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HTC U12+: Like a Pixel without the pratfalls, or eye-watering price tag

Hands on It may be news to you that HTC is still with us, but the fact it's here is good news for phone buyers. HTC's only flagship smartphone of 2018 – the U12+ – looks like a sensibly priced alternative to the Pixel and Galaxy, without the eccentricities and flaws of the Huawei P20 Pro. htc U12+ PICS HTC is hanging on in the phone …
Andrew Orlowski, 23 May 2018

Xiaomi the way: Hyped Chinese giant begins its battle for Britain

Analysis Xiaomi's entry into Europe is as feared as it is anticipated. With its vow to keep profit margins on hardware below 5 per cent and make the rest up on services, er, somehow, the Chinese firm threatens a consumer electronics price war that goes way beyond phones. But it might be harder than pundits think. Xiaomi was described …
Andrew Orlowski, 21 May 2018
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OnePlus smartmobe brand modelled on 'a religion', founder admits

As Chinese phone-maker OnePlus launched its latest phone, co-founder Carl Pei confessed that the company was inspired by cults. Fanatics have smashed up their existing (non-OnePlus) phones to get one, and queued for hours in the scorching heat just to fondle one. The launch event is the product: OnePlus sells fans tickets to …
Andrew Orlowski, 17 May 2018
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Samsung ready to fling Exynos at anyone who wants a phone chip

With the threat of Qualcomm litigation receding, Samsung is in talks with ZTE, among others, and ready to license its Exynos phone chips to anyone who wants them. This could lower the costs of high-end mobiles. Reuters quotes former Qualcomm, now Samsung, executive Inyup Kang as saying that Samsung is talking to "all OEMs" …
Andrew Orlowski, 16 May 2018
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Make masses carry their mobes, suggests wig in not-at-all-creepy speech

A senior British judge has highlighted the benefits of legislation that obliges people to carry their mobile phone at all times. Sir Geoffrey Vos QC, Chancellor of the High Court and former head of the Bar Council, raised the prospect of compulsory mobe-carrying in a speech to the Law Society (PDF). Vos drew attention to the …
Andrew Orlowski, 11 May 2018
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Collateral carnage as ZTE sanctions see Australia’s top telco dump mobe-maker

Australia’s largest and dominant telco, Telstra, has stopped selling the ZTE devices it sold under its own brand. Telstra blamed US sanctions recently imposed on ZTE that prevent the Chinese mobe-maker from acquiring parts made by US companies. ZTE halted its production lines as a result, saying that it just can’t build …
Simon Sharwood, 10 May 2018
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Peak smartphone? Phone fatigue hits Western Europe hard

Smartmobe shipments were down almost 7 per cent year-on-year in Europe during calendar Q1, according to Canalys, as phone fatigue hit mature markets hard. Some 46 million units in total were shipped in the three months, this included a 13 per cent drop in Western Europe to 30.1 million phones and a 12.9 per cent rise in …

Making calls? Ha, not what most peeps use phone for – Ofcom

Web browsing ranks as the most important phone use activity, above making calls, a chunky survey by Ofcom has found. Of the 5,315 people in its annual Consumer Mobile Experience report (PDF), 92 per cent said web browsing was "extremely" or "very" important, while three-quarters said the same for voice calls. For 18 to 24-year …
Kat Hall, 9 May 2018
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Let's kick the tyres on Google's Android P... It's not an overheating wreck, but UX is tappy

Hands On Early developer builds traditionally require donning a hazmat suit, but as Android enters its middle age, Google wants everyone to come in, wearing Bermuda shorts, and kick the tyres like tourists. In a significant change from previous years, the teaser builds of Android P are proving stable and friendly, and are available on …
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Microsoft vows to bridge phones to PCs, and this time it means it. Honest.

Build Losing the smartphone war means Microsoft is taking PC-phone integration seriously again – including the never-quite-solved problem of getting desktops and mobiles to work nicely together. Quite why the worlds remain unbridged is a mystery to some. Or not such a mystery, if you consider the incentives involved. No single …
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Supercycle to su-'meh'-cycle: Apple iPhone warehouses heave with unsold Notches

The once-bullish Wall Street analyst who predicted a "supercycle" of renewed demand for the tenth anniversary iPhone admits Apple is in a funk. Sanford C Bernstein analyst Toni Sacconaghi Jr popularised the phrase "supercycle" last year, predicting that iPhone owners who had held back upgrading in previous years would choose …
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$50 add-on can turn your mobe into a less misanthropic House MD

Researchers have come up with an optical gadget which, when attached to a smartphone, can check samples for 12 infectious diseases at once. The team, led by Lei Li, assistant professor in the School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering at Washington State University, devised the equipment to solve the problem of diagnosis …
Richard Speed, 25 Apr 2018
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The tech you're reading these words on – you have two Dundee uni boffins to thank for that

Every time you use a smartphone, glance at your smart watch, fire up a computer, watch TV or endure a PowerPoint presentation, you experience a little bit of Dundee. The flat-panel technology we use in modern devices wasn't invented by megacorps in Japan or Silicon Valley but by a pair of academics in Scotland's fourth-largest …
Alistair Dabbs, 25 Apr 2018

X marks the Notch, where smartmobe supercycles go to die

Apple's £999 flagship iPhone X is being outsold by three-year-old models – providing further evidence that the 10th anniversary upgrade "supercycle" never happened. CIRP, a Chicago-based equities analyst specialising in providing early sales figures that have proved accurate before, has found the share of iPhone sales …
Andrew Orlowski, 24 Apr 2018
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Samsung-backed gizmo may soon juice up your smartphone over the air

Wireless charging is becoming an ever more popular way to juice up consumer gadgets, but an international team of scientists may have figured out how to scrap the mat too. Research by the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology offers a way to wirelessly transfer power consistently over longer distances than conventional …
Richard Speed, 20 Apr 2018
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Motorola Z2 Force: This one's for the butterfingered Android lovers

Released last autumn, and with this year’s range hoving into view, Motorola’s Z2 Force isn’t the newest kid on the block. But it still remains the only “shatterproof” phone on the market, and it has proved to be a great base from which to evaluate the latest Motorola Mods, which you’ll see in our forthcoming Mods roundup. …
Andrew Orlowski, 19 Apr 2018
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Huawei promises to launch a 5G smartmobe in second half of 2019

Huawei has said its first 5G-capable phone will appear in a little over a year. The Chinese giant made the pledge at its annual global analyst summit in Shenzhen, southeastern China. The device will feature Huawei's own 5G modem and appear in "the second half of 2019". Big news: First @Huawei 5G smartphone with its own 5G …
Andrew Orlowski, 17 Apr 2018
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Europe turns nose up at new smartphones: Beancounters predict 7% sales drop

Sales of smartphones in Western Europe are expected to fall 7 per cent to 141 million this year, as consumers shun expensive upgrades on devices offering little more than an incremental updates. Worldwide smartphone shipments DOWN for first time ever READ MORE Globally, smartphone sales will rise just 0.2 per cent this year …
Kat Hall, 17 Apr 2018

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