Mobile Nations Weekly: The Week of Windows
This time of year it seems like everybody in the tech industry is taking turns claiming all of the news coverage for a week, and this week was all about Windows 10. Microsoft dominated the news cycle with the announcement of a pair of new Windows Phones, the Surface Pro 4 tablet, and the surprise 2-in-1 Surface Book.
If the Windowstravaganza wasn't your thing, this week also saw the release of Android 6.0 Marshmallow to Android Nexus device, BlackBerry's CEO talked about the Android-powered Priv and the future of his company, and iMore reviewed the new iPhone 6s and the bigger iPhone 6s Plus.
And so much more, so let's get right into it!
iMore — Getting to know the new iPhones
The iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus are rolling out in even more countries this week, Apple Watch Hermes just hit select stores, and we're still waiting on the new Apple TV and iPad Pro. But there's no quiet between these storms...
- iPhone 6s review and iPhone 6s Plus review
- Apple Watch Hermès double tour unboxing and hands-on!
- Philips Hue for HomeKit review
- Apple comments on Samsung vs. TSMC #chipgate
Android Central — Marshmallow Central
Android 6.0 Marshmallow is here! Well, it's here if you have a Nexus phone or tablet or player. As for everyone else? Well, time to wait on your favorite manufacturer and/or carrier to get it pushed out. Have fun with that.
- OTA links for Android 6.0 on Nexus
- Why you might want the Note 5 instead of a Nexus 6P
- Second opinion on the Moto X Pure Edition
CrackBerry — PrivBerry
I know. I know. Some folks are likely starting to grow weary about hearing about the Priv by BlackBerry by now but honestly, that's a good thing. Why you ask? Well, because that means we're getting closer and closer to release each day. Tends to happen that way, the linear progression of time and all. We talk so much about a device until people start to get tired of hearing about it and then pow! Rock and roll time.
- John Chen discusses Priv, the future of BlackBerry 10 and more at Code/Mobile
- Poll results: 44.43 percent say they are planning on buying the new Priv by BlackBerry
- New Priv by BlackBerry photos show off BlackBerry Safeguard and confirm 4K video
Windows Central — Lumias and Surfaces and Dells, oh my!
In case you missed it, Microsoft unveiled a small army of new Windows 10 devices this week in what is arguably one of the most exciting press events this year. Just as we predicted there were two new Surface devices unveiled (Surface Book, Surface Pro 4), two new Lumia smartphones (Lumia 950, Lumia 950 XL), and the updated Band 2. Lost in the mix was also the announcement of HoloLens Dev Kits being available early next year.
Besides all of Microsoft's new their partner Dell continues to push their Sharp-powered InfinityEdge displays with an XPS 13 refresh to Skylake and the new Dell XPS 15. The XPS 15 is fascinating because it has the footprint of a 14-inch laptop but with a 15-inch UHD 4K touch display. Needless to say, these new Windows 10 devices are very high-end and look great.
Finally, we got our first look at Cortana on the new Xbox One experience
- Everything Microsoft announced in 5 minutes
- Everything we've learned about the Surface Book so far
- Everything we know about the Surface Pro 4
- A closer look at the Lumia 950 XL camera
- PC or Mac? Microsoft Surface Book versus 13-inch MacBook Pro
- Everything we know about the Microsoft Band 2
Kicked — Robot laser golf
Kim and Dan discover a laser razor, rain in a box, and robot building blocks. Plus you'll see a golf analysis sensor device along with some snazzy LED lights for your vehicle. All of this plus a debate on the size of Kim's purse — this is Kicked TV!
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Connectedly — The Windows Connection
This week on Connectedly we saw the launch of new stuff, dominating by things running Windows. With Microsoft holding its Windows 10 event, we got to see updates to the Lumia 950, Lumia 950 XL, Microsoft Band 2, the Surface Pro 4, and a whole new product from Microsoft in the new Surface Book laptop — is it a MacBook killer? Dell announced updates to its XPS line of laptops including a 2-in-1 XPS 12 that gives Windows users another great hybrid option. We also showed you how to make it through the day with your cellphone battery. In honor of Instagram's 5th Birthday, we looked at its 10 most-followed accounts, plus so much more on the site that keeps you connected.
- Will the Beats Pill+ Bluetooth Speaker blow away the competition
- This fridge will notify you when you're running low on beer
- This 53-megapixel camera might be the best point and shoot ever
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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.