graphics) under the hood, coupled with 3 GB of RAM, 32 GB of memory, microSD support (as much as 2 TB). It runs Android 5.1.1 (Lollipop) out of the box.

The BlackBerry Priv (SIM free) is available from BlackBerry UK for £559.00 (VAT included). It will start shipping out to peolple who pre-ordered the smartphone on the 9th of November.

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HTC One A9 to run Marshmallow and set you back £477?

HTC will be hosting a press event on the 20th of October where it is expected to lift the lid on the HTC One A9. We’ve learned from past reports about what the device has to offer, which is mid-range specs. Now, the device has passed through a benchmark site for testing, revealing that it will run the latest version of Android – Android 6.0 (Marshmallow).

Marshmallow out of the box

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The screenshot above shows the HTC One A9 listed on the GFXBench benchmark database, which was spotted by German-speaking WinFuture.de. It confirms what we’ve learned from past leaks. These include a 5-inch screen with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels (Full HD) and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 64-bit octa-core 1.5 GHz processor and an Adreno 405 GPU to handle graphics, coupled with 2 GB of RAM under the hood. The benchmark also confirms a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera (with OIS according to past reports) and the infamous 4-megapixel Ultrpixel camera to take care of snapping selfies and video chat. Lastly, it reveals that the device will feature 16 GB of on board storage, with 11 GB available for users. We’ve learned from past reports that there could be a version that offers 32 GB of internal storage. As you can see, these are mid-range specs and not high-end hardware.

According to a past teaser from HTC, the device to make its official debut on the 20th of October will run the latest version of Android. The benchmark reveals that the HTC One A9 will run Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) out of the box, that’s if the benchmark is genuine.

Pricing leaked

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@OnLeaks, a Twitter account known for leaking information on devices before they make their official debut, has leaked what appears to be press renders of the HTC One A9. The tweet also leaks a screenshot of an Orange France listing, revealing the device’s price tag. It reveals that the device will set buyers back the equivalent of £447, which isn’t exactly a mid-range price. If genuine, we’re not exactly sure how the One A9 can get the ailing Taiwanese phone maker back in the green.

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HTC to unveil One A9 on October 20 – to run Marshmallow out of the box?

HTC recently lifted the lid on two new smartphones – the Taiwanese- and Japanese-exclusive HTC Butterfly 3 and an upgraded version of the HTC One M9 Plus, the HTC One M9 Plus Aurora Edition. The two were unveiled on the 29th of September, which was expected to be the day the rumoured One A9 would make its official debut, but was MIA at the event. HTC has now sent invitations for an event on the 20th of October (you can watch the event here: www.htc.com/launch), which is believed to be the day we see the One A9 in the flesh.

Marshmallow-powered HTC One A9

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The invite HTC sent reads, “Meet the new Marshmallow from HTC on 10/20.” So it’s a dead cert that the upcoming device will run Android 6.0 (Marshmallow).

Although the invite doesn’t reveal what device will be unveiled at the event, we’re expecting that the device will be the HTC One A9, since it has been the subject of recent leaks. Additionally, there’s no other HTC-made device rumoured to make its official debut this year.

Past leaked have revealed that the HTC One A9 will sport a 5-inch AMOLED screen with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels (Full HD). This means that the screen will have a pixel density of 441 ppi. A fingerprint scanner that doubles as a home button is said to be on board. Its camera combo consists of a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera with OIS and the infamous 4-megapixel Ultrapixel front-facing camera for snapping selfies and video chat. It is said to come with 16 GB of internal storage and a microSD card slot for additional storage options. It is also expected to sport a  Under the hood is expected to be the Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 octa-core processor with an Adreno 405 GPU, coupled with 2 GB  of RAM. To keep the lights on, it is said to feature a 2,150 mAh battery, and is said to be 7 mm-thick. It is expected to be available in six colour options, and is rumoured to be launched in November.

Initial reports claimed that the HTC One A9 would be a high-end device, but these leaked specs reveal that it is more a mid-range smartphone.

If you want to know more about HTC’s upcoming high-end devices, you’ll have to wait for the first quarter of 2016, as HTC is said to be planning to launch the rumoured HTC O2. That device is reportedly a 6-inch phablet with a Snapdragon 820 SoC under the hood.

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