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.
Smartphones are a daily tool for many people, and nothing makes that reality quite as stark as crossing a border into international lands without a plan that supports such travel. For those visiting the US, Google's Nexus 5 is now being offered as a daily rental handset complete with unlimited service.
Samsung is one of the most popular names in the smartphone realm and some pictures of one of its unannounced smartphones have hit the internet. The smartphone is called the Galaxy K and it has one very interesting feature highlighted by the leaked images- optical zoom. Samsung's Galaxy K is tipped to have 10x optical zoom lens.
OnePlus has announced the launch for its flagship phone for 2014 and the device is called the OnePlus One. OnePlus gives the phone some impressive specifications that don’t drive the cost of the device into the range you might expect of a high-end smartphone. The OnePlus One features a 5.5-inch full HD resolution screen with 401ppi.
LG has announced a new entry-level smartphone that will be landing on the Verizon Wireless network. The smartphone is called the LG Lucid 3 and it is available in stores and online right now. LG's Knock code is one of the key features of the Lucid 3 that lets the owner wake and unlock the phone using a pattern of knocks or taps on the screen.
Last year Motorola launched its Droid Maxx smartphone and it turned out to be a decently popular device with many people. The smartphone featured slick touchless controls that made it stand out for many buyers. Motorola has updated the Droid Maxx slightly and put it back on the market at a better price for 2014.
Apple, Google, HTC, Motorola, Nokia, Samsung, and the main US carriers have committed to implementing a cellphone "kill switch" on every new device made after July 2015, allowing owners to remotely wipe, lock, or brick their smartphone if lost or stolen. The agreement, dubbed the "Smartphone Anti-Theft Voluntary Commitment", will mean every participating vendor and carrier will offer an app for managing remote device security, and is intended to challenge the market for stolen phones.