We remember back in the good old days of feature phones when many companies we now admire so much were not really big names at all. LG, Apple, and even Samsung had little market presence, while the likes of HTC were finding their feet and the likes of Xiaomi and Maize did not even exist. This was a mobile market dominated by Nokia, but there was also a company called Siemens, and it was among the biggest mobile companies in the world.
Xiaomi is following in the footsteps of Huawei, LG, and of course Samsung by producing its own processors, the Chinese company announcing the new division today. However, while Samsung provides silicon for third parties, Xiaomi will follow Huawei's footsteps and will be building processors solely for its own products.
The idea of an iPad Pro has been with us for a few years now, but since Apple tied up a deal with IBM last year that will probably expand enterprise, the iPad Pro rumor have gained even more traction. Now sources in Apple's supply chain are suggesting that the iPad Pro will be announced this year, during November in fact.
We are almost certainly going to see more smartphone tie ins with media such as music, movies, games, and TV. The reverse (i.e. product placements) has been common in those mediums for some time, but increasingly we are seeing themed special edition handsets, like the recent Samsung Galaxy S6 with Avengers colors. The latest such product is the Sony Xperia J1 Compact: The Phantom Pain.
Asus is usually a presence at the IFA trade show in Berlin, Germany, and this year will be no different with the Taiwanese company confirming a press event for September 2nd. Of course, that?s a pre-IFA event as normal, and the company is expected to launch a new smartphone and a new smartwatch.
We told you last week about Samsung's bombshell announcement that the Galaxy Note 5 will not be coming to the UK or Europe this year. Man, are we still pissed about that! It seems that the phablet flagship will arrive on that continent next year (we hope, Samsung has yet to confirm), but plenty of other nations around the world have been pencilled in for the S Pen packing Galaxy Note 5.
It seems that Apple is going to up the screen size of the iPhone once again, with sources inside Foxconn suggesting a 5-inch model is being developed. Foxconn is Apple's chief manufacturer, so the company knows more about the behind the scenes development of iOS products than most, although there is no outright proof that the insider is telling the truth in this case.
Samsung said it would not launch the Galaxy Note 5 in the UK for market reasons, the United Kingdom is Apple dominated with 34% of smartphone sales going to the iPhone. But what about the United States? We smell a whiff of hypocrisy in the air as this is also an Apple dominated market but yet the Galaxy Note 5 will land stateside... those poor Brits!
Samsung's latest phablet flagship, the Galaxy Note 5, has been announced. The Korean company launched its new smartphone yesterday at a big event, and while all the info is already out there, perhaps you like your details in moving images and sound. Yes, we are talking about video, so if you missed Sammy's Unpacked Event to launch the Galaxy Note 5, you can check it out in full right here.
We wrote last week that the iPhone 6c, Apple's upcoming new "affordable" iPhone, is going to roll out during the second quarter of 2016. That information came from a report in Taiwan, and we questioned it as Apple sticks to fall launches, meaning Cupertino would announce the handset next month. Noted leak professional @Evleaks now backs up that view by saying that the iPhone 6c will be launched in September alongside the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus.