Windows Phone has been going nowhere fast over the last year, although Microsoft is hopeful that things will finally pick up now that it’s made the platform free for OEMs to use and it’s signed up a lot more manufacturing partners. Nonetheless, the company still has to overcome some major hurdles to convine some big-name manufacturers to spend their resources on Windows Phone handsets even if they might want an alternative to Android to hedge their bets. More →
Love it or hate it, there’s no question that Apple’s iPhone lineup brings some things to the table that rival devices do not. Specifically, Apple’s designs and its attention to detail are completely unmatched. There are some Android phones with gorgeous designs and there are some with sleek software enhancements, but none offer the total package that Apple’s iPhone affords.
It stands to reason, then, that rival companies would copy the iPhone in some ways. There is nothing wrong with that of course, and Apple has copied various things from other companies as well. The iOS Notification Center was inspired by Android, Apple’s new app switcher interface in iOS 7 is a blatant webOS ripoff, and the company’s iPhone 4, 4S, 5 and 5s all bear a striking resemblance to an LG smartphone that debuted in 2006.
It’s the nature of the beast.
Of course, many Android phone makers take inspiration from different aspects of Apple’s iPhone — not just Samsung. Try as they might, however, no other company has been able to offer an end-to-end user experience that even approaches the iPhone.
Until now, perhaps. More →
Huawei’s big claim to smartphone fame is that its devices are huge in China, where it’s been challenging Samsung as a major player in the Android smartphone market. The company’s newest flagship smartphone, called the Ascend P7, is set to release soon and Nowhereelse.fr has posted some new leaked pictures of the device that show it has a very familiar look to it. More →
Huawei isn’t a household name in the United States but in China it’s one of the most popular smartphone vendors and it’s been making a name for itself in recent years for producing phablets so giant-sized that they might even make Samsung blush. Nowhereelse.fr has snagged some leaked pictures that purportedly give us a fresh look at Huawei’s soon-to-be-announced Ascend P7 flagship phone. More →
Watch out, HTC — the honor of having launched the best Android smartphone in the world might not be yours for very long. The new HTC One (M8) completely blew us away when it debuted last week with its gorgeous metal design and its powerful specs. As it turns out, however, another Asian phone maker is rumored to be prepping a beastly Android device that may completely blow the One out of the water. More →
In addition to new smartphones (including a phablet model) and a new tablet, Huawei on Sunday also announced its first ever wearable device, a smart band that will offer various fitness-related features and connect to both Android and iOS devices. However, the TalkBand B1 will also pack wireless calling support – as its name suggests – as the display area of the band can actually be removed and utilized as a Bluetooth earpiece. More →
Huawei on Sunday unveiled a new mid-range smartphone at MWC 2014, the Ascend G6, which will also be available in a 4G LTE version. The Ascend G6 4G will feature a 4.5-inch qHD display – 960 x 540 resolution and 245 pixel per inch (ppi) density – 1.2GHz quad-core processor, 8-megapixel camera, 5-megapixel front-facing camera, 2000mAh battery and Android with Emotion UI 2.0 on top. More →
Huawei posted a video on YouTube teasing some of the products it will unveil at the upcoming MWC 2014 show in Barcelona, Spain, while taking shots at the biggest names in the mobile world, Apple and Samsung. In the video, a Siri-like assistant is telling an iPhone owner about the new mobile devices coming at MWC including a “new tablet with a beautiful slim design,” that will offer a “huge battery” capable of offering you “days of use.” Furthermore, there’s “a smartphone with an amazing front camera,” and “a new multimedia tablet that gives the ultimate entertainment experience” on the way. Finally, an amazing “one more thing” can even support the next generation LTE network. More →
Huawei isn’t going to let Samsung sit comfortably on its throne as the world’s phablet king. Per Engadget, the company announced on Monday that it will soon release the Ascend Mate 2, a sequel to the similarly massive Ascend Mate phablet that it first unleashed upon the world last year. Like its predecessor, the Ascend Mate 2 features a 6.1-inch display and a powerful 4,050 mAh battery that Huawei says you can use to actually recharge other smartphones. The Ascend Mate sequel is slightly slimmer than the original device at 9.5 millimeters thick and has a much improved 13-megapixel camera.
Smartphone shipments surged to a record high in the third quarter, but Apple continued to lose ground as lower-cost devices proliferate in emerging markets. Research firm Strategy Analytics on Monday evening issued its smartphone figures for the third quarter, suggesting that total global shipments jumped 45% annually in Q3 to a record 251 million units, topping a quarter-billion for the first time ever. That monstrous figure was driven largely by Samsung, which shipped an estimated 88.4 million smartphones, up from 56.9 million units in the third quarter last year, to capture a record 35% of the global market. According to Strategy Analytics’ numbers, Samsung now ships nearly 1 million smartphones each day. More →
Huawei has once again denied that it’s in the SpyPhone business. Per The Guardian, Huawei recently wrote a cybersecurity paper in which it said that it has never been ordered by the Chinese government to use its smartphones or telecom equipment to spy on customers. Huawei’s statement comes at a time when it’s been labeled a security risk by the American government for its alleged ties to the Chinese government. Of course, Huawei isn’t the only major tech company that’s had its reputation damaged by allegations of colluding with its government to spy on customers, as Microsoft, Google, Facebook and other American tech giants have been scrambling to reassure their customers that they aren’t being spied upon by the National Security Agency.
After Microsoft picked up Nokia’s handset business in a deal worth $7.2 billion, some observers believed that other third-party manufacturers would flee the Windows Phone platform. But The Wall Street Journal reports that Chinese manufacturer Huawei, which has risen to become one of the top smartphone OEMs in the world, has no plans to abandon Windows Phone 8 anytime soon. Richard Ren, the head of Huawei’s European consumer division, told reporters on Thursday that his company remains one of Microsoft’s strategic partners and that it would not go exclusively with free-to-use platforms such as Android and Firefox OS. The Journal notes, however, that Windows Phone devices represent a relatively smaller percentage of Huawei’s overall handset shipments.