BlackBerry Will Stop Selling Its Smartphones in Japan
BlackBerry
Nikkei reported recently that BlackBerry decided that they couldn’t justify the projected cost of translating the entire BlackBerry 10 OS into Japanese. This result in a complete pull out of the country and BB10 devices won’t be available for Japanese buyers. The all-touch BlackBerry Z10 has been available in Canada and the United Kingdom. BlackBerry only has a 0.3 percent market share …
Unlocking Smartphones is No Longer Legal in the US
New Smartphone
It is no longer considered legal for smartphone users in the United States to unlock their carrier-subsidized smartphones. Although the practice technically violates the DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act), this unfavorable turn of events would easily disappoint many smartphone users. Granted, there are far fewer consumers who would unlock their devices than those who faithfully comply to their 2-year contract …
The Market May Experience a Shortage of 5” 1080p Panels in 2013
HTC
This would be worrying news for any high resolution display lover. It has been rumored that one key manufacturer of 1080p displays, Sharp, is having troubles keeping up with demands. This could directly affect the availability of high-resolution superphones. It should be noted that this isn’t an official report and there’s a possibility that it isn’t true. The Sharp Aquos …
Angry Birds Star Wars is Released
Android
Rovio has partnered with Lucasfilm to release the new Star Wars-themed spin off Angry Birds for various platforms including Android, iOS, Windows Phone, Mac and Windows. In this game, players guide a plucky group of birds inspired from protagonists of Star Wars franchise in their struggle against the notorious evil pigs. Players can swing lightsaber, use the Force and employ …
Qualcomm’s Project RAY Offer Enhanced Usability for Visually-Impaired Users
Future Smartphones
Qualcomm is expanding the usability of smartphone to visually-impaired consumers. There are nearly 300 million of visually-impaired individuals, which represent a relatively untapped market. Today, smartphones designed for visually-impaired people typically have large buttons, special barcode scanners, color readers, audiobook readers and visual commands. Qualcomm’s Project RAY offers better integration between common smartphone technologies and enhanced eye-free interaction. User can …
There Are Now 1 Billion of Active Smartphone Today
Smartphone News
Nokia released the Nokia 9000 Communicator back in 1996 and it was considered cutting edge with nice little keyboard, 4.5” monochrome non-touch display and 8Mb of RAM. By today’s standard, the Nokia 9000 looks clunky but it quietly revolutionized the entire mobile industry. Although laughable by today’s standard, the handset was actually the first smartphone ever and things have changed …
Kyocera DuraPlus Review
Future Smartphones
Kyocera DuraPlus is one tough smartphone with ruggedized body and push-to-talk capability. Released in Sprint’s network, the phone will support the Direct Connect service. Measuring at 24mm, the phone is unbelievably thick and bulky but its weight still feels acceptable at 116 grams. The Kyocera Duraplus has MIL STD 810 certification, so the phone should adequately resist humidity, temperature, vibration, …
HP Will Return to the Smartphone Making Business
Future Smartphones
HP CEO, Meg Whitman, revealed during an interview that her company is planning for a return into the smartphone business. The company seems to take detour in this business and they need to get it right this time. HP’s tablet, the TouchPad was a definite sales flop and the company had unceremoniously dumped its brand name, Palm. Quickly afterwards, HP …