YotaPhone is an Android smartphone with a regular touchscreen on one side and an E Ink display on the other. It’s been around for well over a year now, and in our time with previous prototypes we’ve been impressed with its premise, if not Yota Devices’ execution. At MWC this year, the Russian carrier-turned-manufacturer is showing off an all-new prototype it believes solves many of the original model’s flaws.
After a prolonged introduction from the Barcelona Opera House’s chamber orchestra, Samsung launched its latest smartphone, the S5, to a packed crowd at the Mobile World Congress.The company said it had “decided to go back to basics” with its latest device, and indeed, there were few surprises.
To date, Samsung has sold over 200 million Galaxy S smartphones. It’s a hugely popular product line, so for the Galaxy S5 it’s not a huge surprise to find that Samsung hasn’t strayed too far from the successful formula defined by its predecessors.
While the back of the device is certainly different – Samsung has opted for a dimpled, soft-touch back rather than the glossy plastic used for the Galaxy S4 – the Galaxy S5 is still instantly recognisable alongside its precursors. It’s a similar size to the Galaxy S4 and the button placement, curved corners and faux-metal plastic sides all feel rather familiar.
It’s official: the Nokia X Android phone is here. Microsoft might be buying Nokia’s phone business shortly, but the Finnish smartphone maker is still pushing ahead with the launch of three Android-powered handsets today. The Verge first revealed details about Nokia’s plans in December, and the company is now ready to talk specifics about the X, the X+, and the XL. As expected, all three combine Lumia-style design with low-cost hardware aimed at the masses, from a large 5-inch screen on the 109-Euro XL to the 4-inch display on the 99-Euro X+. The X will be released for just €89 in Eastern Europe, Asia, South America, and a few other global locations, but it won’t be making its way to North America, Japan, Korea, or Western European countries. These aren’t competitors to Samsung’s Galaxy S4 or Apple’s iPhone 5S, and there are certainly no surprising hardware additions like a 41-megapixel camera or a giant 6-inch display. Instead, the standout feature of the Nokia X lineup is the software that powers it: Android.
UK consumers can now leave their wallets at home and pay using nothing more than their phones and faces thanks to PayPal’s “check in” app — at certain outlets.
The app works across iOS, Android and Windows Phone and highlights businesses nearby that let customers pay by PayPal. You can link your PayPal account to your bank account, debit or credit card, so that you don’t have to worry about being in credit in order to make payments.
Google‘s (GOOG_) management team is dancing around its new KitKat statue today, having dodged what could have been a competitive bullet or two from Apple(APPL) — possibly the new iWatch, iTV or even a new laptop. For heaven’s sake, they didn’t even announce a new iPad!
Languishing at 1 percent of a global phone market it helped create, Google subsidiary Motorola is planning to unveil the Moto X, a customizable phone, this summer. And to support its launch, Google is planning to spend as much as $500 million. If that doesn’t move Motorola’s dial, nothing will.
It’s Smartphone Platform Market Share Day, meaning that your local nerds are atwitter about the latest figures: Android’s continuing massive growth, the slowing of iOS’s year-over-year unit volume expansion, and curiously, today, if Windows Phone’s numbers matter.
You see, Windows Phone posted the highest year-over-year unit volume increase, according to IDC, clocking in with a second quarter of 2012 to second quarter of 2013 gain of 77.6 percent. The simple kicker to that growth rate is that Windows Phone as a platform is exceptionally small compared to Android, which posted a 73.5 percent unit volume gain in the same period.
The legal battle between Google and Oracle over Android’s use of Java isn’t over yet, and neither is the war of the words between the two companies.
In a Google+ post, Google Chief Executive Eric Schmidt responded to comments made a few weeks ago by Oracle CEO Larry Ellison that what Google CEO Larry Page did with Android and Java was “absolutely evil.”
After saying in the public Google+ post published Sunday that Google doesn’t like to get into public battles with other companies, Schmidt then said that “Ellison’s claims that Google ‘took [Oracle’s] stuff'” are “simply untrue.”
“That’s not just my opinion,” Schmidt wrote, “but the judgment of a U.S. District Court.”
After briefly summarizing the ruling against Oracle, Schmidt placed the public spat in the context of the ongoing clashes over patent reform.
“Patents were designed to encourage invention, not stop the development of new ideas and technologies,” he said.
But smartphone buyers may be less interested in Deep Neural Networks, and more keen to know whether Windows Phone 8 has their favourite apps