Samsung returns to top spot after soaring smartphone sales

Samsung has once again been named as the world’s biggest smartphone manufacturer, beating rivals Apple and Lenovo to the top spot.Despite the fact that Samsung experienced a drop in profits, it sold 83.2 million smartphones globally in the first quarter of 2015, which helped to put it on the top spot.Research firm Strategy Analytics revealed that in total, 345 million mobiles were sold globally, with…

The Turing Phone: Super secure and stronger than steel

Turing Robotic Industries has announced the development of its flagship smartphone, appropriately entitled the Turing Phone. Using the company’s decentralised authentication technology, this pioneering phone is able to directly verify the identity of other devices in the family, all without the need for a third-party Key Center. In an official press release, Turing Robotic Industries explained that this end-to-end authentication system produces a “protected communications…

Samsung’s Galaxy S6 ‘inspired by water’

It is, without a doubt, one of the most stylish smartphones ever designed. Samsung’s Galaxy S6 - including, of course, the S6 Edge - is as beautiful as they come and truly a sight to behold.The slim device - one of the slimmest ever made by the company - is made out of metal and glass and exudes a luxuriousness that has not really been…

The guilt of Gen M

Ask yourself, do you feel guilty about using your smartphone? It sounds like a strange question, but as new research shows, it’s an entirely valid one. And then answer? Read on.The MDM (mobile device management) leader MobileIron reports that 58 per cent of Generation Mobile experience “mobile guilt”.This emerges because of their increasing dependence on handheld devices for personal and professional reasons. Each is invading…

EE unveils Harrier smartphones

EE has unveiled its latest own-brand smartphones, one of which it pitches as being the UK’s most affordable 4G device with Wi-Fi calling. The Harrier, as it is known, offers everything you expect of a high-end device but without the cost - the lowest spec offering can be snapped up for under £99. With a Android Lollipop operating system powering the device, users can expect…

Google ‘backs’ mobile-friendly websites

Google has announced that it has made significant changes to the relationship between mobile devices and websites that are designed to “work” within the parameters of, for example, a smartphone screen.In an official post on its Webmaster Central Blog, the tech giant revealed that it was “boosting the ranking of mobile friendly pages on mobile search results”.So what does this mean? In essence, when smartphone…

Understanding signal bars

We accept, as standard, that the tiny bars that appear on our smartphones demonstrate to us how strong or weak our signal is.However, while that is true up to a point, the actual picture is a little less coherent and, for want of a better word, “correct”.In short, explains Steve van Skike, senior manager of Test and Regulatory for Nextivity, there is no actual standard…

Nokia: The return

Sure, Apple and Samsung are the big players of the smartphone world but they owe their success to Nokia, a name that still commands a lot of respect and awe.While it is no longer the force it once was, there is something about the brand that gets people excited.First generation mobile users are nostalgic about the device, while newer users are all aware of the…