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LG will unveil its flagship G4 smartphone later this month, but if you're looking for something to salivate over in the meantime, the company's display division just announced the launch of a quad high definition (QHD) LCD panel for smartphones with several noteworthy features, including richer and more accurate colors with a 120 percent color gamut. It's a 5.5-inch In-Plane Switching (IPS) panel with a 2560x1440 resolution, so in terms of size and pixel density (538 pixels per inch), it's already an impressive display, at least on paper. To make it even better, LG combined a blue LED chip with... Read more...
With the help of DeNA, Nintendo is going to start developing apps for smartphones and other smart devices, the companies announced today. The two firms are pooling their resources -- both talent and capital -- to get the new venture going, which in addition to developing apps will also include a new multi-device membership service. Both companies will build game apps based on Nintendo's intellectual portfolio, including iconic characters. The partnership doesn't mean Nintendo is moving away from the home console business, a point company president and CEO Satoru Iwata made when confirming that... Read more...
Apple's Jony Ive thinks consumers want thinner smartphones rather than longer battery life. I say that's hogwash, which is why I'm cautiously optimistic about yet another battery technology that promises to keep our gadgets running longer. In this case, it's a lithium-ion battery that stores twice as much energy, and it's supposedly close to commercialization.Yes, it's true that we've heard a plethora of battery breakthroughs and promising technologies that promises to shake up the industry before, yet not much as really changed in the past several years. Why? Many of the breakthroughs we hear... Read more...
It's a funny thing watching Apple and Samsung compete in the mobile space, especially now, as each one adopts lessons learned from one another. For example, Apple finally figured out that Samsung was onto something with its big screen smartphones, and lo and behold, the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus are selling like gangbusters. Likewise, it took Samsung forever a day to learn that Apple's premium design philosophy holds mass market appeal, and so the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge have already reported topped 20 million in preorders.This is all proof positive that yes, you can teach... Read more...
Smartphone sales jumped 28.4 percent to 1.2 billion units in 2014 and grew to represent two-thirds of the global phone market, according to the latest research by International Data Corporation (IDC). Growth was helped by a record fourth quarter that saw 367.5 million smartphone shipments, up 29.9 percent compared to the same quarter in 2013. Give credit to Apple for the strong finish. Samsung had been the world's top smartphone supplier since 2011, but following the launch of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, Apple was able to dethrone the South Korean handset maker in the fourth quarter to narrowly... Read more...
Will your next mobile device come from Huawei? Don't rule it out, even if you've never heard of the company. Huawei makes some downright sexy looking mobile devices, though its presence in the United States is limited, in part because of a House Intelligence Committee report in 2012 ago saying that Chinese telecom firms Huawei and ZTE pose security threats to the U.S.Over two years removed from the report, Huawei plans to focus on the U.S. market and win over consumers by launching several new smartphones and wearable products stateside, which it will promote with a marketing push, according to... Read more...
Microsoft is faced with a monumental task in mobile. That task? Quite simply, it's to become relevant in a landscape that is currently dominated by Android and iOS (in that order), the two of which account have collectively staked a claim to 96 percent of the world's smartphone market. On the bright side for Microsoft, Windows 10 is an opportunity to do things differently, and despite the massive disparity that currently exists, there are currently 60,000 people testing Windows 10 for phones.It's a drop in the bucket in the grand scheme of things, sure, but that's not the point. Microsoft should... Read more...
Digital photos and videos aren't consuming any less space these days, and as 4K recording grows in popularity, so too will our storage needs. Luckily Samsung is on top of things on the mobile front -- the company today announced that it's now mass producing the industry's first 128GB ultra-fast embedded memory based on the Universal Flash Storage (UFS) 2.0 standard for tomorrow's flagship handsets. Not only will this lead to larger capacity smartphones, it will also improve performance on storage side chores. UFS memory utilizes "Command Queue," a technology that boosts the speed of command execution... Read more...
During fiscal Q1 2015, Apple broke sales and profit records, steamrolling over even the most optimistic forecasts by analysts. The Cupertino, California-based company sold a record 74.5 million iPhones during the quarter, and went on to report quarterly revenue and profit of $74.6 billion and $18 million respectively. We must also take into account this key metric with regards to iPhone sales: the average selling price (ASP). The ASP for iPhones during fiscal Q1 2014 was $636.90; the ASP for fiscal Q4 2014 was $602.92; but the ASP for iPhones during fiscal Q1 2015 was a whopping $687.30. With quarterly... Read more...
Samsung is facing heavy competition on multiple fronts these days. Mobile sales have dipped and a smartphone marketing executive recently stepped aside. In India, smartphone company Micromax has been a thorn in Samsung’s side for years, pushing low-end phones that have appealed to customers moving up from standard cell phones. Now, a research firm says that Micromax is outselling Samsung in one of the world’s biggest mobile markets. Image credit: CanalysMicromax’s new lead is a slim one, according to research firm Canalys, which announced the switch in a statement this week. Micromax now holds... Read more...
We doubt that there will be many tears shed as we wave goodbye to Google's inventory of Play Edition devices, a series of expensive handsets that came with the stock Android experience. The last of these was the HTC One (M8) Google Play Edition, and while you can still find it lingering at the Google Play Store, you'll need a direct link to get you there, only to find out that it's no longer in stock. All things considered, it was a fairly good run for the HTC One M8 Google Play Edition, which was made available in March of last year. It would receive an Android 5.0.1 Lollipop... Read more...
While we've seen data to suggest that tablet growth is slowing way down, the same can't be said for smartphones. Just the opposite, market research firm TrendForce pegs the number of global smartphone shipments in 2014 at 1.167 billion units, representing a 25.9 percent year-on-year growth rate. As expected, Samsung led the pack, though its share of the market is being cut into by Chinese brands. Trend Force called it a "difficult year for Samsung," which saw its share of the worldwide smartphone market drop to 28 percent in 2014 compared with 32.5 percent in the previous year. In addition to competing... Read more...
If it's a low cost, entry-level handset you're after, Microsoft's Lumia line is quickly becoming the obvious choice. At the very least, it's one of the more prominent options, as Microsoft continues to breed an increasing number of lower end smartphones into its Lumia family, including two new devices announced today -- the Lumia 435 and Lumia 523. The Lumia 435 is Microsoft's first ever 400-series device and the most affordable Lumia to date. What does that translate into in terms of hardware and features? Well, it starts with a 4-inch WVGA (800x480; 233 ppi) display powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon... Read more...
The funny thing about the mobile industry is that the landscape can change in the blink of an eye. Just ask HTC, the once dominant company that helped popularize Android and reaped multiple record-breaking quarters for its efforts, only to be rendered an also-ran against the likes of Samsung and Apple. There's a similar story for BlackBerry, which these days is struggling to regain relevance in the mobile market. And if we're to take a snapshot of the mobile world today, we'd see Samsung contending with disappointing sales while privately owned Xiaomi Technology is starting... Read more...
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