Are smartphone makers going to start serving ads?

By Chris Meadows
August 22, 2015 // 2 Comments

Is the next mobile advertising frontier pop-up notifications? Earlier this month, Slashgear reported that HTC served its users an ad for the (abysmal) Fantastic Four movie as an ostensible phone theme advertisement. Now Android Police reports that Samsung has served an ad for the Galaxy S6 Edge+ [ on]

Eternal life for rechargeable batteries?

By David Rothman
August 19, 2015 // 0 Comments

That’s what MIT and Samsung are together aiming for. No, you would not recharge your iPad once and be done with it forever. But if MIT and Samsung succeed, your tablet or phone wouldn’t retain less and less juice as it aged. You’d always get a full charge. Good news for cash-strapped [ on]

Why I went for a Lenovo A7-10 instead of a Kindle Fire HD 6

By Paul St John Mackintosh
June 24, 2015 // 1 Comment

For some time now, I’d been toying with moving on from my Google Nexus 7 2012 edition. Partly it was the weight: at 340 grams, the Nexus 7 is a pretty porky beast for its size. Also, I wanted a cheap and cheerful tablet that I could sling in my pocket and not worry about, ready for use when I [ on]

Samsung may reposition its big handsets

By Paul St John Mackintosh
May 13, 2015 // 1 Comment

Chances are that if you read ebooks at all on an Android smartphone, you’re very likely doing it on a Samsung. And yet, according to an article in the Wall Street Journal, the Korean giant may be rethinking its game plan and cutting back on that market dominance after its founding father, Lee [ on]

LG G Stylo offers new Samsung Note competition for a song

By Paul St John Mackintosh
April 23, 2015 // 0 Comments

LG Electronics in Korea has announced a new budget smartphone/phablet, the LG G Stylo, with size, specs, and pen input implementation to challenge the Samsung Galaxy Note, at a considerably lower price point. For some readers – me included – this could be the portable writing and [ on]

comScore report shows Android still in US OS smartphone platform lead

By Paul St John Mackintosh
April 14, 2015 // 0 Comments

U.S. analytics firm comScore has just released its report on smartphone subscriber market share in the U.S. covering February 2015. And the figures show that “Apple ranked as the top smartphone manufacturer with 41.7 percent OEM market share, while Google Android led as the #1 smartphone [ on]

Samsung gets innovation envy at iPad’s superior 4:3ness?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
February 4, 2015 // 0 Comments

Trigger warning: Snark. Anti-Apple snark. For those sensitive souls out there whose delicate intellectual faculties are upset by double meanings or anything more than good simple honest say-what-you-mean cracker-barrel truisms, be warned: This article will engage in irony. Sarcasm. Satire. [ on]

Samsung squares off against Microsoft in the smartphone wars

By Paul St John Mackintosh
November 3, 2014 // 0 Comments

Samsung’s attempts to dominate the global smartphone market have taken a new turn as a result of Microsoft’s own efforts to promote its Windows Phone OS. The two giants’ collaborations have now ended in an exchange of lawsuits, with Microsoft claiming that Samsung owes $6.9 [ on]

(Brief) Hands on with the new Samsung Galaxy Tab Nook

By Juli Monroe
August 20, 2014 // 2 Comments

I wandered over to my local Barnes & Noble to play with the Samsung Galaxy Tab Nook and see what I thought. Nate at The Digital Reader actually bought one, so if you have questions or want to see what he has to say, pop over to his post. I’ll start with the good. It’s a nice [ on]

Barnes & Noble to split off Nook division

By Juli Monroe
June 25, 2014 // 1 Comment

According to the Wall Street Journal, Barnes & Noble is going to split off Nook into a separate division. Barnes & Noble Inc. said it would pursue a split of its retail and Nook e-reader businesses into two separate public companies, the next chapter in its bid to shore up its foundering [ on]

comScore U.S. rankings give Android OS lead, Apple still leading devices

By Paul St John Mackintosh
June 5, 2014 // 0 Comments

The latest numbers from comScore, Inc., "a global leader in digital measurement and analytics," showing U.S. mobile phone market share for April 2014, reveal that Android is now well entrenched as the Number One smartphone OS, with 52.5 percent of market share by platform, followed by Apple with 41.4 percent. Apple, however, continues to hold the lead in market share by device manufacturer, with 41.4 percent of the market, while Samsung comes in second at 27.7 percent. [ on]

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