smartphones

  • Samsung Acquires LoopPay, Maker Of An Apple Pay Competitor

    Samsung Acquires LoopPay, Maker Of An Apple Pay Competitor

    Samsung has acquired LoopPay, the companies announced today. The acquisition confirms earlier rumors that suggested the two were working closely together on an upcoming project, and suggests Samsung could make use of LoopPay’s technology to offer is own Apple Pay competitor on future devices. LoopPay even advertises its solution as an alternative to Apple Pay for non-Apple device makers… Read More

  • Samsung’s Galaxy S6 Lineup Should Boast Next-Gen Wireless Charging

    Samsung’s Galaxy S6 Lineup Should Boast Next-Gen Wireless Charging

    Samsung is doing a series of teasers this year to hype up the launch of the next Galaxy S6 (or whatever it’s calling its 2016 flagship Android smartphone), and the latest details the tech and progress of wireless charging. In a post on Samsung’s official blog, the company’s lead engineer for IT and Mobile Seho Park described how advances in wireless charging over the past… Read More

  • 1.2B Smartphones Sold In 2014, Led By Larger Screens And Latin America

    1.2B Smartphones Sold In 2014, Led By Larger Screens And Latin America

    Apple is reaping the biggest rewards right now when it comes to selling its smartphones and other devices, but the overall picture for the smartphone market in the year ahead may be a little less rosy. According to the analysts at Germany-based GfK, in 2014 there were 1.2 billion smartphones sold, up 23% on the year before and crossing the billion-unit point for the first time. But… Read More

  • Windows 10 Technical Preview For Phones Now Available

    Windows 10 Technical Preview For Phones Now Available

    Microsoft has decided to make my job just a bit harder by naming all variants of Windows 10 clumsily, but if you have a phone that runs Windows Phone 8.1 and you want to try the next generation, ‘Windows 10 Technical Preview for phones” is now available to download for Windows Insiders, via the Windows Insider app. Microsoft’s Insiders program is easy to sign up, requiring… Read More

  • Google Uses Hangouts As A Virtual Genius Bar To Sell Google Devices

    Google Uses Hangouts As A Virtual Genius Bar To Sell Google Devices

    In 2013, Google expanded its Hangouts video conferencing service into a commerce platform called Helpouts, where people buy and sell services like cooking or technical advice via live video. Now Google has developed another new service based on its Hangouts infrastructure. It is running a live video chat service for would-be buyers of Google smartphones, tablets and Chromebooks (but not… Read More

  • 80% Of All Online Adults Now Own A Smartphone, Less Than 10% Use Wearables

    80% Of All Online Adults Now Own A Smartphone, Less Than 10% Use Wearables

    If people are looking to Apple and its new smartwatch to kickstart wider consumer interest in wearable computing gadgets, the maker of the iPhone will have a lot of work ahead of it. New research out from the GlobalWebIndex indicates that in a survey of 170,000 adult internet users across 32 markets, only 9% report having a smartwatch, and 7% said they owned smart wristbands. In… Read More

  • Samsung Issues Downbeat Earnings Guidance, May See First Profit Decline In Three Years

    Samsung Issues Downbeat Earnings Guidance, May See First Profit Decline In Three Years

    Last year was a hard one for Samsung Electronics and it doesn’t look like 2015 will be much better. The company just issued earnings guidance for the fourth quarter of 2014 saying that its operating profit will 5.2 trillion won (about $4.74 billion), which means that its profit for the year is likely to be 25 trillion won, the lowest in three years. Read More

  • Lenovo Brings Motorola Smartphones Back To China

    Lenovo Brings Motorola Smartphones Back To China

    Less than three months after completing its $2.91 billion acquisition of the phone manufacturer from Google, Lenovo announced today that it will bring back Motorola smartphones to China. Three devices—the Moto X, Moto X Pro, and Moto G with 4G LTE—will go on sale early this year. Read More

  • Thumb Typing Is Changing Our Brains

    Thumb Typing Is Changing Our Brains

    Smartphones are changing us, at least according to researchers at the Institute of Neuroinformatics of the University of Zurich. It seems that as we moved from phones with buttons – BlackBerrys and even feature phones – the parts of our brain associated with the thumbs are changing thanks to increased screen typing activity. Read More