Alcatel has introduced its new Hero 2 smartphone, a 6-inch phablet featuring an aluminium body and an integrated stylus. The latter works alongside "optimized hand writing recognition" to ensure that using the phablet as an on-the-go note-taking device doesn't result in digital gibberish.
For most smartphone users, one's life is funneled through their handset in some manner, whether through searches or messages or other activities. In the grander scheme of things, the device also gathers behavioral data, including things like one's call record and location. Using this information, startup Ginger.io envisions identifying mental illnesses and their related symptoms when they arise.
Many of us update to new smartphones fairly frequently, and many elect to sell their old phone on eBay or elsewhere, doing a quick factory reset beforehand. To demonstrate that such a method isn't adequate enough to protect your privacy, security company Avast bought 20 used phones and set out to see how much data it could harvest from them.
At a time when many are pining for simple data-only smartphone plans, there's a subset among us who still use their phones in a decidedly traditional manner: voice calls and perhaps texting. Those individuals don't want to pay for the data they don't use, and often gravitate towards smaller carriers that tailor to those wants.
Archos has rolled out a couple of smartphones for budget buyers, the 50b Oxygen and the 50c Oxygen. Both handsets ship with Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, as well as 720p HD 5-inch displays. The biggest difference between the two is the power they're packing under the hood.
If looked at it the right light, smartphones are magical little devices. They're small enough to fit in your pocket, many come with battery life that will take you through a full day (or longer), and the hardware inside probably trumps the laptop you were using a decade ago.
ZTE has introduced its Blade L2 smartphone in Europe, making it available in Greece and Spain and promising a wider launch across the globe later on this year. This is the newest addition to ZTE's Blade series, and is a decidedly mid-range offering.
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?
The Human Media Lab at Queen's University has taken the wraps off its new prototype smartphone, the PaperFold. With this device comes a set of three e-ink displays, which are attached together with magnets. When combined, they work together as part of a single system, but can also function individually, and in multiple shape arrangements.
The latest numbers for smartphone market share for Q1 2014 are in from Kantar Worldpanel Comtech. Kantar's numbers look at the overall global smartphone market for the quarter ending in March. Apple performed strongly in the first quarter of the year and has bounced back in Europe, Japan, and Australia where it had previously lost ground to competitors.