Say what you want about Samsung's gigantic Galaxy Note hybrid smartphone/tablet device -- it's too big for a phone, too small for a tablet, a jack of two trades but master of none, or whatever -- the phablet is finding buyers. To wit, Samsung Korea today announced that it has shipped over 5 million Galaxy Note devices around the globe so far, and it has yet to touch ground in Japan.
Make no mistake folks, size matters, which means you can forget all that silly talk about it being how you use the thing that really matters. A recent study suggests that most definitely isn't the case, and that bigger is better. We're of course talking about smartphone screens (cue the collective sighs of relief), and according to a report published by the Strategy Wireless Device Lab, smartphone owners prefer screen sizes ranging from 4 inches to 4.5 inches, so long as the device is also thin.
Do you own a Droid Incredible 2 by HTC? If so, you can expect a future update to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS). The same applies to the HTC Amaze 4G, Desire S, Desire HD, and a dozen other smartphones HTC has confirmed will be upgraded to ICS. Unfortunately, HTC didn't provide specific dates for any of the planned upgrades, so you'll have to settle for warm fuzzies from simply knowing your device is the list.
Nothing sucks more than juggling windows while you're in the middle of a hot and heavy frag fest -- but sometimes, you just have to do it, whether to check an important message sent out-of-game or to tweak some aspect of your system. German peripheral maker Roccat wants to change that with its newly announced Power-Grid, a gaming-friendly smartphone app that will let you keep tabs on important PC happenings without ever needing to minimize BF3 on the big screen.
Smartphones are bigger than feature phones, they're more complicated to use, and they're typically far more expensive, both in terms of upfront costs for the hardware and over the long haul when you factor in the required data charge every month for two years (assuming you're locked in a two-year service agreement). Nevertheless, smartphones now outnumber feature phones among U.S. adults, according to data by Pew Internet.
It's fair to say that Intel has conquered the desktop market and will probably remain on top for a long time to come, but it when it comes to mobile platforms like tablets and smartphones, ARM is the one with a stranglehold on the market. The Santa Clara chip maker has long said it plans to make a serious run at mobile devices, and starting soon, you'll see a bunch of smartphones sporting Intel inside.
Wireless carriers will have you believe that data throttling is a necessary evil to prevent a small number of bandwidth hogs from ruining the data party for everyone else. But is that really the case? A new study suggests that data throttling might be nothing more than a ploy to get grandfathered unlimited users to ditch their plans and switch to a tiered plan instead.
Do you use Twitter's "Find Friends" feature on your Android smartphone or iPhone device? If so, you may have been agreeing to more than you bargained for. Privacy advocates are up in arms after it was discovered that Twitter has been harvesting address books from smartphones that use this feature, in many cases without proper disclosure or the user's explicit permission.
Intel and Motorola might be collaborating to make a splash in the smartphone market with a nifty new device that's been spotted online. An alleged leaked render landed at PocketNow and it shows what is supposed to be Motorola's first ever Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) smartphone, which would also happen to be one of the first Intel-powered handsets.
Apple became the world's top smartphone vendor in the fourth quarter of 2011 by nabbing a 23.8 percent share of the global market, and 19 percent for 2011 as a whole, according to data released today by market research firm Gartner. According to Gartner, Apple sold 35.5 million iPhone devices in Q4 2011, representing a 121.4 percent year-on-year increase, though iOS still trails Android by a wide margin.