Looking for a fine, Android WorldPhone solution?? Look no more… oh, andit starts at just $199! Obi and Ammunition celebrate the launch of Obi Worldphone SF1 & SJ1.5 smartphones at Autodesk Gallery in San Francisco. Obi Worldphone co-founder John Sculley, former head of Apple and Pepsi-Cola and an international investor in consumer tech companies, and Robert Brunner, founder and partner in the world-acclaimed Ammunition design firm collaborated to create elegant design at attractive prices for select markets the world over. Introducing them is Satjiv Chahil, Global Marketing & Innovations Advisor to Obi. See more about the device in the official launch PR
Looking for a new, or additional smartphone? Did you know that BlackBerry devices, many unlocked, can be bought directly from BlackBerry online?
A quick look at the BB online shop reveals a number of smartphones for sale including the Bold 9900, Passport, Porsche and a number of unlocked BlackBerry devices including the Q10, Q5, Z30 and the BB Z10 is for sale, unlocked at just $299
BlackBerry Z10 FEATURES:
- 16GB Internal Storage
- 4.2″ Touch Display
- 8MP Rear Camera
- 1080p HD video recording
- 4G LTE Speed
- Only compatible with GSM carriers
- Learn more about Unlocked Phones.
- Detailed Tech Specs and Supported Bands
Shop for BlackBerry smartphones HERE (Canada)
Year-end and the end of another quarter is upon us, that means research numbers are out! According to Taiwan`s MIC (Market Intelligence & Consulting Institute), an ICT industry research institute based in Taipei, worldwide mobile phone industry`s shipment volume in the third quarter of 2013 topped around 465.2 million units, up 7% sequentially. Of the total worldwide mobile phone shipments, smartphone shipment volume reached about 255.3 million units in the third quarter of 2013, representing a 13.6% sequential growth.
Major Mobile Phone Vendor Shipment Volume Share, 1Q 2011 – 1Q 2014
Source: Respective companies and MIC, December 2013
To see more about this report, please visit: Worldwide Major Mobile Phone Vendor Performance, 4Q 2013
It’s always enjoyable viewing the history of cool technology, in particular via some awesome graphics and infographics. Here’s a nice visualization (with some glaring omissions though!) that reveals the history of the smartphone, from the creation of AT&T wireless, the introduction of the Blackberry smartphone, the rise of Symbian OS, and finally to the explosive growth of iOS and Android devices. See more from the source
Please note, of particular interest and brought to my attention by a reader, what about the contributions of Nokia?? Nokia was for many years the leading supplier and provider of smartphones and was by far, THE leader in the smartphone ecosystem, paving the way for iPhone, Android and others… to not mention Nokia in any way in these graphics is a massive fail on the part of the author.
The next killer Android and perhaps iPhone killer?? Today in New York a a special event billed as “Unpacked”, Samsung Electronics announced the fourth generation GALAXY S, the GALAXY S 4, according to Samsung “designed to get you closer to what matters in life and bring your world together”… and no doubt designed to continue eroding at Apple’s slowly dwindling marketshare!
Featuring a larger size, study build, bigger battery, better camera, and users will be pleased that they can get it in either black or white (Black Mist and White Frost) with more colors to follow.
Samsung GALAXY S 4 Product Specifications:
2.5G (GSM/ GPRS/ EDGE): 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz
3G (HSPA+ 42Mbps): 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 MHz
4G (LTE Cat 3 100/50Mbps) : up to 6 different band sets(Dependent on market)
5 inch Full HD Super AMOLED (1920 x 1080) display, 441 ppi
Here’s a clever product designed to keep your smartphone safe in very rugged environments – and best of all its a universal size that will fit a number of popular devices. Unlike other products, like Otterbox, for example, The Marine case is not designed for everyday use, but rather for those circumstances when smartphones need extra-strength protection – protection you won’t get in an Otterbox or others.
Product details – Keystone ECO MarineCase II is a waterproof case specially designed to fit most large screen smart phones, like Galaxy S II & S III, HTC Evo, to name a few. MarineCase II is IP58 certified against sand/dust intrusion and waterproof up to 20ft. Its high impact polycarbonate hard shell is integrated with silicone surface for added protection against bump & drop. Enclosing the phone in the MarineCase II allows you to capture underwater video up to 20 feet. Just start the video recording before diving in the water. Its user-friendly twist lock design makes it easy to put in and take out the phone. No assembly is required – See complete details HERE
You may not have caught wind of this interesting smartphone user survey conducted by Telenav a couple of months ago… indeed some interesting results. The survey looks at habits of smartphone users, asks what they would give up for their device, and examines the various different smartphone platforms. Of interest, iPhone users are most likely to checkin to a business (23%), Blackberry users are most likely to spend more than $1 for an app, while Android device users seem to feel their device reflects their sense of style. Finally, it seems iPhone users are most attached to their devices as 28% of users would rather give up seeing their spouse/other half for a week rather than parting with their beloved device!
Some findings of interest that compare the various mobile OS’
- iPhone users were twice as likely than Android users to have spent more than $40 on apps for their current phone.
- Nearly half of Android users said their phone reflects their overall sense of style—more than iPhone users (35%). 43% of BlackBerry users felt their phones reflected their overall sense of style.
- While a strong majority of iPhone users (83%) thought other iPhone users would make the best romantic partners, and a strong majority of Android users (70%) selected other Android users, only 48% of BlackBerry users thought other BlackBerry users would make for the best romantic partners.
Yep, facebook has rolled out video chat using Skype technology, just what most of us guessed was coming. Here’s a quick look at the UI as seen by creating a chat session from https://www.facebook.com/videocalling.
Perhaps no rocket science here, particularly since Google beat facebook to the punch with the launch of last week’s Google + service, however, with the incredible clout and userbase of teens and tweens and those seeking friendship and socializing, facebook chat will be huge! I’ll be interested to see if this comes to facebook mobile clients as well, that will be massive! Interesting to note that with Microsoft’s recent purchase of Skype (this deal has not been finalized yet) there’s no doubt that Nokia + Microsoft and the launch of Windows Phone powered devices coming late 2011, that a Nokia smartphone “with built-in facebook Skype” will likely be hotly promoted by Nokia… my guess!
From the facebook blog… For those of us who have been working on this, it’s particularly exciting to bring video calling to over 750 million people. We’re making this available in over 70 different languages, so friends can stay in touch all over the world. See also the facebook Live channel for live updates from fb HQ
Mobile application developers and wanna-be mobile developers, take note, if your interested in developing for Symbian smartphones then be sure to check out the newly releases Symbian foundation website which is now in full public Beta – registration required. MEmbers will find useful developer docs and resources including a Wiki, tips for developing with Java Me, Python, Ruby, Flash, .NET etc… You can contribute code, get tips on developing apps and much more – a great resource! You can even become a guest editor… see http://developer.symbian.org
GPS is all the rage and pretty much every new smartphone on the market should come with GPS inside in my opinion. I just got my hands on the latest from Samsung, the SGH-i560 (for the fashion conscious, trend setting blogger… is that me??), a Symbian OS 9 smartphone running S60 3 and has GPS inside among loads of other goodies… here’s the unboxing. I haven’t had a chance to mess around with it yet but this will give you a sneak peek. My son is also teen-testing their latest music focused device, the SGH-i450.