The chip division of Japanese giant Toshiba said it has started making fast 20 megapixel CMOS image sensors aimed at the high end smartphone market. Samples went out last month and full production will start in February next year.
That type of censor will give a smartphone the kind of capabilities more associated with high end and expensive digital cameras. more»
Fortune tellers at the Groupe Speciale Mobile Association (GSMA) have been consulting their tarot cards and are predicting that either there will be a tall dark stranger who will ask them out to lunch, or by the end of the decade, there will be nine billion mobile connections across the globe. more»
A report said that even though products from Samsung and LG that use flexible OLED materials for displays, they’re not really curved screens yet.
Strategy Analytics (SA) said Samsung’s launch of the Note Edge last week and the LG G-Flex a few months back took curved screens one step closer to reality. more»
A team of software developers at Aston University have designed tech that will help doctors diagnose Parkinson’s disease.
According to the BBC, it is hard for doctors to be sure of a diagnosis without being able to monitor their speech and movements over a period of time. more»
A third of British people look at their smartphones just after they’ve woken up, according to a survey conducted by Deloitte.
Before they attend to essential functions, 11 million UK adults check their phone within five minutes of waking. They first check their text messages, then their email and then turn to Facebook and the like. more»
Software giant Microsoft said it has released Nokia Lumia smartphones all using the Windows Phone 8.1 operating system.
The Lumia 830 comes with a 10 megapixel PureView camera that uses Zeiss optics, comes with Office Mobile, and 15GB of free OneDrive storage. more»
Phablets are smartphones with screen sizes between 5.5 inches and seven inches. And, according to market research company IDC, 175 million of them will ship this year, beating the 170 million portable PCs expected to ship this year.
It’s a horrible word, phablet. more»
Market research firm IDC said it has lowered its forecast for tablet sales in 2014 almost halving its estimate of how many will ship.
The reason for that, according to the company, is that buyers in mature markets are contributing to flatness. more»
Market research company IDC said there’s light at the end of the tunnel for PC sales in the Middle East and Africa (MEA).
The second quarter of 2014 grw by 3.2 percent, ending seven consecutive quarters of decline.
But overall PC shipments were down 8.3 percent for the first quarter of this year, according to the IDC figures. more»
Chinese makers of tablets are adding top notch features to their offerings threatening a price war in the European and US markets.
That’s according to Taiwanese wire Digitimes, which said that the vendors will offer LTE, ultrathin bezels and 13 megapix cameras. more»
230 million smart connected devices – a term including smartphones, PCs and tablets – shipped in 2013 in Europe.
That’s according to a report from IDC today, which said that although growth was slightly down compared to 2012, the market continues to be one of the fastest growing IT sectors. more»
A report from IDC said that despite overall doom and gloom, there’s some pockets of the world where PC things are not that bad.
India, said IDC, showed a year on year growth of 4.8 percent for 2013, with 11.5 million units shipping. more»
Strategy Analytics said that Qualcomm grabbed 54 percent revenue share in the smartphone application processor market in 2013.
Apple had 16 percent share and MediaTek 10 percent share in a market that was worth $18 billion last year, a rise of 41 percent over 2012. more»
A report said that Google’s Android operating system is the leader of the pack for smartphone operating systems.
IDC said that it had a 39 percent share of shipments in the fourth quarter of 2013, amounting to 226.1 million units and giving it a 78.1 percent market share. more»
A report claimed that HTC, which has wobbled quite a bit over the last few years, is set to cooperate with Google on its next tablet.
According to Taiwanese wire, Digitimes, the two companies will jointly launch the Nexus 10 tablet. more»