Mobile Nations Weekly: iPhone 6s arrives in hands, Android arrives on BlackBerry
The week was quiet until it wasn't.
Normally, when there's a scheduled Apple-related event, be it a press announcement or a product release, the rest of the tech world lays low, avoiding their exciting news from getting buried under the breathless coverage of a fawning press. And initially it seemed like it would be that way with this week's release of the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. Google had their Nexus event scheduled for the week after, and Microsoft planned to unveil their wares a week after that.
But there's one thing that was scheduled way in advance and couldn't be changed, lest they draw the wrath of the SEC: BlackBerry's quarterly earnings call. Normally they're pretty staid affairs, laden with numbers and optimistic talk of future earnings potential (that's true of just about every company's earnings calls). But with all the leaking evidence mounting, BlackBerry felt they had no choice and went ahead and announced the Android-powered Priv by BlackBerry — the portrait slider device with a physical keyboard of many fan's long-forgotten dreams, no less.
Who would've thought that it would be BlackBerry that'd cut through all the noise on iPhone launch day?
Windows Central — On the horizon
Overall it was a relatively slow week for Microsoft. However, this is just the expected calm before the storm for October 6 in New York for their big press event. Here is what we expect Microsoft to reveal on that day.
Unfortunately (for Microsoft), the leaks keep happening for that show day. Over the weekend, the first legitimate images of the new Microsoft Band 2 found its way to the web. On board are a new, curved display and a big improvement in aesthetics. The Band 2 is expected to go on sale in early November.
A few internal Microsoft slides revealed the upcoming Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL flagship Windows Phones in all their glory. Although the information just confirmed what we already knew, it is still exciting to read about its iris scanner and QHD display. Both phones should be available sometime in November.
- Dell's new XPS 15 may launch in October with 4K display, NVIDIA GTX 960M graphics
- Satechi's Bluetooth Cortana Button can now be yours for $23
- Windows 10 Mobile now on nearly 5 percent of all Windows Phones
- Brilli Wallpaper Changer is the Universal Windows 10 app you have been waiting for
Android Central — Pure, BlackBerry, and Pay
We're gearing up for the launch of some new Nexus devices as well as Android 6.0 Marshmallow, but there's plenty of current fodder to be had as well. We've been knee deep in reviews, Android Pay vs. Samsung Pay, and we've got an Android-powered BlackBerry on the way. To wit:
- The difference between Samsung Pay and Android Pay
- Moto X Pure Edition review
- BlackBerry Priv (with Android) coming by 2016
CrackBerry — Priv for privacy, for Privilege, for Android
Heading into this week, we knew it would be an interesting one with BlackBerry set to announce their Q2 2016 earnings results but I don't think anyone accounted for what would happen in between the start of the week and the end of the week. Earnings report, the all-new Priv by BlackBerry slider getting announced and more is what we ended up with. A bit of a rollercoaster ride.
- BlackBerry announces Q2 Fiscal 2016 results
- BlackBerry officially announces plans to launch the Android-powered Priv
- All the latest Priv by BlackBerry news
- BlackBerry OS 10.3.3 scheduled to be released in March 2016
iMore — It's iPhone 6s time!
The iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus are here! Apple launched this year's flagship phones as only Apple can, with pomp and circumstance from London to New York and around the world. Check out our ongoing coverage and if you need iPhone 6s help then jump on in!
- iPhone 6s video review
- How to get started with iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus
- How to easily switch from Android to iPhone 6s
- iPad mini 4 review
- watchOS 2 review
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Derek Kessler is Special Projects Manager for Mobile Nations. He's been writing about tech since 2009, has far more phones than is considered humane, still carries a torch for Palm, and got a Tesla because it was the biggest gadget he could find. You can follow him on Twitter at @derekakessler.
And what a great decision it was, seeing how their sales are still dropping.
In 2014 I bought the iPhone 5, The iPhone 5 last me until 2015, then I thought it was time to go back again with the Nokia 930!!
Great camera outstading phone!! but the windows 8.1 is not ready yet to face the ios and the android.
So I sell the Nokia 930 and I bought a galaxy s6 Maybe the windows 10 it will be an awesome OS but until then am gonna use android. PS I love WP!! Posted via the Windows Central App for Android