Smartphones - Infoworld http://www.infoworld.com/t/2067 en 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 What you need to know about using Bluetooth beacons http://www.infoworld.com/d/consumerization-of-it/what-you-need-know-about-using-bluetooth-beacons-246569?source=rss_smartphones <div id="tw-edit" style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 243px; height: 192px;"><img src="http://www.infoworld.com/sites/infoworld.com/files/media/image/estimote-beacon.jpg" alt="What you need to know about using Bluetooth beacons" width="243" height="182" align="right" /><p align="right"><em>Courtesy Estimote</em></p></div> Applications Computer Hardware Consumerization of IT Mobile Technology Mobile Apps Smartphones Computer Hardware Tue, 22 Jul 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Galen Gruman 246569 at http://www.infoworld.com 13 ways to optimize your Android smartphone http://www.infoworld.com/slideshow/159471/13-ways-optimize-your-android-smartphone-246518?source=rss_smartphones <!--paging_filter-->Make your Android phone more powerful, useful, and efficient with these 13 quick tips<div class="field field-type-text field-field-slideshow-dek"> <div class="field-label">Dek:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make your Android phone more powerful, useful, and efficient with these 13 quick tips </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-slideshow-external-source"> <div class="field-label">External Source:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> infoworld.com </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-slideshow-url-redirect"> <div class="field-label">Redirect Unpublished Slideshow to:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> http://www.infoworld.com/slideshow/159471 </div> </div> </div> Android Smartphones Mon, 21 Jul 2014 10:00:00 +0000 admin 246518 at http://www.infoworld.com Samsung rebrands app store with a focus on Galaxy devices http://www.infoworld.com/d/mobile-technology/samsung-rebrands-app-store-focus-galaxy-devices-246021?source=rss_smartphones <p>Samsung Electronics has updated and rebranded its app store, in an apparent bid to cut into Google's revenue from its Play store for apps running on Android devices.</p> Mobile Technology mobile apps Mobile Apps Mobile Tools Smartphones Fri, 11 Jul 2014 11:47:30 +0000 admin 246021 at http://www.infoworld.com There's no escape: Ads come to your smartphone screen http://www.infoworld.com/d/mobile-technology/theres-no-escape-ads-come-your-smartphone-screen-245017?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: 192px;"><img src="http://www.infoworld.com/sites/infoworld.com/files/media/image/mobile_sales.jpg" alt="There's no escape: Ads come to your smartphone screen" width="243" height="182" align="right" /><br /><em><p align="right">Credit: Nik Merkulov/iStockphoto</p></em></div> Applications Mobile Technology The Industry Standard Android Mobile Apps Smartphones Fri, 11 Jul 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Galen M. Gruman 245017 at http://www.infoworld.com Samsung expects smartphone market slowdown to hit profits http://www.infoworld.com/d/the-industry-standard/samsung-expects-smartphone-market-slowdown-hit-profits-245743?source=rss_smartphones <p>Samsung Electronics is expecting a drop in its operating profit for the third consecutive quarter, citing an overall slowdown in smartphone market growth and increased competition in China and some European markets.</p> <p>The company was also hit in the second quarter by the appreciation of the Korean won against the U.S. dollar, the euro, and most emerging markets currencies, it said Tuesday in an earnings guidance.</p> Mobile Technology The Industry Standard Samsung Smartphones Technology Business Tue, 08 Jul 2014 11:07:38 +0000 admin 245743 at http://www.infoworld.com Mobile phones and other electronic devices under higher scrutiny at airports http://www.infoworld.com/d/security/mobile-phones-and-other-electronic-devices-under-higher-scrutiny-airports-245629?source=rss_smartphones <p>The U.S. Transportation Security Administration has said it may ask air travelers headed to the U.S. on direct flights to power up some electronic devices, including cell phones, as part of enhanced security measures at certain airports abroad.</p> <p>Under the regulations announced Sunday, powerless devices will not be permitted on board the aircraft and the traveler may also undergo additional screening, TSA said.</p> Mobile Technology Security Smartphones Government Security Mon, 07 Jul 2014 14:10:43 +0000 admin 245629 at http://www.infoworld.com Samsung's S5 mini: Slimmer and slower than S5, but still scans fingerprints http://www.infoworld.com/d/mobile-technology/samsungs-s5-mini-slimmer-and-slower-s5-still-scans-fingerprints-245333?source=rss_smartphones <p>The Galaxy S5 mini will still have the fingerprint scanner, heart-rate monitor and waterproofing of its bigger brother, but its quad-core processor will run slower and its screen will, of course, be smaller.</p> <p>Samsung Electronics unveiled the S5 mini on Tuesday. It has the same looks as the S5, including its dimpled back cover but its processor is clocked at only 1.4 GHz instead of 2.5GHz, and its 4.5-inch screen has a resolution of 720 by 1280 pixels, down from the S5's 5.1-inch, 1920 by 1080 pixel display.</p> Mobile Technology Samsung Android Smartphones Tue, 01 Jul 2014 12:26:36 +0000 admin 245333 at http://www.infoworld.com First look: Android L's fresh new face http://www.infoworld.com/slideshow/158023/first-look-android-ls-fresh-new-face-245234?source=rss_smartphones <!--paging_filter-->The new Android version comes with a UI refresh, not new features alone<div class="field field-type-text field-field-slideshow-dek"> <div class="field-label">Dek:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The new Android version comes with a UI refresh, not new features alone </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-slideshow-external-source"> <div class="field-label">External Source:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> infoworld.com </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-slideshow-url-redirect"> <div class="field-label">Redirect Unpublished Slideshow to:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> http://www.infoworld.com/slideshow/158023 </div> </div> </div> Android Smartphones Mon, 30 Jun 2014 10:00:00 +0000 admin 245234 at http://www.infoworld.com Android is poised to grow big -- if Google sticks with it http://www.infoworld.com/d/mobile-technology/android-poised-grow-big-if-google-sticks-it-245105?source=rss_smartphones <div id="tw-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_logo_net.jpg" alt="Android is poised to grow big -- if Google sticks with it" width="243" height="182" align="right" /></div> <p>Google this week made a strong promise for Android everywhere, laying out for the first time an <a href="http://www.citeworld.com/article/2367550/internet-of-things/after-the-web-google-announces-plans-to-conquer-internet.html" targe Consumerization of IT Mobile Technology Apple Google Android Consumer Electronics Smartphones Tablets Thu, 26 Jun 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Galen M. Gruman 245105 at http://www.infoworld.com 10 things to know about the smartphone kill switch http://www.infoworld.com/d/mobile-technology/10-things-know-about-the-smartphone-kill-switch-244992?source=rss_smartphones <p>Apple already has one, Microsoft and Google say they'll build one, Minnesota will demand it from next year and it could soon be the law in California and maybe nationwide. The smartphone kill switch appears to be on its way to every handset sold in the U.S. so what's all the fuss about? Here's a look at the main points of the technology.</p> Mobile Technology Mobile Security Smartphones Wed, 25 Jun 2014 11:23:32 +0000 admin 244992 at http://www.infoworld.com Fire Phone: Amazon's direct line to your data, dreams, and desires http://www.infoworld.com/t/cringely/fire-phone-amazons-direct-line-your-data-dreams-and-desires-244626?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: 192px;"><img src="http://www.infoworld.com/sites/infoworld.com/files/media/image/jeff_bezos_fire_phone.jpg" alt="Fire Phone: Amazon's direct line to your data, dreams, and desires" width="243" height="182" align="right" /><br /><em><p align="right">Credit: Reuters/Jason Redmond</p></em></div> Mobile Technology Amazon.com Cringely Smartphones Thu, 19 Jun 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Robert X. Cringely 244626 at http://www.infoworld.com Update: Amazon enters smartphone market with Fire phone http://www.infoworld.com/d/mobile-technology/amazon-enters-smartphone-market-fire-phone-244595?source=rss_smartphones <p>Amazon unveiled its highly anticipated entry into the smartphone market Wednesday, a handset called "Fire."</p> <p>The phone, announced by CEO Jeff Bezos at an event in Seattle, has a 4.7-inch screen, a 13-megapixel camera with optical image stabilization and a quad-core processor.</p> Mobile Technology Smartphones Wed, 18 Jun 2014 19:20:34 +0000 admin 244595 at http://www.infoworld.com Samsung matters more than Apple in deciding wireless charging's future http://www.infoworld.com/d/mobile-technology/samsung-matters-more-apple-in-deciding-wireless-chargings-future-244425?source=rss_smartphones <p>In the wake of Starbucks' decision last week to <a href="http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9249059/Starbucks_new_wireless_charging_won_t_work_for_most_devices" target="_blank">roll out more than 100,000 wireless-charging stations in its 8,000 U.S. cafes</a>, smrtphone makers have taken to promoting the few devices that actually work with the technology.</p> Mobile Technology Apple Samsung Consumer Electronics Mobile Tools Smartphones Tue, 17 Jun 2014 12:12:36 +0000 admin 244425 at http://www.infoworld.com Blackphones coming in three weeks, will ship in millions, backers say http://www.infoworld.com/d/mobile-technology/blackphones-coming-in-three-weeks-will-ship-in-millions-backers-say-244117?source=rss_smartphones <p>The Blackphone security-focused smartphone will go on the market in three weeks and "a few thousand" have already been sold through pre-orders, executives from the device's makers say.</p> Mobile Technology Security Encryption Smartphones Wed, 11 Jun 2014 11:54:30 +0000 admin 244117 at http://www.infoworld.com Hands-on with the Tizen-powered Samsung Z smartphone http://www.infoworld.com/d/mobile-technology/hands-the-tizen-powered-samsung-z-smartphone-243741?source=rss_smartphones <p>For two years, we've been hearing about Tizen smartphones. But we haven't seen any.</p> Mobile Technology Open Source Software Samsung Smartphones Open Source Software Fri, 06 Jun 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Galen M. Gruman 243741 at http://www.infoworld.com Asus adds 'laptop' to shapes its Transformer phone-tablet hybrid can adopt http://www.infoworld.com/d/computer-hardware/asus-adds-laptop-shapes-its-transformer-phone-tablet-hybrid-can-adopt-243530?source=rss_smartphones <p>Taiwanese PC maker Asus has added laptop to the forms that its latest Transformer phone-tablet hybrid can adopt -- potentially taunting Microsoft and Google once again with the device's ability to run both Windows and Android.</p> <p>The Transformer Book V combines a 5-inch smartphone running Android 4.4 with a 12.5-inch Windows 8.1 tablet. The smartphone slides into the tablet, enabling it to run the Android operating system.</p> Computer Hardware Microsoft Windows Android Microsoft Windows Laptop PCs Smartphones Tablets Mon, 02 Jun 2014 11:52:42 +0000 admin 243530 at http://www.infoworld.com