Tag: smartphone

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Watch for Google Home launch (and price) tomorrow

Tomorrow (4 October) Google is holding a press event to launch some new products, including a new flagship smartphone (Google Pixel) and possibly the first hardware for its Daydream virtual-reality platform. But Variety...
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If people are on their phones at gigs all the time, how can the music industry capitalise on this?

Taking badly lit selfies, shooting blurry shots of the bassist and posting them to Twitter, texting a friend at the bar to get you an extra pint: if you’ve been to a gig in the last few years, the sea of smartphone screens...
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Livetake matches gig smartphone footage to soundboard recordings

Danish startup Livetake is the latest company trying to make music fans’ concert videos sound better. The company has launched its iPhone app this week, promising “to perpetuate concert memories in a personalized way...
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Snapchat is making it easier to print scannable Snapcodes

Snapchat’s Snapcodes feature might have floated under your radar, but it’s worth thinking about now. It’s basically the messaging app’s equivalent of QR codes: an icon covered in dots that’s part of each user’s...
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Report claims Nokia is planning a smartphone return

Nokia sold its smartphones division to Microsoft, but what’s left of the company is reportedly planning a return to the market once the terms of that deal – which bar it from competing in the mobile market for a set period...
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64% of 18-29yo American smartphone owners use them for music

The Pew Research Center has been surveying Americans about their smartphone usage, with a report that’s well worth a long-read. Some of its key findings: 64% of Americans own a smartphone, up from 35% four years ago, but...
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Shazam identifies smartwatches as its next opportunity

Shazam is working on a smartwatch app, the company has told AdWeek, and it looks set to follow its smartphone strategy in supporting multiple device manufacturers. “We are talking with a few,” says CMO Patricia Parra....
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Only a third of US mobile users will pay for apps this year

A third? That’s actually higher than we’d have expected, given the dominance of free and freemium apps on the stores of Apple and Google. Still, 33% is the percentage that’ll pay for apps in the US this year according...
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Messaging app Kik has 200m users (but won’t talk MAUs)

Kik is one of the messaging apps battling for a space on teenagers’ smartphone homescreens, and yesterday it published some stats. They included the milestone of 200 million registered users, although unlike rivals like...
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Apple’s smartphone market share rising says Kantar

2015 must be underway: the smartphone market-share analysts are back at work. Kantar Worldpanel ComTech has published its first figures of the year, examining the market share for sales of new smartphones in various parts...
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Chinese firm Xiaomi tripled its smartphone sales in 2014

One of our trends to watch in 2015 is the continued growth of Chinese smartphone makers like Xiaomi and Huawei, which are huge in their home market but which also have strong global ambitions. Here are some Xiaomi numbers...
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Chinese device-maker Xiaomi raising $1bn

In a smartphone industry that’s sometimes been fixated by the battle between Apple and Samsung, the rise of Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi may have come as a surprise to some. However, this year as it has built its profile...