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Apple took 92% of all smartphone industry profits in Q1 2015

According to The Wall Street Journal, Apple raked in 92% of all smartphone industry profits in Q1 2015. Last year, the Cupertino giant accounted for 65% of the industry’s operating income. In terms of unit sales, the Cupertino giant accounts for less than a fifth of all smartphones globally. There are about 1,000 companies in the business of manufacturing smartphones worldwide. (more…)

Twitter flips the switch for the new 280 character limit

Today, Twitter has lifted the 140-character limit for its general users to 280. The micro-blogging platform first tested the new limit on a select group of Twitter users, particularly those with large amounts of followers and celebrities. The test period took place over about six weeks, during which Twitter has collected some interesting data. Only 5% of tweets sent were longer than 140 characters while only 2% were over 190. Mind you, this data was collected before the limit was changed for the vast majority of Twitter users. We'd be interested to learn if we'll see long tweets all the...



ZTE to bring four smartphones in India

ZTE had a rough couple of months after it breached US trade regulations, but is finally back on track and even managed to launch a hot flagship on the Android One program - the Axon 9 Pro. According to reports, the phone will arrive in India along with three cheaper devices from the manufacturer - Blade A7 Vita, Blade V9 Vita, and Blade V9. ZTE Axon 9 Pro The Blade trio will be part of "an aggressive comeback in the country" and will arrive as early as November. The Blade A7 Vita will cost less than INR6,000 (about $80/€70), the Blade V9 Vita will be slightly more expensive -...



Huawei Y7 Prime unveiled: 4,000mAh battery and Snapdragon 435

Huawei unveiled the Y7 Prime in Hong Kong, which seems to be a version of China's Enjoy 7 Plus. Available now at Vmall (at HKD 1,880, around $240/€215) and coming to Three, the handset offers long-lasting battery life thanks to its ample 4,000mAh capacity. The Huawei Y7 Prime has a metal body (8.35mm thick) and 2.5D glass covering its 5.5" display - a 720p IPS panel. Inside is a power efficient Snapdragon 435 chipset (8x A53, Adreno 505) with 3GB of RAM and 32GB storage. The phone is running Android 7.0 Nougat with EMUI 5.1 customization. The photography department features a 12MP...



Smartphones – Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

Among other things, for a smartphone to be bang on trend these days it needs, a tall 18:9 display with minimum bezels (with a notch thrown in for good measure), a superb camera system and Artificial Intelligence and/or Machine Learning. Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning are buzzwords being adopted and applied throughout our smartphones makeup, from the System on a Chip, all the way through to the operating system. So, is it just marketing hype, science fiction or is there fact being the fiction? Read on, and we'll provide a straightforward, and where possible jargon-free...