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Week 38 in review: Google Pixels anticipation, iPhone 7 launch aftermath

The iPhone 7 got released last week and this week we’ve been dealing with initial impression stories. Whining coils, scratch tests, home buttons inoperable with gloves on, Intel chips inside – the sort of things no keynote prepares you for.

Then there was the curious issue of the shuffle button gone missing on iOS 10’s Music app (hint: it’s not missing, just hiding). And for the anarchists out there – the iPhone7 has already been jailbroken.

With the iPhone 7 already out, the focus is gradually shifting towards the next big thing in the industry – the Google Pixel smartphones launch. Officially coming on October 4, the Pixel and Pixel XL should usher in Android 7.1 and come with IP53 certification and revised chipsets. The occasional photograph of the Nexus descendants could also be spotted this week.

Meanwhile, Microsoft announced the Nokia 216 feature phone – yes, Microsoft still makes those, but this could very well be the last one. HTC, on the other hand, unveiled the Desire 10 Pro and Desire 10 Lifestyle – same striking looks, different innards (though what’s with the Snapdragon 400 in the Lifestyle?).

Read the details on these topics below, as well as some other stories from the past week.

Google Pixel phones arriving October 4, teaser confirms

The company has started sending out invites for the event as well.


Google Pixel leaks: new chipset revision, Android 7.1, US version

Two separate versions for both the Pixel and Pixel XL were certified. And it seems they will come with revised versions of Snapdragon 820 and Android Nougat.


Pixel phones will reportedly carry IP53 immersion protection

A new report says the Pixel phones will be certified for minor sprays of water.


These might be the front panels for Google's upcoming Pixel and Pixel XL handsets

The shots come courtesy of a Hong Kong parts supplier with a fairly positive track record.


Pixel and Pixel XL leak in white [photos]

Some new pictures give us a better idea of what the Pixel phones would look like.


Some iPhone 7 users reporting coil whine issues

Some iPhone 7 users are reporting that their phones are creating a whining sound from the back of the phone when the phone is performing some sort of stressful activity.


iPhone 7 doesnt actually have a sapphire lens, scratch test reveals

The iPhone 7’s scratch test reveals that the camera lens isn’t made of sapphire crystal.


The iPhone 7's home button appears to be rendered helpless by gloves

Users are reporting that the new touch control requires skin contact to work.


Apple iPhone 7 goes on sale, long lines form in front of stores

28 countries are included in the first wave. Be warned, iPhone 7 Plus units sold out in pre-order so there are none left for stores.


iPhone 7 has been jailbroken already

Isn’t it funny that we’re in 2016 and are still calling it a “jailbreak”? Well, whatever your thoughts on the word may be, know that Apple’s latest has already been freed from the shackles of its make…


No one knows where shuffle is in iOS 10 music player

Before you watch the video below, do this little exercise. If you have an iPhone around running the latest iOS 10, open the Music app and try to find the Shuffle or Repeat player. If you manage to fin…


Chip teardown of iPhone 7 reveals Intel modems and transceivers for some GSM models

Earlier reports of Intel’s chips making it to the iPhone 7 have been confirmed.


Microsoft's Nokia 216 is a brand new feature phone for your glovebox

The handset features a 2.4″ 320x240px display and a pair of VGA cameras, each with a flash.


HTC announces the Desire 10 Pro and Desire 10 Lifestyle

Mediatek P10, 20MP primary camera, FullHD 5.5-inch display for the Pro, Snapdragon 400 for the Lifestyle (uhm, what year is it?).


LeEco's Le Pro 3 powerhouse flagship is now official

The phone lacks the widely rumored 8GB RAM option, but still offers a cutting-edge specs configuration.


Samsung launches Galaxy J7 Prime and J5 Prime in India


Moto E3 Power launched in India

Priced at $119 and available exclusively on Flipkart.


Lenovo launches Z2 Plus in India

Also known as the Lenovo ZUK Z2.


Alleged Xiaomi Mi Note 2 screenshot shows 8GB RAM, 256GB storage

It also confirms the Snapdragon 821 chipset and shows MIUI on Android 7.0 Nougat. Assuming it’s real, of course.


Samsung is already testing Android 7.0 on the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge

Several listing of the phones running said OS were spotted on Geekbench.


Sonys newest Xperia XZ pre-orders sell out in 45 minutes in Taiwan

Sony’s newest Xperia phone sells out quickly in Taiwan. Pre-orders were only open for 45 minutes before they were all snatched up.


HTC Bolt leaked press render reveals lack of headphone jack

It looks like HTC is going the iPhone 7 way for its next smartphone.