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HTC Makes The Extremely Leaky One X9 Official In China

HTC doesn't have to worry about the One X9 leaking anymore, because now it's official. It has a lot in common with the One A9, but the unibody metal design veers slightly away from the iPhone clone vibe of that device. The phone was announced in China yesterday, and that's where it's going to stay for the time being.

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Samsung Adds 6-Inch Galaxy A9 To The 2016 Galaxy A Series

Samsung announced new versions of its semi-budget A series phones earlier this month, and now it's dropping one more model into the mix. The Galaxy A9 will be the most premium of the lot with a 6-inch 1080p AMOLED and a 4000mAh battery.

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[Update: Video Too] HTC's Unreleased X9 Leaks Again, This Time In Full Glory With Photos From All Angles

Last month, HTC's unreleased X9 got caught parading on China's TENAA website while getting certified for the market. At the time, we had a few simple photos and a list of specs to conjure an idea of what the device would be like. The X9 is now making another appearance on Chinese website anzhuo, but this time in full, turned on, ports opened, different positions (ehm) glory.

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Samsung Announces The 2016 Galaxy A Series, Coming First To China Later This Month

Samsung has updated the mid-range Galaxy A series with three new models set to debut later this month. The Galaxy A7, A5, and A3 (seen in that order above, not to scale) will come to China first, but they'll expand globally later. These are positioned as cheaper alternatives to the Galaxy S series, but they do have some solid features and Samsung's now-standard metal/glass construction.

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Huawei Unveils Its New Flagship, The Mate 8

You probably wouldn't guess it if you live in the United States or Europe, but Huawei is actually a pretty big brand in Asia. In China, the national manufacturer controlled 15.7 percent of the smartphone market share in Q2 2015 — more than either Apple or Samsung and just shy of Xiaomi's 15.9 percent. This alone accounts for a significant part of why it's the third largest smartphone vendor in the world, with that only set to improve as Huawei expands into more countries across Europe and the Americas.

The newly announced Mate 8 is the flagship Huawei hopes will lead that expansion, and is the successor to last year's Ascend Mate 7, on which Google based the Nexus 6P.

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Reuters: Google To Launch A Version Of The Play Store In China Next Year

Google famously pulled out of China in 2010 rather than continue censoring its search results as required by the Chinese government. However, Android has since come to dominate the Chinese market, and this has led the company to reconsider its position. According to a report by Reuters, Google plans to launch a China-specific version of the Play Store in 2016.

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China's TENAA Shows Off Photos And Specs Of The Unreleased HTC One X9

The TENAA is China's state telecommunications certification authority (Telecommunication Equipment Certification Center is the English translation), roughly analogous to the FCC in the US or Anatel in Brazil. And like those organizations, the TENAA posts certifications and test results on its website, periodically allowing nosy jerks like yours truly an unauthorized preview of upcoming gadgets. Today's special is the HTC One X9, a new phone from the Taiwanese manufacturer, which has some very clear photos and a short list of specs on the organization's consumer website portal.

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Android Wear v1.4 Makes Some Minor Changes To The Settings Screen, Prepares For New Wear OS Update [APK Teardown + Download]

Version 1.4 of the Android Wear app started rolling out late Friday. The theme of this update, at least for what's currently live, is a set of changes to the Settings screen. There are a couple of new options, but they come at the expense of the battery stats screen. A look under the hood also shows that a few other features are either live or in the works for the next Wear OS update.

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Report: Google Prepares To Return To Mainland China With A Stripped Down Google Play

Google famously pulled out of China in 2010 following a data breach that it traced back to the Chinese government. It was the final straw as Google had already been irked by China's strict censorship laws. The explosion of cheap Android handsets in China changes the equation, though. Now The Information reports that Google is set to come back to China with a special version of the Play Store and other Google services that will play nice with the Chinese government.

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Lenovo-Backed ZUK Announces The China-Only Z1 With USB 3.0 Type-C And 4100mAh Battery

Lenovo already has cell phone legend Motorola under its umbrella, but the company has also started a new Chinese brand called ZUK. This firm is intended to compete with the budget offerings of Xiaomi, Huawei, and others. Its first phone looks like a good start too. The Z1 has a massive battery and a USB 3.0 Type-C port.

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