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You can't take two steps outside without seeing someone using a smartphone. From texting to selfies, smartphones have become a part of everyday life for millions of people. Be that as it may, there's still a market for flip phones. Yes, flip phones! And a competitive market, at that. Hot off the heels of LG unveiling an Android Lollipop-powered flip phone called "Gentle," Samsung has announced its second generation Galaxy Folder.Like LG's newest offering, the Galaxy Folder is an Android Lollipop device. It also sports a 3.8-inch touchscreen display with an unspecified resolution (presumably it matches or exceeds the 800x480 resolution of the original Galaxy Folder), 8-megapixel rear camera, 2-megapixel... Read more...
Thanks to the efforts of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and its Chairman Tom Wheeler, you shouldn't have too much trouble unlocking your cellphone post contract and taking it to another carrier. It's certainly legal, which was a bit of a gray area two years ago. But Wheeler and all four major wireless carriers in the U.S. came to an agreement that effective today, allows mobile phones to be unlocked upon request. If for some reason they can't, then they must "provide the necessary information to unlock their devices for their customers and former customers in good standing and individual owners of eligible devices after the fulfillment of the applicable postpaid service... Read more...
It's getting increasingly difficult to spot someone using a flip phone these days, and there's a good reason for that. According to Nielsen's newest Digital Consumer Report, 65 percent of Americans now own a smartphone. That's up quite a bit from 44 percent in 2011 and just 19 percent in 2009. Just as interesting is Nielsen's finding that smartphones are more commonly found among Americans than game consoles (46 percent), DVRs (49 percent), digital cable (54 percent), satellite service (31 percent), and tablets (29 percent). Looking beyond smartphones, Americans are more connected and tech savvy than ever before, which is a relatively recent development thanks to the proliferation of Internet-enabled... Read more...
Mobile phone sales around the globe reached 435 million units in the second quarter of 2013, up 3 percent compared to the same period a year ago, according to the latest data released by Gartner. And for the first time, smartphone sales to end users accounted for the majority of mobile phone shipments. There were 225 million smartphones sold in Q2, up 46.5 percent compared to a year ago, versus 210 million feature phones, which declined 21 percent year-on-year. "Smartphones accounted for 51.8 percent of mobile phone sales in the second quarter of 2013, resulting in smartphone sales surpassing feature phone sales for the first time," said Anshul Gupta, principal research analyst at Gartner. Company... Read more...
There have been two major leaks this past week that we want to talk about. First, news that Verizon turns over all phone call metadata -- the numbers called, dialed, and the duration of the phone call in question -- to the NSA. Second, news that the NSA has agreements with major tech companies, including Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo, that require those companies to turn over information. Every firm named in these slides has come out and said it does not reveal information about US citizens without an appropriate court order. The NSA has released a statement confirming this, saying: "It cannot be used to intentionally target any U.S. citizen, any other U.S. person, or anyone located... Read more...
For the past 14 years, Nokia has been the top cell phone brand. This year, there's a new leader: Samsung. According to analytics provider IHS, Samsung is expected to ship 29 percent of the world's cell phones in 2012. Last year, Samsung had 24 percent of the market and held the No. 2 spot. In 2011, Nokia held the No. 1 spot with 30 percent of the market share. This year, Nokia's share will drop to 24 percent. Nokia has held the No. 1 spot since 1998. Overall, IHS expects global smartphone shipments to rise by 35.5 percent this year. Shipments of cell phones are expected to increase by approximately 1 percent. With the extreme growth in smartphone shipments, overall smartphone penetration is expected... Read more...
Mobile is trending high these days, though economic conditions are still the determining factor for any market. To wit, International Data Corporation (IDC) projects that the mobile phone market will grow just 1.4 percent year-over-year in 2012, the lowest annual growth rate in three years despite what it expects will be a record number of smartphone shipments. "Sluggish economic conditions worldwide have cast a pall over the mobile phone market this year," said Kevin Restivo, senior research analyst with IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker. "However, the fourth quarter will be relatively bright due in part to sales of high-profile smartphones, such as the iPhone 5 and Samsung’s... Read more...
Way back in the old days, phones were used for making voice-to-voice calls. That's even true of the first cell phones. How rudimentary we were back then! Today, almost every mobile phone owner uses their cell phone to take picture and send or receive text messages, while at least half also access the Internet to send or receive email. Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project obtained readings on some of the most popular mobile phone activities based on interviews of 2,581 cell phone owning adults age 18 and older. Here's how it breaks down: 82 percent: Take a picture 80 percent: Send or receive text messages 56 percent: Access the Internet 50 percent: Send or receive email 44... Read more...
It's no secret that HTC has had a rough time competing with other big name smartphone manufacturers in the last couple of years. It looked like the company might be turning things around with its One series and the EVO 4G LTE for Sprint, but then the company got hit with another delay thanks to a U.S. Customs review. The EVO 4G LTE is finally here though, and Sprint customers can finally pick up this new, highly anticipated smartphone. The HTC EVO 4G LTE sports many of the high-end features you'd want in a smartphone today including Android 4.0, a 4.7-inch HD display, a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, an 8-megapixel camera, and 4G LTE connectivity. The phone also comes with s kickstand built-in...... Read more...
It's no secret that HTC has had a rough time competing with other big name smartphone manufacturers in the last couple of years. It looked like the company might be turning things around with its One series and the EVO 4G LTE for Sprint, but then the company got hit with another delay thanks to a U.S. Customs review. The EVO 4G LTE is finally here though, and Sprint customers can finally pick up this new, highly anticipated smartphone. The HTC EVO 4G LTE sports many of the high-end features you'd want in a smartphone today including Android 4.0, a 4.7-inch HD display, a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, an 8-megapixel camera, and 4G LTE connectivity. The phone also comes with the well-liked... Read more...
A recent study has found that more and more mobile phone users are tapping into their cell phones to not only surf the Internet, but to do the majority of their online Web browsing. Folks who use their cell phone to go online were once the exception to the rule. In April 2009, Pew Internet found that slightly less than a third -- 31 percent -- of all cell phone owners used their phone to go online, and today that number is up to 55 percent. Almost a third -- 31 percent -- of current "cell Internet users," which are individuals who use their mobile phone to go online, say they "mostly go online using their cell phone" as opposed to any other device, including a laptop to desktop computer. Breaking... Read more...
We heard HTC and Sprint were planning a follow-up to the EVO line, and now we have more details about what the phone will offer. Sprint and HTC officially unveiled the EVO 4G LTE which is expected to be the first HD voice-capable smartphone available in the US. The phone will be available in the second quarter for about $200. Preorders for the phone will begin May 7. The HTC EVO 4G LTE runs on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and features HTC's Sense 4. This phone will have a 4.7-inch HD display, 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 8-megapixel rear-facing camera, 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera, and a 2000mAh embedded battery. Thanks to HTC ImageSense technology and other camera-friendly features found... Read more...
Sprint announced a pre-order availability date for the new LG Viper 4G LTE. This smartphone will be the first 4G LTE device with eco-friendly features from Sprint. Starting Thursday, April 12, customers can preorder the phone from sprint.com/viper. The phone will sell for $99.99 with a new two-year agreement and after a mail-in rebate. The LG Viper runs on Android 2.3 and features a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 4-inch display, and a 4GB microSD card. The phone also supports mobile hotspot capabilities. Some of the eco-friendly features of the phone include the use of recycled plastics in its casing, RoHS compliance, "green" packaging, and an energy efficient charger. LG Viper 4G LTE... Read more...
Assuming Apple makes a 4G LTE-equipped iPhone at some point in the future, Sprint is open to selling such a device. At an investor conference, Sprint's Chief Financial Officer Joe Euteneuer indicated Sprint is free to offer an iPhone with LTE technology though he declined to say if Apple actually had such a phone planned. Euteneuer also indicated Sprint's contract with Apple is similar to the contracts Apple has with AT&T and Verizon Wireless. Additionally, Sprint isn't being held to any 4G LTE coverage requirements. Sprint intends to roll out its 4G LTE network in six cities by the middle of this year. Speaking about Sprint's LTE build out, Euteneuer said, "If you make the assumption that... Read more...
AT&T is the first US carrier to bring the latest version of Android to one of its smartphones via an update. An update to Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) is now available for the HTC Vivid smartphone. In addition to all of the new features you'll get with Ice Cream Sandwich, the update also comes with Beats by Dr. Dre Audio and an updated version of the HTC Sense experience. AT&T also announced plans to bring Android 4.0 to ten additional devices in the coming months. The update for the HTC Vivid is currently available to download via Wi-Fi. Android 4.0 Now Available to HTC Vivid™ Customers AT&T the First U.S. Carrier to Issue Latest Android Version via Upgrade Update Includes... Read more...
Sprint and HTC are sending out invites to an April 4 event where attendees will experience the "latest collaboration" between the companies. Both Sprint CEO Dan Hesse and HTC President Jason Mackenzie will be there, so you can assume it's going to be a big deal. Previously, we heard Sprint was getting the HTC One X, also referred to as the HTC Jet, though at the time this was only a rumor. This invitation adds some credibility to the rumor, and we'll know for sure in a couple weeks what to expect from the two companies. In the meantime, TechoBuffalo claims a "reliable Sprint source" has told them HTC will in fact unveil the Jet (One X) at the event. At this point, we still don't know if Jet is... Read more...
According to reports from S4GRU, HTC's new flagship phone, the One X, could become one of Sprint's first LTE handsets. Referring to the One X as the HTC Jet, unnamed "internal Sprint" sources have stated the wireless carrier will be getting this LTE-equipped phone on June 10. Of course, this date is still a few months away, but it's interesting to note that this date is nearly two years to the date that Sprint launched its first 4G WiMAX handset, the HTC EVO. Although the sources didn't specifically say the HTC Jet is the same as the HTC One X, the specs match including the dual-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor with NFC capabilities. Other specs for the rumored Sprint device include... Read more...
While speaking to CNET Asia, Stephen Sneeden, Product Marketing Manager for Sony Mobile, indicated his company may not release quad-core smartphones until early in 2013. While many mobile handset manufacturers have announced and shown off their latest quad-core handsets this week at Mobile World Congress, it appears Sony is holding off for better performance. Sneeden did qualify his remarks, saying they are only his assumption and that Sony will make official announcements when it is ready to do so. Sneeden also indicated that Sony is waiting to join the quad-core movement until the performance matches battery efficiency. In the meantime, Sneeden indicates "What we are going to be doing in the... Read more...
While many of today's better smartphones offer dual-core processors and 1GB of RAM, alongside plenty of onboard storage, one of the easiest differentiating points between smartphones today has become the screen--size, resolution, and screen technology are all considerations. Samsung is pushing the former limits of smartphone screen sizes with the introduction of the new Samsung Galaxy Note. This smartphone offers one of the largest screens we've seen from a phone yet – 5.3 inches. In addition to being large, it is also a gorgeous display which uses Super AMOLED technology and offers a resolution of 1280x800... Samsung Galaxy Note Smartphone Review... Read more...
While many of today's better smartphones offer dual-core processors and 1GB of RAM, alongside plenty of onboard storage, one of the easiest differentiating points between smartphones today has become the screen--size, resolution, and screen technology are all considerations. Samsung is pushing the former limits of smartphone screen sizes with the introduction of the new Samsung Galaxy Note. This smartphone offers one of the largest screens we've seen from a phone yet – 5.3 inches. In addition to being large, it is also a gorgeous display which uses Super AMOLED technology and offers a resolution of 1280x800. Click to enlarge Another feature that sets the Galaxy Note apart from other... Read more...
Corning has sent the first shipments of its new Gorilla Glass 2 to "key device makers" who will use the new glass in devices planned for release this year. As the next-generation version of the widely used cover glass for smartphones and other consumer electronic devices, Gorilla Glass 2 improves upon the original version by offering the same performance and strength in a thinner form. In fact, Gorilla Glass 2 is up to 20 percent thinner than the original. Corning expects the first devices that are equipped with Gorilla Glass 2 to be available in April or May. Gorilla Glass is currently used by more than 30 major brands. Corning Delivering Corning® Gorilla® Glass 2 for Next Generation... Read more...
It looks like AT&T isn't the only one who will be getting one of HTC's new One-branded phones. T-Mobile and HTC are teaming up to offer T-Mobile's thinnest smartphone (7.95mm) in the form of the HTC One S. This smartphone features a 4.3-inch qHD AMOLED touchscreen along with Beats Audio, connectivity to T-Mobile’s HSPA+ 42 Mbps network, and Qualcomm’s 1.5 GHz Snapdragon S4 dual-core processor. The HTC One S will ship with Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and HTC Sense 4. The HTC One S camera also offers many of the same features as AT&T's HTC One X including the f/2.0 lens and a backside-illuminated sensor. The HTC One S will be available this spring from T-Mobile.  T-Mobile... Read more...
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