Smartphones

  • Sony warns of much bigger loss, blames struggling smartphone business 15 hours 25 minutes ago

    Tokyo: Sony on Wednesday warned of a much-deeper-than-expected loss and said it would not pay a dividend this business year after it was hit by a 180 billion yen ($1.7 billion) impairment charge for its struggling smartphone division. The Japanese consumer electronics company is now predicting a 230 billion yen ($2.15...
  • Reviewers hail the Apple iPhone 6 as the 'best smartphone ever made' 15 hours 35 minutes ago

    Bigger is better and Apple has finally realised that and given iPhone users a product that may be low on novelty but high on improvements, reviewers wrote. Most reviewers say that the iPhone 6 is the best smartphone available or "ever made", while the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus has been described...
  • Why Google's Android One can change the smartphone market Yesterday

    New Delhi: Google on Monday launched in India three Android One phones capable of Internet access at prices starting at Rs 6,299, as it looks to win customers in the world's fastest growing smartphone market with low prices and better quality software. Powered by Google's Android operating system, the handsets, made...
  • 2 million Android One smartphones to be sold in India in 2014: Chip maker MediaTek Yesterday

    New Delhi: Buoyed by the initial response to Android One smartphones, chip maker MediaTek said it expects as many as two million handsets to be sold this year in India, the world's second largest market for mobile phones. The Taiwan-headquartered company has partnered with US-based tech giant Google on Android One,...
  • Chinese city creates smartphone sidewalk lane for those 'too engrossed in their phones' Yesterday

    Beijing: Taking a cue from an American TV program, the Chinese city of Chongqing has created a smartphone sidewalk lane, offering a path for those too engrossed in messaging and tweeting to watch where they're going. But the property manager says it's intended to be ironic - to remind people that...
  • Chinese city of Chongqing creates a smartphone footpath Yesterday

    Beijing: Taking a cue from an American TV program, the Chinese city of Chongqing has created a smartphone sidewalk lane, offering a path for those too engrossed in messaging and tweeting to watch where they're going. But the property manager says it's intended to be ironic - to remind people that...
  • SideSwipe lets you control your smartphone with in-air hand gestures Yesterday

    New York: How does it feel when your smartphone begins to ring all of a sudden during a key client presentation? Embarrassed? Help is here. Researchers at the University of Washington in Seattle have developed a way to control your smartphone with in-air hand gestures. The system called SideSwipe lets you interact...
  • Viewing India as our trial country: Google's Android Vice President Sundar Pichai Yesterday

    Hot on the heels of Apple launching the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, Google has launched the first of its Android One phones in India. Speaking to Network18, Google's Android Vice President Sundar Pichai said that the company is now viewing India as a trial country for its products. ...
  • With 4 million pre-orders iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus shatter iPhone 5 record Yesterday

    New York: Apple had more than 4 million advance orders of its new, larger iPhones in the first 24 hours, exceeding its initial supply, the company said Monday. The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will be delivered to customers starting Friday and throughout September, but many won't be delivered until...
  • Coming soon: Smartphone batteries with superfast charging 2 days ago

    New York: At a time when scientists the world over are looking for ways to extend smartphone battery life, a new study suggests that rapid charging and draining does not damage lithium ion electrodes as much as earlier thought. The results challenge the prevailing view that "supercharging" batteries is always harder...
  • Riding on Zenfone success Asus aims to be among the top 5 smartphone brands in India 2 days ago

    New Delhi: Betting on the success of its Zenfone series of smartphones, Taiwanese tech major Asus is targeting to be among the top five players in the smartphone space in India by the end of 2015. "By the end of next year, our target is to be among the top 5....
  • One in five college students addicted to smartphones 2 days ago

    Washington: One in five college students in the US rate themselves as totally dependent on their smartphones, with more than half admitting they use their device as a way of escaping from problems or relieving a bad mood, a new study has found. Researchers, including those from the Alabama State University,...
  • Google's Android One phones come to India at Rs 6,299: Micromax Canvas A1, Karbonn Sparkle V, Spice Dream Uno 2 days ago

    New Delhi: The first Android One phones have arrived. Google has launched the first set of three phones under its Android One project in India at a price starting at Rs 6,299. The first Android One devices to be available in India are the Micromax Canvas A1, Karbonn Sparkle V...
  • 5.5-inch Apple iPhone 6 Plus in greater demand than the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 4 days ago

    Bangalore: Customers may have to wait three to four weeks to get their hands on Apple's iPhone 6 Plus, after a record number of orders for the company's latest smartphones strained available supply. The new iPhone 6 goes on sale on September 19 in the United States but the company began...
  • IFA 2014: 6 top trends at Europe's biggest gadget fair 6 days ago

    Berlin: From smartwatches to "phablets" to precision robot vacuum cleaners, Europe's IFA consumer electronics show showcases the latest in gadget wizardry. Here are the main trends of this year's five-day fair in Berlin: Smartphones cannibalise tablets With their increasingly bigger screens, smartphones are morphing into "phablets", a cross between a mobile phone and...
  • Samsung launches Galaxy S5 Mini in India at Rs 26,499 1 week ago

    New Delhi: Korean handset maker Samsung unveiled the successor to its flagship S5 smartphone - Galaxy S5 Mini - in India at a price of Rs 26,499. The handset is available in India from September 10 through e-commerce major Flipkart. With a host of innovative features like water and dust...
  • Apple iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus review: They neutralise a key Android advantage 1 week ago

    Apple's new 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus are both larger than the current 4-inch models. They neutralise a key advantage Android phones have had: size. And Apple managed to make its new phones thinner, with edges that are curved and fit nicely in the hands. Gone is the...
  • Amazon slashes Fire Phone price; $200 model now available for 99 cents September 9, 2014

    New York: Amazon slashed the price of its Fire smartphone on Monday, a day before Apple is expected to unveil its latest version of the iPhone. The online retailer said the Fire with 32 gigabytes of memory will now cost 99 cents when customers sign a two-year contract with AT&T. That's...
  • iWatch, iPhone 6: Apple all set to reveal its next big thing September 9, 2014

    San Francisco: Apple is poised to reveal its next big thing on Tuesday in a crucial attempt to prove its technological tastemakers still have the power to mesmerise the masses. The trend-setting company is expected to rouse the still-slumbering market for wearable computers with a smartwatch or bracelet equipped to monitor...
  • Micromax launches the octa-core Canvas Nitro smartphone in India at Rs 12,990 September 8, 2014

    New Delhi Micromax has launched its new smartphone - the Canvas Nitro - in India at Rs 12,990. The Micromax Canvas Nitro, to be available exclusively on eCommerce site Snapdeal, is powered by a 1.7 GHz Tru Octa Core processor and Android KitKat operating system. The handset features 5-inch HD IPS...
  • 5 ways in which the new Moto G (2nd Gen) betters the original September 8, 2014

    New Delhi: In less than a year of its initial launch, Motorola has upgraded its hot-selling Moto G smartphone. The Moto G was first unveiled in November 2013 and came to the Indian market in February this year. This quicker-than-usual switch to the 2nd generation has raised some questions in...
  • Beware! Second-hand smartphones available online might be stolen September 8, 2014

    New Delhi: The slick looking smart phone with great camera and apps you bought cheap at an online store could just be stolen ware. Thieves are increasingly palming off high end stolen mobiles through online trading portals, say police. "Thieves are selling stolen mobiles on online trading sites like Quikr.com, ebay.in...
  • Nokia plans to launch its new Lumia 830 smartphone in India by October; likely to be priced around Rs 26,000 September 7, 2014

    Berlin: Nokia has indicated to lower prices of 4G and 3G mobile phones in India to leverage operators' plans to launch high speed 4G services and boost its market share in the country. "We want to continue to push point lower and lower than anything we...
  • iWatch, larger iPhones, new iPad Air: Here's what to expect at Apple's September 9 event September 8, 2014

    San Francisco: Apple's mystery unveiling on Tuesday is expected to be a watershed moment for the California giant - and the entire tech industry. Here are key things to watch for: Can Tim Cook step up? Chief executive Tim Cook will seek to vanquish the notion that Apple lost its magic when...
  • Lenovo launches Vibe X2, Vibe Z2 smartphones at IFA 2014 September 6, 2014

    New Delhi: Adding two new phones to its Vibe line of smartphones, Lenovo launched two new devices - Vibe X2 and Vibe Z2 - at IFA 2014 in Berlin. The Lenovo Vibe X2 comes with a tri-layered design, and is, therefore, claimed to be the world's first layered smartphone. It...
  • Nokia X2: Microsoft launches the Nokia X successor in India at Rs 8,699 September 6, 2014

    New Delhi: Beefing up its budget smartphone portfolio, Microsoft Devices today launched Nokia X2, priced at Rs 8,699, in India to compete more aggressively with the likes of Samsung as well as homegrown firms like Micromax. The Nokia X2 was unveiled globally in June as a successor to its Android-centred...
  • Motorola's new Moto G: First impressions review September 8, 2014

    New Delhi: Riding high on the success of the Moto G, Motorola today introduced the successor to its affordable smartphone. Named the '2nd Gen Moto G', the Android smartphone comes with improved specs and at a price, which is Rs 1000 cheaper than its predecessor. The new Moto G (16GB) carries...
  • Motorola launches the new Moto G, new Moto X smartphones and Moto 360 smartwatch in India September 5, 2014

    New Delhi: At simultaneous events in Chicago and New Delhi, Motorola which had made a successful comeback to the Indian market in partnership with online retailer Flipkart has announced its a new range of successors to its hot-selling phones - the Moto G and the Moto X. The 2nd generation Moto...
  • Nokia Lumia 730, Lumia 735: Microsoft launches two affordable 'selfie' phones September 4, 2014

    New Delhi: In line with expectations, Microsoft has launched, not one, but two 'selfie' phones - the Lumia 735 and Lumia 730 dual-SIM - that run the latest Windows Phone 8.1 operating system. Microsoft says the 5 megapixel wide-angle front camera on the Lumia 730 dual-SIM and Lumia 735 lets...