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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...

Android is: The Dominator
February 27, 2015 | 10:25 am

httpwww.teleread.org20100406cleaning-up-epubs-to-work-with-ibook-aggregatorsandroid-attack.jpgForget Fifty Shades of Grey - how about Fifty Flavors of Lloyd? Yes, if you want to see a dominant force cracking its whip over the supine global smartphone market, Android in IDC's latest Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker is the one you want to catch. According to the IDC numbers, "Android and iOS inched closer to total domination of the worldwide smartphone market in both the fourth quarter (4Q14) and the calendar year 2014 (CY14)." And in particular, while iOS saw its market share fall slightly from 15.1 percent in 2013 to 14.8 percent  in 2014, Android grew its market...

Corning’s Project Phire ready to phire up your screen?
February 9, 2015 | 6:25 pm

Broken_glass_300Corning, whose Gorilla Glass is the default standard for many touchscreen tablet and smartphone devices, has been seeding the media with hints about its new Project Phire lately, which apparently approaches the scratch resistance of pure sapphire when used for screens. As yet, there's no confirmation on the Corning website, but the original report on CNET quotes a speech at an investor presentation by James Clappin, president of Corning Glass Technologies, stating that the new project will combine the shatterproof and drop resistance durability of its existing Gorilla Glass with sapphire's scratch resistance. Exactly why Corning is so eager to follow in...

Ubuntu Phone platform surmounts App Store envy?
February 8, 2015 | 4:26 pm

Ubuntu's rather delayed attempt to crack the mobile market with a Linux-based mobile phone is getting even more attention than it otherwise might, not only because of its transition to an open source OS, but also because of its replacement for apps: Scopes. Ubuntu descibes these as: "a world away from the traditional app icon grid ... Scopes are a new UI paradigm, designed to deliver content and services directly to categorised home screens, giving users a rich, unfragmented experience. Developers have a new way to create app-like experiences that are easier to discover, build, and are integral to the OS." Jay...

Mobile goes total as Cisco forecasts almost 10x traffic jump
February 5, 2015 | 10:26 am

The new Cisco VNI (Visual Networking Index) Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast, 2014-2019, just released, showcases some eye-popping figures on the growth in mobile users, mobile data traffic, and average mobile data speeds. Naturally, Cisco is about as likely to forecast a drop in mobile activity as a brewer is to preach temperance, but all the same, there is little reason to doubt their figures. The forecast predicts that, by 2019, "there will be 5.2 billion global mobile users, up from 4.3 billion in 2014. There will be 11.5 billion mobile-ready devices and connections, more than 4 billion more than there were in...

Lenovo gotta lotta Moto
February 4, 2015 | 10:25 am

Lenovo's decision to purchase the Motorola smartphone division has been more than vindicated with its latest Q32014-15 results, which beat business analyst consensus and showed Motorola shipping more than 10 million units, up 118 percent year-over-year, for US$1.9 billion additional revenue. Yuanqing Yang, chairman and CEO of Lenovo, said of Motorola and his other new acquisition, the IBM System X assets: “The two newly acquired businesses are achieving great momentum in their first quarter of integration.  They are definitely becoming our growth engines. Motorola is already a global strength: for the first time it sold more than 10 million units in the...

OxygenOS is oxygen for OnePlus’s OS woes?
February 2, 2015 | 10:25 am

The OnePlus initiative,  "a technology startup committed to bringing the best possible technology to users around the world," which sought to create cheap yet fully featured Android smartphones for global markets, ran into trouble recently over licensing disputes in India with CyanogenMod, the Android OS mod of choice for many smartphone cognoscenti and its preferred software so far. Now, OnePlus has apparently decided that the solution is its own fork of the Android OS, dubbed OxygenOS. The OnePlus statement on the issue reads: As many of you know, we will be launching our own ROM in the near future. We’ve spent a lot...

Android hits the billion mark in smartphone shipments
January 30, 2015 | 6:25 pm

Android mascot, LloydAccording to a recent report by Strategy Analytics, shipments of smartphones running the Android OS reached 1 billion for the first time in 2014, when "global smartphone shipments grew 30 percent annually to reach a record 1.3 billion units."The report continues: "Android has become the first ever smartphone operating system to ship more than 1 billion units in a single year. Android accounted for a huge 81 percent share of all smartphones shipped globally in 2014, and Apple iOS remains its only serious threat for now." This rather puts a dent in recent laudatory reports of Apple's sales numbers, claiming that Google...

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....