Mobile World Congress kicks off with Android Go and Galaxy S9
The mobile-phone industry has swooped in to Barcelona for the annual Mobile World Congress event this week. Expect all manner of new smartphones to be announced, as well as related technologies. The news got underway this...
February 26, 2018
Samsung tipped to unlock the FM radios in its smartphones
Samsung will soon be unlocking the FM radio chip in its smartphones in the US and Canada, according to the maker of the NextRadio app. Note, this isn’t (yet) an official announcement from Samsung itself, but NextRadio...
January 12, 2018
Microsoft mixed-reality headsets available to pre-order
Fresh from pulling out of the music-streaming market via a partnership with Spotify, Microsoft has announced the next moves in its quest to be a big player in ‘mixed reality’ – devices that blend augmented and virtual...
October 4, 2017
Coldplay gig to be streamed live for Samsung Gear VR headsets
The latest marketing partnership around virtual reality focuses on Coldplay, whose 17 August gig in Chicago will be streamed live to headsets. Specifically, to Samsung Gear VR headsets, through a partnership between the manufacturer...
August 10, 2017
Royal Blood, Samsung and lessons from 360-degree livestreaming
This guest column comes from Ian Baverstock, managing director of Focal Point VR: Focal Point VR recently provided the live streaming technology for a product launch; a major brand showcasing a fast rising band at an exclusive...
July 10, 2017
Google Play Music to be Samsung’s default music service
Samsung has tried and failed several times to get a successful digital-music service off the ground, despite the popularity of its smartphones. Now the world’s biggest manufacturer of Android devices is taking what is...
April 24, 2017
Samsung launches new VR content portal for Gear VR
Samsung’s Gear VR is the most popular virtual-reality headset outside Google Cardboard, with more than 5m devices shipped so far. The device has relied on tech partner Oculus VR for its app store, but now Samsung is...
March 30, 2017
Oculus VR gets more social with events and live streams
Facebook’s Oculus VR subsidiary is adding more social features to its platform, in the hope of combating concerns that virtual reality is an isolating technology. “The transportive magic of VR is even better when it’s...
March 13, 2017
Report claims 6.3m virtual reality headsets shipped in 2016
We’re beginning to get some more accurate figures on the current addressable base of the virtual reality market. Research firm SuperData published a report yesterday claiming that 6.3m VR headsets shipped in 2016. There’s...
February 2, 2017
VR is ‘shaking up’ the music industry (say music VR firms)
The BBC has published an interesting roundup of some of the virtual-reality activity in and around music, although the headline claim that VR is “shaking up the music industry” can for now be classed as an ambition for...
February 1, 2017
Samsung’s $150m fund for startups in AI, VR and more
Tech giant Samsung has announced a new venture capital fund that will invest $150m in “early stage start-ups pursuing advanced software and services innovation”. The Samsung NEXT Fund is particularly interested in...
January 5, 2017
VR headset sales may be falling short says analyst
2016 has been a big year for virtual-reality hardware launches, but some analysts think it’s also been a year for underwhelming sales of those VR headsets. Edison Investment Research has issued a report claiming that the...
December 7, 2016