Archive for January, 2012

  • BlackBerry maintains grip on UK market BlackBerry maintains grip on UK market

    RIM's BlackBerry smartphones have maintained their grip on the British market, with recent figures confirming that they have been the most popular smartphone platform for the past two years. Referencing data from GfK, RIM stated that its over-the-counter sales accounted for an average of 27.7 ...

  • Unlimited smartphone contract launched Unlimited smartphone contract launched

    T-Mobile has announced a new smartphone contract tariff that really is unlimited. The Full Monty package is aimed at first-time users who are keen to pay a single subscription charge without any unpredictable extra data payments. This makes it the first smartphone contract deal to truly provide unl...

  • Smartphones used for Christmas shopping, study finds Smartphones used for Christmas shopping, study finds

    Recent research has confirmed that a lot of Christmas shopping was conducted on smartphones and tablets. The British Retail Consortium (BRC) and Google Online Retail Monitor for the fourth quarter of 2011 revealed that total retail search volumes grew by 24 per cent in comparison to the same three ...

  • BlackBerry bosses quit in smartphone shake-up BlackBerry bosses quit in smartphone shake-up

    The bosses of BlackBerry developers Research in Motion (RIM) have quite amid pressure from investors. Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie resigned as the firm continued to lose market share to the Apple iPhone, as well as growing competition from Android-powered handsets. Thorsten Heins, the chief op...

  • Nokia Lumia sales top 1 million Nokia Lumia sales top 1 million

    A poll of analysts has suggested that sales of Nokia's Lumia handset - its first to be released in a tie-up with Microsoft - sold 1.3 million units between November and the end of last year. Conducted by Bloomberg, the poll of 22 analysts saw projections ranging from 800,000 to two million, wi...

  • Samsung aims to boost battery life in smartphones Samsung aims to boost battery life in smartphones

    Samsung has announced plans to make substantial improvements to its smartphone range over the course of the year. Speaking at the CES event, vice president of product innovation at Samsung, Kevin Packingham, remarked: "[From] when you wake up to when you go to bed, we don’t want you feel...

  • Waterproof smartphones under consideration Waterproof smartphones under consideration

    Smartphones of the future may be waterproof, with reports suggesting that Apple and Samsung are considering the technology. HZO, a business in attendance at CES 2012, have already developed the ability to waterproof a phone. But it is starting to be taken more seriously now that major players, incl...

  • Banking app launched by Santander Banking app launched by Santander

    Santander has launched a mobile banking app for the iPhone, following the example of a number of its competitors. Anybody using a mobile phone or handheld device with internet access is now able to use many of the group's online banking service features. However, this month also saw the launch...

  • Smartphone users experience 'phantom vibrations' Smartphone users experience 'phantom vibrations'

    Recent research has revealed that smartphone users often imagine that their phone is vibrating as if it has received a message or a call. Lead by Richard Balding of the University of Worcester, the study looked at over 100 volunteers, including students and professionals. They discovered that the m...

  • Sony announces Xperia Ion smartphone Sony announces Xperia Ion smartphone

    Sony has announced its latest smartphone as the Xperia Ion, which boasts a 12 megapixel camera and a generous 4.6 inch display. The device sees Sony drop Ericsson from its smartphone range to go it alone and makes use of technology found in other areas of Sony's business. The Bravia engine, f...