Mobile Nations Weekly: So Noted

The Note 7 arrives, Honor 8 makes a splash, and a treat for Windows Phone users.

Behold, the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is now here — and Android Central has everything you need to know about the S Pen-toting flagship Android phone. Also arriving, a flagship from Huawei that’s solidly-specced but about half the price: the dual-camera-toting Honor 8.

Just two weeks after landing for Windows PC users, Windows 10 Mobile has received its anniversary update. The update brings a bunch of behind-the-scenes improvements for Windows phone users as well as few new and long-awaited features. But there’s no rest for the weary: the first beta builds for the next major iteration of Windows — Redstone 2 are already in the hands of testers.

While Android fans are busy with new devices and Window users have swanky new software, Apple land is busy with new devices to come, including plenty of rumors about the Apple Watch 2 and iPhone 7.

2. CrackBerry — QuadProtected

With the DTEK50 now announced and shipping to customers, BlackBerry has taken additional steps to show customers they’re serious about security on their Android offerings by releasing updates to Priv and DTEK50 to full patch against QuadRooter. In other news, BlackBerry has recently gone on the offensive when it comes to their patents and have now targeted BLU Products Inc. in a patent infringement lawsuit in addition to the previous suit against Avaya.

4. VR Heads — Three months in an HTC Vive

The most incredible thing about VR right now is the way things are improving on a daily basis. Developers are trying new things, consumers are offering active feedback, and the cycle grows with each new user. It’s easy to get lost in that “which is best” conversation when trying to make a purchase, but really the ecosystem as a whole is in a fascinating state of constant growth. The HTC Vive is a huge part of that growth, so we took a deeper look at how it has held up since launch.

5. Windows Central — Updates for Mobile