From Huawei's big ambitions and Apple's next iPhones, to free Lumias, Microsoft's mobile payments, HP's hot recall, and not-quite-Universal apps, it's our regular roundup of the week's top tech news.
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Samsung is continuing to make Marshmallow available for more of its devices - and it's just added two more to the list. Android 6.0.1 has started rolling out to the Galaxy A7 and Galaxy A5 (2016).
In preparation for its release of Windows 10 Mobile for the Lumia Icon, Verizon has set up a 'simulator' of the OS on its support site, to help users with the transition from Windows Phone 8.1.
With the new and improved Xbox One S approaching, prices of the current Xbox One are falling. In the UK, you can now buy the console for as little as £189.99, including a free game from four options.
SiriusXM's new app includes Live Tile support and Cortana integration, and is now available to download for Windows 10 PCs and tablets - but there's no sign of the app for Windows 10 Mobile phones.
AdDuplex data indicates that Lumias account for almost 99% of devices running Windows 10 Mobile - but growth of the new OS is already slowing. There's some interesting data on Surface usage too.
Three months after Microsoft officially announced the Windows 10 Mobile upgrade, BLU Products has revealed that the update is now available for more of its Windows Phone 8.1 devices.
Huawei is reportedly creating its own mobile OS with a development team based in Scandinavia that includes former Nokia employees, in an effort to reduce its reliance on Android.
Three months after other major US carriers began upgrading Samsung's Galaxy Note 5 and S6 edge+ to Marshmallow, AT&T has finally started its Android 6.0.1 rollout for both of those devices.
Mozilla says it's modernizing its brand identity to help people "understand us better", and inviting its community to take part in the design process, but insists it's not crowd-sourcing its new look.
Featuring a 13.3-inch Full HD display, Intel Core i5 and i7 processors, 8GB RAM and up to 512GB of storage, HP's ultra-thin, ultra-light Windows 10 notebook will soon be available to buy in India.
While most retailers have been selling the Lumia 640 for around £110-£130 SIM-free over the last twelve months, its price is now falling, following the introduction of the newer Lumia 650 this year.
Google has posted clearer information on its Nexus support site to make it easier for owners to find out how long they can expect to receive Android OS updates and security patches for their devices.
After releasing Windows 10 Mobile Insider Preview build 14367 to the Fast ring on Friday, Microsoft has announced that that build is now available for users in the Slow ring too.
Just a few days after releasing build 14367 for PCs and phones, Microsoft has followed up today with the availability of Windows 10 Mobile build 14371 - and it brings a long list of improvements.