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Opinion: driverless cars might be the ultimate mobile device (but I would never buy one)

In a slight change to the usual format, today’s “Apps to Watch” has been jettisoned in favour of something I hope will be a more compelling read. You may have noticed over the past year or two that driverless cars (also known as autonomous vehicles) are receiving an increasing amount of press coverage lately, with tech companies […]

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Devices Opinion

The rise and fall of BlackBerry

A topic close to the heart of many of our readers, the much loved Canadian handset company has experienced some turbulent times in the past few years. There’s no denying that they have made some excellent phones, but they are in the middle of a turnaround at the moment (event T-Mobile US’ John Legere recently said “they’re on […]

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Operators Opinion

Opinion: Richard Goold on Google’s Project Fi

Since Google announced its Project Fi initiative, there has been a lot of chatter about what it means for the mobile operators, and whether Google’s efforts will disrupt the market for the better. Today’s post is by Richard Goold of Moorhouse, who has 8 years experience as a management consultant including 5 years in executive leadership roles […]

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Traditional signaling service takes the connected world back to the future

There aren’t many people outside of network specialists who are really aware what goes on behind the scenes in mobile operators’ networks. With the advent of 3G and 4G, networks have evolved beyond all recognition, but some of the more established signalling protocols have defied expectations and are still important to operator’s infrastructure and back-end networks. In this post, Robin […]

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Devices News

Classic Handsets: the Siemens S10 (the world’s first colour phone)

In today’s Classic Handset series article, we’re taking a short trip down memory lane to remember what is claimed to be the first mobile with a colour display: the Siemens S10. Back in the mid to late-90’s and well before the advent of smartphones, mobiles were basic devices with the ability to make calls, send messages and perhaps even a selection of rudimentary […]

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Applications Opinion

Apps that changed the world: Instagram

This instalment of our apps that changed the world series looks at the phenomenon that is Instagram (“Instagram” is a portmanteau of “instant camera” and “telegram”). How has it changed the world? There is arguably nothing quite like it in terms of photo sharing, and the way it has turned more than a hundred million people into avid photographers and sharers. The Instagram community has […]

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Devices Opinion

Mobile technology is making our life more complicated

On a bright weekday morning, Wallace (of Wallace and Gromit fame) is just waking up from a restful night’s sleep by an electronic alarm, which then kicks off a series of machines and gadgets that help him get dressed and into his day clothes. Various contraptions whizz and whir and his breakfast is made, he is […]

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Devices News Operators

Google I/O – five things we care about, part 1

At the recent Google I/O developer conference, Google focused a lot of its time on talking about optimising Android, which is a fairly large undertaking. Making Android work more smoothly and conveniently is something that we care a lot about at Mobile Industry Review, and it’s interesting to see what Google will finally reveal in “Android M” […]

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Devices Opinion

Is BlackBerry still relevant?

  Everyone knows that today, iOS and Android dominate the industry when it comes to smartphones and tablets. It wasn’t that long ago when BlackBerry was a force to be reckoned with, with an army of devoted followers, much the same way that many people are fanatical about Apple today. But in this modern era where […]

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Devices Opinion

Classic Handsets: the Nokia 8800

As part of our classic handsets series, this week we’re taking a look at the old school Nokia 8800, a device that was widely praised at the time of its release for its luxury appearance and premium quality feel. The phone itself was originally available back in 2005, when 3G had only just become mainstream in […]

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Operators Opinion

What’s next for mobile networks?

Many of us now have access to hi-speed 4G networks, with mobile operators around the world racing to roll out the latest flavours of the technology. But what comes next, and what will it mean for you and me? So-called fifth-generation or 5G networks are looming ever-closer on the horizon, and besides the technology giving […]

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Mobile technology is improving life for those in developing nations

There are now billions of mobile Internet users on the planet, probably around a third of the total population. And when you consider desktop computers and laptops, the overall number of people who are able to get online is closer to 3 billion. So if you thought that the mobile Internet is the future, think again […]