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Posts Tagged ‘smart phone’

It’s official. BlackBerry Ltd, the Canadian company that invented the smartphone and hooked legions of road warriors on devices so addictive they were known as “CrackBerry”, has stopped making handsets.

Finally conceding defeat in a battle lost long ago to Apple and Samsung, BlackBerry is handing over production of the phones to overseas partners and turning its full attention to the more profitable and growing software business. It’s the formalisation of a move in the making since Chief Executive Officer John Chen took over nearly three years ago and outsourced some manufacturing to Foxconn Technology Group. Getting the money-losing smartphone business off BlackBerry’s books will also make it easier for the company to consistently hit profitability.

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It was not long ago that you had to fork out an exorbitant sum of money to own a flagship ­smartphone. Thanks to Chinese handset makers this is no longer the case.

One maker that has made waves is OnePlus – its first phone, the OnePlus One, was crowned the flagship killer last year.

In this review we will be ­checking out the successor, aptly named OnePlus 2, to see if it can fill up the boots vacated by the One.

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Xiaomi unveiled some new devices on Tuesday in anticipation of the busy holiday shopping season.

Chief among the announcements was the company’s new Redmi Note 3, a new phablet featuring a full metal design, along with a 4,000mAh battery. The China-based company says that the smartphone comes with the Helio X10 processor, has a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera, and offers a fingerprint sensor on the back for security.

Xiaomi says that the device will be available for RMB 899 (about $141) to start, but only in China.

 

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As smartphone screens grow in size, so too must our thumbs. But until humans start mutating super-thumbs, this gizmo from Japan is the next best thing!

Human thumbs are just too stumpy to navigate bigger-than-ever smartphone screens, but a Japanese gadget maker has a solution a thumb extender. Enter Japan-based Thanko that is hawking a silicone-based device called the “Yubi Nobiiru” (meaning “stretched finger”).

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Xiaomi, the Chinese smartphone maker, is continuing its push into Southeast Asia.

The company, which has quickly gained market share in the world’s top smartphone market thanks to its low-cost devices, on Tuesday made one of its smartphones available for sale for the first time in Malaysia.

That marks Beijing-based Xiaomi’s latest expansion in fast-growing Southeast Asia following the February unveiling of its devices in Singapore. It earlier made its phones available in Taiwan and Hong Kong.

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Move over, Frodo. A Japanese startup is designing a smartring to lord over other gadgets.

Trace a dollar sign in the air and pay for your coffee. Write “TV” with your finger and your television set turns on. Charge a subway fare. These are just a few of the applications envisioned by Logbar Inc., the Tokyo-based startup developing the device scheduled for release this year.

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MORE OPTIONS: The Firefox OS, an attractive option in developing markets, is beginning to make its way to consumers, primarily in devices under US$150 (RM485.02) manufactured by ZTE, Alcatel or Huawei. — ©AFP/Relaxnews 2013

The Firefox OS, an attractive option in developing markets, is beginning to make its way to consumers, primarily in devices under US$150 (RM485.02) manufactured by ZTE, Alcatel or Huawei.

For the first time, more than one in every two mobile handsets sold in 2013 was a smartphone, according to Gartner. Next year is expected to be a pivotal moment for smartphones, which will account for an even greater share of the mobile market.

In 2014, manufacturers will present an unprecedented range of low-cost options designed to boost smartphone sales in developing markets, all the while continuing to innovate in the high-end smartphone sector.

The smartphone market can no longer be considered as a simple battleground between Samsung and Apple, or between Android and iOS.

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Blackberry Q5 with QWERTY key available in India for Rs. 24,990. Research In Motion Limited, the Canadian Telecommunication company best known for its flagship, BlackBerry Smartphones, has recently launched its latest model BlackBerry Q5  in India.

The BlackBerry Q5 features a physical QWERTY keyboard as the Chief Marketing Officer for BlackBerry, Frank Boulben has said earlier during the release of Q10, “We’re convinced there is a significant segment of the market who prefers to have a physical keyboard, We want to continue to serve that segment.”

Sunil Lalvani, the Managing Director for India at BlackBerry said during the launch, “The BlackBerry Q5 smartphone offers the full BlackBerry 10 functionality as well as access to the growing catalog of BlackBerry 10 apps. With its physical QWERTY keyboard and touchscreen, it gives customers the best of both worlds.”

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Windows Phone is No. 3 in the smartphone market, thanks largely to Nokia.Windows Phone is No. 3 in the smartphone market, thanks largely to Nokia.

(Credit: CNET/ Andrew Hoyle)

Microsoft’s Windows Phone grabbed third place from BlackBerry in global smartphone shipments in the first quarter, market researcher IDC said Thursday.

Windows Phone accounted for shipments of 7 million smartphones, earning itself a market share of 3.2 percent last quarter. That was a gain from the first quarter of 2012, which saw shipments of 3 million and a market share of 2 percent.

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Fairphone

While the Fairphone might appear to be like an everyday Android smartphone, the maker has adopted a different approach to produce the device at an affordable price. The majority of the form factor is crafted from materials that have been ethically sourced from the Congo.

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