Sony unveils Xperia smartphone with 3D-scanning capability

Written on Sunday, 10 September 2017 07:22
Sony Mobile Communications announced a new addition to its Xperia smartphone portfolio on August 21: Xperia XZ1, the first smartphone capable of scanning 3D objects. The product unveiling follows Sony Mobile’s recent Q1 2017 financial results, which saw operating income reach 3.6 billion yen (US$32.9 million). For the first time ever in a smartphone, Sony unveiled a smartphone that can capture high quality 3D scans of objects in just one minute using four scan modes of Sony’s 3D Creator; a…
Mobile Klinik, Canada’s fastest growing professional smartphone and tablet repair chain, today announced completion of an acquisition of mobilFIX and Dr. Mobile smartphone repair businesses for an undisclosed amount. The chain has nine smartphone repair outlets, with seven established locations in the Edmonton area and two other stores opening soon, also in Alberta. “This acquisition both accelerates our profitable growth and will anchor our growth strategy in Western Canada,” said Rob Bruce, Founding Partner and CEO, Mobile Klinik. “We are…

Samsung launches Galaxy Note8 to compete against Apple

Written on Monday, 28 August 2017 07:13
Samsung launched the Galaxy Note8 on August 23, to replace the previous faulty Note7 model that had to be recalled last year. Samsung hasn’t held back from redeeming the Note family, releasing a smartphone that features an Infinity Display, an improved S Pen, and Samsung’s best smartphone camera yet. The device will be available from mid-September and will be offered in “Midnight Black”, “Orchid Gray”, “Maple Gold”, and “Deepsea Blue”. However, the color availability will vary by region. The South…
South Korean conglomerate Samsung have announced that its voice-based assistant entitled ‘Bixby’ is now available for Galaxy S8 users in over 200 countries worldwide following its release in the US last month. The world’s biggest smartphone manufacturer had launched Bixby domestically and in the US, but now voice-assistant technology is available in countries such as the UK, Canada, Australia and South Africa. Samsung developed the feature in an attempt to catch-up with Amazon’s Alexa and Apple’s Siri. Bixby currently only…
HMD Global, the parent company of Nokia phones, has unveiled the Nokia 8, a high performance smartphone designed with content creators in mind. It’s the first “premium” smartphone to be launched by HMD Global. The device introduces a “world first” in enabling Dual-Sight video to be live-streamed natively and in real-time to social feeds such as Facebook and YouTube. Dual-Sight simultaneously harnesses both the front and rear cameras in a split screen visual for both photos and videos to give…

Samsung leads Latin America’s smartphone marketshare

Written on Monday, 21 August 2017 13:18
Motorola was the fastest growing smartphone brand in South America in Q2 2017, according to the latest research from Counterpoint’s Market Monitor service, while Samsung rose to a healthy and highest ever 41 percent marketshare. Smartphone shipments in the region grew 9 percent annually during Q2 (April-June) driven by improved macroeconomic climate, LTE rollout and open channel growth in some markets. "Latin America's positive smartphone growth this quarter can be attributed to the uptick in demand in Brazil and Colombia…

Huawei overtakes Apple in Central and Eastern Europe

Written on Monday, 21 August 2017 08:52
Huawei retook the number two spot from Apple in Central and Eastern Europe in Q2 2017, according to Canalys research. It shipped 1.8 million smartphones to take a 12 percent market share, beating Apple by fewer than 50,000 units. Its strength was in low-to-mid-range products, with the P10 Lite becoming its best-seller in the region. “Huawei slipped behind Apple briefly in Q1 2017,” said Canalys Analyst Ben Stanton. “Apple did an excellent job of up-selling its installed base to the…
Samsung regained the top sales spot in the USA in the three month period ending in May 2017, with market share rising to 36.2 percent, according to the latest smartphone OS data from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech. But this represents a fall of 1.1 percent over the past year, with Apple holding 34 percent share, up 4.7 percent from the previous year. Kantar also revealed that iOS performance was strong in the USA, Australia and Japan, with Android making gains in…

Global smartphone shipments increased 6% in Q2

Written on Thursday, 10 August 2017 08:43
According to the latest research from Strategy Analytics, global smartphone shipments grew 6 percent annually to reach 360 million units in Q2 2017. Samsung maintained first position with 22 percent global smartphone marketshare, while Apple dipped to 11 percent share. Xiaomi surged 58 percent annually and rejoined the top five rankings for the first time in a year. Linda Sui, Director at Strategy Analytics, said, “Global smartphone shipments grew a solid 6 percent annually from 341.5 million units in Q2…
Better known for providing camera technology for blockbuster films like ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’, US company RED made waves in July when it announced plans to launch its first smartphone called Hydrogen One. Not many details about the phone have yet been released, but RED claims to have produced a device with holographic display. The device is targeted to ship in Q1 2018. The 5.7” device operates on Android OS. Its “retina-riveting” display advancement features “nanotechnology that seamlessly switches between…
Earlier this year, HMD Global, the Finnish parent company of Nokia phones, refreshed the iconic Nokia 3310 with a new modern design and fresh features catering to fan nostalgia. Now, the company has launched revamped version of both the Nokia 105 and Nokia 130. Featuring refreshed, ergonomic designs, both phones come packed with features combining value and durability. Both models feature 1.8-inch color screens, handy LED torch lights, and sleek, contoured designs, with each phone being available in a range…
HMD Global, the home of Nokia phones, and ZEISS jointly announced the signing of an exclusive partnership that aims to set new imaging standards within the smartphone industry. This long-term agreement builds on the shared history and expertise between ZEISS and Nokia smartphones. With a joint ambition to advance the quality of the total imaging experience on smartphones spanning the entire ecosystem from software, services, through to screen quality, and optic design, the partnership will see ZEISS and HMD Global…
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