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Apple, Huawei, and Xiaomi Finish 2015 with Above Average Year-Over-Year Growth, as Worldwide Smartphone Shipments Surpass 1.4 Billion for the Year, According to IDC

Every year, sales of smartphones rise as people ditch their feature phones and purchase the latest all-singing, all-dancing mobiles. You probably won’t be surprised to learn that smartphone shipments in 2015 passed the 1.4 billion mark, breaking new records. Despite saturation in many countries, there’s still a lot of room for growth in emerging market such as India an […]

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Roundup of the month: 5 things you may have missed in December

It feels like December has flown by, and as usual there hasn’t been a dull moment in the mobile industry as 2015 reaches its inevitable conclusion. This year, as ever, smartphones became more powerful, network speeds increased, traditional television viewing slid into decline, and the industry sped forward like Han Solo’s Millennium Falcon making a hyperspace jump. The shoehorned Star Wars reference out of […]

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The Fairphone 2 modular smartphone launches in Europe

  Fairphone has just become the first company to launch a truly modular smartphone, even beating Google’s own Project Ara to market. Not only that, but it’s made from conflict-free minerals, and is leading the charge in giving workers in the supply chain a fairer deal. The Fairphone 2 is the Dutch firm’s latest device and is set to ship in January. At heart […]

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30% of people to watch Christmas TV on connected devices

Christmas is just around the corner, and many of us will spend a lot of the holidays watching TV. In fact, Christmas TV viewing across devices is estimated to reach almost 300 million hours a day over the festive season, with almost half of the population spending more time online over Christmas than during rest of the year. As the […]

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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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Samsung Tizen Z3 proves surprisingly popular

As you are probably aware, Samsung has been slowly improving its home-grown Tizen operating system over the past year or two, releasing a couple of affordable smartphones targeted at emerging markets like India and Bangladesh. The company’s latest device, the Z3, recently made it into GSMArena’s Top 10 Trending Phones of Week 46 rankings at number four, […]

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Devices Opinion

Have mobile phones made us more productive – or are they just a distraction?

Have today’s mobile phones made us more productive, better at communicating and more able to get things done? Or are they more of a distraction what with the endless buzzes, notifications and interruptions? And I’m specifically talking about smartphones rather than feature phones that can barely do more than make a call or send an SMS. A smartphone isn’t merely a phone. We use […]

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Smartphones are changing TV viewing habits, especially among the younger generation

With traditional television markets facing disruption around the world by way of competition with streaming video services, it’s no surprise that the proliferation of smartphones and tablets is rapidly changing TV viewing habits, particularly among the younger generation. Smartphone TV viewing on the rise You may have missed it but Ofcom issued a report a couple of […]

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Nextbit announces the Robin, a head-turning Android smartphone

It seems that almost every smartphone is identical – after all, there’s not much differentiation in terms of hardware specs and general design especially in the mid-range price bracket. With hundreds of Android phones to choose from, standing out from the crowd is becoming increasingly difficult. But a company called Nextbit (formed by a collection of ex-Google employees) is aiming to […]

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Does Xiaomi have the power to become a household name?

With little more than five years trading under its belt, Xiaomi has taken the Chinese smartphone market by storm. Earlier this year, it dethroned Apple to take the number one spot in the world’s largest smartphone market – China. The company has always remained true to its strategy of launching in developing countries as opposed […]

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Making Money in Mobile Requires Companies to Expand

Our thanks today go to Steve Marks from Digital Content Zone for this article on how companies are adapting to make money from the rapidly expanding mobile market. —– Already a trillion dollar business, mobile computers (smartphones and tablets) and their related wireless data plans are spreading faster than any other consumer technology that has ever […]

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If you have an iPhone, now’s the time to sell (before the iPhone 6s is announced)!

With the next generation iPhone about to be announced — in a couple of weeks – now is the best time to sell your iPhone 6 if you’re intent on buying the new model whilst getting the best possible price for your existing handset. A recent report by Flipsy.com explains why it’s critical to sell […]