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Ramos’ comeback begins with the MOS1 smartphone

It's been a while since we've last heard from Ramos. A relatively unfamiliar brand, the Chinese manufacturer has specialized in making budget Android tablets with a bit of distinction. Back in 2014, it put out not one, not even two, but four tablets. Not that they were entirely spectacular, but Intel-powered Android tablets back then were still a rare sight. Now Ramos is back and it's back with a vengeance. Sort of. The Ramos MOS1 now has the distinction of being the manufacturer's first, but not last, smartphone.

Android Community Weekly Digest: Jul. 5, 2015

This week puts China once again in the mobile spotlight. Startup OnePlus continues to tease its upcoming OnePlus 2 smartphone and the hype is of course being helped by a few leaks here and there. Both Meizu and Huawei release their latest high end wares. Xiaomi, on the other hand, might have just disappointed eager US fans, though it did came close with its Brazilian launch. Welcome to this week's edition of Android Community's Weekly Digest, covering the period from June 29 to July 5, 2015.

Android top in the US but not Europe; Galaxy S6 sales boost Samsung

We've been wondering if the good reviews of Samsung's new flagship, the Galaxy S6 will translate to sales to help boost the previous smartphone champs. The number (at least from Kantar) are in, and it looks like they have indeed helped the OEM regain top spot in the US, becoming the third best-selling smartphone in the country, just after the iPhone 6 and Samsung's previous flagship, the Galaxy S5. Android has also continued to regain the top spot in the US when it comes to sales, but in Europe's big five, it's still a no go.

Moto Maker now available in China

Almost a year after Motorola launched the Moto Maker in Germany, the company has finally made available the web customization service in China. This is the second country outside of the United States to allow consumers to personalize their own Moto X online . This means more people, probably millions of them Chinese, can have smartphones that are unique, attractive, and one-of-a-kind from Motorola.

Chinese mobile market reportedly slowing down as per new IDC report

For the first time in six years, the supposedly emerging mobile market in China is showing signs of slowing down as the year over year figures show it has contracted 4% in the first quarter of 2015,, according to a the Mobile Phone Tracker report from the IDC. Of course it isn't time yet to panic, especially for those who have invested in this market, but it just goes to show that they are nearing saturation point, and so the focus has to somehow change.

Qualcomm to help market Chinese smartphones globally

Because of the changes in the relationship of Samsung and Qualcomm, the latter is determined to make it bigger in the industry by helping to market other smartphones especially those made in China. As you all know, Samsung has ditched the overheating Snapdragon 810 by the chip maker and didn't use it on the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge. The South Korean tech giant used its own Exynos chip instead and the result was a super fast performance and a big loss for Qualcomm.

Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 spotted at TENAA

The Samsung Galaxy Tab A was quietly launched in Russia last month and soon, another 9.7-inch version was announced in Germany which will be available this coming May. The German Galaxy Tab A will be out in two variants: WiFi and LTE. True enough, the Chinese version of the Tab A was also spotted in two forms. Tablet was recently approved by TENAA, the Chinese FCC, which means the device will be out in the Chinese market very soon. However, China isn't getting a 9.7-incher but rather the 8-inch version according to the certification sighted.

HTC One M9+ pairs a 2K display with a MediaTek chip

HTC has indeed finally revealed the One M9+, the symbol, not the word, and so far all of the leaks and tips have been pretty much spot on, leaving nothing to the imagination. Perhaps except for one rather surprising item. The One M9+ would have almost trumped the One M9 in almost all aspects save one. The processor. Perhaps to keep costs down after plugging in higher end components, HTC has chosen to go with MediaTek here instead of the Qualcomm that runs the One M9 flagship.

Motorola out to stake claim in China’s mobile market with Moto X

China continues to be a market that all OEMs aim to conquer, being the most populous nation in the world and a rising middle class that is eager to spend on gadgets and mobile devices. Motorola, which was purchased by Chinese OEM Lenovo from Google, announced that their flagship Moto X will be available for pre-order in China starting last week, and already there are one million people who signed up to get their hands on the smartphone.

Meizu unveils Meilan m1, new m1 Note variant, LifeKit platform

Meizu made quite a splash yesterday when it unveiled not one but three new products. Well, two and a half to be precise, as one is just a different variant. That variant is the new Meilan m1 Note for China Telecom, this time bearing a Snapdragon 615 instead of a MediaTek. Completely new, however, is its smaller sibling, the Meilan m1, with a 5-inch screen instead of the larger 5.5. And last but not the least, Meizu is expanding into your homes with a new LifeKit platform for smart appliances.
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