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Posts tagged e-reading on smartphones

A dedicated smartphone for e-reading?
June 6, 2015 | 9:34 am

dedicatedsmartphoneThe launch of the ASUS ZenPhone Selfie, a smartphone - well, obviously - optimized for taking selfies, put me in mind of other dedicated, specialized phones out in the market right now. Smartphones, remember, are increasingly commoditized, and differentiation is ever more important, especially for the East Asian manufacturers who pursue market share as their prime goal. You have the Sony Xperia C4, desperately jockeying for the title of "world's best selfie smartphone." You have the Samsung Galaxy Note, purposed for taking notes, receiving input, and generally making standalone tablets obsolete. You have the LG G Flex and the Samsung...

The curious case of the developing world’s smartphone gender gap
March 2, 2015 | 10:25 am

Névtelen Waiting for new smartphone programs like Android One to bring the four billion global citizens who still don't have internet access, and put ebooks in the hands of the developing world? Well, for the female half of that four billion, you may have to wait more than a little while longer. That's according to the GSMA Connected Women Global Development Alliance program, which has just released a report on "Bridging the gender gap: Mobile access and usage in low- and middle-income countries." According to the report, "based on primary and secondary research conducted by Altai Consulting," with primary field research "conducted in...

Yota Devices moving from Russia to Canada
August 10, 2014 | 2:56 pm

According to a report in Canada's Financial Post, Yota Devices, the makers of router equipment and the very interesting Yotaphone, is relocating from its original home base in Moscow to either Toronto or Waterloo, Ontario. The decision is unrelated to the current political climate in and regarding Russia, according to the article, but is prompted partly by the desire to tap the talent pool of current and former BlackBerry engineers in Canada. The Yotaphone attracted attention before because of its eink back display, which is designed to combine with its front-facing LCD to provide a complete hybrid smartphone/ereader experience. So far,...

How I modded my aging smartphone into a proper ereading platform
August 1, 2014 | 10:20 am

IMG_20140731_150728Following Juli Monroe's illuminating article on how she installed Cyanogen Mod 11 on her Nook HD, I thought I'd share how I pulled off a similar trick on my aging ZTE Skate, an older model Chinese-manufactured phone which, although robust and built with an attractive 4.5" screen, was fast being left in the dust by the ever more bloated ereaders and other apps of the latest Android generation. And in the case of the Skate, the problem was made worse by the machine's niggardly internal memory of 512 MB - only some 200MB of which was available for apps. To squeeze...

Kindle for Android vs. Kindle for iOS
January 14, 2013 | 11:00 am

A common complaint about Android apps in comparison to iOS apps is that Android apps are often missing features or seem “unfinished” and not as polished. While I’ve found that to be true in some cases, the Kindle app is a particularly grievous example. While books in the Android version are easy to read, sync with the Cloud and are very pretty on my Nexus 7 screen, some basic features in the iPad app are mysteriously missing. Here are my biggest gripes: 1. You can’t open a book from an email or from Dropbox With “Send to Kindle,” this isn’t as big a...

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