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…

Facebook adds new recommendation and event-finding features

Facebook adds new recommendation and event-finding features
Facebook has unveiled a raft of new features that are intended to help people find out recommended places to eat, discover local events and get more out of locals businesses - all with help from the people on their friends list. People often turn to their friends, family and loved ones for tips when they are doing anything from travelling to a new place to simply…

What are the futuristic possibilities of adding AI to smartphones?

What are the futuristic possibilities of adding AI to smartphones?
Smartphone technology is always improving, with many fans keeping a close eye on rumours and speculation regarding what new features will be included on the next iteration of the Apple iPhone or Samsung Galaxy S device. With this in mind, it should perhaps come as no surprise that many people working within the consumer electronics industry are actively considering new features that sound like they could…

Apple unveils new TV app

Apple unveils new TV app
Apple has announced the launch of its new TV app for the iPhone, iPad and Apple TV, which offers a unified experience for users who want to discover and access new TV shows and movies from multiple apps. This means the app is a kind of aggregator where this content can conveniently be accessed from one place on the user's device of choice. An update to Siri…