Archive for September, 2011

  • UK consumers opting for Android smartphones UK consumers opting for Android smartphones

    British buyers are tending to choose Android-powered smartphones over any other, according to recent research. Conducted by Nielsen, the study found that 44 per cent of the UK smartphone market is accounted for by Android systems. This puts the operating system well ahead of RIM Blackberry (25 per ...

  • Smartphones still a problem with drivers Smartphones still a problem with drivers

    Using smartphones whilst driving is still a problem, according to recent research conducted by Direct Line and road safety charity Brake. The survey of over 800 drivers found that 30 per cent still send text messages at the wheel, with around eight per cent doing so at least once a week. The result...

  • Apps charging phone owners 'without consent' Apps charging phone owners 'without consent'

    Research has revealed that certain smartphone applications are charging users for their content without informing them or receiving their consent. Conducted by premium rate regulator Phonepayplus, the investigation found that more plans need to be issued to protect consumers from rogue traders with...

  • Smartphone owners not security savvy Smartphone owners not security savvy

    Smartphone owners do not appear to be clued up when it comes to security for their handsets, recent research has revealed. The study conducted by the NPD Group found that nearly 40 per cent of smartphone users are concerned about threats, including activity monitoring, hacking and credit-card secur...

  • Smartphone alternative payment method launched Smartphone alternative payment method launched

    A new alternative payment method has been launched by Google that makes use of smartphone technology. The Google Wallet app, currently available on the Sprint Nexus S 4G handset, is capable of turning the smartphone into a wallet by employing near field communications (NFC). By linking the app with...

  • Smartphone sales show slight dip Smartphone sales show slight dip

    A slight dip in the money spent on smartphones was recorded in the second quarter of the year, according to the latest statistics from 2011. Sales were down by 1.4 per cent on the first quarter, coming in at a total of $31.4 billion. However, shipments actually rose by about two per cent, suggesti...

  • RIM sees decline in profits RIM sees decline in profits

    Research in Motion (RIM), the manufacturer of Blackberry, has seen a decline in its profits over the second quarter of the year. Low demand for its older models was deemed responsible for the slump. Net profit fell to $329 million (£208 million) for the three months to 27 August from $797 mil...

  • Samsung Wave 578 to launch in UK Samsung Wave 578 to launch in UK

    Mobile operator Orange has announced that the Samsung Wave 578 will soon be available on its network. The company added the smartphone to its 'Coming Soon' page earlier this week, although the device has not yet appeared on other networks, according to the Inquirer. Among the benefits on...

  • Apple tops smartphone satisfaction study Apple tops smartphone satisfaction study

    The Apple iPhone has once again topped the rankings in terms of customer satisfaction with smartphones. This marks the sixth consecutive survey from J. D. Power and Associates in which the phone ranked highest among manufacturers of smartphones in customer satisfaction. It achieved a score of 838 a...

  • European customers opting for smartphones European customers opting for smartphones

    European customers are increasingly driven towards smartphones rather than feature phones, recent research has revealed. Conducted by IDC, the study found that feature phone shipments were down 29 per cent to 20.4 million units in the second quarter of 2011. At the same time, smartphone shipments i...