mobile phones

The dos and don’ts of crafting frontier-tech companies

Powerful tools, amazing talent and endless dollars flowing from eager investors makes today an amazing time to start tomorrow’s technology companies. Curious and ambitious founding teams are putting

KaiOS, a feature phone platform built on the ashes of Firefox OS, adds Facebook, Twitter and Google apps

Mozilla called it a day with Firefox OS for mobile handsets back in 2015 and said it would test the waters for an IoT effort using some of the same technology (and it has). But that hasn’t spel

LG’s mobile business can’t stop losing money

Korea electronics giant LG continues to show the world that making a profit, or even breaking even, from selling smartphones is no easy thing. LG Mobile has posted just one quarter of profitability ov

Why Samsung doesn’t beat Apple where it matters

Samsung’s competition with Apple is on premium phone ($400+) market share, and Apple is crushing Samsung in this market. Why do consumers with discretionary spending still prefer Apple in such larg

Pixl is the child-proof smartphone case that masquerades as a camera

As a father I try to remember two things: my biological mission is complete and I am essentially fodder for the grave and my kids will probably destroy my smartphone. That’s why Pixlplay is part

Samsung and Chinese brands utterly dominated India’s smartphone market in Q4 2016

India is in the midst of a revolution: the Chinese smartphone revolution. For the first time on record, there were no Indian companies ranked among the top five smartphone sellers in the country duri

Crunch Report | Samsung Leader Bribery Charges

Xiaomi admits company grew too fast, Samsung's leader Jay Y. Lee is issued an arrest warrant, SpaceX successfully launches and lands a Falcon 9 and Airbus is exploring flying taxis. All this on Crunch

What if the iPhone had never arrived?

Ten years ago the cellphone industry was as teeming with life as a coral reef. Weird, multi-colored Nokias and Samsungs flitted between fronds of seagrass while Sidekicks scuttled in and out of tiny s

HMD’s first Nokia smartphone is heading to China

Nokia fans hankering to get their hands on a new smartphone with their beloved brand name -- and without Microsoft's unloved mobile OS -- will need to go to China if they want to buy the first Android

Gartner spies growing opportunity for voice-driven devices

Analyst Gartner is projecting flat growth for worldwide device shipments; it says the combined shipments of PCs, tablets, ultramobiles and mobile phones will total just 2.3 billion in 2017, the same a

The mobile wars are over

It’s time to call it: The mobile wars are over. The mobile market was once vibrant and variegated, a virtual coral reef of odd devices aimed at specific users. There was a phone with a 3D camera! Th

Samsung said to sell its own refurbished smartphones in 2017

Samsung is looking to sell its own refurbished devices in order to make money on its premium smartphones a second time around, according to Reuters. The company will introduce a refurbished device sal

Gartner: Android’s smartphone marketshare hit 86.2% in Q2

What growth there is left in the smartphone market continues to center on emerging markets where consumers are upgrading from feature phones.

Microsoft debug policy leak could make Windows Phones useful again

Microsoft looks to have inadvertently made some of its own orphaned devices useful again, after accidentally leaking a debug policy that could allow owners of Windows powered hardware such as earlier

Meem backs up your phone every time you charge it

Forgot to back up your phone again? The way we use smartphones has changed a lot, and many of us never even plug our smartphones into computers anymore. Meem's new power cables for iOS and Android may

Smartphone sales growth will drop to single digits in 2016, says Gartner

Analyst Gartner is expecting a big drop in smartphone sales growth, projecting the market will shrink from 14.4 per cent growth in 2015 to just 7 per cent in 2016 — with only 1.5 billion smart

Microsoft offloads Nokia feature phone business to Foxconn for $350M

Microsoft is selling the feature phone business it acquired from Nokia back in 2013 to a subsidiary of Chinese manufacturer Foxconn for $350 million, it announced today. At the same time former owner

Samsung’s Galaxy S7 series is selling a lot better than the Galaxy S6 did

It's become increasing common to hear of Samsung's mobile business struggling, but the early signs around its newest devices suggest that the company could turn the tide.

Android squeezes iOS’ sales growth in China

The latest smartphone sales data from Kantar Worldpanel suggests Apple had a tougher time shifting its devices over Chinese New Year than in prior years, with the market watcher noting no growth in ma

Even Microsoft’s own presenters have given up on Windows Phone

Sitting through all the keynotes at Microsoft's Build, there's one giant gaping hole in the coverage: Windows Phone was barely mentioned. In fact, it seems like the keynote speakers were actively avoi
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