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Windows Phone has fallen way behind its rivals. What follows is a list of changes, improvements and new features I hope Microsoft will include when Windows 10 Mobile lands later this year.
Insiders claim Nokia is looking to launch new smartphones next year and get into new markets as well, such as virtual reality. Though the company will only design the products, not build them.
Blizzard's popular card-game is now finally available on almost all smartphones. The new Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft app brings all the game's features and an UI optimized for smaller screens.
OnePlus, the manufacturer of the OnePlus One, has started producing their own 10,000 mAh power banks. Priced at an interesting $15, it should be available for purchase either today or tomorrow.
Despite the high popularity of smartphones all over the world, Japan has seen its shipments of flip-phones rise again after seven years, while smartphones took a decline, after two years.
After losing the top spot in China to Xiaomi last year, Samsung has now been pushed into second place in the Indian smartphone market by Micromax, which grabbed 22 percent of sales there last quarter.
A new rule has been implemented in Xinjiang, China, where people are obliged to register their information whenever they buy gadgets. This was reportedly a move to reduce terrorism in the area.
Facebook has launched a 'lite' version of its social networking app in emerging markets. The app requires minimal specifications and works perfectly even on a 2G connection, according to user reviews.
A law has been expanded in Taiwan that obliges parents to regulate their children's time on the usage of electronic devices. The law now also equates excessive gadget use with smoking and drinking.
A research project from Microsoft has shown how a specialized lamp could be used to seamlessly charge the smartphones of the future. The lamp uses infrared light and small cameras to identify devices.
The $6000 Lamborghini smartphone is available for sale and as seen at CES, it's more of an item of luxury rather than a cutting edge phone. The device is available in extremely limited quantity.
As we head in to 2015, it's time to make another ten predictions for what we might see in mobile tech. Will the market slow down, or will we still see some cool new advancements? Only time will tell.
Toshiba has been hard at work developing technologies that deal with problems of current 3D displays, and they are hinting at glasses-free switchable 2D/3D displays for mobile devices in the future.
Aside from expensive automobiles, there's more to the Lamborghini name: the founder's son, Tonino Lamborghini, has a lineup for phones, and his company's latest could cost you an arm and a leg.
Throughout this year I have reviewed and had hands-on time with a large number of smartphones, especially from the Android camp. These are some of my thoughts on the best that's out there.
We've laid out ten tips for taking good photos on a smartphone. Read on and you'll be well on your way to producing some awesome shots from a fairly limited camera platform.
London's Metropolitan Police has been lobbying the government and tech companies - including Apple and Samsung - to introduce mandatory passwords on all phones sold in the UK, to help reduce theft.
Sprint, one of the largest carriers in the United States has announced a new plan to make it more competitive with the other US carriers. Other carriers might have something to worry about.
While low-cost smartphones are becoming increasingly popular, new flagships remain in demand too. This chart shows just how much users are actually spending on their handsets, broken down by platform.
In an odd twist to its purchase of Nokia's mobility arm, Microsoft actually sold more phones than Apple last quarter - but, of course, the revenues tell a very different story.
According to the report, Apple has a whole lot of confidence in its yet unannounced iPhone 6 line-up. The WSJ says the company is ordering 80 million devices to be ready for the fall launch.
US-bound passengers will be required to prove that their mobile devices turn on, as the TSA increases airport security to deal with the 'credible threat' of a bomb disguised as a phone or tablet.
A study from McAfee labs has revealed that numerous clones of popular smartphone applications are helping the spread of malware and have become a major problem for users.
Microsoft's senior researcher for mobility and networking says that the company is working on extending smartphone battery life to a full week, in research that will also be used for wearable devices.
A new report from Ericsson predicts that smartphone usage will triple by the end of this decade, with low-end market playing a key role. Mobile data traffic is also set to see a tenfold increase.
Microsoft's vice president of OEM partners explained how we will see sub-$200 Windows Phone devices before the end of the year and how Windows tablets will also be getting significantly cheaper too.
Microsoft's recently acquired handset from division accounts for 93.7% of the Windows Phone marketshare according to the latests stats from Aduplex for the month of May, 2014.
Forget Mozilla's promise of $25 Firefox OS handsets - according to ARM, the first $20 Android smartphones will be available this year, with single-core Cortex-A5 processors and 2.5G connectivity.
Lawmakers in the state of California voted this week not to approve a bill that would have required all smartphones to have "kill switch" software installed if they get lost or stolen.
Teachers warn of infants struggling to play with building blocks, children with poor social skills and teenagers unable to handle pen-and-paper exams, due to 'overexposure' to tablets, phones and PCs.
Microsoft has announced that the price of Windows will be free to OEMs that will put the operating system inside smartphones and tablets that are smaller than 9 inches.
According to the latest data from IDC last year's record growth in smartphone sales will be followed by a sharp decline in the following years, with focus switching to emerging markets and low prices.
Nintendo has officially denied reports that it plans to start offering mini-games on smartphone devices, saying that the company has no intentions of releasing games for those products.
Global smartphone shipments topped one billion in 2013, and just under a third of these were from Samsung, which shipped more than twice as many handsets as Apple, whose market share shrank last year.
The government of South Korea has ruled that all pre-installed bloatware must be able to be easily removed by users. Officials predict that users will see many benefits.
Two researchers from University of Texas Arlington have created a micro-windmill, which could be used to power our mobile electronic devices in an environmentally friendly way.
At CES, Corning introduces an updated version of its Gorilla Glass that inhibits the growth of a wide range of potentially harmful bacteria. Make sure to still wash your hands.
According to latest rumours, HP is planning to re-enter the smartphone market after nearly two years of absence, by launching large screen handsets (phablets) based on Android in the near future.
Google has finally broken silence on the mystery barges docked in various cities, saying that they could be used as interactive space for teaching people about their new and upcoming technologies.
Its hardware partners are turning to Android and Chrome OS. PC shipments are falling. Meanwhile, its devices strategy consists of two Surface tablets, plus Nokia. It's time for Microsoft to do more.
Mozilla's Android build of Firefox has received a new UI, merging multiple features together into one cohesive screen. According to a developer, it also cleans up the code base for the web browser.
With Wi-Fi using the finite radio spectrum for transmission of data and the sales of electronic goods skyrocketing annually there are indications the protocol could slow as a result of its popularity.
Despite having a reputation for being technologically backwards, North Korea is introducing a government-approved Android-based smartphone that may (or may not) be produced within the country,
A patent filed in 2012 seems to suggest Microsoft could be bringing email-style 'flags' to their smartphones, making it easier to spot when a call is urgent... or when it's not necessary.
London is the latest major city to join the Secure our Smartphones alliance in an effort to curb smartphone theft. The SOS is working with industry players to create deterrents for smartphone theft.
Samsung has announced it has begun to mass produce the first 3D Vertical NAND flash storage chips, which will support as many as 24 cell layers stacked vertically.
Foxconn and UniMicron, two of the biggest manufacturing bodies in the electronics industry, are facing investigation by Chinese authorities over claims of polluting rivers with toxic metals.
Further leaks indicate that Samsung's Galaxy Folder could be getting a different name: Golden. It's one of few flip Android devices, intended solely for retail in the home country of South Korea.
In what has been officially described as 'company scaling', BlackBerry has further reduced the number of employees at its product testing unit in the corporate Washington headquarters.