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14 hours ago

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3 days ago

Article inside Google Will Release Its First Non-Nexus Phone This Year, According To Sources

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| By Jago - 3 days ago

Expect Samsung to finally release a Galaxy S running Tizen if Google does in fact start selling its own phones. Huawei is rumored to be developing their own OS too.


Google is planning a shake-up of the smartphone market by releasing its own handset, a move that would tighten its grip on mobile software and see it compete directly with the iPhone.

The technology giant is in discussions with mobile operators about releasing a Google-branded phone that will extend the companyÂ’s move into hardware, sources familiar with the discussions told The Telegraph.

Google already develops the Android operating system that runs on four in five smartphones sold around the world, and endorses a range of phones made by partners such as LG and Huawei under the Google Nexus brand. But unlike Apple, it leaves manufacturing to other companies such as Samsung, with the company concentrating on developing the free software that runs on its phones.

The new device, which will be released by the end of the year according to a senior source, will see Google take more control over design, manufacturing and software.

Although Android runs on the majority of smartphones sold globally, Apple still dominates the lucrative high-end of the market. The proliferation of Android device makers, many of which apply the software differently, means Google has struggled to ensure consistency, with some smartphone owners waiting months for updates, and some manufacturers relegating GoogleÂ’s own internet services which are included in Android.

Its own phone would allow Google to control the software, securing the future of services such as the Google search engine and Google Play app store that run on it.

“They are concerned that Android is fragmenting, that it needs to become a more controlled platform,” said Ben Wood, an analyst at CCS Insight. “I think they’ll seek to control it more, more like Apple.”

Google is best known for its internet software but has taken steps into hardware in recent years by releasing its own tablet computer, laptops and other gadgets. Earlier this year it hired Rick Osterloh, the former president of Motorola, to lead a new hardware division in a sign of its growing ambitions.

The company’s chief executive, Sundar Pichai, said last month that Google was “investing more effort” into phones, although he said the company would continue to support the Google-backed Nexus smartphones, which are expected to continue this year with handsets made by Taiwanese company HTC. “Our plan is still to work with [other manufacturers],” he said.

The move could add an extra dimension to EU claims that Google has abused AndroidÂ’s dominance. In April, the European Commission formally charged the company with monopoly abuse, accusing it of using the success of Android and the Google Play store to push its search engine and Chrome web browser. The commission has the power to fine Google as much as 10pc of its $75bn (ÂŁ55bn) revenue.

Google declined to comment.
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4 days ago

Video inside iPhone 7 Final Design & Price Leaked?

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| By CALViiiN - 4 days ago

well. I am most likely going to go back.. to the #NoteGang.

honestly, this isn't the iPhone to get. next year will be 10yrs. of iPhone. so that could probably be the real one.


Even if that iOS 10 jailbreak drops.. I still might pass.. idk yet.

A jailbroken iPhone is the only iPhone.

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5 days ago

Article inside “Godless” malware apps, found in Google Play, can infect 90% of Android phones

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| By mr_underground - 5 days ago

Researchers have detected a family of malicious apps, some that were available in Google Play, that contain malicious code capable of secretly rooting an estimated 90 percent of all Android phones.

There's a dark side to Android root providers, even when they're fully disclosed.
In a recently published blog post, antivirus provider Trend Micro said that Godless, as the malware family has been dubbed, contains a collection of rooting exploits that works against virtually any device running Android 5.1 or earlier. That accounts for an estimated 90 percent of all Android devices. Members of the family have been found in a variety of app stores, including Google Play, and have been installed on more than 850,000 devices worldwide. Godless has struck hardest at users in India, Indonesia, and Thailand, but so far less than 2 percent of those infected are in the US.

Once an app with the malicious code is installed, it has the ability to pull from a vast repository of exploits to root the particular device it's running on. In that respect, the app functions something like the many available exploit kits that cause hacked websites to identify specific vulnerabilities in individual visitors' browsers and serve drive-by exploits. Trend Micro Mobile Threats Analyst Veo Zhang wrote:

Godless is reminiscent of an exploit kit, in that it uses an open-source rooting framework called android-rooting-tools. The said framework has various exploits in its arsenal that can be used to root various Android-based devices. The two most prominent vulnerabilities targeted by this kit are CVE-2015-3636 (used by the PingPongRoot exploit) and CVE-2014-3153 (used by the Towelroot exploit). The remaining exploits are deprecated and relatively unknown even in the security community.

In addition, with root privilege, the malware can then receive remote instructions on which app to download and silently install on mobile devices. This can then lead to affected users receiving unwanted apps, which may then lead to unwanted ads. Even worse, these threats can also be used to install backdoors and spy on users.

The first Godless apps stored the rooting exploits in a binary file called directly on an infected device. Once an app is installed, it waits for the device screen to turn off and then proceeds with its rooting routine. After it successfully roots the device, it installs an app with all-powerful system privileges so it can't be easily be removed. The earlier apps also install a system app that implements a standalone Google Play client that automatically downloads and installs apps. The client can also leave feedback in Google Play to fraudulently improve certain appsÂ’ rankings.

More recent Godless apps download the rooting exploit and payload from the server located at hxxp://market[.]moboplay[.]com/softs[.]ashx, most likely so that the malware can bypass security checks done by Google Play and other app stores. The later variants also install a backdoor with root access in order to silently install apps on affected devices.

The post went on to say that "various apps in Google Play," including utility apps such as flashlights and Wi-Fi apps and copies of popular games, contain the malicious rooting code. Trend identified only one such app by name. It was called Summer Flashlight, and had been installed from 1,000 to 5,000 times. The app was recently ejected from Google Play, but for the time being, its listing is still available in search engine caches.

The Trend post also said researchers encountered a large number of benign apps in both Google Play and elsewhere that have corresponding malicious versions that share the same developer certificate. "Thus, there is a potential risk that users with non-malicious apps will be upgraded to the malicious versions without them knowing about appsÂ’ new malicious behavior. Note that updating apps outside of Google Play is a violation of the storeÂ’s terms and conditions."

20,000 samples found impersonating apps from Twitter, Facebook, and others.
Godless is only the latest Android malware to use rooting bugs to gain a persistent foothold on handsets. Last November, researchers discovered a family of more than 20,000 trojanized apps that used powerful exploits to gain root access to the Android operating system.

Root exploits aren't automatically malicious. People often deliberately use them to expand the capabilities of their devices or to bypass restrictions imposed by carriers or manufacturers. But because root exploits have the ability to circumvent key Android security protections, users should run them only after thoroughly researching the topic and the specific app that's doing the rooting. As always, Android users should avoid using third-party app stores, with the notable exception of Amazon's. Even when downloading from one of these stores, users should avoid apps from unknown developers.

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5 days ago

Galaxy Note 7 Name And Specs Confirmed

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6 days ago

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Video inside If You Want To Enhance The Quality of Your Music via Headphones You Need This App

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6 days ago

Video inside Microsoft shows how bad Chrome is for your laptop's battery

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If you're a regular user of Google's Chrome browser then you're probably aware of the effect it has on your laptop battery life. Google has previously promised to improve battery life with Chrome, but most of the quick fixes haven't made a big difference yet. Microsoft has been busy conducting its own series of battery test experiments in the meantime, to prove what we already know: Chrome drains your battery.

Microsoft has created two tests to measure the power consumption by browsers: the first is a test in a lab-controlled environment measuring typical browsing behavior on popular sites, while the second experiment times how long streaming HD video lasts. Unsurprisingly, Chrome lasts just four hours and 19 minutes on the streaming video test, compared to seven hours and 22 minutes for Microsoft's Edge browser.

Microsoft's lab-controlled tests also show that Chrome, Opera, and Firefox all use more battery power than Edge during an automated cycle of opening sites, scrolling articles, watching videos, and opening new tabs. To further prove Microsoft's point, the company is also releasing aggregated telemetry data from millions of Windows 10 machines that show Microsoft Edge and Firefox are both more power efficient than Google's Chrome browser.

Microsoft is clearly attempting to win people over to Edge, but the company's new browser still lacks some features that you'd find in Chrome and Firefox. Browser extensions aren't available in Edge just yet, but they will launch alongside the Anniversary Update to Windows 10 this summer. Microsoft is also promising even more power-saving enhancements with the Anniversary Update to Edge, thanks to fewer CPU cycles, less memory consumption, and controls on background activity and Flash ads.

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6 days ago

Article inside Google Responds To Facebook an Twitter and Launches Youtube Live For Mobile

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WeÂ’ve been offering live streaming on YouTube since 2011, before it was cool. Millions of people around the world tuned in to watch the Royal Wedding in 2011. One-sixth of the Internet watched Felix Baumgartner leap from space live on YouTube in 2012.

And just this year, we became the first to ever broadcast a 360-degree live stream during Coachella. Over 21 million people tuned in to watch Coachella on YouTube this year—almost twice as many as tuned in to watch the season finale of American Idol.

Today, we are announcing a new chapter in bringing the power of live video to creators everywhere. Soon, weÂ’ll be putting the power of YouTube live streaming in the palm of your hands.

YouTube mobile live streaming will be baked right into the core YouTube mobile app. You wonÂ’t need to open anything else, just hit the big red capture button right there in the corner, take or select a photo to use as a thumbnail, and you can broadcast live to your fans and chat in near real time

Because it’s built right into the YouTube app, mobile live streaming will have all the features your regular videos have—you’ll be able to search for them, find them through recommendations and playlists and protect them from unauthorized uses. And since it uses YouTube’s peerless infrastructure, it’ll be faster and more reliable than anything else out there.
We think this will offer you an entirely new, more intimate and spontaneous way to share your experiences with your communities. WeÂ’re launching today with The Young Turks, AIB, Platica Polinesia, SacconeJolys, and Alex Wassabi at VidCon and will be rolling it out more widely soon.

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6 days ago

Video inside Boston Dynamics=Cyberdine

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All the videos on that channel. Offin people behind the scenes... No drones required

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7 days ago

Specs For The 5" HTC Nexus "Sailfish" Leak

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| By Jago - 7 days ago


It's that time everybody: Nexus season. While the last substantive pieces of Nexus information we could share popped up nearly two months ago, we've finally received some tidbits about the device specifications we can give you today. Now, let's go through the AP rumor song and dance.

Confidence level

We rate this rumor a 8 out of 10 confidence level (on further consideration, we've revised this from a 7 to an 8). At this time, we lack strong corroborating evidence for the specifications of the upcoming Nexus phone - codename Sailfish (also known as "S1"), one of two devices. However, the source that has provided this information to us has proven trustworthy in the past, and we feel confident enough to publish this information based on what we have been given.

That said, we are subtracting points on this occasion because of the lack of a secondary source to confirm the information, as well as a lack of primary sources we are able to share today.

The evidence

Unfortunately, we are not able to share direct evidence from our sources, both due to the sensitive nature of that evidence and the way in which it was relayed to us. Suffice it to say, we would not publish this information if we did not feel confident in the quality of that source. Here is what we know about one of two Nexus phones, codenamed "Sailfish."

• Manufactured by HTC
• 5" 1080p display (~440PPI)
• Quad-core 2.0GHz 64-bit processor (model unknown)
• 2770mAh battery
• 32GB storage (unknown if multiple models will be available, or even if this is the base storage level)
• 12MP rear camera, 8MP front
• Rear-mounted fingerprint scanner
• USB-C port (bottom)
• Bottom-firing speaker or speakers (unknown if dual)
• Top-mounted headphone jack
• Bluetooth 4.2

The 5" display has been previously rumored - codenames for the Sailfish and Marlin early on were alleged to be T50 and T55, respectively, and we had an earlier source months back tell us that the smaller of the two phones would use a 5" display. The rest, though, is largely down to our trust of this source.

But this is what we have for now - at this time, we aren't able to confirm anything about pricing, release date, different storage/RAM configurations (or if there are any), or really anything aside from what I've told you above. We don't even know what it will be called, or if HTC's brand will be featured on the device or in marketing for the handset.

Final thoughts

The specifications provided to us by our source seem exceptionally believable. Keeping the smaller, more down-market Nexus of the two at 1080p on the display panel makes sense, and also reduces power consumption. As for everything else, well: we can hope that 32GB is now the base level storage for the introductory level Nexus phone, but we're not able to confirm that at this time - it's entirely possible a 16GB model may exist, we just don't know yet.

We will work to give you more information about the upcoming Nexus devices as we are able to get it. Until then, let the real #NexusHype begin.
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1 week ago

Article inside New report states the Galaxy Note 7 will only come with a curved display

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There's a new report that states Samsung isn't going to bother releasing a flat-screened version of the Galaxy Note 7. According to the Korea Herald, the company only plans to roll out a curved display, usually found on Edge variants.

From the report:

"Samsung Electronics' new Note phablet, tentatively called "Galaxy Note 7," is expected to have a curved screen, indicating the Korean tech giant's commitment to a dual-edge curved display for its Galaxy smartphones. According to local daily Munwha Ilbo, Samsung is not considering launching a flat screen version of the Note phone."

The report does get one thing incorrect, however. The Galaxy Note 7, if released with a curved display, will not be the first Note to sport such a feature. There's the Galaxy Note Edge (pictured above) that showcased what Samsung had in mind for future hardware.

Would you like to see the next Note have a curved display or are you not a fan of said screens? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.
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1 week ago

Top ten construction innovations!!!!

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Cement is one of the most widely used materials in construction, but also one of the largest contributors to harmful carbon emissions, said to be responsible for around 7 per cent of annual global emissions. Cracking is a major problem in construction, usually caused by exposure to water and chemicals. Researchers at Bath University are looking to develop a self-healing concrete, using a mix containing bacteria within microcapsules, which will germinate when water enters a crack in the concrete to produce limestone, plugging the crack before water and oxygen has a chance to corrode the steel reinforcement.


Efficient insulation material is becoming increasingly important throughout the construction industry. Heat transmission through walls tends to be passed directly through the building envelope, be it masonry, block or stud frame, to the internal fascia such as drywall. This process is known as “thermal bridging”. Aerogel, a technology developed by Nasa for cryogenic insulation, is considered one of the most effective thermal insulation materials and US spin-off Thermablok has adapted it using a proprietary aerogel in a fibreglass matrix. This can be used to insulate studs, which can reportedly increase overall wall R-value (an industry measure of thermal resistance) by more than 40 per cent.


Building integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) glazing can help buildings generate their own electricity, by turning the whole building envelope into a solar panel. Companies such as Polysolar provide transparent photovoltaic glass as a structural building material, forming windows, façades and roofs. Polysolar’s technology is efficient at producing energy even on north-facing, vertical walls and its high performance at raised temperatures means it can be double glazed or insulated directly. As well as saving on energy bills and earning feed-in tariff revenues, its cost is only marginal over traditional glass, since construction and framework costs remain, while cladding and shading system costs are replaced


Kinetic energy is another technology under development. Pavegen provides a technology that enables flooring to harness the energy of footsteps. It can be used indoors or outdoors in high traffic areas, and generates electricity from pedestrian footfall using an electromagnetic induction process and flywheel energy storage. The technology is best suited to transport hubs where a large flow of people will pass over it. The largest deployment the company has done so far is in a football pitch in Rio de Janeiro to help power the floodlights around the pitch. It also currently has a temporary installation outside LondonÂ’s Canary Wharf station powering street lights.


Italian startup Underground Power is exploring the potential of kinetic energy in roadways. It has developed a technology called Lybra, a tyre-like rubber paving that converts the kinetic energy produced by moving vehicles into electrical energy. Developed in co-operation with the Polytechnic University of Milan, Lybra operates on the principle that a braking car dissipates kinetic energy. The cutting-edge technology is able to collect, convert this energy into electricity and pass it on to the electricity grid. In addition to improving road safety, the device upgrades and promotes sustainability of road traffic.

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1 week ago

Article inside Google Chrome hacks: Make your browser faster, more efficient, and boost your productivity

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Article inside FBI is now pushing for warrantless access to internet browsing history

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The amendment would apply in terrorism and national security cases, but critics warn against the expansion of powers.

The Obama administration is pushing to amend existing privacy law in a way that critics argue would allow the government access to internet browsing histories and other metadata -- without needing a warrant.

An amendment to the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA), set to be considered by the Judiciary Committee on Thursday, will allow the FBI to subpoena records associated with Americans' online communications -- so called electronic communications transactional records -- with the use of national security letters, which don't require court approval.

FBI wants to keep secret who's stored in its massive biometric database
FBI wants to keep secret who's stored in its massive biometric database

The FBI said it would retain the data to "aid in establishing patterns of activity" to help discover new criminals when they arise.

That would allow federal agents to access phone logs, email records, cell-site data used to pinpoint locations, as well as accessing a list of visited websites.

Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), who introduced the amendment, said the change was necessary to prevent "needlessly hamstringing our counterintelligence and counterterrorism efforts."

Under existing law, national security letters can get access to all kinds of metadata -- but not contents of calls, emails, and other messages. But they don't permit the collection of website addresses, or internet search queries. (That said, the FBI is said to have secret legal interpretations allowing it to collect web histories in some cases.)

That's a problem for FBI director James Comey, who called the omission of the provision in the original law a "typo," arguing that it "affects our work in a very big and practical way," he told members of the Senate Intelligence Committee in February.

Or as the EFF staff attorney Andrew Crocker explained in a blog post, "the FBI thinks it was already entitled to get these records using [national security letters], and Congress simply messed up when it drafted the law."

But the Justice Dept.'s Office of Legal Counsel found in 2008 that the FBI was wrong. That's why the FBI is making the push for a change in the law -- making it the second second such push in a decade.

Those privacy advocates are also back, and they brought with them key allies from the tech industry -- including Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo, -- which were among dozens of signatures on an open letter to the Obama administration asking the government to drop the attempt.

"We would oppose any version of these bills that included such a proposal expanding the government's ability to access private data without a court order," says the open letter, dated Monday.

"The civil liberties and human rights concerns associated with such an expansion are compounded by the government's history of abusing NSL authorities," it adds.

But national security letters will still face some level of scrutiny, thanks to a provision in the Freedom Act, which replaced parts of the controversial Patriot Act, which allow secret demands for customer data to be periodically reviewed.

Leading senior senators have rejected the amendment, and will instead push for ECPA reforms, dubbed the Email Privacy Act, which was passed by the House earlier this year.

We reached out to the FBI for comment.

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1 week ago

Article inside Samsung Galaxy S8 rumored to sport a UHD resolution screen and dual camera setup

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| By Tiko377 - 1 week ago

The latest rumor about a dual camera setup has nothing to do with the Apple iPhone 7 Plus. It actually has to do with a phone that probably won't be introduced until next February, the Samsung Galaxy S8. Word out of China is that the next iteration of Samsung's flagship smartphone will feature a dual camera module on the back of the phone. The rumor says that this will be a home grown component devised by Samsung Motors (Semco).

With the increasing popularity of VR, the Samsung Galaxy S8 is expected to feature a 4K resolution screen (2160 x 3840). A screen like that will no doubt consume battery life like crazy. If the rumor is true, we can expect a massive juicer inside the handset.

The Samsung Galaxy S8 could be driven by the Snapdragon 830 chipset. The chip will be produced using the 10nm FinFET process which means that it will provide more power, but will also be energy efficient.

There is no word on whether the phone will keep the IP68 rating for dust and water resistance, but we are pretty confident that a lot more leaks about the phone lay ahead. Heck, we're still waiting for the unveiling of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7.

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1 week ago

Article inside Samsung pumping $6.8bn into OLED display production to meet Apple's demand for the 2017 iP

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According to a report from Nikkei, Samsung is planning to increase production of OLED display panels by more than 50% this year, in order to meet the growing industry demand. It has long been rumored that next year's iPhone would sport a Samsung-build OLED display, and that might just turn out to be true, with the Korean tech giant pumping some $6.82bn to ramp up the production of OLED panels.

The investment is expected to increase capacity by the “equivalent of well over 200 million for smartphone panels” per year, adding to Samsung's current yearly production capacity of more than 300 million panels. This is not surprising, considering reports that Samsung is to supply 100 million 5.5-inch OLED panels for the 2017 iPhone.

Samsung has the lion's share of the OLED production market, and with sales of the organic panels doubling last year, it is no surprise that the Korean tech giant is looking to increase its foothold even further. Similarly, other manufacturers are striving to gain on the juggernaut, with LG Display – the world's largest LCD panel maker – planning to invest over around $8.6bn to boost its production of OLED television panels, with mobile displays likely to follow suit.

OLED screens are praised for their deep blacks and overall vibrance, although slammed by critics for a more unnatural color reproduction compared to LCDs. One of the main challenges poised by the technology, is the relatively short operational life of OLED panels. A lot can be improved however, and with Apple's purported introduction of an OLED display in next year's iPhone, the mobile industry might push toward a wider adoption of the technology.

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2 weeks ago

Image inside New Phone Options

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im thinking of buying a new phone. Provide feedback please

I have been using the same phone i copped in 2013, a Samsung S4

I need a phone thats fast, SD card slot and 5.5 inch screen

i am looking at the following 3 phones

LGV10, Samsung S7 Edge, Sony Z5 Premium


Samsung S7 Edge

Sony Z5 Premium

are there any other phones you guys recommend?

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2 weeks ago

Article inside iphone sales halted in Beijing, China Claims Apple Violated Chinese Design

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| By mr_underground - 2 weeks ago

BEIJING—In Dec. 2014, a small Chinese startup posted a letter online accusing Apple Inc. of infringing its patent for smartphone exterior design. The response was immediate.

Chinese internet users flooded the account with scorn, calling the Chinese company shameless and delusional. “If you make crappy, copycat products, that’s bad enough,” one wrote. “Then you go and hype it.”

In a sign of an increasingly challenging landscape for Western companies, the Chinese company—the little-known Shenzhen Baili, founded by a former Huawei Technologies Co. executive—won a surprise injunction against sales of Apple’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in Beijing, although Apple said the order had been stayed pending appeal and sales remain unaffected.

The patent win is a hint of the growing challenges that Western companies are likely to face in China in coming years on multiple fronts. Chinese companies are becoming stronger competitors in their own right, and Chinese regulators are increasingly insistent that foreign firms play by BeijingÂ’s rules.

As a company geared to consumers and one of ChinaÂ’s favorite brands, Apple has long seemed to get a pass from regulators on the strict scrutiny that has fallen on makers of more sensitive equipment like servers and routers. Industry watchers mused over why Apple was able to sell mobile content while other foreign companies couldnÂ’t. Many chalked it up to Chinese officialsÂ’ love for iPhones.

But under President Xi Jinping, China has taken a stricter view of technologies and content that it previously gave wider berth.

Apple declined to comment on the state of its relationship with the Chinese government.

Chinese companies are also learning to take advantage of a maturing domestic patent system, laying claim to patents first even if they werenÂ’t the first to develop the broader technology, said Erick Robinson, chief patent counsel for Asia Pacific at the Rouse China law firm.

“It is still relatively rare for Chinese companies to attack and be successful against Western companies, but you’re going to see more and more of this,” he said.

The patent ruling is the latest challenge for Apple in China, its largest market outside of the U.S. Falling iPhone sales in China was a major factor in Apple posting its first quarterly decline in revenue in 13 years in April. China also shut down AppleÂ’s iBooks and iTunes Movies services that month, with regulators telling the company it didnÂ’t have the necessary licenses, according to people familiar with the matter.

Apple last month announced a $1 billion investment in Chinese ride-hailing company Didi Chuxing Technology Co., an unusual investment for the company. Analysts said it was likely made in part to curry favor with Beijing.

Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook has said the sales decline doesnÂ’t change his long-term outlook for China, which he has said will surpass the U.S. eventually as the companyÂ’s biggest market.

Mr. Cook has made diplomatic efforts to garner goodwill in China, traveling there more than any other country in the past three years. He is on the advisory board of Tsinghua UniversityÂ’s School of Economics and Management. At SeptemberÂ’s Washington state dinner for President Xi, Mr. Cook sat at the head table.

Now, as part of a broader skepticism from China toward new technology and media, consumer electronics like iPhones have come under tighter scrutiny. ChinaÂ’s technology ministry singled out Apple in May, publishing a statement urging the company to expand its cooperation in China after a visit from Mr. Cook.

“I think the Chinese government feels that many American companies are not paying their dues,” said Mr. Robinson, the lawyer.

The Chinese company challenging AppleÂ’s patents, Shenzhen Baili, is virtually unknown outside China and has no website. However, Shenzhen Baili appears to be another name for Digione, a better-known smartphone startup similar to Xiaomi Corp, the Chinese company known for its cheap phones.

The legal relationship between Digione and Shenzhen Baili couldnÂ’t be confirmed Friday, although the same man, Xu Guoxiang, is listed as the head as both, and both companiesÂ’ names are included in legal documents about the case. Mr. Xu was HuaweiÂ’s global handset marketing director before founding Digione in 2006, according to online profiles.

In 2013, Chinese internet giant Baidu Inc. became the largest investor in Digione, according to two people familiar with the matter.

Baidu is already on the opposite side of another battle with Apple as a major investor in Uber Technologies Inc.Â’s China business, the rival for Didi, in which Apple just invested $1 billion.

The backing of one of ChinaÂ’s most powerful technology companies may help explain how a little-known firm was able to win an intellectual property case over one of the worldÂ’s most technologically advanced companies. BaiduÂ’s founder, Robin Li, is a delegate of the central governmentÂ’s political-advisory committee.

To be sure, this isn’t the first time Apple has come under regulatory scrutiny in China. As one of the most successful Western brands in the country, Apple has often drawn regulatory attention and opportunistic lawsuits. In 2012, Apple paid $60 million to buy the iPad trademark in China from a Chinese company. Last month, a Beijing court ruled in favor of a Chinese company making “IPHONE”-brand pocketbooks.

Apple faces a tougher battle in the patent case, says Edward Lehman, a Beijing-based patent attorney, because it already failed in an effort to invalidate Shenzhen BailiÂ’s patent last year. According to the State Intellectual Property Office, in a decision issued in December and published in January, Shenzhen Baili applied for a patent for exterior design of its 100C smartphone in January 2014 and was awarded it in July that year. Apple applied to the office to rescind the patent in March 2015, and the regulator upheld the patent in December 2015.

BeijingÂ’s municipal intellectual property bureau granted Shenzhen Baili an injunction in the city after ruling that the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus infringed on its patent, according to a statement on its website dated May 19. It wasnÂ’t clear when the statement was posted online. It was noticed earlier this week by Chinese media.

A phone operator at the Beijing Intellectual Property Bureau on Friday evening said no one was available to answer queries.

In note on Friday, UBS analyst Steve Milunovich said the concern about the ban is “likely overblown,” but it underscores the existential threat facing Apple in the long term that “the government could decide to favor local suppliers.”

Some mobile-phone stores in the city had already stopped selling the two models months ago, switching to the current iPhone 6s and 6s Plus phones.

Apple has the option of appealing both the ruling of the patentÂ’s validity and the decision that iPhones infringe on the patent, said Mr. Lehman. Both appeals would take place in the court system, although the initial judgments were administrative, he said. It is common in these cases for an injunction to be suspended throughout the appeal process, he said.

One uncertainty is whether AppleÂ’s newer models could also be ruled as patent-infringing, as their external design is similar to the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The original case began shortly after the launch of the iPhone 6.

In its original outreach to Apple in 2014—a note titled “Lawyer’s Letter”—Shenzhen Baili said it hoped to resolve the patent dispute out of court.

“We believe that a communication with goodwill would contribute to solving potential legal disputes, achieving benign competition and providing better products to customers.”

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