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.
Since Apple introduced an aluminium unibody design on the iPhone in 2012, few smartphone brands have followed suit by introducing metal casings for their flagship devices.Wednesday, 16 April, 2014, 4:26am
The value-added tax that the mainland's telecommunications companies face later this year might force the three wireless operators to cut expenses, including subsidies promoting smartphone usage, analysts say.
Beijing would use the tax to replace the existing business tax in several service industries, including the telecommunications sector, Premier Li Keqiang reiterated this week.8 Mar 2014 - 1:01am
Apple's new CarPlay technology could redefine how carmakers integrate smartphones and mobile applications into their vehicles, but its debut in the world's largest car market will have to wait.6 Mar 2014 - 4:29am 1 comment
Google once had an informal corporate motto - "Don't be evil" - a sentiment often shared by many other technology firms around the world. Technology itself can't be evil if we see it purely from a scientific perspective, but how we make use of it can be a very different story.3 Mar 2014 - 12:07pm 9 comments
When camera-shop owner Gordon Yuen Tien-yau found two years ago that his Samsung phone could take very high-quality photos, he decided to add smartphones to the cameras on his shelves.15 Feb 2014 - 1:01am
Lenovo, which saw quarterly revenue sail past the US$10 billion mark for the first time in the three months to December, plans to swiftly turn around Motorola Mobility's loss-making smartphone business by relaunching the brand in mainland China.14 Feb 2014 - 4:26am 1 comment
Smarting from growing losses, Taiwanese phone maker HTC says it will expand its range of cheaper products as it fixes off-target marketing for its premium smartphones.
The company, which has long prided itself as a purveyor of upscale, feature-loaded products, says it needs to sell more mid-tier and affordable smartphones after losing out last year.11 Feb 2014 - 1:16am
Samsung Electronics posted its first decline in quarterly profit in two years, hit by a one-off special bonus as well as slowing smartphone sales as it braces for a year of tougher competition with rival Apple.24 Jan 2014 - 3:07pm
The Consumer Electronics Association estimates that global spending on technology will slip 1 per cent this year to US$1.06 trillion as the lower average selling price of smartphones and tablets offsets unit growth in markets like China.
The decline is off the peak of US$1.07 trillion estimated last year.6 Jan 2014 - 9:15am
Google-owned Motorola Mobility moved Wednesday to shake up the global smartphone market with an entry-level handset aimed at cost-sensitive consumers around the world, many in emerging markets.14 Nov 2013 - 3:45pm