smartphones

  • The OnePlus 2 Returns With Another Indie Phone Powerhouse

    The OnePlus 2 Returns With Another Indie Phone Powerhouse

    If you’ve been out of the Android game for a while you’d be hard-pressed to understand why people love OnePlus so much. These phones, conceived by the folks who initially launched Oppo, are aimed at the Android connoisseur, if such a person exists, and they have a rabid fanbase of folks who clamor for units with every launch. It’s hard to find them, you’ll probably… Read More

  • Android Wear Device Supports iOS, Per This Pre-Order Page

    Android Wear Device Supports iOS, Per This Pre-Order Page

    Apple Watch not for you? The Amazon preorder page for the Huawei Watch states that the device will support iOS. Now, at this point, it’s unclear if this is a typo or unreleased information — let’s hope it’s the latter. So far iPhone owners have had a limited amount of smartwatches to choose from, say just the Apple Watch and Pebble devices. Likewise, there are dozens… Read More

  • Apple Loses ‘Swipe To Unlock’ Patent In German Court

    Apple Loses ‘Swipe To Unlock’ Patent In German Court

    Apple has lost a challenge in the German court system that sought to overturn an earlier ruling, which voided its patent for ‘swipe to unlock’ in Europe. The patent (EP1964022) was granted back in 2010 and was used to win an injunction against Motorola smartphones (back when Moto was owned by Google) in 2012. Motorola has since appealed the injunction, with a decision dependent… Read More

  • Slower Smartphone Growth Expected In 2015 As China’s Market Matures

    Slower Smartphone Growth Expected In 2015 As China’s Market Matures

    Analysts at IDC have lowered their projections about how much they expect the smartphone market to grow in 2015. Earlier this year, IDC said shipments would grow at 11.3 percent year-over-year, but today’s report says that figure is being revised to just 10.4 percent growth instead. Both numbers represent a dramatic drop from the 27.5 percent growth the market saw in 2014, the firm… Read More

  • Cyanogen OS Lands On Two New Smartphones, Targeting EMEA

    Cyanogen OS Lands On Two New Smartphones, Targeting EMEA

    The Cyanogen flavor of open Android, which is pushing a more customizable version of Google’s mobile OS — helped along by some $115 million in funding in its coffers, including an $80 million round back in March — has landed on two new smartphones heading for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Read More

  • U.K. Web Users Now Prefer To Do It With Smartphones

    U.K. Web Users Now Prefer To Do It With Smartphones

    U.K. web users now see their smartphone as the most important device for getting online, overtaking the previous most popular device, the laptop, according to a study of Brits’ digital habits. Read More

  • Samsung’s Profit Continues To Slide As Its Smartphone Unit Struggles

    Samsung’s Profit Continues To Slide As Its Smartphone Unit Struggles

    As the company forecasted earlier this month, Samsung Electronic posted yet another drop in its quarterly profits. This marks its seventh quarterly decline in a row as the company’s smartphone unit struggles to keep up with competitors like Xiaomi. Sales of its flagship Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge also failed to live up to expectations, and the company is reportedly planning price cuts for… Read More

  • Want To Be The Next Amazon? Go Cross-Border From Day One Crunch Network

    Want To Be The Next Amazon? Go Cross-Border From Day One

    The business of e-commerce is still mostly a national affair. U.S. consumers order from U.S. retailers like Amazon, Gap and Walmart; Chinese consumers buy from Chinese sites such as Tmall, Taobao and JD.com; and Indian consumers flock to Flipkart and SnapDeal. Read More

  • Electrovibration: Bringing Tactile Back Crunch Network

    Electrovibration: Bringing Tactile Back

    Only the most committed Luddites truly mourned the demise of the feature phone. Compare Nokia’s classic 3210 with the latest iPhone and you’d have to be metabolizing a terminal dose of nostalgia to claim the former was the better device. But there’s one aspect of those old 90s handsets that is objectively better than modern touchscreen devices: the buttons. Read More

  • China’s Mobile Engine Is Slowing, Says Gartner

    China’s Mobile Engine Is Slowing, Says Gartner

    Winter might well be coming for (more) smartphone makers as the sales engine of China shows signs of saturation and slowing growth, according to analyst Gartner. Read More

  • Fallout 4 Offers Players A Real-Life Pip-Boy, And Fallout Shelter Hits iOS

    Fallout 4 Offers Players A Real-Life Pip-Boy, And Fallout Shelter Hits iOS

    Your phone is about to get a lot more Fallout; Bethesda Softworks held its own E3 press event last night, wherein they revealed a lot about upcoming title Fallout 4, and launched a new Fallout dedicated mobile game called Fallout Shelter. True fans of the series will probably be most excited by in-game support in Fallout 4 for a real-world Pip-Boy, powered by your very own smartphone. A version… Read More

  • 6.1B Smartphone Users Globally By 2020, Overtaking Basic Fixed Phone Subscriptions

    6.1B Smartphone Users Globally By 2020, Overtaking Basic Fixed Phone Subscriptions

    Today there are 2.6 billion smartphone subscriptions globally, and while growth has been levelling off in developed markets like the U.S. and Europe, it’s not stalling altogether by a long shot. By 2020, globally there will be 6.1 smartphone users led by huge growth in less mature markets. And with 6.1 billion smartphones in circulation, we will see a tipping point of sorts… Read More

  • Confirmed: Sony Mobile Cuts 1,000 Workers In Sweden As Handset Maker Restructures

    Confirmed: Sony Mobile Cuts 1,000 Workers In Sweden As Handset Maker Restructures

    The shakeout among less successful mobile handset makers continues apace. Sony Mobile is cutting 1,000 jobs in Sweden, one of the company’s key manufacturing and R&D centers, as part of a larger restructuring to push the struggling handset maker into profitability. The news, first reported by Swedish local publication 8till5, was confirmed to us directly in a statement (see below). Read More

  • Chromecast Gets Autoplay, Queuing, Second Screen And Multiplayer Game Powers

    Chromecast Gets Autoplay, Queuing, Second Screen And Multiplayer Game Powers

    Google’s Chromecast is a quiet little media secret agent turning the search giant into a big time home entertainment player. All told, users of Cast-enabled software have hit the little button to put their small-screen content up on the big screen a total of 1.5 billion times in the U.S. alone, and Chromecast floats other Google boats, too – users increase their YouTube viewing time… Read More

  • Worldwide Smartphone Growth To Slow In 2015, As China Reaches Saturation

    Worldwide Smartphone Growth To Slow In 2015, As China Reaches Saturation

    The writing has been on the wall for some time, but analysts at IDC are again confirming today that the worldwide smartphone market will continue to see its overall growth slow in 2015. The firm says that global smartphone shipments will grow just 11.3 percent this year, down from 27.6 percent the year prior. The changes are attributed, in part, to the Chinese smartphone market reaching… Read More

  • Parrot’s Drone Revenues Were Up 356% Year-Over-Year

    Parrot’s Drone Revenues Were Up 356% Year-Over-Year

    Parrot saw a big bump in drone sales between its first quarter for 2015, and the same period last year – there was a 356 percent increase in revenue derived from the category between those two measurement spans, with consumer drones leading the big increase with 483 percent revenue growth. Pro drones, like Parrot’s eBee Ag agricultural model, also saw revenues rise 164 percent… Read More

  • Who The Smartphone Revolution Left Behind Crunch Network

    Who The Smartphone Revolution Left Behind

    How many of us have been tempted to chuck our smartphones into the ocean while on vacation to stop the incessant buzzing of incoming emails and texts from interrupting what is supposed to be down time? While many of us have become increasingly desperate to unplug – there’s even a growing industry of “digital detox” vacation spots – in our love-hate relationship… Read More

  • New Materials Could Make Star Wars-Style 3D Screens

    New Materials Could Make Star Wars-Style 3D Screens

    Everyone’s favorite wonder material, graphene, could soon create realistic 3D screens for mobile devices and smartphones. Whereas most 3D displays have thus far depended on fancy glasses or, in a last resort, parallax barriers that simulate 3D in the same way those gaudy pictures of waterfalls and winking ladies simulate movement. Read More

  • Onfleet Raises $2M To Provide Infrastructure For Delivery Apps

    Onfleet Raises $2M To Provide Infrastructure For Delivery Apps

    Between ride-hailing apps, food delivery services, and the random niche services for getting things like massages on-demand, smartphones users in big cities are starting to expect seemingly anything and everything with the tap of a button. The first few years of the “Uber for X” trend involved a lot of rebuilding the wheel for startups willing to experiment with the concept. Now… Read More

  • Google Announces Certification Program For Cardboard Clones

    Google Announces Certification Program For Cardboard Clones

    Google Cardboard has been a surprise hit among early adopters, giving an intentionally cheap, approachable device that opens the door to more people having their first virtual reality experience. Providing affordable hardware for optics and input and a software layer that ties into the tools app and game developers already use has made Android a major destination for those looking to experiment… Read More

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