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Smartphones have their own mobile operating system. The first smartphone to find a widespread market was the Blackberry, but that quickly lost ground after Apple introduced the iPhone in 2007. That was followed by smartphones powered by Google’s Android mobile operating system.

Graphene-based Chinese smartphone technology could 'boost battery life by 50 per cent'

The Galapad Settler utilises graphene in its design to increase battery life and touchscreen sensitivity. Photo: Galapad

Phone and tablet owners frustrated that their devices only stay charged for half a day may have found their salvation in new Chinese smartphones which contain the so-called wonder material graphene. 

Thursday, 5 March, 2015, 4:10pm 4 comments

Samsung unveils sleek Galaxy S6 smartphones to take on Apple

The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge (left) and Galaxy 6 are presented during the 2015 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Photo: AP

Samsung unveiled its new Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge smartphones as it seeks to claw back market share following Apple's launch of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus last year.

2 Mar 2015 - 7:59pm 1 comment

Xiaomi to start in US with earphones and bands

Xiaomi will dip its toes in the US market by selling headphones and other accessories online through an internet-based, fan-friendly model that has helped make the company one of the leading smartphone suppliers in China. Photo: AP

Xiaomi, China’s largest smartphone company, will begin selling headphones, smart wristbands and other accessories online in the United States in coming months, taking its first tentative step onto Apple’s home turf without its signature Mi mobile devices.

13 Feb 2015 - 3:56pm

After China fine, Qualcomm says it will mend ways

Qualcomm, the world’s largest supplier of mobile chips, agreed to pay the fine to end a 14-month long government probe. Photo: Bloomberg

China’s top economic planner, the National Development and Reform Commission, said the huge fine it has slapped on Qualcomm for anti-competitive practices is not aimed at knocking down the company but to create a fair competitive platform for all firms.

10 Feb 2015 - 2:29pm

Qualcomm to pay 6b yuan fine to China

Qualcomm, the world’s largest supplier of mobile chips, has agreed to pay the fine to end a 14-month long government probe for anti-competitive practices. Photo: Reuters

Qualcomm, the world’s largest supplier of mobile chips, has agreed to pay 6.088 billion yuan fine to end a 14-month long government probe in China for anti-competitive practices.

10 Feb 2015 - 1:16pm

Alibaba invests US$590m in China smartphone maker Meizu

Alibaba doesn’t make smartphone hardware but it launched its YunOS 3.0 operating system in 2011, which it says supports more than 40 handset models. Photo: Xinhua

Alibaba Group announced an investment of US$590 million in mainland’s smartphone maker Meizu Technology Corporation for a minority stake in the company, paving the way for Meizu to use the e-commerce giant’s operating system.

23 Feb 2015 - 10:40pm 1 comment

Lenovo set to launch online brand as rumours swirl of Baidu alliance

Lenovo smartphone and tablets as talk swirled it may partner with Baidu. Photo: Reuters

Computer giant Lenovo Group’s ambitious plan to launch a third smartphone brand, which will form part of a new internet-based smart hardware and services business, may have attracted a strategic partner – online search kingpin Baidu.

6 Feb 2015 - 7:08pm

Chinese brands to help push global smartphone upgrades to more than 1 billion this year

The replacement cycle for smartphones is about 12 months, shorter than for tablets, laptops and televisions. Photo: Reuters

Global smartphone upgrades have been tipped to exceed 1 billion units for the first time this year, driven by sales in China and other large markets, as well as the wider release of products by aggressive mainland brands.

14 Jan 2015 - 6:46pm

Lenovo ships record global shipment of 16 million units in 4th quarter of 2014

A Chinese customer looks over smartphones at Lenovo's flagship store in Beijing as the company reported record global shipments in the fourth quarter of 2014. Photo: Bloomberg

Lenovo capped a strong year as the world’s largest supplier of personal computers with a record global shipment of 16 million units in the fourth quarter, boosted by solid demand in the United States and its Europe-Middle East-Africa geographic market.

14 Jan 2015 - 7:08am

China 4G services expansion intensifies Xiaomi-Lenovo rivalry

The Mi4 is one of the low-cost 4G models launched by Xiaomi.

Xiaomi could see Lenovo Group chip away at its strong lead on the mainland from next year as the computer giant drives 4G handset sales with its recently acquired Motorola brand.

26 Nov 2014 - 8:49am

ZTE to stoke competition in US smartphone market with Apple and Samsung

Cheng Lixin is aiming for the No 3 spot in the US. Photo: SCMP Pictures

ZTE Corp plans to stir up fresh competition in the United States smartphone market, where Apple's iPhone and Samsung Electronics' Galaxy have long dominated, by building up its brand as a quality product at an affordable price.

15 Nov 2014 - 5:13am

FBI chief says new smartphone encryption could thwart crime probes

James Comey wants changes to US telecoms laws. Photo: AFP

US FBI Director James Comey has made his strongest comments yet about encryption features built into new cell phones by Google and Apple, warning they could hurt law enforcement efforts to crack homicide and child-exploitation cases.

18 Oct 2014 - 3:46am

Are smartphones a blessing or a curse? Scientific jury's still out

Testing out those smartphones.

Are smartphones really so bad for us? Hard science on the matter is hard to come by. Some studies, however, are starting to provide a few answers.

28 Sep 2014 - 5:21am

Chinese iPhone accessory sellers ahead of the game

Companies selling iPhone cases had advance notice of the new products' dimensions. Photo: SCMP Pictures

This week, Apple unveiled its iPhone 6 and larger iPhone 6 Plus, but at factories in the mainland hub of Guangdong production of cases and other accessories for the phones started three months ago.

12 Sep 2014 - 10:09am

Chinese online sellers tout 'special' iPhone 6 editions, but they don't exist

An Apple store in Hefei. Apple has not yet confirmed when the new iPhones will be released on the mainland. Photo: AFP

Exploiting mainland consumers' eagerness for the latest iPhones, unscrupulous online merchants are claiming that not only can they source the trendy devices, they even have access to a "special Macau edition".

12 Sep 2014 - 5:53pm 8 comments