Gartner: 443.5 million mobiles will be sold in China in 2014. 90% of them will be smartphones
Jan21

Gartner: 443.5 million mobiles will be sold in China in 2014. 90% of them will be smartphones

Gartner is doing a media blitz today in China, highlighting some interesting numbers about the biggest smartphone market in the world. Among the highlights – China now has more than 1 billion of mobile phone users. Which is a bit strange number to focus on, since Chinese government announced as much 8 months ago, last May. Another interesting number is the mobile sales forecast for 2014. According to Gartner’s chief analyst Lu Jun, ...

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Apple may start 4.7” iPhone 6 mass production in May, lauch in June. 5.7” iPhone scheduled for later
Jan20

Apple may start 4.7” iPhone 6 mass production in May, lauch in June. 5.7” iPhone scheduled for later

Apple may launch 4.7” iPhone 6 this summer, with bigger 5.7” version coming later this fall. According to Chinese analyst Sun Chyang Xu, who was pretty spot on about Google X phone developments last year, Apple may start the trial production of 4.7” iPhone 6 as early as next month. Then, if things go as planned, it will begin a full scale mass production in May. Which is about right for iPhone 6 announcement during Apple WWDC...

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Apple is working on Optical Image Stabilization and improved Autofocus for iPhone camera
Jan10

Apple is working on Optical Image Stabilization and improved Autofocus for iPhone camera

Apple never cared much about megapixel count in iPhone cameras. They started with 2 megapixels in the original iPhone, when Nokia was already shipping smartphones with 5 megapixel modules. It took Apple 3 years to get to by then standard 5 megapixels in iPhone 4. And its latest iPhones are still stuck with 8 megapixel sensors, when every other flagship smartphone comes with 13 megapixels or more. Despite that, every iPhone review...

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Xiaomi’s Lei Jun: iPhone is still the best smartphone on the planet
Dec04

Xiaomi’s Lei Jun: iPhone is still the best smartphone on the planet

The debate which one is better – iPhone or an Android phone – has been raging for years, and will probably never be settled. It is common for a fan in Android camp to boldly proclaim that this latest flagship from HTC or Samsung leaves all the iPhones in the dust. Or for an Apple fan to state that the latest iPhone just announced, gives competition no chance to catch up. It is not so common for an Android OEM exec to tell...

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4G TD-LTE licenses officially issued by MIIT. Here comes China Mobile’s iPhone 5S and 5C
Dec04

4G TD-LTE licenses officially issued by MIIT. Here comes China Mobile’s iPhone 5S and 5C

After months of waiting and dithering, China has finally entered 4G era. Today Chinese Ministry of Industry  and Information Technology (MIIT) has issued the first batch of 4G licenses to China Mobile, China Unicom and China Telecom. China Mobile got access to 130MHz of spectrum (1880 -1900 MHz ,2320-2370 MHz ,2575-2635 MHz), China Unicom will get 40MHz (2300-2320 MHz ,2555-2575 MHz) and China Telecom will also have 40MHz (2370-2390...

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China Mobile iPhone 5S/5C pre-order site goes live for a few hours. Racks-up very impressive numbers
Dec03

China Mobile iPhone 5S/5C pre-order site goes live for a few hours. Racks-up very impressive numbers

Those China Mobile iPhone 5S/5C pre-order page screenshots we told you about yesterday? They were genuine. Late this night China Mobile did actually start taking online pre-orders in one medium sized (for China) city of Suzhou, through a site 139life.com, owned by its local subsidiary. We checked the WHOIS data, and domain 139life.com indeed belongs to China Mobile. The page has been taken offline after just a few hours,  but you can...

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iPhone 5S/C made up 76% of new smartphone sales in Japan this October
Nov27

iPhone 5S/C made up 76% of new smartphone sales in Japan this October

Japan is probably the second best iPhone market, after U.S.  At least in market share. China either already is, or will soon be bigger in absolute numbers. Apple  has been doing very well in Japan for years. And now that country’s biggest mobile operator – NTT DoCoMo – started carrying iPhone 5S and 5C, it is doing even better. How much better? According to Kantar World Panel, 76% (!) of new smartphones sold in...

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Alleged Apple iPad Mini 3 prototype with Touch ID pictured
Nov25

Alleged Apple iPad Mini 3 prototype with Touch ID pictured

Touch ID, Apple’s own fingerprint identity sensor, introduced for the first time on the iPhone 5S, might be also used on the next-generation iPad Mini (possibly called iPad Mini 3). Sure enough, the iPad Mini 2 has just been released, so a new generation is unlikely to be announced anytime soon. But that doesn’t mean Apple isn’t already developing it. Nowhereelse.fr has received an image which supposedly shows an iPad Mini 3 prototype...

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Apple is testing iPhone 6 with 4.9″ display. 5C successor will get bigger screen too
Nov21

Apple is testing iPhone 6 with 4.9″ display. 5C successor will get bigger screen too

The rumors about the big screen iPhones Apple is planning to release next year, have been flying around even before iPhone 5S/C was officially announced. And they came not only from Apple or technology blogs, but were confirmed by old school news publications like WSJ and Bloomberg. Now Chinese site C Technology, which has been pretty good at this, claims to have received an insider tip that Apple is testing iPhone prototype with 4.9”...

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Apple starts smartphone trade-in program for iPhone 5C&4S in India. Try&buy offer may come soon too
Nov20

Apple starts smartphone trade-in program for iPhone 5C&4S in India. Try&buy offer may come soon too

On Monday we told you about smartphone trade-in program Apple planned to start in India to boost iPhone 5C sales. Well, according to the Times of India, the program started today. If you want to get a discount of Rs 13000 ($208) or more on your iPhone 5C or iPhone 4S purchase, you should bring one of the smartphones  eligible for trade-in. These are: iPhone 4 BlackBerry Z10, Q10 Nokia Lumia 925 HTC One, One Mini, Desire 500, Desire...

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