Author: James Duncan | In: Sony Ericsson7 Sep 2011
One technology expert has highlighted the features that he expects the Apple iPhone 5 to contain.
Although the release date for the model is yet to be confirmed, CNET UK editor Jason Jenkins points out the smartphone is likely to have a faster processor, known as the Apple A5, and come with iCloud, a service which allows people to copy photos, apps, documents and contacts between compatible Apple devices.
"If internet rumours are to be believed, the screen will be slightly larger than the one on the iPhone 4 and will be an 'edge-to-edge' design. It's also likely that the camera will be upgraded to eight megapixels," he states, adding that having support for Adobe Flash would make browsing the internet a better process.
However, Mr Jenkins notes that the Apple iPhone 5 needs to be free of the signal problems its predecessor had, which saw reception affected if the phone was held in a certain way.
Last month, Stuff magazine editor Will Findlater claimed that upon release, the new iPhone "will be technically the most advanced smartphone on the market".
Android continues to be the dominant operating system in the UK smartphone market, according to new research.
Figures released by Kantar Worldpanel ComTech show that in the 12-week period ending August 7th Android had a 47.1 per cent share of the sector, a 24.2 per cent increase from the same period in 2010.
BlackBerry was second with a 21.5 per cent stake, followed by Apple in third which held 20.8 per cent.
"While smartphones are quickly becoming the norm, there are still new sales opportunities for manufacturers that innovate in terms of design," Kantar Worldpanel ComTech global consumer insight director Dominic Sunnebo states, adding that the design of many products is "becoming too standardised", with some 90 per cent of devices revealed to be in a candybar shape.
He went on to note there as some 17 million Britons over the age of 45 who are yet to own a smartphone, this could be a key area for manufacturers to target.
Previous research by the organisation showed that 67 per cent of all mobiles bought in the UK in the 12 weeks leading up to July 10th were smartphones.
Medion has unveiled details of a new smartphone at the IFA consumer electronics trade show in Berlin.
While the name of the device was not disclosed, it was confirmed that the German firm's new smartphones will use the Android 2.3 Gingerbread operating system and will sport a 4.3 inch touchscreen.
In addition, it will come with a five megapixel rear camera and a preinstalled Medion GoPal satnav app.
The smartphone is due to be released in the fourth quarter of 2011, although information about its specific launch date or price is yet to be revealed.
During the show, the company also indicated it is to launch a new tablet PC – the Medion Lifetab P9514 which will have a 10-inch display and run on Android 3.2 Honeycomb.
Last week, the new Sony Ericsson Xperia arc S smartphone was unveiled at IFA, with the device also using the Android Gingerbread 2.3 platform and featuring an 8.1 megapixel camera.
Operating system Android has now emerged as the most popular of its kind for smartphones in the US, with more than 40 per cent of mobile consumers making use of this service.
According to data from Nielsen for July, of those who say they are likely to purchase a new smartphone in the next 12 months, one-third want an Android gadget, with around the same proportion after an Apple iPhone.
Currently, 28 per cent of people with such devices make use of Apple's iOS, while Android has been tipped as the Next Desired Operating System by innovators – those who state they are typically the first to adopt new technologies.
The late adopters are the most likely to state they are unsure which operating system they would prefer.
According to Gartner's principal research analyst Roberta Cozza, speaking last month, people in mature markets are now choosing mid-range and entry-level Android smartphones over feature devices.
The new Sony Ericsson Xperia arc S smartphone has been unveiled by the firm at a press conference in Berlin.
Boasting 25 per cent faster entertainment delivery through a 1.4 Ghz processor, the device can also render web pages 20 per cent more quickly than the Xperia arc.
Built on the Android Gingerbread 2.3 platform, the phone possesses 3D and 2D sweep panorama photography through an 8.1 megapixel camera with Exmor R.
Head of product marketing at Sony Nikolaus Scheurer said: "Xperia arc S is the fastest and most entertaining Xperia to date and it clearly demonstrates how the Xperia family are the best smartphones to experience great entertainment services."
Other features include access to Sony Entertainment Network features such as Video Unlimited and Music Unlimited, with the latter holding more than ten million songs.
The company recently revealed it will be launching the Sony Ericsson Xperia neo V smartphone in selected markets later this year.
Shipments of smartphones will climb to 1.03 billion units in 2015, accounting for over half of the global mobile market, new research has revealed.
According to the latest IHS iSuppli Mobile Handset Market Tracker, the fastest-growing category within the smartphone sector will be low-end devices – those with lower memory densities and features.
Shipments have been forecast to climb at a compound annual growth rate of 115.4 per cent from now until 2015, compared with 16.4 per cent for gadgets in the mid-range to high-end market.
"With their affordable prices, low-end smartphones are attractive to first-time users and to consumers in emerging economies where subscriber levels are rising at the fastest rates of all regions of the world," senior principal analyst with IHS Francis Sideco remarked.
This comes after Gartner revealed that sales of smartphones grew by 74 per cent year on year, accounting for 25 per cent of all transactions in the second quarter of this year.
Samsung has unveiled details of its new operating system – bada 2.0 SDK – which is to feature on a number of smartphones due to be released later this year.
Including support for voice recognition, Wi-Fi Direct file sharing and near-field communication, the platform will be launched on to three high-end models within the firm's Wave line.
There will also be improved support for web applications, including Flash and HTML5, with Samsung also looking to introduce in-app advertising.
Simon Stanford, managing director of mobile at Samsung UK and Ireland, states: "Whilst we will continue to work with partners including Google and Microsoft, bada will be a big focus for us in the future as we work to make it a leading mobile platform."
Last month, the company revealed that some three million Samsung Galaxy S II had been sold around the world. With the handset released in May, Mr Stanford indicated that it was the organisation's "most advanced smartphone to date".
Nokia has unveiled details of three new smartphones, all of which run on its Symbian Belle operating system.
Consisting of the Nokia 700, Nokia 701 and Nokia 600, each of the devices in the range incorporate NFC technology, which is designed to make it easy to connect to mobile accessories like speakers and Bluetooth headsets.
However, the telecoms company indicates that they each have "a very distinct set of priorities" in order to allow consumers to pick what smartphone features they believe matters the most to them.
The Nokia 701 is said to have the world's brightest ever mobile phone display, deemed to make it perfect for indoor and outdoor use, while the Nokia 700 measures 50 cubic centimetres meaning it is the most compact touch monoblock smartphone anywhere in the planet.
Meanwhile, the Nokia 600 is reported to be the firm's loudest phone and comes with a built-in antenna to allow people to listen to FM radio stations without having to wear headphones.
In June, the company revealed details of the Nokia N9, an all-screen smartphone that comes with an eight-megapixel camera and HD-quality video capture.
Details of a new range of BlackBerry Curve models have been revealed by Research In Motion (RIM).
Consisting of the BlackBerry Curve 9350, the BlackBerry Curve 9360 and the BlackBerry Curve 9370, the devices all feature the BlackBerry 7 Operating System and come with a five megapixel camera.
In addition, the smartphones have an optical trackpad – designed for simple one-handed navigation – and support GPS and Wi-Fi, while the microSD/SDHC slot can hold memory cards with a maximum capacity of 32 GB.
"The new BlackBerry Curve smartphones are absolutely stunning and offer a significant performance upgrade with an unmatched mobile social experience for the millions of feature phone users in the market, as well as our existing Curve customers," Mike Lazaridis, president and co-chief executive of RIM, states.
Set to be released in Canada later this month, the new Curve models will be rolled out across overseas markets from September onwards.
Research carried out by Yankee Group in June revealed that 17 per cent of Europeans who intend to buy a smartphone are keen on getting a BlackBerry.
Author: James Duncan | In: Mobile Phones23 Aug 2011
A significant number of Britons are keen to access their bank accounts via their mobile phones, according to new research.
In a study carried out by Intelligent Environments, it was revealed that one in four people would be happy to transfer money either through a smartphone or traditional handset, FStech reports.
Just over one-third (36 per cent) claim they would check their balances through their device, while one in five note that if they had the choice, they would be keen to pay bills using their mobile.
"Consumer demand for real-time access and information is going beyond just social networking and is now expected in all walks of life, including financial services," states James Richards, director of mobile at Intelligent Environments, adding that the uncertain economic climate means "it is no surprise" more people want to access banking services through their phone.
His comments follow a recent study by Pew Research Center, which showed 37 per cent of smartphone owners in the US use their device to manage their money online.