New year 2017 busiest ever for the App Store

New year 2017 busiest ever for the App Store
Apple has announced that the App Store opened the year with is busiest single day ever on New Year's Day. This was the cap on a holiday season that had already broken several records with breakout app hits and unprecedented developer earnings. Indeed, some USD 240 million (AUD 325 million) of customer purchases were made on January 1st, with app developers earning a combined total of USD…

Samsung launches latest Galaxy A with enhanced camera

Samsung launches latest Galaxy A with enhanced camera
Samsung has announced the latest in its series of Galaxy A smartphones - a new lineup comprising the 5.7-inch A7, 5.2-inch A5 and 4.7-inch A3 handsets. These all feature design refinements over their respective predecessors that are intended to deliver powerful performance combined with convenience and elegant design. A premium metal frame and 3D glass back characterises the Galaxy A - and this draws on Samsung's design…

British woman’s shock as new iPhone is full of celebrity numbers

British woman’s shock as new iPhone is full of celebrity numbers
A British woman has described her shock at discovering her brand new iPhone 5s was full of contact details for celebrities such as former Spice Girl Emma Bunton. Sophie Highfield bought the new device and did not notice any issues straight away - but one day when she was trying to call her parents, she typed 'M' for mum and four other phone numbers she did…

Will Samsung follow Apple’s lead with wireless earphones?

Will Samsung follow Apple’s lead with wireless earphones?
Industry giant Samsung could be set to remove the 35mm headphone jack from the next iteration of its flagship smartphone - the Samsung Galaxy S8. According to reports from SamMobile, the South Korean smartphone manufacturing group is set to follow the lead of Apple, which removed the industry standard audio port from the iPhone 7 and launched wireless alternatives dubbed AirPods - sold separately and retailing at…

Growing numbers of smartphone users expected to use Siri-like VPAs

Growing numbers of smartphone users expected to use Siri-like VPAs
In the coming years, smartphone users all over the world are expected to make increasing use of virtual personal assistants (VPAs) such as Apple's Siri. This is according to the latest data from IT research and advisory firm Gartner, which specified that by 2019, 20 per cent of all user interactions with smartphones will be made via such a feature. The annual mobile apps survey conducted by…

Google ‘to make nearly US$4 billion on Pixel sales in 2017’

Google ‘to make nearly US$4 billion on Pixel sales in 2017’
The launch of the new Google Pixel smartphone has been expected to generate US$3.8 billion (AU$5.15 billion) in the next year, according to industry analysts.A forecast from Morgan Stanley has predicted that the Pixel brand, which made its debut in October 2016, will shift between five and six million units in 2017, in addition to the three billion Pixel phone sales estimated for the final…

Chinese smartphone makers ‘catching up to Apple and Samsung’

Chinese smartphone makers ‘catching up to Apple and Samsung’
Three of China's top smartphone manufacturers - Huawei, Oppo and BBK Communication Equipment - have experienced enough growth to see them close the gap on Apple and Samsung, the industry's biggest players. This is according to the findings of a new report from market research and advisory firm Gartner, which specified that these three vendors accounted for 21 per cent of smartphones sold to users all…

Optus launches new Optus X device range

Optus launches new Optus X device range
Optus has announced the launch of a brand new smartphone range - Optus X - with the first device in the line being the 4G Optus X Sleek. This is a premium handset targeted at prepaid customers, offering them a feature-rich experience at a budget price of $149. It comes with a bright five-inch high-definition display and is encased in a curved design made from metal and…