Emboldened by its relative success in its first tablet entry, British retailer Tesco has made it known that it seeks to out yet another Android device. This time, however, it will be going for a much coveted and much crowded smartphone market and it plans to do so before the year ends.
Nokia will pump $100m into Connected Car technologies, chasing everything from high-tech dashboards that can communicate with smartphones and the cloud, through to self-driving car systems that leverage its HERE brand. The move, managed by Nokia Growth Partners (NGP), will aim to "identify and invest in companies whose innovations will be important for a world of connected and intelligent vehicles," Nokia says, as it tries to reinvent itself after selling off its phone business to Microsoft.
A smartphone in the pocket is a tool in many ways, covering bases in academics, entertainment, science, and more. At the core, a smartphone is a means of communication: voice calls and text-based communication, both of which represent a very small percentage of what the average smartphone can do. Despite continuous increases in technology, many continue to use their smartphone in the same manner, upgrade after upgrade, and the end result is always the same: a device that is going to waste to some degree, at least in relation to its potential. How does one waste their smartphone?
Oral B, a brand you likely interact with a few times a day (or at least should!), have released their Smart Series Electric Toothbrush. Claiming it’s the first of its kind, Oral B’s smart toothbrush uses Bluetooth 4.0 to communicate with an accompanying smartphone app. The goal is to get us brushing smarter, or as Oral B puts it, to “improve brushing efficiency”.
Blu Products has announced a new smartphone called the Studio 5.0 LTE. This is the very first LTE capable unlocked smartphone that Blue has offered in the US. Blu designed the new smartphone to run exclusively on the T-Mobile/MetroPCS network in the US. The smartphone will also work on any partner network that has access to the T-Mobile LTE network.
Acer has shown off its new flagship smartphone, the Liquid Jade, along with a companion wearable, the Liquid Leap. The new smartphone has "no sharp surfaces," Acer says, with a Gorilla Glass fascia that curves into the edges, and will work alongside the Leap wristband that tracks fitness as well as showing notifications like calls and messages on its integrated display.
PiPhone, the tongue-in-cheek name given by David Hunt to his newly built DIY smartphone, is based on the Raspberry Pi, of all things. With the homemade handset comes an Adafruit display and a bare-wire design that would send airports into lockdown.
JD Power has released their smartphone satisfaction survey, and the overall results are as you might expect. Among customers on the four major US carriers, Apple’s iPhone reigns supreme for overall customer satisfaction while Samsung is a close second. That mantle may cede in the coming years, as another finding from the survey undermines Apple’s current business model altogether.
Toshiba has announced a new storage product called the Canvio Aeromobile Wireless SSD. The new storage solution has a SSD inside for improved data read and write speeds when on the go. In addition to being used for storing files and backing up data from smartphones or other devices, it also supports the ability to stream and share files without having to use cables. Toshiba aims the drive at people who want to offload files from their smartphone, camera, or tablet.
The power of the tilt will be utilized in the first-ever Amazon smartphone if this weeks’ anonymous reports are to be believed. While most smartphones have a gyroscope sensor inside, their uses are relatively few - depending on the apps they choose to use, that is. Amazon’s smartphone is said to use the gyroscope to massive effect.