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  1. Smarphones to receive Eco Rating label from major European operators Mobile devices will be scored across five categories related to sustainability, combined to give an overall score out of 100 Just how sustainable is your mobile phone? Today, a new joint initiative from Deutsche Telekom, Orange, Telefonica, Telia Company, and Vodafone intends to make the answer to this question very clear with the introduction of Eco Rating labels for mobile devices. The labels will be based on five categories related to sustainability: durability, repairabilit
  2. Consumers now average 4.2 hours per day in apps, up 30% from 2019 Image Credits: TechCrunch The coronavirus pandemic has increased our collective screen time, and that’s particularly true on mobile devices. According to a new report from mobile data and analytics firm App Annie, global consumers are now spending an average of 4.2 hours per day using apps on our smartphones, an increase of 30% from just two years prior. In some markets, the average is even higher — more than five hours. In the first quarter of 2021, the daily time spent in apps surpasse
  3. LG Pledges To Update Phones For 3 Years Despite Quitting Smartphone Business LG has just released a new press release in which it pledges to update its smartphones for the next three years. This wouldn’t be so odd if LG did not announce its departure from the smartphone business. LG Electronics announced, a couple of days ago, that LG Mobile is shutting down, essentially. The company won’t be making any more smartphones moving forward. The company has been experiencing operating losses since 2015, and has decided to call quits. The company did p
  4. iPhone 12 Pro Max among Consumer Reports' best smartphones of 2021 The iPhone 12 Pro Max is one of the best smartphones of the year and the top-rated iPhone model in 2021, according to Consumer Reports. Apple's flagship 6.7-inch device earned one of the top spots in Consumer Report's latest smartphone rankings because of its A14 chipset, OLED display, 5G connectivity, and upgraded camera features. "While the 12 Pro Max will cost you $100 more than its smaller sibling, the 12 Pro, it packs in several more hours of battery life, a slightly la
  5. AMOLED Smartphones will take 39% of the smartphone market this year According to the latest research by the analytical company TrendForce, the share of smartphones equipped with AMOLED screens will reach 39% of the total shipments in 2021. For comparison: last year it was 33%, and in 2019 – 31%. AMOLED SMARTPHONES WILL TAKE 39% OF THE SMARTPHONE MARKET THIS YEAR If this prediction turns out to be correct, the share of models with AMOLED screens will be greater than the share of not only models with liquid crystal displays on amorphous silicon (a-Si), but also
  6. Samsung could reveal its AMD GPU for smartphones in June Prepare for the power of RDNA in a handset In a nutshell: The smartphone world has been waiting a long time for the fruits of Samsung's partnership with AMD. According to a renowned leaker, we'll finally see the RDNA mobile GPU this June. It was back in 2019 when AMD and Samsung signed a deal that would bring the former's graphics tech to the latter's mobile devices. Later rumors claimed it was coming to Galaxy phones in 2021, and we've seen some promising benchmarks that show the GPU beating the
  7. IDC: Indian market drops 2% in 2020, strong H2 counters weak H1 In its latest market report, IDC focuses on the performance of the Indian smartphone market in 2020. The first half of the year, which was marked by the lockdowns and restrictions at the beginning of the current pandemic, saw a 26% year-over-year decline in shipments, while the second half of 2020 saw a recovering market push to a 19% YoY growth. The resulting nearly 150 million phones shipped are a decline of just -1.7% YoY, which is the first after several years of growth for the Indian market.
  8. Samsung says auto chip shortage could hit smartphones Warning comes as car companies lobby governments for help. Enlarge SOPA Images | Getty Images 57 with 37 posters participating Samsung Electronics said a global semiconductor shortage that has hit global carmakers could also disrupt orders for the memory chips used in smartphones, as manufacturers rushed to respond to the crisis. The warning from the world’s biggest memory chipmaker comes as companies and governments grow concerned that
  9. Apple retakes second place in smartphone shipment rankings as sanctions bite Huawei Samsung’s still number one, but its shipments were down Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge Apple overtook Huawei to reclaim its spot as the second-bestselling smartphone manufacturer in the world in 2020, according to new research reports from Counterpoint Research and Canalys. Samsung was still the leading seller in terms of number of smartphones shipped, while Xiaomi, Oppo, and Vivo took the next three spots,
  10. LG has no immediate plans of quitting the smartphone business - here's why Reports to the contrary are false (Image credit: LG) South Korean technology brand LG has been in a thick of things of-late. Apart from the introduction of the explorer series of smartphones that includes the LG Wing and others that are still to be launched, LG teased its rollable phone at the virtually-hosted CES 2021. The company has stayed away from the foldable phones till now and has suggested that the LG Rollable is slate
  11. Your smartphone is going to look a lot stranger next time around Big, small, folding and curvy; MWC should see plenty of oddities to tempt jaded gadget buyers. But the real action is elsewhere. In tech, like in many other areas, nobody really knows anything. That's why, for all the predictions that artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things, augmented reality or 5Gwould be the things that mattered at Mobile World Congress last year, the device that actually stol
  12. The Best Cheap Phones for (Almost) Every Budget Why pay four figures? Good Android devices and iPhones are more affordable than ever. US wireless carriers like T-Mobile and Verizon go out of their way to make expensive smartphones seem affordable. Why not buy a $1,400 Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra if you only have to pay $0 down and $58 a month for it? Whether you pay it all at once or in 24 monthly installments, you’re still spending more than a thousand dollars for your phone. Your pricey new devi
  13. MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian lawmakers want to make it a legal requirement for all smartphones, computers and smart TV sets sold in Russia to come pre-installed with certain Russian software in a bid to support domestic software producers, according to a draft bill. The bill, tabled at the lower house of parliament on Thursday, would allow authorities to draw up a list of mandatory, locally-made software. If passed, it would come into force in July 2020. Russia’s cell-phone market is dominated by Apple, Samsung and Huawei products. The bill also
  14. First to 5G? For smartphone users, the race is kind of meaningless EE is the first UK carrier to jump to 5G. But for more consumers, the upgrade just isn’t worth it yet. 5G has arrived in the UK today. Jaromir Chalabala / EyeEm Pop the champagne and polish the medals, for the competition to be first to 5G has declared its victors. UK carrier EE turned on the country's first 5G network in the country on Thursday, beating its rivals to the punch. EE joins Verizon and Swisscom as "winners" of th
  15. Qualcomm reportedly developing its own smartphones powered by Snapdragon 875 Look out, Note 20 Ultra (Image credit: Qualcomm) Qualcomm is allegedly developing its own branded smartphones, which will be produced in partnership with Asus, according to a report by Digitimes. These won’t just be run-of-the-mill phones, either – they’ll be premium gaming phones, per industry sources, and could come out as soon as the end of 2020. Asus will be responsible for designing and developing the hardware, according
  16. Xiaomi recently submitted a design patent for a smartphone design with dual camera selfies at its corners. The patent was first spotted by TigerMobiles and features several images of smartphones sporting different placements of the dual selfie cameras at the top. As full-screen smartphones designs with pop-up selfie cameras such as the Mi 9T have somehow become the trend, Xiaomi is finding more ways to place the selfie camera. Specifically, some of the designs depict positions other than the teardrop notch or pop-up camera design. In fact, one design clearl
  17. Hi All, Just wondering if Nokia with Canonical makes Ubuntu Touch Devices, does people love it and buy to help support Ubuntu Touch development? My wish is that Nokia should join hands with Canonical to make Ubuntu Devices. If that happens, all lazy s/w app giants will create apps supporting Ubuntu Touch platform. I'm calling s/w app giants as lazy bcoz if they would've supported Ubuntu Touch earlier, the OS could've been overtaking Android & Windows Phones(or Windows 10 Mobile) by now. All Nokia & Ubuntu/Linux fans(incl. myself) or devs out the
  18. NEW YORK (Reuters) - The average American video gamer is 33 years old, prefers to play on their smartphone and is spending big on content — 20 percent more than a year ago and 85 percent more than in 2015, a report showed on Thursday. The annual research from the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) comes as more American households rethink how to set limits for kids who love gaming and how to allocate their entertainment budgets in the streaming era.
  19. Three activists wandered around busy spots in Washington, DC, on Thursday using camera phones to run people's faces through facial-recognition software in protest against growing use of the technology. The software they used was Rekognition, Amazon's commercially available and sometimes controversial facial-recognition tool. The protesters collected 13,740 face scans, including of one US congressman. Protesters in white jumpsuits with smartphones mounted on their heads scanned people's faces on Thursday. Protesters who oppose facial recognitio
  20. For years, the number of Americans who have reported using the internet, social media, and smartphones has been on a meteoric rise. But that rate has slowed to a near-stall. New data published this week by the Pew Research Center show that, since 2016, that number has plateaued, indicating those technologies have reached a saturation point among many groups of people. The percentage of Americans using smartphones (77%), the internet (88% to 89%), and social media (69%) has remained virtually unchanged during the last two years. “Put simply, in some instances there
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