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IDC Releases Second Quarter Results for Tablet and Smartphone Markets

IDC Releases Second Quarter Results for Tablet and Smartphone Markets

Smartphone / Tablet – Many articles have now discussed the slowing growth of the Tablet market.  Some call this the re-birth of the notebook computer, even though the computer sales numbers are still declining while the Tablet sales are still growing.  Let us just say that we see a saturation

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Fire, First Smartphone Designed By Amazon, Now Available At AT&T And Amazon

Phones/Smartphones – AT&T1 and Amazon announced the arrival of Fire, Amazon’s first smartphone. Available exclusively on the nation’s most reliable 4G LTE network2, Fire is the only smartphone with new breakthrough technologies – Dynamic Perspective and Firefly – access to Amazon’s vast digital ecosystem of over 33 million songs, apps, games, movies, TV shows, books, […]

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Samsung Follows the Path of All Winners

Market Intelligence - For many years I have been writing about how Apple made everything right in the eyes of the consumer, and as a consequence, was the CE market leader in sales and profits.  With the release of the Smartphone and the Tablet, Apple was able to create a halo around its brand that helped […]

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An Interesting Extension of Touchscreen Technology

User Interface – Start-up Qeexo, Co. (San Jose, Ca), with roots going back to the Carnegie Mellon Human Computer Interaction lab, has just raised $2.3 million in an investment round led by Sierra Ventures.  The company hopes to improve the way people use smartphones by extending the means available for interacting with a touchscreen.  To […]

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Sapphire Cover Glass – Savior of Mobile Displays?

Display Components - When cell phones appeared in the consumer markets, so did complaints about broken screens on the mobile displays.  As it turned out, the breakage issue of mobile displays increased with the advent of touch screens on Smartphones and the larger installed base.  This was mainly true because of larger display sizes and heavier […]

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Amazon 3D Smartphone – Update

Smartphone - 3D has been a non issue in technology blogs lately.  The expected 3D Smartphone from Amazon may change this very soon.  As we have reported before on this rumored device,  here is a quick update that may actually refer to the famous 3D Smartphone everyone is talking about.

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Tizen is Looking at Wearables, Cars, and Smartphones as Product Platforms

Smartphones - For quite some time Android and iOS ruled the mobile platforms.  Meanwhile several others have been showing alternative operating solutions for mobile devices.  One of those is Tizen, a Linux variant aiming at low energy use in mobile devices.  As this OS was heavily influenced by Samsung, many

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Google’s Project Tango Smart Vision Platform

Update – Our original story below was published below on Feb. 25, 2014.  Now, according to the Wall Street Journal, Google says it will produce 4,000 Project Tango Smart Vision 7″ Tablet in June.  They will apparently be similar to the Smart Vision phone release in February in that they will include two back cameras, […]

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Minuum Keyboard Explores Alternative Input Methods for Mobile Devices

Augmented Reality – One of the issues with augmented reality headset is the question of input into the system.  How do you tell the headset what you want to see or do?  While talking to the system is definitely one approach that has been used by some of the headset

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Apple Gets Patent for Sidewall Displays on Mobile Devices

Mobile Displays - We have seen design studies of Smartphones with curved displays covering the side of the device.  Now, Apple has received a patent titled “Electronic Devices with Sidewall Displays”.  Patent 8,723,824 was filed in September of 2011 and just awarded. The patent covers various layouts for displays located

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