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Huawei might be the chosen one for the Nexus 8

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The Nexus 8 is going to be the next smartphone Google is most likely to release this year, probably around Fall. Nexus X seems like a more appropriate name for the upcoming flagship, as nobody has any idea whatsoever what the next Google flagship will be called. Most likely it’s going to be the Nexus 8. Fact of the matter is nobody knows too much about what the Mountain View company is planning for the future. For all we know, Google could even scrape the Nexus program altogether, as the Nexus 6 sales haven’t been as high as many expected. But that seems unlikely, as Google said after launching the Nexus 6 that it was not designed to be a mass-consumption device like the Nexus 5 was. Instead, the newer phablet was designed with other companies in mind, Google emphasizing that it wanted to set a standard with the smartphone, and they did.

After the Nexus 6, code-named Shamu, was launch in October 2014, more and more OEMs started gravitating towards the phablet trend, which means a smartphone with a display larger than 5.3 inches, but that definition varies by user. While Google did set a standard with Shamu, the handset was criticized because of the resemblance it bore to the Moto X, which wasn’t surprising, as the manufacturing company was Motorola. Moreover, people found the phablet a bit too big with its 6 inch display, but that didn’t stop the trend from growing, and the iPhone 6 Plus helped it along. Many people are already looking forward to the next Nexus, even if it’s currently unconfirmed.

A teeny tiny amount of news is available about the next stock Android smartphone, though, and it’s a doozy. According to various rumors which were first picked up a few weeks ago, a Chinese company would be the next manufacturer of the Nexus 8 2015. When the rumors first emerged, there were few people out there saying that they are credible. It seems that skeptics might have been wrong this time, as a new set of rumors has emerged in the tumultuous week that is MWC 2015. Reportedly, none other than rising star Huawei will be making the next Nexus 8. Take this bit of information with a grain of salt until Google actually confirms that the Nexus 8 exists.

Still, Huawei and Google shaking hands on such a massive partnership is interesting, to say the least. Huawei has been a roaring success at the MWC 2015 with its new Huawei Watch, a stylish circular smart watch running Android Wear, not to mention two new fitness trackers and a massive MediaPad X1 which is a smartphone disguised as a tablet. The Chinese company has had a successful 2014 overall, as sales of the Mate 7 and P8 went through the roof, with people asking for more. It wouldn’t be that surprising for Google to partner with Huawei for the next Nexus, as the Chinese company is aiming hard at the U.S. market, proven by the speech given during their MWC 2015 show on Sunday, March 1st.

A partnership between Huawei and Google which would result in a Nexus 8 smartphone would be absolutely wonderful, because of reasons. First off, Huawei makes their own HiSilicon Kirin chipsets, which have been proven pretty capable, especially in the Mate 7 and P8. Using those chipsets might sound odd for a Nexus 2015, but as Huawei expands and grows into a multinational massive, their technology will surely be improved. Moreover, with Google’s team on board, nobody can doubt that the partnership will be satisfactory to consumers. Another reason why people would love a Nexus smartphone made by Huawei is because the company is famous for managing to get high-end, premium hardware out with really affordable price tags. The Mate 7 can be had for as little as  $480 unlocked, which combined with Google’s pricing habits (before the Nexus 6), would make for a pretty affordable phone.

Huawei flagships are known to be as powerful as devices from Samsung, Apple, HTC and LG, but their popularity hasn’t piqued yet, With their new Huawei Watch and new portfolio, not to mention the upcoming Mate 8 and P9. A Huawei branded, stock Android Nexus 8 device would definitely raise awareness about the brand and its products, and would give Google a more multinational appearance, even though it doesn’t need it that much, to be fair. Will Google and Huawei make the Nexus 8? Only time will tell. We are waiting for Google and Huawei to release information about this supposed partnership, and will keep you up to date.

As part of the editorial team here at Geekreply, John spends a lot of his time making sure each article is up to snuff. That said, he also occasionally pens articles on the latest in Geek culture. From Gaming to Science, expect the latest news fast from John and team.

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Despite popular belief, PS4 sales in the UK skyrocketed last year

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PS4 sales in the UK climbed by a shocking 633 percent year-over-year in 2023, so apparently the old system isn’t dead yet. The previous year’s very limited supply of the system is likely a major factor in this figure, since the console’s lifespan was drastically reduced because of chip shortages caused by the pandemic. Still, it’s proof that PlayStation’s original platform has unmet demand.

With the very low prices of PS4 software (both in-store and online at the PS Store), this strategy makes a lot of sense. Plus, it’s future-proof, so there’s no harm in stocking up on PS4s while new-gen pricing is still high, since if you decide to switch to a PS5 in the future, you can transfer all of your purchases across. Not to mention that the majority of new releases still come out on the PS4, with several offering free PS5 upgrades.

While the percentage rise may seem huge, real PS4 sales will probably be much lower. It’s a sign that the gadget, which is now a decade old, isn’t completely dead yet, and we expect it to keep receiving maintenance for a while longer. Of course, this is great news for Sony, because the company would rather have PS4 players playing on its last-gen gadget than none at all, even if it would love to have them upgrade to PS5.

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New PS5 firmware is available for download!

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A PS5 firmware update on a cold winter morning is unmatched. The latest PS5 system software update is 23.02–08.40.00 from Sony. Does this one add useful features or just boost system performance?

Though closer to the latter, it’s more than Sony’s favorite patch note. It fixes security issues, improves messages and usability, and boosts system software performance. Official patch notes for this 1.185GB update:

  • We updated system software security
  • We improved system software stability and performance
  • Some screens now have better messages and usability

That’s it. PS5 gets another win to recover from its midweek slump. Do you share our enthusiasm for this firmware update? Comment below. To spice things up, make your comment rhyme.

 

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Baldur’s Gate 3’s Xbox Version Will Help PS5

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Belgian developer Larian Studios’ work on Baldur’s Gate 3’s Xbox Series S version will improve performance on all platforms, including PS5. The game’s fifth major patch, expected to launch this week, will include upgrades and new features. More details will be revealed later today.

Director of Publishing Michael Douse says PS5 performance improvements may be the “least exciting thing” in the title’s next update, so it sounds like a big one. Larian Studios employees are proud of “finally” implementing tweaks, fixes, and changes, Douse says. Later today, we’ll bring you all the Baldur’s Gate 3 update details.

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Those who reached the RPG’s third act have reported technical issues during the narrative’s conclusion, especially in co-op, so today’s update should fix them. New features like a permadeath mode are expected, along with Xbox Series S optimization fixes. What else should be added to the game?

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