The modular smartphone Phonebloks was the recent subject of a keynote during which some new details were dropped, as well as information on the progress that has been made thus far. Amongst what was revealed is that the modular handset will be running a modified version of Android L.
Archos has unveiled a fresh batch of smartphones, both colorful and with designs similar to what we've seen with the maker's other recent handsets. The Archos 50b Platinum and the 45c Platinum are both aimed at budget buyers, offering a solid mix of low pricing and decent specs.
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?