Smartphones

More Mobile Security With GranitePhone

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GranitePhoneFrench mobile device maker Archos teams up with security specialist Sikur with the GranitePhone-- a device similar to the likes of the Blackphone and Turing Phone in being a more secure smartphone.

The handset runs on GraniteOS, an Android variant the makers claim encrypts all communications going through the device, including calls, messages, contacts and any cloud-based storage. Customers can access all encrypted data via Sikur apps.

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BlackBerrry Presents Priv Android Phone

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Customers missing the hardware keyboard from BlackBerry smartphones but want to keep Android as an OS are in luck-- the company presents the Priv, the first Android-powered BlackBerry handset.

BlackBerry PrivRevealed as part of the BlackBerry fiscal Q2 results report, CEO John Chen says the Priv "combines the best of BlackBerry security and productivity with the expansive mobile application ecosystem available on the Android platform."

Further details on the "flagship slider device" will only be available in the coming weeks, but rumours suggest it features a Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge-style curved display, 18MP camera and, of course, a QWERTY keyboard.

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iPhone 6s, 6s Plus Sales Reach Record

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Apple boasts a new record for first weekend iPhone sales, as iPhone 6s and 6s sales total 13 million just 3 days after launch, breaking the iPhone 6/6 Plus record of 10m units sold.

iPhone 6s launch“Sales for iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus have been phenomenal, blowing past any previous first weekend sales results in Apple’s history,” Apple CEO Tim Coo says. “Customers’ feedback is incredible and they are loving 3D Touch and Live Photos, and we can’t wait to bring iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus to customers in even more countries on October 9.”

The 2015 iPhone rollout has one advantage over 2014-- China is an initial launch country, together with Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, Singapore, the UK and the US.

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Sony Claims First 4K Smartphone at IFA

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IFA 2015 sees Sony launch the flagship Xperia Z5 family-- the 4K display-equipped Z5 Premium, the Z5 and the Z5 Compact, all featuring the latest Sony cameras and a fingerprint sensor integrated in the power button.

Xperia Z5The Z5 Premium is arguably the most intersting of the three, thanks to the 5.5-inch 3840x2160 resolution display. The resolutions on the other models don't go so high, as the Z5 has a 5.2-inch 1080p display while the Z5 Compact has a 4.6-inch 720p screen.

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Ex-Apple CEO Presents Obi Worldphone

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Obi Worldphone, the latest venture of ex-Apple CEO (and Misfit co-founder) John Sculley, presents a pair of mid-tier Android smartphones aimed at younger customers in emerging MEA markets, the SF1 and SJ1.5.

Obi WorldphonesThe SF1 and SJ1.5 are not the first Obi Worldphone handsets-- 2014 saw the company release 5 smartphones made with off-the-shelf parts in the UAE. The SF1 and SJ1.5 differ by being Obi-designed , if in collaboration with Ammunition, the San Francisco design firm behind the the first Beats headphones.

As such, the two handset have look reminiscent of the OnePlus handsets, with slightly raised "extruded" displays supposedly offering a bit of protection from drops. Both devices have 5-inch displays and components from the likes of Qualcomm, MediaTek, Sony, Corning and Dolby.

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