Smartphones

Apple’s iPhone 6: What to Expect

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Apple’s latest pair of iPhones will reportedly begin mass production in July and August, according to a new report. While many a rumor about the notoriously tight-lipped Apple should be taken with a sizable grain of salt, a number of reliable sources over the past few months have insisted that the next iPhone generation will feature 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch units, the better to compete with popular “phablets.” Many of those sources also suggest that Apple will release at least one… continue…

BlackBerry Betting That Square Will Be Hip

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To say that BlackBerry has cruised a rough road in recent years is a major understatement: Not only did the company witness its market-share decimated at the combined hands of Google and Apple, but its highest-profile attempt to reverse that decline—BlackBerry 10 OS—underperformed with businesses and consumers. In a bid to stave off total collapse, BlackBerry retrenched as a niche IT firm focused primarily on the enterprise. But the company hasn’t wholly abandoned its once-ubiquitous mobile devices: Not only has… continue…

Americans Would Give Up Chocolate, Alcohol, TV for Smartphones

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A new report suggests that Americans love their smartphones so much, they’d sooner give up alcohol, chocolate, television, shopping and even their car than part with their iPhone or Android device. The report (PDF), commissioned by Bank of America, surveyed 1,000 adults in the United States. Roughly 85 percent of those surveyed checked their smartphone “at least a few times a day,” while 35 admitted that they did so constantly; only 13 percent said they “hardly ever” consulted their device.… continue…

Why Amazon’s Fire Phone Is Dead on Arrival

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Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos ascended a Seattle stage yesterday to unveil the Fire Phone, his company’s first smartphone. The 4.7-inch device includes a variety of next-generation features, from streamlined integration with Amazon’s various cloud services to live tech support via the “Mayday” button. It runs Fire OS 3.5.0, Amazon’s mobile operating system based on Google Android, and can access the thousands of apps available via Amazon’s App Store. But make no mistake: Amazon didn’t set out to make a vanilla… continue…

How Amazon’s Smartphone Could Profit Mobile Developers

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If rumors prove correct, Amazon will unveil a smartphone at a high-profile June 18 event in Seattle. The big question is, why? As pointed out by many a publication over the past few days, numerous companies have plunged into the smartphone space and failed. For every Apple iPhone or Samsung Galaxy S that achieves blockbuster sales and critical acclaim, another dozen fade from the market after leaving barely a ripple in the popular consciousness. If Amazon launches a smartphone, pouring… continue…

Google, Apple Want to Take Healthcare IT Mainstream

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At Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) earlier this month, CEO Tim Cook and other executives unveiled HealthKit, an app designed to consolidate health and fitness data within an iOS dashboard. HealthKit can list everything from cholesterol levels to calories burned, with an “emergency card” of contacts and pertinent data (blood type, etc.) accessible via the iOS lock screen. In theory, HealthKit will also have the ability to interact with apps from third-party developers, such as Nike’s FuelBand platform. Click here… continue…

Amazon Could Unveil 3-D Smartphone This Month

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Amazon’s latest promo video shows people (presumably beta testers) gushing about a device in their hands. “It moved with me,” one says. “It’s very real life,” another enthuses. “I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything like that,” suggests a third, while tilting her head back and forth. The shot is always framed so that the object of their awe is just out of sight, but they’re clearly impressed with its capabilities: Amazon accompanied that video with an announcement that it… continue…

Get Ready for a Supersized iPhone 6

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Will Apple unveil the next iPhone at its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) this week? Tech punditry seems to think the answer to that question is a big, fat “No,” and it’s probably right—Apple generally uses the show to announce new versions of its iOS and Mac OS X platforms, not hardware. But no doubt about it: The next iPhone is coming this year. The galaxy of websites and blogs that routinely feed the Apple rumor-mill seem to agree on one… continue…

Is 2014 the Year of the Phablet?

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If research firm IDC is correct, 2014 could become the year of the “phablet.” IDC defines phablets as smartphones with screens exceeding 5.5 inches, a category that encompasses a growing number of devices. Samsung in particular has led the phablet charge, seeing it as a competitive differentiator from Apple, which has (so far) resolved to keep the iPhone’s screen at no more than four inches diagonal. Click here to find app developer jobs. IDC believes phablets’ share of the smartphone… continue…

Yep, Android Still Leading Worldwide

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Google Android continues to dominate the smartphone space, according to new data from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech. For the first three months of 2014, the research firm found that Android held a comfortable lead in nearly all of its survey countries, including the EU, Australia, China, the United States, and Great Britain. Despite that advantage, however, Apple still managed to make inroads in a number of countries, particularly Japan. Click here to find mobile developer jobs. In the U.S., for example,… continue…