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The crazy dream of modular smartphones

Project Ara File it under ‘it seemed great on paper’… but Google’s project Ara modular smartphone concept is — for all intents and purposes — dead. If you want to be a little more generous, you can say Google has pivoted away from attempting to engineer the impossible — i.e. total smartphone modularity — to strip it back to a few swappable units that will… Read More

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Natasha Lomas

May 23rd

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Making wearables more useful and smart homes less of a chore

pebble-time-lg-g-watch-r-apple-watch Wearables might be set to get a whole lot more useful in future if research being conducted by Carnegie Mellon University’s Future Interfaces Group is indicative of the direction of travel. Read More

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Natasha Lomas

May 13th

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Computing’s future? It’s in your pocket

2001 Technology’s neverending story has always, apparently, been the quest for The Next Big Thing. Whether that thing is something entirely new and transformative — unimaginable except within the fantastical confines of the sci-fi genre, say. Or just a far faster/more powerful iteration of the rough-round-the-edges gizmo sitting on your desk today — one which delivers a bona fide… Read More

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Natasha Lomas

April 11th

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Huawei outs dual-lens flagship smartphones, co-branded with Leica

Huawei P9 The third largest smartphone maker by global marketshare, China’s Huawei, has just unveiled two new flagship handsets — announcing the 5.2 inch P9 and 5.5 inch P9 Plus at an event in London today. Read More

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Natasha Lomas

April 6th

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Toymail is reimagining the mobile phone for kids

Toymail Talkies It’s been a while since we checked in with Toymail, the kids messaging startup that piloted its first product on Kickstarter back in fall 2013. Its idea was to turn Wi-Fi-enabled toys into a screen-less connectivity medium that let parents send voice messages to their kids via a companion smartphone app. Read More

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Natasha Lomas

March 16th

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Toymail is reimagining the mobile phone for kids

Toymail Talkies It’s been a while since we checked in with Toymail, the kids messaging startup that piloted its first product on Kickstarter back in fall 2013. Its idea was to turn Wi-Fi-enabled toys into a screen-less connectivity medium that let parents send voice messages to their kids via a companion smartphone app. Read More

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Natasha Lomas

March 16th

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Review: Samsung’s Galaxy S7 and S7 edge are the phones we’ve craved

00005.MTS.18_43_11_19.Still001 Their feature sets don’t necessarily speak to a grandiose vision from Samsung regarding the company’s future. They don’t offer solutions to problems users weren’t aware they had. They don’t shed grams and millimeters in exchange for compromised battery life. In many ways, the S7 devices represent the anti-iPhones. Samsung took almost all of the complaints… Read More

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Lucas Matney

March 8th

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Xiaomi To Release New Mi 5 Smartphone In China, India And “Other Global Markets”

Screen Shot 2016-02-24 at 10.21.57 AM Xiaomi is ready to do it again. The company just introduced its latest smartphone and it looks fantastic. Xiaomi is no longer a company that looks to others for inspiration. Xiaomi is no longer an upstart, it’s a global leader — one that has high expectations and a lofty $45 billion valuation — and the new Mi 5 has the goods to be a trendsetting device. The Mi 5 is an… Read More

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Matt Burns

February 24th

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Is Smartphone Innovation All Tapped Out?

IMG_1732 A panel session probing the perennial heads or tails of mobile device commoditization vs mobile device innovation here at MWC 2016 earlier today heard an interesting range of views. Speakers ran the gamut of mobile makers big and small (Samsung, Motorola/Lenovo and Wileyfox), through to chipset maker Qualcomm, alternative open Android flavor Cyanogen, and mobile operator Telefonica. Read More

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Natasha Lomas

February 23rd

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Global Smartphone Sales Growth Slows To 2008 Levels, Says Gartner

Huawei P8 Global smartphones sales in Q4 2015 experienced their slowest growth rate since 2008, according to Gartner’s latest market report. The quarter saw sales of Apple’s iPhone decline for the first time, with the analyst charting a 4.4 per cent decline on the year before quarter for Cupertino. Read More

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Natasha Lomas

February 18th

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