LG, a company which was known to be struggling in the mobile industry just a few years back, has posted strong results for the fourth quarter of 2013 today. It has been a grand revival of sorts for the company which has seen great releases last year in the LG G2 and the Google Nexus 5. Incidentally, LG confirms that these exact two devices have contributed massively to the improvements in its mobile revenue over the quarter as well as over the year. The numbers for QoQ increase in revenues are 18% – 3.38 bn USD, while yoy numbers are more encouraging at 29% – 11.85 billion USD. LG has quickly become one of the more interesting Android OEMs in the recent times and the numbers clearly reflect that.
2013 has been an eventful year for cameras on Smartphones. We have seen oversampling algorithms take advantage of huge sensors, increased pixel sizes subverting the megapixel race, optical image stabilization enabling great low light imaging and general widespread adoption of stacked CMOS sensors, making it one of those years when companies made their camera efforts serious. This also means that the traditional gap between the best and the rest has gotten a lot more closer. So, which is the best smartphone camera of this year? We have brought a number of flagship devices together to find out, in a blind test.
Tablets had been somewhat of a conundrum before Apple came up with the iPad. Only then, it made sense for people to approve and acknowledge a different kind of a computer that swiftly replaced the netbooks of our era. But was it ever enough to replace or outsell the traditional PC and Laptops? Well, according to IDC, the company that constantly releases numbers on the Smartphone market, the last quarter of this year will mark the first time ever that the tablets will outship Traditional PCs, including Desktops as well as Laptops. The above chart shows just that.
Apple has been relatively dormant in Q3 2013 and has chosen to announce only a select few products. That would explain the giant’s Q3 2013 results which show that revenues are down to $35.3 billion compared to $43.6 billion in the previous quarter. This was a fairly major fall due to the lack of any significant new product shipments.
At the World Web Developers Conference, Apple just announced the long rumored iTunes Radio service. To be a part of the music player application, it will provide users access to about 200 curated stations. The service will also allow users to create custom radio stations based on music in their iTunes library. The service will learn based on your usage and will offer increasingly personalized music playlists. In addition, iTunes Radio will also let users listen to tracks from popular artists ahead of launch and will integrate with Siri. Interestingly, it will also be possible to tag and buy anything you hear which should put it in direct competition with the likes of Soundhound. Continue reading “Apple announces iTunes Radio with customized music streams, to be available later this year”
The Motorola X Phone is one of the most awaited phones of 2013. It will be the first major phone that Motorola releases after being taken over by Google.
At MWC 2013 in Barcelona, we were able to get some videos demonstrating the features and power of the newly announced Snapdragon 800 series processors from Qualcomm.
GSMA has released a report stating that over 72,000 visitors have attended the Mobile World Congress 2013 here in Barcelona, Spain. Continue reading “Record Attendance at MWC 2013”
This week at MWC 2013 in Barcelona, we got our hands on the Oppo Find 5 which is one of the first Full HD display smartphones to be announced.
Caterpillar (CAT) has announced a new rugged smartphone called the B15 here at MWC 2013 in Barcelona, Spain. The phone is designed and manufactured by bullet under the Caterpillar branding.
At its press event in Barcelona, Sony showed off its brand new Android tablet, the Sony Xperia Tablet Z. Equipped with a gorgeous 10.1″ WUXGA display, the tablet also has Sony’s Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2 built in.
The screen with a resolution of 1900 x 1200 looks absolutely stunning especially when the Mobile Bravia engine kicks in for photos and videos. Sony is also touting a shatter proof sheet on scratch resistant glass which should be similar to the Gorilla Glass technology. Continue reading “Sony Xperia Tablet Z Hands On”
The HTC One was announced on prior to the MWC on 19th February. We’ve now managed to get a hands-on video of the device at MWC 2013 here in Barcelona, Spain.
Asus launched the the Padfone Infinity which is the third generation Padfone device today at MWC 2013 in Barcelona. This video takes a look at the device, its tablet station and features.