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Charging your devices isn’t leaching cash – or useful life
January 21, 2015 | 12:25 pm

nookcharger_thumb.jpgTechRadar has just shared a post which should be of interest to all users of ereading devices - even if it mostly concerns smartphones. Of course, many keen consumers of ebooks these days are reading on their smartphones anyway, but even those readers who stick to Kindles or Kobos only can still learn from this. In answer to the perennial question "should we unplug our chargers each night?," TechRadar's David Nield compiles up-to-date tech opinion and the results of recent efforts to push battery life and power management. He instances, for example, the International Energy Agency's 1-Watt Plan, which "proposed that all...

HTC out of the woods?
January 7, 2015 | 2:25 pm

ios to androidHTC, which makes some of the best Android handsets - and hence, most preferred mobile ereading devices - around, has just posted its most favorable sales numbers for a long time, recording $1.5 billion of sales in the fourth quarter of 2014, a marginal increase on the same period a year earlier and the first time it has seen quarterly revenue growth since the third quarter of 2011, according to Bloomberg. HTC also recorded a solid operating profit for the period, against analyst consensus estimates of a loss. Bloomberg attributes this turnaround partly to new mid-range handsets in HTC's portfolio, as well...

Latest Xiaomi sales figures push Apple even further behind
January 5, 2015 | 10:25 am

Redmi 2 The recent sales numbers from Huawei which suggested that Apple is in fact facing far tougher competitive pressures in pushing out the iPhone 6 and its ilk than others have implied have been further reinforced by Xiaomi's latest official full-year figures on sales. Hugo Barra, Xiaomi's Vice President of International, tweeted that the company had 61.1 million phones sold, an 135 per cent year-on-year increase, and nearly $12 billion in revenue in 2014. That surpasses the Chinese smartphone maker's own 60 million target and indicates that its growth plans are well on track. They also look very convincing when set against the...

Reuters Huawei sales report chimes badly with Apple victory march
January 2, 2015 | 6:25 pm

HuaweiThe already rather surprising report from analytics firm Flurry that implied mobile device market leadership for Apple at end 2014 received fresh contradiction with a year-end news item from Reuters, based on a leaked internal memo, which indicated that Chinese telecoms major Huawei shipped 75 million smartphones in 2014, an over 40 percent y-o-y increase. This compares with an analyst estimate, also quoted by Reuters, which indicates that Apple may have enjoyed 20 percent sales growth after launching the iPhone 6. Xiaomi, meanwhile, has a  sales target of 60 million for the full year of 2014, three times its 2013 sales of 18.7 million....

Did Apple dominate Christmas?
December 31, 2014 | 6:25 pm

Quite a few stories have been doing the rounds lately of how Apple dominated mobile device activations, app purchases, and starts this Christmas, most of them traceable to a report from analytics firm Flurry, entitled "Apple and Apps Dominated Christmas 2014." And while I don't necessarily doubt its stats, I do wonder about its conclusions. For one thing, Flurry's review period that provided the basis for the key claim, that 51.3 percent of device activations worldwide for the Christmas period were Apple machines, was December 19th-25th. Now, of course that is going to cover Christmas Day itself, but is that really...

Ubuntu Phone sadly delayed yet again
December 23, 2014 | 4:25 pm

I've been a loyal and - mostly - contented user of Ubuntu, the free open-source Linux-based OS produced by Canonical that's one of the most popular Linux distributions available. And I have not been a casualty of the controversy and factional faceoff over its new Unity GUI - which I personally find both seamless and far more convenient to use than either Windows 7 or Windows 8. So it pains me to have to report that the Ubuntu Phone, planned to be both Canonical's major foray into the mobile OS market and a big step forward for Linux on mobile devices,...

Xiaomi heads for the big time with $1 billion capital raise
December 22, 2014 | 11:25 am

A Xiaomi smartphone looks like an increasingly safe bet for your next ereading device: the Chinese smartphone manufacturer has just scored $1 billion in a fundraising round that values the entire company at $45 billion, according to a source quoted by the Wall Street Journal. Participants in the fundraising round included All-Stars Investment, Russian investment firm DST Global and Singaporean sovereign wealth fund the Government Investment Corporation of Singapore (GIC), according to the WSJ. Already cited by Gartner as China's Number One smartphone brand, with 336 percent growth in end user sales in the third quarter of 2014 alone, Xiaomi is already being...

China and Japan: The device tech faceoff?
December 22, 2014 | 10:25 am

sharptabs_thumb.jpgDigitimes, the popular though occasionally unreliable Taiwanese technology news platform, has shared fresh intelligence that Japanese mobile device display manufacturers are finally managing to bring significant pricing pressure to bear on their Chinese rivals. According to the Digitimes report, which cites local "industry sources," Sharp and the government-supported Japan Display conglomerate, the world's largest manufacturer of smartphone screens, are finally managing to match or beat the prices commanded by Chinese and Taiwanese peers for TFT LCD screens and other digital device display technologies. Chinese smartphone manufacturers Huawei, TCL and ZTE are cited as some of the makes implicated in the pricing offensive....

eReading while cruising
December 19, 2014 | 10:27 am

ereadingWhen I mentioned to Chris Meadows that I was leaving for my first ever cruise, he suggested I write something about ereading while cruising. I wasn't sure how I'd approach that, until I'd been on the ship for a couple of days. It was interesting to walk around the decks and see what devices people were using. Here's what I saw. The first day, Nooks outnumbered Kindles, but that turned out to be a fluke. After that first day, I saw only one other Nook. Kindles abounded, although most of them were the eInk versions. I saw lots of Paperwhites, one Touch,...

The whole world gets smart as Gartner data shows smartphone market growth
December 17, 2014 | 2:25 pm

gartner136.gifThe latest data on the global mobile phone market from Gartner shows smartphones reaching new levels of penetration and cannibalizing other mobile phone segments in the third quarter of 2014. Against a background of overall flat mobile phone sales during the quarter, "sales of smartphones to end users grew 20.3 percent to reach 301 million units." Much of this increase is driven by the progressive disappearance of the feature phone category, as phones that do nothing but phone become an increasingly small slice of the mobile pie, even in emerging markets. "Sales of feature phones declined 25 percent in the third quarter...

IDC shows smartphone shipments, revenue growth slowing as markets mature
December 3, 2014 | 2:28 pm

IDC_logoThe latest global mobile phone market forecast from International Data Corporation (IDC,) the Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, headlined "Worldwide Smartphone Growth Forecast to Slow from a Boil to a Simmer as Prices Drop and Markets Mature," points to worldwide smartphone shipments reaching "a total of nearly 1.3 billion units in 2014, representing an increase of 26.3% over 2013." That impressive growth rate, however, is due to halve during 2015, with IDC predicting "1.4 billion smartphones to be shipped worldwide in 2015 for a 12.2% year-over-year growth rate. Slower annual growth continues throughout the forecast with unit shipments approaching 1.9 billion units...

Jolla gets moolah with $1.2 million and counting for alternative tablet
November 24, 2014 | 2:22 pm

Finnish startup Jolla apparently tapped into a source of serious demand when it launched an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign for its Jolla Tablet, a 7.85" display device running the Linux-based Sailfish OS 2.0. The crowdfunding campaign blew past its $380,000 target within a couple of days of its November 19th launch, and as of the time of writing, has secured over $1.2 million in pledges, or 318 percent of the target, with 16 days still to go. What could be the secret of Jolla's success? It might be the Sailfish OS, "mobile-optimized with the flexibility, ubiquity and stability of the Linux core and...