Articles about Smartphones

Google's Big Hardware Bet: Is this what a sane business would do?

Analysis Google is placing a "Big Bet" on consumer hardware, the company screams in a new blog post. Presumably this time it really means it. Two thousand staff from HTC's phone division will be heading off to the Chocolate Factory, their winning Golden Tickets in hand. Google didn't capitalise "Big Bet" but then it really didn't have …
Andrew Orlowski, 21 Sep 2017
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GNOME Foundation backs 'freedom-oriented' smartphone

The GNOME Foundation has backed efforts to create a "freedom-oriented" smartphone that protects users' privacy and runs only open-source software. The Librem 5 promises to run privacy-centric Debian derivative PureOS by default and to support "most GNU+Linux distributions". Purism, a maker of laptops running PureOS for the …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Sep 2017
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Google blows $1.1bn to hire HTC's Pixel people, forming one big happy handset team

As rumoured since early September, Google has decided to splash out over a billion dollars and hire the HTC team that designs and builds its Pixel phones. The ad giant's announcement stated "a team of HTC talent" that has "already been working with [Google] closely on the Pixel smartphone line" will join the company. Rick …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Sep 2017

Google to relieve HTC of its phones biz – report

Google is set to relieve HTC of its mobile phones unit, according to a report in Taiwan's Commercial Times, leaving the company to focus on its Vive VR helmet. Originally a Windows Mobile contract phone manufacturer, HTC currently produces Google's Pixel phones, a relationship which is expected to continue. However, since its …
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Stealth, lightweight Android breaks cover

It's 16 months since Google declared Android One not dead, so it's time to declare it not dead all over again. First announced in 2014 by current Google CEO Pichai, Android One was intended to be Google's way of bringing order to the anarchic phone market on the Indian subcontinent. It looked promising; the continent was just …
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Memo to Microsoft: Keeping your promises is probably a good idea

Comment Back in the day, the old IBM was famous for never breaking a promise to customers. For example, when IBM bought Lotus it was to honour a commitment to provide customers with office group productivity software that its own teams of programmers couldn't keep. IBM kept Token Ring and OS/2 customers happy long after the products …

Sony remembers it once made a great little phone

IFA Sony has been saving its powder for the giant IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin, where it's finally updated its phone range. Having used March's MWC event as more of a demo showcase, it's been a long wait for punters loyal to the Sony brand. At one stage, a few years ago, Sony was cranking out products that obsoleted …
Andrew Orlowski, 31 Aug 2017

LG teases us with svelte V30 but refuses to say if it's coming to Blighty

LG today duly unveiled the strongest contender this year to swipe Samsung's Android crown – but still won't say if it's committed to releasing the phone in the UK. To date, LG has not brought the first two generations of V series high-end devices to Blighty, but after two lacklustre G series flagships, it needs to stay visible …
Andrew Orlowski, 31 Aug 2017
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Australians still buy 100,000 feature phones a quarter

Vendors shipped 2.16 million mobile phones in Australia during 2017's second quarter, 100,000 of which were feature phones. So says an analyst from IDC's Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, which says this year's total topped Q2 2016 by 330,000, for 18.4 per cent year-on-year growth. The feature phones were 3G‑capable, a …
Simon Sharwood, 28 Aug 2017

New York Police scrap 36,000 Windows smartphones

The New York Police Department will scrap 36,000 smartphones, thanks to a monumental purchasing cock-up by a billionaire's daughter. The city spent millions on the phones back in October 2016 as part of its drive to bring the police force into the 21st century. And the woman behind the purchase – Deputy Commissioner for …
Kieren McCarthy, 28 Aug 2017

Ad blocking basically doesn't exist on mobile

Ad blocking may prompt fearful publishers to seek help from consultancies, but it isn't actually interfering with the delivery of ads on mobile devices. According to Augustine Fou – a cybersecurity and ad fraud researcher who runs Marketing Science, an ad consultancy – the actual rate of ad blocking on mobile devices in the US …
Thomas Claburn, 25 Aug 2017
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Reality strikes Dixons Carphone's profits after laughing off Brexit threat

Pricier smartphones and lower EU roaming charges will dampen Dixons Carphone's bottom line, the retailer's CEO warned today in an unscheduled trading update that sent its share price crashing by 30 per cent. The company had dismissed the Brexit effect on its business in previous communications with investors some months ago, …
Paul Kunert, 24 Aug 2017
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Fujitsu looking to flog its smartphones biz – report

For its latest "digital transformation", Fujitsu is trying to sell off its mobile phone business, according to reports. Two investment funds – Tokyo-based Polaris Capital Group and the UK's CVC Capital Partners – have expressed interest and Lenovo, Huawei and Foxconn are also in the running, according to the Nikkei Asian Times …
Andrew Silver, 22 Aug 2017

Samsung gains ground on smartphones

Following a rocky year of recalls and other exciting events, Gartner has found that phone-slinger Samsung could be doing quite well. Samsung sold about 82,535 smartphone units in the second quarter of 2017, compared to about 76,744 in the second quarter of 2016, according to Gartner research. Gartner analyst Anshul Gupta told …
Andrew Silver, 22 Aug 2017
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LG schtum over whether Europeans can get the powerhouse phablet V30

Europeans, once so smug about the global success of GSM, have had to get used to advanced mobile networks and devices arriving in the US first. The American market was once the butt of all jokes, but no more. Take LG, for instance, which gives itself two bites of the cherry each year – once with the G series flagship and again …
Andrew Orlowski, 21 Aug 2017

So, Nokia. What makes you think the world wants your phones?

Interview For over 20 years The Register has covered the rise and fall of Nokia phones. The story took a new turn this week with the arrival of a flagship, the first for three years, from the brand's custodians HMD. We spoke to the top executives behind the venture about their plans. Strictly speaking, this Nokia flagship comes from an …
Andrew Orlowski, 18 Aug 2017

Nokia's comeback is on: The flagship 8 emerges

Hands On To understand the appeal of the first "Nokia flagship" in three years, the Nokia 8, think of what Google was doing with the Nexus line until it caught "Pixelitis"*. Stock Android, monthly updates, decent imaging, and competitively priced. And really no other frills or gimmicks. The phone does have some Nokia DNA, as it was …
Andrew Orlowski, 16 Aug 2017
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Mid-flight jumbo font smartphone text shock sparks kid abuse arrests

Two people have been charged with child molestation after their texts allegedly discussing sexually abusing kids were spotted and reported by a preschool teacher. Who was sitting behind one of them. On an airplane. And the messages were in a huge font. The unnamed hero was on a Southwest Airlines flight from Seattle, …
Iain Thomson, 4 Aug 2017

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