Will bendy smartphones open a door for developers?

Bendable smartphones offer a new platform for game developers, as Samsung could release its new technology by early next year.

The smartphones will feature foldable OLED screens made out of ‘Graphene’, which doesn’t crack when folded over, and makes it easier to fit your device into pockets and purses.

The South Korean electronics giant also said that tablets and other devices may be introduced to the flexible...

By Dani Millward, 02 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Devices, Samsung.

Opera gets pipped by Android in mobile standings

Opera Mini has taken a back seat in the global popularity race after Google's mobile browser claimed second place in worldwide usage of the web with smartphones and tablets in October.

The figures, released by Net Application in its monthly browser user stats, shows that Safari has also seen a rise. However, the biggest change is the shift from older phone operating systems, where Opera Mini is more popular, to Android.

Yet while Google's unbranded browser rose in the rankings, from 16.3 percent in September...

By Verity Gough, 01 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, Devices, Industry, Platforms.

Nokia launches Windows Phone

Nokia have launched two new Windows Phone handsets as well as new Symbian devices at Nokia World this week.

Nokia launched its comeback bid in London today – the struggling mobile phone manufacturer unveiled two new Windows Phone handsets, running the latest version of the software and aimed at the midrange of the market, as well as new handsets based on its aging Symbian operating system.

The new devices (Nokia Lumina 800 and Nokia Lumina 710) will be the first since Nokia CEO Stephen...

By 3Squared, 31 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Devices, Windows.

RIM unveiled new BBX software for developers

Research in Motion is trying to rebuild its damaged reputation with the announcement of its new platform software, BBX, for Blackberry and Playbook.

The software will bridge the gap between the current operating system and its QNX platform, removing developer roadblocks in order to create applications easier.

Due to the increasing number of consumers that use smartphones and tablets, it hopes to bring more programmers in to build more apps for the platform.

It includes new tools, such as WebWorks, Adobe AIR/Flash and a...

By Dani Millward, 24 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: BlackBerry, Development Tools, Devices, Platforms.

Will RIM meet app developers' expectations?

RIM has promised to impress developers with its next-generation Blackberry and software.

With the firm’s developers’ conference happening today, RIM is expected to showcase prototypes of its next Blackberry, which will run off a new updated version of the operating system QNX. RIM may also release a software upgrade for their PlayBook tablet.

RIM co-chief executive, Jim Balsillie, said: "You're going to see a number of things that are really catapulting [the] application and...

By Dani Millward, 18 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: App Stores, BlackBerry, Development Tools, Devices.

Consumers fear 'wave and pay' apps will leave them open to hackers

Consumers fear phone hackers will crack mobile wallets, according to the findings of a new study.

The research, by Intersperience, revealed that while just 17% of Britons are ready to use their phones to make purchases, the fear that use of 'wave and pay' apps will leave them open to increasingly sophisticated hackers.

Of the people polled, nearly half said that 'security concerns' were their number one fear while 24% said using a mobile for payment "feels less secure but I don't know why", and a...

By Verity Gough, 18 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Hacking, Security.

Samsung ChatOn app launches on Android

Samsung's free ChatOn Android app is now available in the Android Market however users are already complaining they are unable to get verification codes.

The new app, which supports both one-on-one and group chatting, is Samsung's rival to RIM's Blackberry Messenger and Apple's iMessage. Samsung promises the app will eventually be compatible with all mobile phones and computers that are using a web client and is currently available in 120 countries and comes in 62 different languages.

However new users are...

By Verity Gough, 17 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Devices, Samsung.

Google VoIP is pulled from iPhone App Store

Google’s VoIP app has been removed from the iPhone App Store after reports of crashing within the new version of Apple's mobile operating system, iOS 5.

According to reports, the reason for the crashes, as well as which smartphones and operating systems are more prone to problems, is still unclear.

In an interview with Engadget, senior product manager for Google Voice, Vincent Paquet added: "Our last update of this week had a bug that caused the app to crash at sign in. We removed it so it did not...

By Verity Gough, 17 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, App Stores, Devices, iOS.

Google Android's 190 million devices turn to ice cream

Google’s Android now has 190 million activated devices around the world.

The next version of Android OS, code-named Ice Cream Sandwich, is designed to join smartphones and tablets together. The system may be out by the end of the year.

Larry Page, CEO of Google, said: “I’m super excited about the soon to be released new version of Android called Ice Cream Sandwich. That’s right, Ice Cream Sandwich. You don’t believe what we’ve managed to get done in this...

By Dani Millward, 14 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Devices, Monetisation.

iPhone 4S or wait for Android Ice Cream Sandwich?

With eighteen month contract-driven upgrades the norm now in the UK, it’s always a challenge to decide whether it’s the right time to pull the trigger on buying a new phone — or to wait for the next big thing.

With Apple’s anticlimactic introduction of the iPhone 4S on Friday, the big question for many phone owners is whether to grab one when it ships on Friday or wait for the expected Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) phones from Google’s partners.

In favour of the...

By 3Squared, 12 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Apple, Devices, iOS.