It isn't just the big phone makers that are jumping into the oversize smartphone, or phablet, market. Lesser-known companies are entering the huge-screen scrum too. For example, the $299 Life View from Miami-based handset creator Blu features a 5.7-inch LCD screen that's bright, colorful, and engaging. The device is a handful too, in the same size league as the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and HTC One Max, and yet isn't terribly unwieldy. It also feels solid and well-crafted. I also appreciate how the Life View serves up Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and a sharp 12-megapixel … Read more
My mom may not like that I have tattoos, but I'm sure she'd like it even less if I had a microphone tattooed on my throat. That's what Motorola is proposing, with a patent for a wireless mic that's tattooed on the throat and connects to a smartphone. Not only would it allow you to have "reasonably" improved communication, but it could also be used to detect lying. And it could light up! Hear that, Mom? This thing might actually be useful.
A source close to Apple told Bloomberg that the next iPhone would be larger and have a curved screen. … Read more
For the first time ever, Android has hit more than 80 percent market share for smartphone shipments worldwide.
The new Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker was released on Tuesday by IDC, which detailed third-quarter numbers for all smartphone shipments worldwide. A total of 261.1 million smartphones were shipped during this quarter, 81 percent of which run Google's operating system. A study by Strategy Analytics last month revealed nearly the same numbers, showing that Android gobbled 81.3 percent of the global smartphone market in the third quarter.
There are several smartphone manufacturers that run Android on their devices. … Read more
LG's first curved mobile, the LG G Flex, is on its way to Europe.
The device, an Android Jelly Bean phablet with a slightly curved display, was announced late last month and was initially thought to be only slated for release in South Korea.
However, Orange has confirmed that the G Flex will be launched in France in February. The G Flex has a 6-inch, 1280x720p plastic OLED screen, a 3,500mAh battery, a 13-megapixel front facing camera and 2.1 megapixel rear-facing equivalent. Orange hasn't released pricing.
No, going big is not the answer to Nokia's US problem.
Its latest phone, the Lumia 1520, is the next in a growing line of phablets -- jumbo-sized phones named because they appear to be a mash-up of a phone and tablet. It features a larger 6-inch display, a faster quad-core processor, and powerful camera.
It has all the makings of a top-tier flagship smartphone, and could do well in the Asia markets where phablets have been more quickly adopted. Unfortunately, this is not the phone to finally allow Nokia to break through in the US.
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Windows Phone now comes in the supersize variety.
The third and latest update from Microsoft, released Monday, brings a number of incremental upgrades and changes to Windows Phone 8. The most crucial of them is support for a higher-resolution display and larger screen sizes, enabling its partners to finally get into the so-called phablet business.
Phablets, a mashup of a phone and tablet, have quietly become a vital part of any handset manufacturer's product lineup. While they remain a niche business in the US, the oversize phones are proving to be popular in regions such as Asia where, it … Read more
LG has given birth to a baby brother for its LG G Pro phablet.
Dubbed the G Pro Lite, the new device is outfitted with a 5.5-inch screen but otherwise lacks some of the more robust features found in the full Pro model. The display offers a resolution of just 960x540 pixels, compared with the 1,920x1,080 pixels offered in the Pro edition.
The G Pro Lite comes with a 1.0 GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, and 8GB of internal storage. An 8-megapixel camera is on the rear, while a 1.3-megapixel shooter is on the … Read more
More details about the HTC One Max have emerged.
Nowhereelse.fr editor Steve Hemmerstoffer tweeted an image on Wednesday allegedly containing the specifications of HTC's highly anticipated phablet. The details that fall in line with previous reports. HTC is expected to unveil the device Tuesday at an event in Asia.
The One Max apparently will have a 5.9-inch display with 1,920x1,080 resolution, a 1.7GHz Qualcomm processor, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB to 64GB of storage with a slot for … Read more