Apple Tipped to Launch Red iPhone 7, 128GB iPhone SE, New iPad Pro Models in March

Apple is reportedly planning a launch event in March where the company is gearing up to unveil new iPad Pro models. Apart from the regular tablets, Apple could also reveal a brand new colour option for the iPhone 7 while the iPhone SE may get a storage bump. The new leak comes courtesy Japanese website Macotakara, which has had a good track record with Apple related leaks.

Apple Tipped to Launch Red iPhone 7, 128GB iPhone SE, New iPad Pro Models in March

The new report cites a Barclays analyst who says that Apple may unveil four iPad Pro models next month. The iPad Pro tablets are expected to be available in 9.7-inch and 12.9-inch display sizes, as rumoured in previously leaks. The analyst adds that Apple may announce a new 7.9-inch model, and claims that the 10.9-inch model will be ditched for a 10.5-inch. Corroborating an earlier report, the analyst adds that the new iPad Pro models will support Apple Pencil 2 which is also rumoured to debut at the same event.

Apart from new iPad Pro models, Apple’s alleged March event could also see the launch of an all-new Red colour option for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.

Notably, Macotakara back last year had claimed that Apple this year could debut a new Red colour for the iPhone 8 which may be treated as a Jet Black colour. However, it turns that Apple may introduce the new colour with the current iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus instead of the next iPhone models.

One of the big revelations made by Macotakara include a brand new 128GB iPhone SE model, which could mean a lot for emerging markets like India. There have been reports that Apple this year may start assembling its lower-priced iPhone SE models at a contract manufacturer’s plant in Bengaluru. With the brand new 128GB option, iPhone SE could get a new avatar for a certain markets.

“According to the information source, at the iPad Pro announcement event held in March, 2017, it seems that 128GB model would be possibly added to the models with the storage capacity variations, which are 16 GB, 64 GB, of iPhone SE,” wrote the analyst in a note.

Coolpad Note 3 Plus vs Lenovo K3 Note

Coolpad Note 3 Plus vs Lenovo K3 Note

The Coolpad Note 3 Plus was launched over the weekend by the company as a marginally upgraded version of the standard Coolpad Note 3. The only upgrade here is that the ‘Plus’ model comes with a Full HD (1920×1080) display while the standard variant sports a 720p (1280×720) display.

Key Features

Given the low price tag, the only key feature we can talk about here is the presence of powerful and crisp 1080p display panels. Both devices sport 5.5-inch displays with the said resolution, which means that there’s not much to separate the two in terms of display quality. The Coolpad Note 3 also has 3GB of RAM on board, while the K3 Note is settling for 2GB, which can be an area of advantage for those opting the Coolpad offering.

Design

This is an area where the Coolpad Note 3 Plus has a distinct advantage over the K3 Note. Thanks to the premium metal body used by Coolpad, the Lenovo offering seems to be lagging behind. That’s not to say that the K3 Note is a bad looking device, but just that Coolpad has paid more emphasis on the appearance of its handset.

Camera

Both phones come with 13MP rear cameras and 5MP front cameras, so there’s very little to tell the two apart. It would ultimately come down to the customizations made by Coolpad and Lenovo.

Processor

The Coolpad Note 3 Plus is packing the octa-core Mediatek 6753 processor, while the K3 Note is sporting the slightly lower specced MT6752 chipset by Mediatek. However, the octa-core processor on the K3 Note has a clock-speed of 1.7 GHz, while the Coolpad offering is running at 1.3 GHz.

Battery

Both devices come with a 3,000 mAh battery under the hood, which means you will get the same amount of backup for the most part. However, the battery life is dependent on the kind of software optimizations done by the manufacturers, so we can’t say for sure if both devices will offer identical battery backup.

Other Features

The Coolpad Note 3 Plus comes with a fingerprint scanner on the back, while the K3 Note doesn’t have it on board. This is what makes the Note 3 Plus a very attractive offering in the mobile industry, especially given the pricing. Both handsets come with 16GB of internal storage as well as a microSD card slot. However, the K3 Note can only take cards of up to 32GB, while the Note 3 Plus can expand its storage by 64GB.

Pricing and availability

The Lenovo K3 Note is freely available from Flipkart without any flash sales or pre-registrations. The handset is priced at Rs 9,999 and is available in a 16GB model.

The Coolpad Note 3 Plus will be available on the 12th of May via Amazon India for Rs 8,999, so you still have some waiting left to do if you’re interested in purchasing the device.

iPhone 7 release date, news and rumors

iPhone 7 release date, news and rumors

The iPhone 7 could be the same size and shape as the iPhone 6S and it’s still unclear whether it will have a Smart Connector or not.

Looking for the iPhone SE? Then you’ll want our everything you need to know article.

With the iPhone 6S Apple delivered its best handset yet, but aside from sporting some fancy new 3D Touch technology, it was also very similar to the iPhone 6.

That was to be expected – after all, Apple typically only overhauls its handsets once every two years, but that overhaul is due with the iPhone 7, so we’re expecting and hoping for big changes: think a whole new design, piles of power and a bunch of new features.

The leaks, rumors and reports are already ramping up, although the iPhone 7 probably won’t arrive until late 2016. We’ve collected all the latest from around the web and beyond for you below, to give you the clearest picture possible of what you can expect from the new iPhone.

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In a rush? Get the latest iPhone 7 news in our video roundup below:

Cut to the chase

  • What is it? Apple’s next all-new iPhone
  • When is it out? Likely September 2016
  • What will it cost? Probably the same as the iPhone 6S

iPhone 7 release date

If we were betting people we’d say the iPhone 7 will probably arrive in September 2016. Apple tends to stick to a schedule, and the last few iPhones have all been launched in the month of September.

But according to a ‘reliable source’ Apple might actually bring it to market earlier. Sadly, how much earlier is unclear, but it will take a while to even finish development and manufacture of the phone, so we wouldn’t expect to see it before the summer. September is still the best bet for now.

iPhone 7 design

Hottest leaks:

  • A super slim build
  • Water resistance
  • No more antenna lines

The iPhone 6S looked a lot like the iPhone 6, but it’s likely to be all-change with the iPhone 7. Exactly what form that change will take remains to be seen, but there are some rumors.

iPhone 6S

For one thing, it could be even slimmer than the 7.1mm-thick iPhone 6S; Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities reckons it’ll be dropping to between 6mm and 6.5mm thick. That sounds unnecessarily slim to us, especially as it could cause the battery life to take a hit, but theSamsung Galaxy S6 is only marginally thicker at 6.8mm, so it’s possible.

If TSMC makes the chips, as has been rumored, then some space could be saved, which might help Apple slim it down without making sacrifices in other areas, while another report claims Apple will use fan-out technology to save space and reduce the thickness of the iPhone 7.

Slimming down the iPhone 7 could mean Apple will have to ditch the bulky 3.5mm headphone jack. That could lead to a great dependence on Bluetooth headphones, but another leak also suggests there will also be a pair of special Apple earbuds included in the iPhone 7 box.

iPhone 7 headphone jack

Don’t ditch your headphones just yet though, as an image supposedly showing iPhone 7 circuitry has emerged and the 3.5mm jack is intact in it. Removing the jack could do more harm than good, especially in the short term, so we doubt it will happen.

Another rumor suggests the iPhone 7 will have an all-metal design with a bezel-less display. It would be a big change for the iPhone design, but bringing in a new kind of screen technology would be a sensible move for Apple.

iPhone 7

The iPhone 7 could be built to last too, as according to Mac Otakara there are a number of iPhone prototypes with “ruggedized” features, which could mean a water and dust-resistant phone is on the way.

In fact, that’s exactly what we’ll get according to a supply chain source. Yet another suggestion of a waterproof iPhone 7 comes from the Apple supplier Japan Display. The supplier has come up with a new technology called “Pixel Eyes”, that is now in its second generation and makes it easier to use the screen while you have wet fingers.

That’s always an issue with waterproof phones such as the Sony Xperia Z line, so the fact Apple’s main supplier is looking to stop the problem may be a big hint at what the iPhone 7 will do.

However another report has suggested Apple will opt for a slimmer phone rather than a waterproof iPhone 7. Apple will likely get a new LCD display technology as well, which could allow the iPhone 7 to be 1mm thinner than before.

A design tweak rumor which will likely please many is that Apple will ditch the camera bumpwhich has been present since the iPhone 6/6Plus – with the firm going for a sleeker finish on the iPhone 7. As well as being totally flat the back could also be uninterrupted, as the same report points towards the removal of the antenna bands.

That tallies with an image leak picked up by Nowhereelse.fr, which claims its snapshot shows the iPhone 7 to have no antenna bands and a larger camera.

iPhone 7 - LEAK

A few days after that, a leak of the iPhone 7 chassis design showed the new design for the antennas. So it increasingly seems Apple may sort out one of the more controversial elements of the design of the iPhone 6S.

iPhone 7

However, the overall size and shape of the iPhone 7 may not change much, as a sketch complete with dimensions shows it as being the same length and width as the iPhone 6S, as well as having similarly curved corners. That would be surprising for a new numbered model though and the sketch could easily be a fake.

iPhone 7 screen

Hottest leaks:

  • A sharper screen
  • An edge-to-edge display

The iPhone 7 could be in for a big resolution jump if a DigiTimes source is to be believed, as Apple is apparently likely to move to glass-on-glass screens, which in turn opens up the possibility of a QHD or even a 4K display.

A lot of Android phones already have QHD screens, and the Sony Xperia Z5 Premium is 4K, so it’s possible that Apple will pump up the resolution of its next flagship, but given that the iPhone 6S isn’t even 1080p we’re sceptical that it’ll get anywhere near 4K.

If the iPhone 7 does get higher resolution it might get bigger too, especially as rival phones are growing in size all the time. We’re not convinced though – we’d still bet on seeing 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch models.

iPhone 6S

Then there’s the first image of the LCD backlight on the iPhone 7. It comes from trusted French blog NoWhereElse and shows the panel from the iPhone 7 up against the iPhone 6S.

All the connectors are in different locations around the phone, suggesting there will be a few design changes on the next iPhone.

A jump in resolution might not be the only way the iPhone 7 imitates Android though, asthere’s also talk that it could switch from an LCD display to an OLED one, much like Samsung uses on most of its phones.

One new rumor suggests the iPhone 7S will be the first Apple phone to feature an OLED display. The rumor comes from Apple telling supply chain sources that it will be switching from LCD panels to OLED panels in the next couple of years.

Sadly it doesn’t seem like the technology will be here in time for the iPhone 7 and we’ll have to wait for the iPhone 7S. That said, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has dismissed the rumor, arguing that Apple won’t likely switch to AMOLED before 2019.

On the other hand it’s now been reported by the Chinese Wall Street Journal that Apple has ordered 100 million 5.5-inch AMOLED panels for a 2017 iPhone. So all we can say with any certainty right now is that we won’t see an AMOLED iPhone this year.

There’s also talk of Apple taking a leaf out of Samsung’s book and opting for a 5.8-inch curved AMOLED display on a future iPhone, although this could be something for the iPhone 8 rather than the iPhone 7.

Hopes of an edge-to-edge display on the iPhone 7 have been raised slightly after an image appeared online claiming to show just that – although having seen hundreds of iPhone leaks over the years we think this offering looks rather fake.

iPhone 7 - LEAK

The iPhone 7 screen could be hard to smash, as an Apple patent has been unearthedshowing bumpers which burst out from the edges of the screen to ensure it doesn’t touch the floor when dropped. Patents often don’t turn into products, but you never know – and it would certainly be nice to see a stronger screen.

3D Touch is bound to make a return, though it’s likely to be improved in some way, perhaps by enabling you to scroll through the previews of content you ‘peek’ into, rather than just having static previews.

iPhone 7 rivals

The iPhone 7 is likely a way off yet, but many of its main rivals have already launched. The biggest ones are the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge. Both of these phones have received five star reviews on techradar – which we hadn’t previously given out to a phone for two years – so Apple has some serious work to do.

  • Check out our full reviews of the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

The HTC 10 looks to be a worthy alternative to Apple’s handset too. Coming from HTC it’s as stylish as you’d hope and the audio quality is a cut above.

  • Check out our full HTC 10 review

There’s also the 4-inch iPhone SE which has arrived with a palm friendly size, 6S specs and an affordable price tag. For those looking for a phone which is manageable in one hand, this is the one you want.

  • Check out our full iPhone SE review

iPhone 7 camera and battery

Hottest leaks:

  • A dual-lens snapper
  • No more camera bump
  • A larger battery

Apple overhauled its camera tech for the iPhone 6S, replacing its old 8MP snapper with a shiny new 12MP one and boosting the front-facing camera up to 5MP.

iPhone 6S

Given that Apple tends to stick with camera components for a long time we wouldn’t expect to see a change in megapixels for the iPhone 7, but there’s a good chance it will have performance tweaks and additional features to help set it apart. Optical image stabilization perhaps?

A shot of the rear of the iPhone 7 from Nowhereelse.fr suggests the camera lens will be bigger. It doesn’t seem to be a dual-camera lens, but it looks much larger so may mean some big improvements on the camera tech.

As for the iPhone 7 Plus, trusted analyst Ming-Chi Kuo at KGI Securities in South Korea believes the larger phone may go for a dual-camera set up. It would allow for optical zoom and give a wider field of view in shots – but it’s not exactly certain why this feature would only be on the phablet version of the iPhone 7.

The analyst also said he believes there may be two versions of the iPhone 7 Plus, one with this camera set up and another without. It’s all just speculation right now, but there may be something to it. Especially as an unearthed Apple patent also points to a dual-lens camera.

Not only does it suggest that, but also a smaller lens, which could remove the camera bump while still packing in plenty of tech.

As for the battery, it was one of the greatest failings of the iPhone 6S, so we’re really hoping for some improvements here. Sadly, though, if the phone does slim down further as is being rumored there’s not much hope of a big juice pack – or is there?

A recent leak suggests that Apple will increase the battery size in the iPhone 7 while reducing the handset’s thickness. If that’s true, then great, but we’re not holding out much hope.

iPhone 7 OS and power

Hottest leaks:

  • A hexa-core processor
  • iOS 10

The iPhone 7 could be in for a huge performance boost, with whispers on Weibo that the phone will pack a hexa-core A10 chip, up from just a dual-core processor in the iPhone 6S. We’re sceptical that Apple would go for that much of a jump, but it’s an exciting thought.

We’re not likely to see any more RAM in the iPhone 7, as Apple only just pushed the iPhone 6S up to 2GB, so it will likely stick with that for a while yet.

As for the OS, we’d expect to see the iPhone 7 land with iOS 10, since we’re up to iOS 9 on the iPhone 6S. That’s likely to include improvements to Siri, an Apple Music redesign and astandalone HomeKit app, among other changes.

iPhone 7 other features

iPhone 6S

Hottest leaks:

  • A pressure-sensitive home button
  • Wireless charging
  • A smaller headphone jack

We could be in for a redesigned home button, as according to one source it won’t be a button so much as a sensor that you just have to place your finger on. The same source reckons that it might also be pressure-sensitive, so presumably if you press harder something different will happen, such as it taking you to a different screen.

A whole slew of possible features are apparently in testing for the iPhone 7, with five different prototypes being used to test multi-Force Touch tech, a dual camera, wireless charging, a fingerprint scanner in the screen and a USB Type-C connector that’s compatible with headsets.

That all comes from a post on Chinese social networking site Weibo, but even if it’s true given that there are apparently five different prototypes much of this may not make it into the final phone.

In other rumors, the iPhone 7 could have a smaller headphone jack than the iPhone 6S. We’re hesitant to call this a feature, as it’s more a likely annoyance which could be necessary in order to further slim the phone down.

There’s an Apple patent which points to a 2mm connector, down from the standard 3.5mm headphone jack found on most phones. That would certainly help Apple slim the device down, but would also mean you’d either need special headphones or an adapter. Fortunately a newer leak suggests the iPhone 7’s headphone jack won’t be changing after all, which is good news as far as we’re concerned.

iPhone 7 Smart Connector or no Smart Connector?

One of the weirdest iPhone 7 rumors is that it might have a Smart Connector like the iPad Pro range. On Apple’s slates this allows for the connection of a keyboard, which seems an unlikely fit for a phone, but it’s possible that one could be used to connect headphones if the 3.5mm headphone jack really is ditched – something which itself seems unlikely.

iPhone 7 Plus dummy

So far there are conflicting rumors on whether or not it will have a Smart Connector. The first we heard of it was from supply chain sources who revealed a dummy iPhone 7 Plus unit to Mac Otakara. As you can see in the image above it has three tell-tale Smart Connector dots at the bottom.

A few weeks later the same site came back and said that Apple had “shelved” plans for a Smart Connector port on its next phone.

iPhone 7 dummy

But that wasn’t the end of the story. Since then another dummy has popped up, this time from an anonymous tipster at MacRumors. The dummy is likely of an iPhone 7, rather than an iPhone 7 Plus, as you can tell from the smaller camera, and once again there’s a Smart Connector present.

It could easily have been faked and even if it wasn’t it’s possibly an old dummy from back when Apple was apparently considering it. A Smart Connector on the iPhone 7 is still possible, but we’d say it’s unlikely, as it never made a whole lot of sense to begin with.

iPhone 7 cost

There aren’t any price rumors yet, but in all likelihood the iPhone 7 will cost roughly what the iPhone 6S currently retails for. That would make it $649/£539/AU$1,079 upwards.

Though if Apple finally ditches the 16GB model the starting price might be even higher.

Phones can always be improved, and we’ve had a few smart ideas for Apple’s next generation iPhone.

From a wider selection of screens and a resolution boost, to expandable storage and a speaker shift, here’s what Apple should do for the iPhone 7.

1. Three screen sizes

Don’t get us wrong, we’re thrilled Apple now has handsets which offer more real estate for your apps and games – but there’s still a pocket of fans who find 5.5 and 4.7 inches simply too big.

But with the arrival of the iPhone SE and its 4-inch screen we’re calling on Apple to repeat the trick with the iPhone 7.

iPhone SE

But rather than marking it out as something different we want it to pack the same specs and features as the iPhone 7.

2. A resolution your movies and games deserve

You can now record 4K video on the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus, but play them back on the handsets and you won’t get the full experience.

With the iPhone 7 it’s time Apple boosted the resolution of its handsets. We’d take a full HD resolution on the 4.7-inch iPhone 7, but if the iPhone 7 Plus turns up with anything less than a QHD screen then us and Apple will be having words.

iPhone 6S

QHD is now widespread throughout the top tier of Android devices, and we’re even seeing 4K screens sneak onto our smartphones. Don’t get left behind again Apple, please.

3. Wireless charging

Wireless charging remains one of the most frustrating technologies around, because while it’s here, it works, and it feels like living in the future, it isn’t as widely supported as we’d like.

An iPhone 7 with wireless charging would be great, especially if the same charger worked for the Apple Watch too. And if it could support both wireless standards as well, like the Galaxy S6, then that would be just swell.

4. Curved displays

The Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge wowed us with its delightfully curving dual screens earlier this year, and it’s fair to say we’re rather smitten with this futuristic look.

Galaxy S7 Edge

Now imagine such sultry curves on an Apple designed smartphone. We’re going weak at the knees already. Go on Apple, wrap that screen round the edges of the iPhone 7 and we’ll more than likely be in love.

5. No more 16GB models

iOS 8 adoption stalled and we reckon it was because people with 16GB iPhones didn’t have enough free space for the 5.7GB over-the-air update and don’t want to use iTunes because, well, iTunes.

iOS 9 improved things be coming in at a smaller size, but it still wasn’t tiny and will have been a problem for some. When your software updates are too big for your entry level products, your entry level products clearly don’t come with enough storage.

How about starting at 32GB for the iPhone 7? We can’t store everything in iCloud, even when it’s working properly.

  • This is what the iPhone 7 should look like

6. Expandable storage

While we’re on the topic of storage – how about actually giving us some expansion potential Apple? It’s something we’ve been craving for years now, yet our request has continuously fallen on deaf ears over at Cupertino.

Expandable storage would allow us to buy the cheapest iPhone and then supplement the poxy 16GB of space with a microSD card of up to 2TB in size. Of course, that means Apple wouldn’t rake in as much cash for the 64GB and 128GB models – and thus it’s never going to happen.

7. Even better cameras

Apple gave us our first iPhone megapixel camera boost in four years with the 12MP sensor inside the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus. But why stop there?

People love using their iPhones to take pictures, Apple can’t tell us that enough, so keep on innovating. 12MP is a good start, but spend some time with the 16MP snapper on the Galaxy S6 and you’ll be seriously impressed.

iPhone 6S camera

Of course it’s not all about the number of megapixels, and Apple continues to do great things behind the scenes to improve your snaps.

The Live Photo feature also seems like a little bit of a gimmick at the moment – and similar to the sort of things Samsung was doing on the Galaxy S4 and Galaxy S5. If Apple can harness these new found abilities into something more productive on the iPhone 7 that would be impressive.

8. Look ID

Touch ID is great, and it’s got even better on the iPhone 6S with the second generation scanner tech making it more responsive than ever, but we want more.

The iPhone 7 has the chance to take biometrics to the next level, with iris recognition. It won’t be the first to the eye scanning tech (check out the Microsoft Lumia 950), but you just know if Apple jumps on board it’ll be slickly implemented and a joy to use.

Want to unlock your new iPhone? Just give it a knowing glance. Need to purchase a new must-have application? Give the iPhone 7 your best Blue Steel and boom, it’s downloading.

Need a name for it? Look ID. You’re welcome, Jony.

9. Speaker shift

With the HTC One M9, Sony Xperia Z5 and Moto X Force all rocking front facing speakers, we’re becoming increasingly frustrated with manufacturers that still insist on putting a single speaker on the base of their handsets. The sound is poor, it’s not projected in the right direction and it’s often covered by a hand when the phone is held in landscape.

For the iPhone 7, Apple needs to shift its speaker location to the front so users can enjoy the audio from their games, movies, TV shows and favorite YouTube videos.

10. An unbreakable screen

Motorola has done it with the Moto X Force, and going by the number of smashed iPhone screens we see on a daily basis this is a must for the iPhone 7.

Stick in a four year guarantee and Apple will win the hearts of many who are disgusted at the firm’s charges for replacing cracked displays.

Did you know smartphones could make you hyperactive

Did you know smartphones could make you hyperactiveAre you getting bored easily when trying to focus, or having difficulty doing quiet tasks and activities? If yes, the pervasive use of a smartphone could be the reason behind these attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)-like symptoms, new research suggests.

Recent polls have shown that as many as 95 percent of smartphone users have used their phones during social gatherings; that seven in 10 people used their phones while working; and one in 10 admitted to checking their phones during sex. Smartphone owners spend nearly two hours per day using their phones, said lead researcher Kostadin Kushlev from University of Virginia in the US.

“We found the first experimental evidence that smartphone interruptions can cause greater inattention and hyperactivity – symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder – even in people drawn from a nonclinical population,” Kushlev said.

During the study, 221 students at University of British Columbia in Canada drawn from the general student population were assigned for one week to maximise phone interruptions by keeping notification alerts on, and their phones within easy reach.

During another week participants were assigned to minimise phone interruptions by keeping alerts off and their phones away.

At the end of each week, participants completed questionnaires assessing inattention and hyperactivity.

The results showed that the participants experienced significantly higher levels of inattention and hyperactivity when alerts were turned on.

The results suggest that even people who have not been diagnosed with ADHD may experience some of the disorder’s symptoms, including distraction, difficulty focusing and getting bored easily when trying to focus, fidgeting, having trouble sitting still, difficulty doing quiet tasks and activities, and restlessness.

“Smartphones may contribute to these symptoms by serving as a quick and easy source of distraction,” Kushlev said.

The silver lining is that the problem can be turned off.

The findings were presented at the Association for Computing Machinery’s the human-computer interaction conference in San Jose, California.

Android 6 Marshmallow update: when can I get it?

Android 6 Marshmallow update: when can I get it?

Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 is now getting the update to Android 6, but only 7.5% of Android users are currently running the latest software.

Android Marshmallow is here (for some). There are battery life improvements, greater app permission controls, standardized support for fingerprint scanners, more granular volume controls, USB-C support and new Google Now features, all part of a mix that makes this an exciting upgrade for users. But is your phone actually going to get it?

The release process for Android updates is more complicated than Apple’s iOS updates, and just because an update has been launched that doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll have access to it.

In fact, you probably won’t. It’s down to device manufacturers, and in some countries the carriers too, who spend quite a bit of time with the new software before releasing it to their devices.

Android

If you own a Nexus device you’re in luck, as not surprisingly Google’s new software has landed on those first – and manufacturers like Motorola are generally better at getting updates out quickly. But other manufacturers are a little less predictable.

  • Here are our top Android Marshmallow tips and tricks

While most phones are still waiting on Marshmallow, we are already seeing the gentle roll out of the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow update, with new emojis and a few little bug fixes bundled in for good measure.

To make the latest Android update less of a mystery, here’s our constantly updated information on when it’s likely to land on your phone.

  • Android N release date, news and features

Disclaimer: This article includes information for the rollout of Android Marshmallow software, but depending on region, mobile operator and carrier it can take longer than expected.

Google and Nexus

Nexus 6

Google has updated its Nexus range of products to Android Marshmallow. It includes theNexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 7 (2013), Nexus 9, Nexus Player, Pixel C and the whole range of Android One devices. The Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P both launched with Android 6 on board.

The developers preview for Android 7 N is already out and you can download it on all the previously mentioned devices – apart from the Nexus 5.

  • How to download Android N right now

Samsung

Galaxy S6

Samsung did a pretty good job of getting Android Lollipop on to its phones rapidly, but it has slowed things down considerably for the Marshmallow launch.

The Samsung Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, Galaxy S5 and Galaxy Note 4 are in the process of getting the update, while the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge launched with Marshmallow pre-installed.

The latest phone to start getting the update is the Samsung Galaxy Note 5. The phone didn’t launch in the UK and the update is just for those on T-Mobile in the US right now. The Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 tablet is also receiving the update to Android Marshmallow now.

The Galaxy S6 Edge+ is getting the update in some markets now as well, but there’s no guarantee it’ll be on your version yet. There’s still no word from Samsung whether the Galaxy S4, Samsung Galaxy Alpha and Galaxy Note 3 will get the update.

As for tablets, we expect the Galaxy Tab S2, Galaxy Tab S and Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 will get the Marshmallow software, but there’s no official word yet.

HTC

HTC One M9

The update is in the process of rolling out for those who have the HTC One M9 and HTC One M8.

HTC has confirmed the One A9, Desire Eye and One E9 will also get the Android Marshmallow update but there’s no word on timing yet.

HTC also confirmed back in September 2015 that it will be updating the HTC One M9+, HTC One E9, HTC One ME, HTC One E8, HTC One M8 EYE, HTC Butterfly 3, HTC Desire 826, HTC Desire 820 and HTC Desire 816. It has taken a long time so far and HTC hasn’t commented on when it’ll be coming either.

Sony

Sony

Sony is faring much better, with the Xperia Z5, Xperia Z5 Compact, Xperia Z5 Premium,Xperia Z4 Tablet, Xperia Z3+, Xperia Z3, Xperia Z3 Compact, Xperia Z2 Tablet, Xperia Z2 all seeing the Android 6 Marshmallow update rolling out.

Sony has confirmed it is still working on bringing the update to the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact, Xperia M5, Xperia C5 Ultra, Xperia M4 Aqua and Xperia C4.

Both the Xperia Z1 and Xperia Z1 Compact will be missing out this time though.

LG

LG G4

LG hasn’t shared any official details for the rollout yet, but the LG G4 is already getting the update and the LG G5 launched with Android 6 software already installed. LG has also started rolling out the update for the LG V10 on T-Mobile, Verizon and AT&T.

Other phones that may get the Android 6 Marshmallow upgrade included the LG G3, LG G Flex 2 and LG G4c – but there’s no official word yet.

Motorola

Moto X

Motorola is updating the Moto X Style, Moto X Play, Moto X Force, Moto G 2015, Moto G 2014, Moto E (2nd gen), Moto X 2014 and Moto X Pure Edition (2015).

It’ll also come to the 2014 version of the Moto X Pure Edition, the 2014 Moto G and Moto G with 4G LTE, the Moto MAXX, Moto Turbo, Droid Turbo and the Nexus 6.

Huawei

Huawei Mate 8

The company has confirmed that in China the Huawei P8, Huawei P8 Max, Mate S, Ascend Mate 7, P8 Youth Edition, G7, G7 Plus, X2, 4X and Play 4C will be getting Android 6.0 at some point, though it’s uncertain whether they’ll all get updated to it elsewhere in the world. Huawei also hasn’t stated exactly when the Android 6 Marshmallow updates will arrive.

OnePlus

OnePlus One

The OnePlus One is currently receiving its own version of Android 6 Marshmallow in the form of Cyanogen OS 13.

The OnePlus 2 is currently getting the Android M public beta and OnePlus is busy implementing the feedback ready for the over the air update, which is expected soon. TheOnePlus X will also be receiving the Android 6 update, but there’s no word from the company on when it’ll be ready to go.

BlackBerry

BlackBerry Priv

The BlackBerry Priv was the first phone from the Canadian manufacturer to feature Android software, and it’s now been treated to the sweet taste of Android Marshmallow.

Version 6.0 is rolling out to BlackBerry’s first ever Android phone, bringing with it a host of additional security controls, improved battery life and an enhanced keyboard.

Asus

Zenfone 2

Asus is another company which often isn’t particularly speedy with its updates. Asus has confirmed to techradar the PadFone S, ZenFone 2, ZenFone 2 Deluxe, ZenFone 2 Deluxe Special Edition, ZenFone 2 Laser, ZenFone Selfie, ZenFone Max and ZenFone Zoom are all set to get the update to Android 6.

As for timing, it won’t be until Q2 2016 so expect it somewhere in between April and the end of June this year.

Honor

Honor 6

Honor has revealed its update schedule for Marshmallow and it’s not going to be long now. The Honor 7 is already getting the update while Honor has released a teaser suggesting theHonor 5X will be up next.

It’s expected the Honor 6, Honor 6 Plus and Honor 4X will get the update in April, but right now it’s not certain.

ZTE

Blade S6

ZTE doesn’t always bother to update its phones, so if you have one you may have to make do without Android Marshmallow. The ZTE Axon Pro is getting the Marshmallow update, but that seems to be it.

Nvidia

Nvidia Shield

The Nvidia Shield Tablet ATV is already receiving the Android 6 Marshmallow update. It will then come to the Shield Tablet K1 and the original Shield tablet, but so far it’s unclear when.

Other manufacturers

Nextbit currently has one phone, the Nextbit Robin, and it will soon see the update to Android 6 Marshmallow. The Robin was released at the end of February running Android Lollipop, but Nextbit has now confirmed it will start rolling out the update in the second half of April.

While you’re waiting to get Android 6.0 Marshmallow, you’d probably like to know more about the new features it incorporates. We’ve been playing around with the new OS, and here are some of our favorite features.

It’s not a big design-based update like Lollipop was. Material Design is still intact here, and most of the focus is on new features and bug fixes.

Android Pay

Android Pay

Technically you can use Android Pay without the Marshmallow software, but having the latest OS is certainly a big help.

The update to Marshmallow brings with it fingerprint sensor functionality for the first time, so you don’t even need to open up an app – you can just unlock your phone with your finger and place it on the contactless payment terminal.

Android Pay

Third-party apps are also supported within Marshmallow, making it much easier to buy stuff directly in your Android phone.

However, Android Pay is only available in the US right now, and there are no clear plans for when it’ll be rolling out around the world.

Android Marshmallow fingerprint support

We’ve seen some smartphone manufacturers already include fingerprint scanners in their devices, but with Android Marshmallow Google is standardizing support across the platform.

You can use a fingerprint scanner to unlock your device and pay for media from the Google Play Store, and the fingerprint scanning tech is also open to developers. That means devs can build it into their own applications, enabling you to sign into them without a password and pay for goods using Android Pay.

Android Marshmallow voice controls

Android 6.0 opens the way for improved voice control features thanks to the new Voice Interaction API, which will enable app developers to build voice control directly into their apps.

This means owners of Android Marshmallow devices will soon be able to speak to their apps – and the apps will even talk back.

One of the examples Google has detailed is the TuneIn app. A user can say “OK Google, listen to music on TuneIn”, and the TuneIn app will not only load, but will then ask “What genre of music would you like to listen to?”.

The user can then reply with their favourite genre. This natural way of speaking to our smartphone and the apps installed on it could revolutionise the way we interact with our devices.

Google has released a video to demonstrate the potential of Voice Interaction API, which you can view below.

Android Marshmallow battery life

Google has done a lot of work in the areas of battery life and power in Android Marshmallow, which will be music to many users’ ears.

First up Google has developed the Doze feature. Your device will use motion sensors to detect when it hasn’t been moved for an extended period of time, and will switch to a deeper sleep mode that consumes much less power.

Android Doze

Your device won’t be completely useless in this mode, however, as Doze still allows for alarms to go off and key notifications to come through.

Google says it took two Nexus 9 tablets, one running Lollipop and the other Android Marshmallow, loaded the same apps and settings on both, and then tested the standby power drain on the two.

Apparently, the Nexus 9 running Android Marshmallow lasted up to two times longer than its Lollipop counterpart. It sounds impressive, and we’re hoping it translates to noticeably better battery life for our devices.

Android Marshmallow Now on Tap

Android Marshmallow

With Android Marshmallow comes an intelligent new assistant feature called Now on Tap. An enhancement to Google Now, Now on Tap enables users to access information anywhere on their Android Marshmallow device, no matter what they’re doing.

Users can simply tap and hold the home button to pull up a query without leaving the app or website they’re in. If a friend emails you about seeing a movie, for example, Now on Tap could pull up info such as ratings or the trailer, or even enable you to buy tickets.

Android Marshmallow

You can also look at other apps on your phone, like Yelp or OpenTable, to book a dinner reservation or read reviews about a restaurant a friend has suggested.

And Now on Tap isn’t just for basic info – you can also use voice searches for more specific queries, such as finding out who sings a particular song.

Android Marshmallow permissions

Android Marshmallow release date

App permissions are more intuitive in Marshmallow, giving users the option to allow or deny specific permissions within an app, rather than having to accept all permissions at once.

Currently you have to accept permissions when you download an app, but with Android Marshmallow you won’t be asked to grant access to features until you come to use them for the first time in the app.

Android Marshmallow

That means, for example, that you can give WhatsApp access to your camera, but not to your microphone if you wish. You can even revoke access for a particular permission by diving into the settings if you’ve accidentally allowed it.

More new features on Android 6.0 Marshmallow

Android Marshmallow

Google has simplified volume controls once again with the Android Marshmallow update, with more granular control over the various audio settings on your device, from ringtones and alarms to music playback and voice calls.

Word selection has been made easier too, with Android Marshmallow highlighting text more intuitively, and a floating menu offers controls such as cut, copy and paste at your fingertips, rather than in the toolbar at the top of the display.

Fire up the Chrome web browser on Android Marshmallow and you’ll benefit from Chrome Custom Tabs, which enables websites to customize the toolbar and menu of the Chrome tab to provide dedicated buttons and options.

An example shown on stage at Google IO was Pinterest, which was able to add a ‘Pin’ button to the toolbar on certain pages.

App linking has been vastly improved in Android Marshmallow, with Google’s software now more adept at working out whether a link should be opened in a browser or a compatible app. That means fewer ‘Open with’ pop up boxes flashing up on screen and generally getting in the way.

Now it’s just a case of sitting back and waiting for your device to get the Android Marshmallow update.

There’s no escape from WhatsApp with its new desktop app

There's no escape from WhatsApp with its new desktop app

There’s more than one billion monthly active WhatsApp users and now all of them will be able to access it from a computer as well as their phones, because a WhatsApp desktop app has just been launched.

Technically you could already access the service from a computer using WhatsApp Web, but where that lives in a web browser the desktop app runs natively on your machine, so you don’t need an internet window open – plus there’s support for native desktop notifications and better keyboard shortcuts.

You still need to be running WhatsApp on your phone to use it, the app simply mirrors the messages, but if you’re sat at a computer it’s a lot faster and easier to message people from there, using a full sized keyboard, than switch to a tiny touchscreen.

Challenging the competition

It also brings the messaging service more in line with the likes of Skype, which has full support for both desktop and mobile use, though the fact that WhatsApp still needs to be running on your phone too means it’s not quite a match.

The app is compatible with Windows 8+ and Mac OS 10.9+, so if you’re still running Windows 7 and the impending free upgrade deadline hasn’t pushed you to move on to Windows 10perhaps WhatsApp will.

Three’s plan to buy O2 has been blocked by the EU

Three's plan to buy O2 has been blocked by the EU

In early 2015 it was revealed that Three’s parent company Hutchison was planning to buy Telefonica’s O2 brand to make the UK’s largest mobile network – but now the deal has been blocked.

European Commissioner for Competition Margrethe Vestager revealed the outcome onTwitter before making an official announcement confirming the deal had been blocked.

She said the decision was reached “to serve UK consumers – affordable prices and innovation”.

It means UK will continue to have four major networks in the form of Vodafone, Three, O2 and EE. That means more competition and hopefully lower prices than if Three and O2 were to merge.

It’s all over

Hong Kong-based Hutchison Whampoa is sure to be disappointed about the deal being blocked and it’s not certain whether the company will appeal the decision.

Kester Mann, Principal Analyst, Operators at CCS Insight said: “The collapse of the deal leaves both Three and O2 in a precarious position with uncertain futures in the UK. It also casts serious doubt over the future structure of a European telecoms sector that had banked on the tie-up paving the way to further consolidation.

“The most likely eventual outcome for O2 is sale to private equity, however Liberty Global, which owns Virgin Media, could consider a bid. Sale or partial-sale to a deep-pocketed operator from outside the UK such as Softbank or America Movil is also plausible.

“For the time being however, O2’s parent Telefonica may elect to hold on to an asset that in recent years has impressively out-performed rivals despite its uncertain future.”

Techradar has contacted both Three and O2 and will update this story when we know more about both networks’ plans for what happens next.

EE gets Three’s ads banned for claiming ‘undisputed’ reliability

EE gets Three's ads banned for claiming 'undisputed' reliability

EE has just taken a swing at Three and landed a knockout punch, by getting a boxing-themed advert from the numerical network banned.

In the advert, Three’s puppet mascot Jackson is seen held high in a boxing victory pose, accompanied by the text “The undisputed. UK’s most reliable network. Again.”

As it turns out though it wasn’t undisputed, because disputing it is exactly what EE (and a member of the public) did, with a complaint to the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA).

EE tweet

Three argued that the claim was based on a consumer study carried out by YouGov, in which the network had been rated top for reliability in the last five consecutive quarters, pointing out also that there’s no standard, objective industry test for network reliability, with the term meaning different things to different people, and that the YouGov logo and a link to further details was included in the advert.

Reliable, but not indisputable

But the ASA wasn’t swayed, it concluded that the YouGov logo (which sat in relatively small text at the bottom corner of the advert) could easily be overlooked and that the word “undisputed” implied there was a commonly agreed objective measure for network reliability.

Three has now been told that the advert must not appear again in its current form and that the network must not state that it’s undisputedly the most reliable unless it can demonstrate that objectively.

It must also not make any claims to being the most reliable unless it’s made clear that this is based purely on a survey of consumer opinions.

EE tweet

You might think that would be enough for EE, but the network also decided to rub it in, with a tweet using Three’s own hashtag, telling the network it would have to #makeitright. Only time will tell whether Three will come out swinging for round two.