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BlackBerry published its latest quarterly financial report on friday 25th September, delivering some less-than-rosy results for the three months up to August 29. But BlackBerry also confirmed recent rumors that it's working on an Android flagship phone, and despite how the company has fared in the second quarter of its 2016 fiscal year (Q2 FY16), it says it hopes to achieve 'sustainable' profitability in the coming months.
BlackBerry booked a slightly larger loss than some had expected - around 13 cents per share on revenue of $490m, compared with the 9c/share loss on $600m revenue that some analysts had anticipated.
While revenues in its software division grew by almost 20%, those from its hardware sales more than halved to $201m, after only 800,000 BlackBerry smartphones were purchased by consumers and businesses last quarter. To put that figure into context, Microsoft sold 8.4 million of its Lumia handsets in its last reported quarter.
With devices running its own BlackBerry 10 (BB10) operating system failing to attract buyers, a change of strategy is clearly in order. The company has previously said that it has no plans to abandon its hardware business - and if the devices aren't going anywhere, it's the software that must change. Rumors in recent months have pointed to BlackBerry developing an Android phone - and today, it confirmed that that handset is real, including its reported name.
As part of its Q2 FY2016 report, the company said that it intends to "launch a flagship handheld device that will run on the Android operating system with BlackBerry security". BlackBerry isn't approaching the platform completely blind; in addition to supporting Android apps on BB10, in recent months, it has also been working closely with companies such as Google, Samsung and IBM to beef up security on the Android OS.
Source: Neowin

ASUS Zenfone Zoom SmartphoneThe groundbreaking ZenFone Zoom is the world’s thinnest smartphone to feature a 13MP camera with a 3X optical zoom. ZenFone Zoom’s rear camera features a precision-engineered 10-element lens with up to a 12X zoom for even finer close-up detail.

ZenFone Zoom also has an optical image stabilizer (OIS) for shake-free photos and professional Panasonic SmartSFI® sensor for optimized image, combined with a revolutionary lightning-fast laser auto-focus for incredibly-sharp images every time.

Sony Xperia Z5

Sony has unveiled it’s 2015 smartphone dubbed Xperia Z5 that comes in three handset sizes with much advanced improved camera functions. The phone comes with world’s first 4K ultra high-definition display to showcase its motion picture technology.

The handset sizes have a 23-megapixel Sony image sensor and faster shutter speed, as well as beefed-up capability to take pictures in dark settings.

The largest model, Xperia Z5 Premium, is equipped with a 5.5-inch 4K display, the first adoption of the ultra high-definition screen for smartphones. Previous Sony phones were capable of recording 4K videos, but the handset wasn’t able to playback the clips with the picture quality. Previous Xperia Z series handsets had 2K-or-lower displays.

Google brings Andriod One to Africa

Google is ramping up its Android One affordable smartphone program with a push into Africa. The first Android One smartphone for the region is being made by OEM Infinix, and is launching in Nigeria, Egypt, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Kenya and Morocco today.

The handset runs Android 5.1 (Lollipop) at launch, but Google says it will be getting the new Android Marshmallow flavor once that’s released. Users of the handset will also get free updates via local mobile service provider MTN — as Google works to simplify (and squeeze) regional data plans to make the device more attractive to its target.

What you should expect in Samsung Galaxy Note5The Galaxy Note series has expanded and improved with each new model; now, the Galaxy Note5, the latest addition to the series, is also the most carefully and beautifully designed.

A Sleek Facelift and perfectly portable:
Samsung has given the new Note model a facelift, incorporating a harmonious blend of metal and glass into its premium design.
The screen size has been maintained to 5.7 inches but made more slimmer with a narrower bezel and curved back to provide a more comfortable grip so the device can be easily operated with one hand when on the go.

Faster charging system:
The Note5 also boasts faster charging than ever. It can fully charge in just 90 minutes through a connected charger, or 120 minutes with wireless charging through Samsung’s latest wireless charger.