Smartphones - Infoworld http://www.infoworld.com/t/2067 en The Android One could gut the market for high-end Android phones http://www.infoworld.com/d/mobile-technology/the-android-one-could-gut-the-market-high-end-android-phones-250269?source=rss_smartphones <p>Compared to the glitz and fanfare surrounding Apple's announcement Tuesday of the <a href="http://www.citeworld.com/article/2605022/mobile-byod/mobile-byod-163647-first-look-iphone-6-and-iphone-6-plus.html" target="_blank">iPhone 6</a> and the long-awaited <a href="http://www.citeworld.com/article/2604664/mobile-byod/apple-watch-is-still-a-question-mark-for-enterprises.html" target="_blank">Apple Watch</a>, next week's expected debut in India of Google's Android One smartphones should be a more modest affair. It certainly will be treated that way by the media.&nbsp;</p> Mobile Technology Android Smartphones Wed, 10 Sep 2014 18:51:16 +0000 admin 250269 at http://www.infoworld.com Nvidia sues Samsung and Qualcomm, wants Galaxy sales blocked http://www.infoworld.com/d/mobile-technology/nvidia-sues-samsung-and-qualcomm-wants-galaxy-sales-blocked-249850?source=rss_smartphones <p>Nvidia has sued Samsung and Qualcomm for allegedly infringing seven of its patents related to GPUs, and is trying to block the sale of some Samsung products in the U.S.</p> <p>The lawsuits open a new and unexpected front in the smartphone patent wars, which have already led to numerous court battles. In a blog post Thursday, Nvidia called it an "important day" for the company and said they are the first patent lawsuits it has initiated in its 21-year history.</p> Mobile Technology Samsung Intellectual Property Processors Smartphones Fri, 05 Sep 2014 11:31:17 +0000 admin 249850 at http://www.infoworld.com Samsung banks on super-resolution screens for Galaxy Note 4, Note Edge http://www.infoworld.com/d/mobile-technology/samsung-banks-super-resolution-screens-galaxy-note-4-note-edge-249696?source=rss_smartphones <p>Samsung Electronics is hoping that super high-resolution screens on the Galaxy Note 4 and the Note Edge will help bring back some of its mojo.</p> <p>The Edge's screen, which wraps around the side of the device, sparked an explosion of comments by tech reviewers on Twitter the moment it was unveiled Wednesday at the IFA show in Berlin. Simultaneous Samsung events were also held in New York and Beijing.</p> Mobile Technology Samsung Android Smartphones Wed, 03 Sep 2014 16:46:14 +0000 admin 249696 at http://www.infoworld.com Should Microsoft kill Windows Phone? http://www.infoworld.com/d/mobile-technology/should-microsoft-kill-windows-phone-249459?source=rss_smartphones <p>It's been nearly four years since Microsoft first released Windows Phone, and what it has gotten after many millions of dollars in development and marketing costs, plus its $7.2 billion acquisition of Nokia, is this: a worldwide <a href="http://www.computerworld.com/article/2491229/smartphones/the-news-isn-t-good-for-windows-phone.html" target="_blank">smartphone market share of less than 3 percent</a>. And that number has been going down, not up.</p> Mobile Technology Microsoft Android Smartphones Windows Phone Fri, 29 Aug 2014 12:42:54 +0000 admin 249459 at http://www.infoworld.com California passes law mandating smartphone kill switch http://www.infoworld.com/d/mobile-technology/california-passes-law-mandating-smartphone-kill-switch-249134?source=rss_smartphones <p>Smartphones sold in California will soon be required to have a kill switch that lets users remotely lock them and wipe them of data in the event they are lost or stolen.</p> <p>The demand is the result of a <a href="http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/13-14/bill/sen/sb_0951-1000/sb_962_bill_20140812_enrolled.pdf">new law</a>, signed into effect on Monday, that applies to phones manufactured after July 1, 2015, and sold in the state.</p> Mobile Technology Security Mobile Security Smartphones Mon, 25 Aug 2014 23:05:53 +0000 admin 249134 at http://www.infoworld.com How to get your Android phone back in shape http://www.infoworld.com/d/mobile-technology/how-get-your-android-phone-back-in-shape-248921?source=rss_smartphones <p>Your Android phone is a lot like your body. Just as your body can become bloated, sluggish and out of shape over time, your smartphone can gradually accumulate apps, data, and other excess baggage through bad habits and indulgences gone unchecked.</p> <p>I'm talking about <em>your</em> bad habits and indulgences. It's not like your smartphone gained all that additional weight (in the form of app bloat and other things) by itself. You, with your impulsive downloads and fleeting interests, have become an enabler!</p> Mobile Technology Android Smartphones Thu, 21 Aug 2014 19:18:25 +0000 admin 248921 at http://www.infoworld.com Report: Android gaining on iOS in enterprise http://www.infoworld.com/d/mobile-technology/report-android-gaining-ios-in-enterprise-248350?source=rss_smartphones <p>Most businesses have embraced mobile technologies, but many are still on the low end of the mobile maturity curve. Good Technology has published its second-quarter&nbsp;Mobility Index Report, and it reveals some interesting trends regarding the mobile platforms and apps businesses are deploying.</p> <p>Good Technology aggregated data from customers around the world and monitored app and device activations to determine overall trends, as well as which platforms and apps are most popular among Good customers.&nbsp;</p> Mobile Technology Android iOS iPhone Smartphones Thu, 14 Aug 2014 11:01:32 +0000 admin 248350 at http://www.infoworld.com Samsung pins its hopes on Galaxy Alpha's metal frame http://www.infoworld.com/d/mobile-technology/samsung-pins-its-hopes-galaxy-alphas-metal-frame-248249?source=rss_smartphones <p>Samsung has launched its new Galaxy Alpha with a metal frame in a bid to boost sales after the plastic design of its smartphones has been blamed for the company's recent struggles.</p> <p>The Wednesday launch of the latest Galaxy smartphone comes after a difficult second quarter for Samsung. While overall smartphones sales grew by almost 27 percent, Samsung's shipments dropped. In May, the company also appointed a new head of its design team.</p> Mobile Technology Samsung Android Smartphones Wed, 13 Aug 2014 12:06:50 +0000 admin 248249 at http://www.infoworld.com Nvidia claims 64-bit Denver chip will outperform Apple's A7 http://www.infoworld.com/d/computer-hardware/nvidia-claims-64-bit-denver-chip-will-outperform-apples-a7-248159?source=rss_smartphones <p>Apple pioneered the use of 64-bit processors in smartphones, but Nvidia claims its 64-bit Denver chip will be even faster when it appears in devices later this year.</p> <p>Nvidia <a href="http://blogs.nvidia.com/blog/2014/08/11/tegra-k1-denver-64-bit-for-android/" target="_blank">shared a few more details</a> about Denver at <a href="http://www.hotchips.org/" target="_blank">the Hot Chips conference</a> in Silicon Valley on Monday. It's calling it "the world's first 64-bit ARM processor for Android."</p> Computer Hardware Mobile Technology Android Processors Smartphones Tablets Tue, 12 Aug 2014 11:14:49 +0000 admin 248159 at http://www.infoworld.com Mobile chips face lockdown to prevent hacks http://www.infoworld.com/d/mobile-technology/mobile-chips-face-lockdown-prevent-hacks-248057?source=rss_smartphones <p>Chip makers want to make hardware the first layer of defense against data breaches and other attacks on tablets and smartphones.</p> <p>Mobile devices are becoming increasingly vulnerable, with more personal information, banking data, passwords and contacts residing on devices without any protection, said presenters at the Hot Chips conference in Cupertino, California, on Sunday.</p> Mobile Technology Security Processors Mobile Security Smartphones Tablets Mon, 11 Aug 2014 11:35:09 +0000 admin 248057 at http://www.infoworld.com USPTO rejects claims of Apple patent in dispute with Samsung http://www.infoworld.com/d/mobile-technology/uspto-rejects-claims-of-apple-patent-in-dispute-samsung-247945?source=rss_smartphones <p>The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has rejected some claims of an Apple patent that was one of the basis for a recent damages award in a dispute with Samsung Electronics.</p> Mobile Technology Apple Samsung Android Intellectual Property iPhone Smartphones Tablets Fri, 08 Aug 2014 11:42:15 +0000 admin 247945 at http://www.infoworld.com Android has good reason to fear Apple's resurgence http://www.infoworld.com/d/mobile-technology/android-has-good-reason-fear-apples-resurgence-247729?source=rss_smartphones <div id="blog-edit" style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 243px; height: 182px;"><img src="http://www.infoworld.com/sites/infoworld.com/files/media/image/Android_vs_iPhone_hp_0.jpg" alt="Android has good reason to fear Apple's resurgence" width="243" height="182" align="right" /></div><p>In recent weeks, a drumbeat has grown among tech analysts that Apple's iPhone is poised for massive uptake while <a href="http://fortune.com/2013/04/27/forecast-android-has-peaked-apples-iphone-still-growing/" target="_blank">Android</a></p> Consumerization of IT Mobile Technology The Industry Standard Apple Google Samsung Android iOS iPad iPhone Smartphones Tablets Fri, 08 Aug 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Galen M. Gruman 247729 at http://www.infoworld.com Nadella leaves no doubt of who's in charge at Microsoft http://www.infoworld.com/d/the-industry-standard/nadella-leaves-no-doubt-of-whos-in-charge-microsoft-247933?source=rss_smartphones <p>Say what you will about <a href="http://www.infoworld.com/d/microsoft-windows/satya-nadella-six-months-grading-microsofts-new-ceo-247470">Satya Nadella's first six months as Microsoft CEO</a>, but no one can deny the man jumped in with both feet from day one and has led the company with decisiveness.</p> <p>Some of his moves have been met with applause and others with raspberries.</p> Applications Cloud Computing Mobile Technology The Industry Standard Microsoft Smartphones Office Software Tablets Windows Phone Cloud Computing Technology Business Fri, 08 Aug 2014 10:00:00 +0000 admin 247933 at http://www.infoworld.com Galaxy Note 4 won't turn around Samsung's ailing fortunes, analysts say http://www.infoworld.com/d/mobile-technology/galaxy-note-4-wont-turn-around-samsungs-ailing-fortunes-analysts-say-247820?source=rss_smartphones <p>Samsung Electronics is expected to launch soon the Galaxy Note 4, in a bid to help improve its ailing fortunes in the high-end segment of the smartphone market. But the company's problems run deeper with local vendors eating its lunch with cheaper devices in countries like China and India.</p> Mobile Technology The Industry Standard Android Smartphones Tablets Technology Business Wed, 06 Aug 2014 19:46:50 +0000 admin 247820 at http://www.infoworld.com Apple, Samsung agree to settle patent disputes outside the U.S. http://www.infoworld.com/d/mobile-technology/apple-samsung-agree-settle-patent-disputes-outside-the-us-247776?source=rss_smartphones <p>Apple and Samsung Electronics have agreed to end their patent litigation outside the United States, in an indication of a softening of their dispute that has extended across many countries.</p> <p>The two companies have patent litigation against each other in nine countries outside the U.S., including South Korea, Japan, Australia, the Netherlands, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, and the U.K.</p> Mobile Technology Apple Samsung Intellectual Property Smartphones Tablets Wed, 06 Aug 2014 11:25:52 +0000 admin 247776 at http://www.infoworld.com Samsung, Apple still dominate smartphones, but their shares slip http://www.infoworld.com/d/mobile-technology/samsung-apple-still-dominate-smartphones-their-shares-slip-247276?source=rss_smartphones <p>Samsung and Apple, in the second quarter, sunk to their lowest shares of the global smartphone market in recent years as Chinese smartphone vendors came on strong, market research firm IDC said Tuesday.</p> <p>"Samsung and Apple are both seeing a lot of pressure from alternative vendors working their way up the ladder," said IDC analyst Ryan Reith in an interview.</p> Mobile Technology Apple Samsung Smartphones Wed, 30 Jul 2014 11:17:49 +0000 admin 247276 at http://www.infoworld.com Mobile devices to get faster LP-DDR4 memory next year http://www.infoworld.com/d/mobile-technology/mobile-devices-get-faster-lp-ddr4-memory-next-year-247168?source=rss_smartphones <p>Thanks to the rise of mobile gaming and 4K video, LP-DDR4 memory will reach smartphones and tablets close to two years earlier than expected, an analyst said.</p> <p>The first mobile devices with LP-DDR4 will arrive next year, and the technology will go mainstream in 2016, said Mike Howard, a senior principal analyst at IHS.</p><p><strong>[ Keep up on the day's tech news headlines with InfoWorld's <a href="http://www.infoworld.com/newsletters/subscribe?showlist=infoworld_todays_headlines_wrap_up&amp;source=ifwelg_fssr">Today's Headlines: Wrap Up newsletter</a>. ]</strong></p> Mobile Technology Processors Smartphones Tablets Tue, 29 Jul 2014 11:08:05 +0000 admin 247168 at http://www.infoworld.com The Tizen smartphone flopped -- and open source is to blame http://www.infoworld.com/d/mobile-technology/the-tizen-smartphone-flopped-and-open-source-blame-247144?source=rss_smartphones <div id="blog-edit" style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 243px; height: 182px;"><img src="http://www.infoworld.com/sites/infoworld.com/files/media/image/open_sign_broken_cord_hp.jpg" alt="The Tizen smartphone flopped -- and open source is to blame" width="243" height="182" align="right" /></div><p>You know the saying: Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.</p> Mobile Technology Open Source Software The Industry Standard Mozilla Samsung Tizen Ubuntu Smartphones Open Source Software Tue, 29 Jul 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Galen M. Gruman 247144 at http://www.infoworld.com Is the Samsung Z smartphone just delayed -- or doomed? http://www.infoworld.com/d/mobile-technology/the-samsung-z-smartphone-just-delayed-or-doomed-247128?source=rss_smartphones <p>The launch of the Samsung Z, the first smartphone to run the Tizen OS for commercial use, will be delayed, with no release date given by Samsung.</p> <p>The reason for the delay isn't entirely clear. Two analysts suggested that the smartphone could well be doomed.</p> Mobile Technology Open Source Software Smartphones Mon, 28 Jul 2014 17:46:26 +0000 admin 247128 at http://www.infoworld.com Apple's iPhone 6 could have biggest initial production http://www.infoworld.com/d/mobile-technology/apples-iphone-6-could-have-biggest-initial-production-246714?source=rss_smartphones <p>Apple is ordering a combined 70 to 80 million units of two big-screen versions of its next iPhone, its largest initial production to date, according to <a href="http://online.wsj.com/articles/apple-suppliers-gear-up-for-large-screen-iphones-1405985788" target="_blank">a report</a> in The Wall Street Journal.</p> <p>The company is anticipating large demand for the so-called iPhone 6 as it will be available with screens measuring 4.7 and 5.5 inches diagonally, the report said, citing unnamed sources.</p> Mobile Technology Apple iPhone Smartphones Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:43:17 +0000 admin 246714 at http://www.infoworld.com