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Having failed to put a dent in the smartphone market with its modest $25 offering, Mozilla has decided to overhaul how it goes about this whole mobile thing. According to a new email from Mozilla CEO Chris Beard, the company is changing its strategy to an "Ignite" initiative that's going to focus on selling phones that have actual redeeming features -- not just a super low price. That doesn't necessarily mean that it's going to be targeting Apple anytime soon, but it does want to provide compelling features and performance to lure people over. That simply wouldn't be possible with a $25 handset.... Read more...
Is it too early to talk about another iPhone release? Apparently not, as speculation has already begun on what the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus will bring to the table. At least one analyst thinks that Apple will unveil updated iPhone models as early as August, coming in ahead of the September time frame that Apple's been known for.This is coming from KGI Securities analyst Kuo Ming-Chi, ZDNet reports. Kuo's crystal ball tells him that the next iPhone models will feature the same Force Touch technology that was incorporated into the new MacBook and MacBook Pro laptops, a rumor we've heard before.... Read more...
Back in early January, during our coverage of the Consumer Electronics Show, we gave you all a first glimpse of the Asus ZenFone 2. For those unfamiliar with the ZenFone 2, it is an Intel-powered smartphone, rocking Android Lollipop, that’s compatible with AT&T and T-Mobile, and other cellular networks that utilize GSM technology, like Straight Talk, MetroPCS, and Cricket Wireless among others.Asus Offers The ZenFone 2 In A Handful Of Different ColorsA couple of days ago, Asus held an event to officially launch the ZenFone 2 and announce availability in the U.S., and we left with one of the... Read more...
Apple and Google are part of a coalition consisting of more than 140 tech firms, cryptologists, and civil society groups who have come together to urge President Barack Obama to shut down any government proposals that would require smartphones and other communications to have so-called backdoors for law enforcement to view customer data. The coalition sent a letter obtained by The Washington Post talking about the importance of "strong encryption." It serves as a counterargument to the recent warnings of senior law enforcement officials who warn that restricting access to data and communications... Read more...
Mobile carriers worldwide will begin offering the LG G4 smartphone this week. The phone gives Android fans a competent, modestly-priced alternative to Samsung’s market-dominating Galaxy line. More than 180 carriers and retailers will be stocking G4s over the next several days. LG plans to start the rollout in Hong Kong and move to Russia, Singapore and Turkey before opening up Europe, North America and other regions. “The LG G4 is our most ambitious smartphone yet because it is unlike any other flagship mobile phone on the market today,” said Juno Cho, president and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile... Read more...
Calling the smartphone market "mature" is likely misguided, even if you consider its increasing saturation levels. In the U.S., however, much has changed over the past half-decade, but more important perhaps is what has become commonplace. While the initial players all jockeyed for their share of the smartphone pie, companies such as Kyocera and Sony have all but vanished, while Apple and Samsung are the only two options that some mainstream users even consider. LG's mobile CEO is aware of the current landscape, stating recently that it hopes to sell around 8 million G4 handsets by the end of 2015.... Read more...
Sprint's free International Value Roaming service that was introduced last month is expanding to six new territories, bringing the total number of countries to 22. As the plan dictates, when a Sprint customer is in one of those nearly two dozen countries, he or she can roam with up to 2G speeds and catch up on emails and surf the web at no additional cost. They can also send text messages from the 22 included countries for no extra charge, and if they want to make phone calls, the rate is 20 cents per minute. All a qualified customer has to do is add International Value Roaming to any Sprint domestic... Read more...
One of the most frustrating realities in mobile is knowing that once a new OS gets released, you may or may not receive it. This isn't a problem with iOS, as Apple has tight control over its own ecosystem, but Android and Windows Phone users routinely go without their updates, largely due to carriers that couldn't care less about putting in the effort. This helps explain why seven months out, Android 5.0 is found on a mere 9% of active Android devices. On the Windows side, ZDNet notes some good examples. Despite the fact that Lumia Denim came out in December, the update still hasn't hit AT&T's... Read more...
Over two weeks have passed since the second most hyped movie of the year — Avengers: Age of Ultron — bowed in cinemas worldwide (c'mon...nothing is going to get close to December's grand return of Luke, Leia, Han, et al), and the merchandising march continues with the news that Samsung is prepping a special Iron Man-themed edition of its Galaxy S6 Edge smartphone for release. First rumored back in April by The Korea Times, Samsung put 'Paid' to the hints and innuendo today with an official announcement via the company's official Twitter account. ... Read more...
If one man's trash is another man's garbage, does the same hold true for online retailers? If so, then Amazon's flop -- heretofore known as the Fire Phone -- can be your treasure for £99 (around $156 in U.S. currency), provided you live in the UK and aren't real picky about smartphones. The Fire Phone is marked down from £299 (~$471), a laughable price for a handset that even Amazon admitted was too high. Back in November of last year, Amazon Senior Vice President of Devices David Limp went on record saying, "We didn't get the price right. I think people come to expect a great value, and we sort... Read more...
T-Mobile has been aggressively trying to lure customers over to the Un-carrier's network, though not all of the company's promotions receive a lot of fanfare. Such is the case with T-Mobile knocking $100 off the price of Google's Nexus 6 smartphone. If you head over to T-Mobile's website, you'll find the Android device selling for $549.84 outright, down from $649.92.If you don't have that kind of loot to fork over in one lump sum, you can break payments up into 24 monthly chunks at $22.91. The monthly price stays in effect until you pay off the device or leave T-Mobile early, at which... Read more...
We have a tip for all the tipsters around the world -- use steady hands and good lighting when taking photos of unreleased and unannounced products. That's unless there's some unwritten rule we're not aware of; one that states all leaked photos have to look like they've been taken by a hyperactive 4-year-old wielding a Fisher Price camera. But we're not here to talk about that. Instead, have a look at what a tipster claims are photos of Samsung's yet-to-be-announced Galaxy S6 Active.The images were sent to GSMArena and show the front and back of the supposed device. They're grainy and blurry, though... Read more...
MediaTek introduced the first true octa-core mobile processor back in 2013 at a time when most flagship Android smartphones were packing quad-core processors. Today we’re learning that, just as today’s Android flagships have come around to octa-core power (HTC One M9, Samsung Galaxy S6/Galaxy S6 Edge), MediaTek is preparing to launch a 10-core mobile processor later this year. That’s right, ten friggin’ cores for your smartphone or tablet. Remember, Apple’s iPhone 6/iPhone 6 Plus and the iPad Air 2 are still rocking dual-core and triple-core processors respectively, and definitely hasn’t limited... Read more...
In a note to investors, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo made nearly a dozen predictions about Apple's future iPhone plans, specifically in reference to what most assume will be the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus (if past precedent is followed). One of those predictions is that Apple's iPhone 6S and 6S Plus models will go into mass production around the middle of August.Kuo believes Apple will upgrade the camera to a 12-megapixel sensor, up from the 8-megapixel iSight camera found on the current generation iPhone 6 and and iPhone 6 Plus. It wouldn't surprise us if Apple gave camera performance... Read more...
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