smartphones

  • DrinkMate Is A Tiny, Plug-In Breathalyzer For Android Devices

    DrinkMate Is A Tiny, Plug-In Breathalyzer For Android Devices

    Devices that plug into smartphones to augment the built-in sensors with additional smarts are continuing to make their way to market, many fueled by crowdfunding. Here’s another contender aiming to extend the capability of Android smartphones: a teeny breathalyzer called DrinkMate, currently seeking $40,000 on Kickstarter to make it to market by December. Read More

  • Our Favorite Phones For Back To School

    It’s back to school time and we’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite smartphones to help you out during the new school year. Check it out. Read More

  • Tablet Growth Now Expected To Be Flat In North America And Europe This Year

    Tablet Growth Now Expected To Be Flat In North America And Europe This Year

    Tablet growth in the North American and European markets will be flat this year, according to IDC. The group revised its estimates after what it called a “second quarter of softer than expected demand.” The tablet market, which IDC counts as tablets and 2-in-1 devices, will grow by a slim 6.5 percent globally. In 2014, around 233 million tablets and 2-in-1 devices will be sold… Read More

  • Xiaomi Surpasses Samsung As China’s Top Smartphone Vendor, Says Canalys

    Xiaomi Surpasses Samsung As China’s Top Smartphone Vendor, Says Canalys

    Xiaomi’s name may mean “little rice” in Chinese, but it’s not so little anymore. According to a report from Canalys, Xiaomi has surpassed Samsung as China’s top smartphone maker, thanks to massive growth over the past year. The report says that in the second quarter, Xiaomi shipped 15 million smartphones in China, up from 4.4 million devices, or 240%, in the… Read More

  • Lessons Learned On App Design For Fast-Growth Markets

    Lessons Learned On App Design For Fast-Growth Markets

    One of the typical mistakes developers make is thinking that because they’ve had success in one corner of the globe, they should be able to employ the same strategy to drive adoption elsewhere. The truth of the matter is apps that are wildly successful in the U.S., Europe and Japan often fail to gain substantial traction in areas like India, South America and the Middle East; these… Read More

  • The Amazon Fire Phone Is A Shopper’s Delight But Not Much Else

    The Amazon Fire Phone Is A Shopper’s Delight But Not Much Else

    For the better part of a decade, Amazon has been rolling out e-readers, tablets, and a box that you hook up to your TV while building up a library of content available on all of them. Now they’re hoping they can replace the device you always have on you and spend the most time on: your smartphone. Read More

  • Amazon's Fire Phone

    Hands On With The Amazon Fire Phone

    Announced last month, the Amazon Fire Phone is the company’s first attempt at mobile hardware. Like its cousins in the Kindle Fire line of tablets, it runs a fork of Android and gives you quick access to everything in Amazon’s large (and growing) content library. Read More

  • The iPhone Is Still The Best Smartphone

    The iPhone Is Still The Best Smartphone

    I see a lot of phones in my work here at TechCrunch, and I’m genuinely impressed with where the average level of quality is at compared to where it was even just five years ago. I’ve seen Android mature so much in that time that it’s amazing – but for all the work Android OEMs have done in terms of narrowing the gap with the iPhone, which had a considerable lead on… Read More

  • LG’s Next Flagship Smartphone Will Launch On May 27

    LG’s Next Flagship Smartphone Will Launch On May 27

    Smartphone maker LG is preparing to take the wraps off a new flagship handset at six launch events in cities around the world planned for May 27 and 28 . It’s not specifying the name of the forthcoming flagship — saying only that it will be unveiling its “next big global device after G2″ — but it’s not a huge stretch to expect this phone to be called… Read More

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