Fingerprint sensors to become standard on smartphones?

Fingerprint sensors to become standard on smartphones?
Fingerprint sensors are increasingly being touted as a way to make smartphones more secure, so sensitive data can't be accessed if a handset is lost or stolen.So could this option move firmly into the mainstream in the next few years? A new report by Counterpoint Research certainly suggests so, predicting they'll soon become the standard authentication choice for smartphone manufacturers.According to the report, this is…

Smartphones becoming central to the shopping experience

Smartphones becoming central to the shopping experience
Consumers are increasingly turning to smartphones in order to do their shopping and even pay for goods and services.This is the conclusion of a study by PayPal, which revealed mobile shopping growth is four times higher than overall growth in online spending.PayPal believes this trend is only set to continue, as almost one in three people in the UK expect to use smartphones more often…

Young people snapping up “brick phones” as digital detoxes become popular

Young people snapping up “brick phones” as digital detoxes become popular
Young people are more than aware of the problems that can come with using media, such as cyber bullying and being judged on their looks.At the same time, they've seen many of their favourite stars react badly to online trolls, with people such as Ed Sheeran responding to abuse by taking temporary breaks from social media.And according to a new survey, this is directly impacting…

Why do we love our smartphones so much?

Why do we love our smartphones so much?
Our relationship with smartphones is complicated. On the one hand, they're like a digital version of a Swiss army knife, offering countless useful features and functions.But on the other, we have an almost emotional attachment to them, and you can see that smartphone manufacturers understand this in the way that some handsets are marketing them.Rather than just listing technical features, they'll often highlight how a…

UK’s love affair with smartphones continues

UK’s love affair with smartphones continues
How much do you rely on your smartphone? How long can you go without checking it?We all know that smartphones have become truly indispensable items, helping us manage our day-to-day lives, stay entertained and keep in touch with loved ones.Yet sometimes it seems we just cannot put them down.That's why it's interesting to go beyond the anecdotal evidence and put some firm figures on just…

More over-55s snapping up smartphones

More over-55s snapping up smartphones
Sales of smartphones are booming among over-55s in the UK, new research has revealed.According to a study by Deloitte, smartphone adoption among 55 to 75-year-olds has reached 10.3 million - or 71 per cent of this demographic.This group was found to be the fastest-growing adopters of smartphones over the last five years, with a compound annual growth rate of 19 per cent since 2012.Paul Lee,…

British adults’ media consumption on the rise

British adults’ media consumption on the rise
The amount of time British adults are spending consuming media is growing at a staggering pace.According to new figures from the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising (IPA), Britons are spending seven hours and 56 minutes a day consuming media on different platforms, such as televisions and smartphones.This is nine per cent higher than it was last year and 13 per cent up on the amount…

Huawei named the second largest smartphone brand

Huawei named the second largest smartphone brand
Huawei is increasingly consolidating its position in the smartphone sector, overtaking Apple in smartphone sales around the world in June and July.This is according to new figures from Counterpoint, which believes that the Chinese firm could score a hat-trick when August's sales figures come out.Peter Richardson, research director at Counterpoint, has described this as a "significant milestone" for Huawei, as its global presence is growing."It…