All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Smartphones’

Google Increases File Size Limit For Android Apps

Google Increases File Size Limit For Android Apps

Google announced that it’s increasing the APK file size limit for Android apps from 50MB to 100MB giving developers more room to work with in creating app experiences with less restriction. Google does warn, however, that just because you can now make an app bigger, that doesn’t necessarily mean you should. It reminds developers to consider things like mobile data …

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Apps Now Top Way People Consume Digital Media In US

Apps Now Top Way People Consume Digital Media In US

comSore has a new report out looking at mobile app usage in the U.S. It finds that it has become the top way people are consuming digital media, but interestingly, it has done so without damaging desktop or the mobile web. Take a look at the growth in digital time spent for desktop, mobile apps, and mobile browsers: Digital media …

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Facebook’s Apps Outrank Google’s In Most-Used Smartphone Apps List

Facebook’s Apps Outrank Google’s In Most-Used Smartphone Apps List

comScore released new data from its MobiLens and Mobile Metrix looking at U.S. smartphone trends in July. Apple ranked as the top manufacturer while Android led as the top platform. Here are the rankings for those categories: The app rankings are interesting because Facebook’s Messenger app has moved ahead of YouTube, putting the top two apps as Facebook-owned, ranking above …

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Have We Seen The Last Of Amazon’s Fire Phone?

Have We Seen The Last Of Amazon’s Fire Phone?

I’m sure I don’t have to tell you what a colossal failure Amazon’s Fire Phone was. Despite negative reviews and an overwhelming lack of consumer interest in the device, it had seemed as though Amazon would work to improve on the device with future models, but now it’s not looking so likely. After years of anticipation, Amazon finally unveiled its …

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“19 Kids And Counting” Source Says Jim Bob Duggar Did Not Want Spinoff Show For Daughters

19 Kids And Counting has left a lot of people split on the internet; while some are happy that the show was cancelled by TLC following the revelation that eldest son Josh Duggar molested several underage girls when he was 14, fans are devastated and were hoping for the rumored spinoff–which was said to be in the works with Duggar …

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Nintendo Is Finally Going to Make Smartphone Games

By the end of this year, you’ll be able to play a Nintendo game on your iPhone. Wading into a market its always been wary of, Nintendo is finally going to start producing smartphone games. The first one should be out by the end of 2015, and the company says it plans to make a total of five by March …

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This Is What 90% Smartphone Penetration Looks Like

ComScore just released a new report on U.S. smartphone penetration – or, if you don’t like the sound of that, call it the percentage of a certain market using smartphones. Bottom line: everyone has a smartphone. Actually, about 77% – but that’s a whole lot. When you look at the younger generations, it’s even more staggering. “Millennials continue to be …

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Drunken iPhone/Android Debate Leads to Stabbing

In wait, so you’re telling me it didn’t happen in Florida? news, two men wound up bloody after a fight over smartphone supremacy turned violent. I know you probably regret your argument with Mark last weekend. I mean, you guys were both a little drunk and it was a dumb thing to argue about. And though you probably feel guilty, …

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Apple Will Now Let You Trade in Your Android Phone

Apple is expanding its “Reuse and Recycle” program it began in 2013. Starting now, in many locations, you can trade in non-Apple smartphones and receive credit toward the purchase of an iPhone. Individual Apple retail stores have changed the language about the program to read “get credit when you recycle your eligible iPhone, iPad, or select smartphone from another manufacturer.” …

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Apple Is Literally Hitler, Says Chinese CEO

It’s not uncommon to hear someone lash out at Apple for being restrictive, but this takes it to a whole other level. Chinese streaming platform Leshi TV, also known as LeTV, is expected to launch a smartphone next month. When you’re entering the smartphone market, one of your major competitors is Apple – so it makes sense that you’d want …

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Amazon Fire Phone Gets Even Cheaper, Somehow, for One-Day Promotion

Amazon continues to find new and innovative ways to attempt to give away its safe-to-say-failed foray into the world of smartphones. The company is currently offering the Fire Phone, unlocked, for just $189. As you’re well aware, that’s cheaper than what most top-tier smartphones will run you if you agree to a two-year contract with a carrier. The price drop …

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Gartner: Smartphone Sales Up 20% In Q3

Smartphone sales grew 20% in the third quarter, according to a new report from Gartner. Sales in emerging markets saw the highest growth ever, though sales in Western Europe continued on the decline. Worldwide sales of mobile phones, in general, were flat during the quarter. Here’s a look at the market share by manufacturer: “Sales of feature phones declined 25 …

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Amazon Fire Phone Is Now Ridiculously Cheap, Even Without a Contract

Amazon has once again made a price adjustment to its flagship smartphone, and it’s a pretty significant one. As of right now, you can buy an unlocked Amazon Fire Phone for $199. As you’re probably aware, that’s usually what customers pay for a top-tier smartphone when they also agree to a two-year contract with a carrier. The unlocked 32GB Fire …

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People Are Now More Glued to Their Phones Than the TV

Mobile devices have, for the first time, overtaken television in the fight for our eyeballs. According to a report from Flurry, using data from comScore and the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, Americans now spend 177 minutes per day, on average, on their mobile devices. That’s nine minutes more on average than they spend watching TV. Compare that to the …

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iPhone 6 Owners Adapt to Larger, Bendier Devices

It seems that iPhone fans always find a nit to pick with every new edition of the world’s most popular smartphone. Most years these gripes are minor, requiring no acknowledgement from Apple. Others are significant enough (like the iPhone 4’s antenna problems) to cause class action lawsuits and push Apple to give away free peripherals. This year’s big iPhone 6 …

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Samsung Galaxy S5 vs. iPhone 6 – Which is Better?

This year’s new iPhone models will hit stores tomorrow. Pre-orders of the devices have already broken Apple’s previous records, meaning sales are likely to set new records as well. The only question remaining is, given the relatively incremental improvements seen in this year’s model, is the iPhone still the best smartphone on the market? Looking at those pre-order figures, it’s …

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New iPhones to Drive Record Smartphone Shipments

The incredible smartphone market growth seen over the past seven years has begun to slow, but sales of the devices are still increasing. Major tech manufacturers are still relying on the segment for a significant portion of their device sales, though smartphone prices are dropping and the quality of high-end devices is improving at a slower rate. Market research firm …

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iPhone 6 And iPhone 6 Plus Features

The iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus were debuted by Apple today to a very excited fan base. The new iPhones are bigger, as was rumored, now with the option of a 4.7 or 5.5 inch screen. These larger screens pack impressive resolutions of 1334 x 750 and 1920 x 1080 respectively. But size is not the only thing …

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Amazon Drops Fire Phone Price To 99 Cents

Earlier this summer, Amazon made a big splash when it unveiled its first smartphone – the Fire Phone. It revealed some truly interesting features that don’t exist on other phones. When the reviews came out, however, people were left far from impressed, and sales haven’t been very good based on various estimates. That’s probably why Amazon just announced that the …

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Sony Xperia Z3 Compact Announced at IFA

As expected, this week’s IFA conference in Berlin has been host to many new smartphone announcements. Just like last year Sony used the conference as a chance to push its latest flagship smartphone. This year’s big Sony phone is the Xperia Z3, another waterproof smartphone with a 5.2″ display. Sony, however, is now diversifying its Xperia offerings in much the …

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Infographic Looks At What Your Phone Says About You

Como put out an infographic aimed at helping consumers decide which smartphone is right for them based on their personality. Are you a superhero, able to do anything on a smartphone with a few taps? The consciously cool, devotee to design? The student on a budget or a shopaholic seeking sales? “With Amazon now in the phone business, it’s going …

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LG G3 and G Watch Coming to AT&T on July 8

AT&T today announced that the LG G3 smartphone will be available on its network starting July 8. The device can be ordered online starting on that day and will be available at physical AT&T retail locations starting on July 11. LG announced the G3 on May 27 with launch events in cities such as New York, London, Seoul, and San …

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Phone Dead? It May Not Fly to the US Under New TSA Rules

If you’re planning on flying to the US from Europe, Africa, or the Middle East – it would probably be wise to make sure your iPhone has enough juice to at least power up. The Transportation Security Administration has just announced new security measures that affect travelers on direct flights to the United States from certain overseas airports. In an …

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Is The Amazon Fire Phone A Game Changer For E-Commerce?

Leave it to the world’s leader in e-commerce to develop a mobile device that you can simply point at an object and push a button to buy it. Do you expect the Amazon Fire to have a significant impact on how people buy products online? Share your thoughts in the comments. After months, or even years of anticipation, Amazon unveiled …

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Google Calls Out Sites In Mobile Results For ‘Faulty Redirects’

Google is calling out webistes with “faulty redirects” in mobile search results to save users from having to deal with the “common annoyance” of tapping a search result only to be redirected to a site’s mobile homepage. This occurs when a site isn’t properly set up to handle requests from smartphones. As Google notes, it happens so frequently there are …

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If You Drop Your Phone in a Septic Tank, Just Let It Go Man

As a 28-year-old whose screws up a lot, I in no way feel qualified to dispense life advice on most topics. Having said that, I feel pretty confident in issuing this one small token of advice: If you drop your smartphone in an open-pit toilet, just let it go, man, it’s lost. In fact, if you drop anything into an …

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HTC One “Prime” Specs Leaked, Could Have 2K Display

For the past few years, Android smartphone manufacturers have been taking their flagship products and tweaking them for all levels of the smartphone market. Samsung’s Galaxy S lineup is the most visible of these, with Galaxy smartphones now coming in a wide variety of sizes with varying hardware options. HTC has followed Samsung’s lead, modifying its HTC One smartphone to …

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Amazon’s Smartphone Will Apparently Look Like This

Rumors of Amazon launching a smartphone have been around for years, but it’s been established for a while now that it is indeed real, and now we appear to have our first clear look at it. BGR got the exclusive, and naturally, the image is all over social media. According to @BGR, this is what Amazon's smartphone will look like …

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No-Contract Phones Are Found To Be More Expensive Than Subsidized Devices

No-contract phones are all the rage these days thanks to T-Mobile. The wireless carrier ditched contracts last year and instead adopted a business model that allows consumers to pay off their new phone in small monthly payments. Other carriers have adopted this new model alongside other pre-paid plans that require consumers to pay for the entire device up front. The …

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Smartphone Theft is Still on the Rise

For smartphone owners (and iPhone owners in particular) the risk of theft is always present. Millions of smartphones are stolen every year and most of them are never recovered. A quick survey of recent Twitter posts is enough to demonstrate the phenomenon: $50 reward to anyone who returns my stolen iPhone. PLEASE RETURN. it has a case with cats on …

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