Another week has passed and as usual there has been plenty going on in the world of the smartphone. Here we take a quick look at what has been happening.
Blackberry defended its classic revival
As rumours began to circulate that Canadian company Blackberry was going to leave its Passport format and allow natural order to be restored with a new handset, the Blackberry Classic, there were seemingly those who were unsure about why a smartphone giant would want to go back to its origins.
John Chen, Blackberry’s chief executive officer, took it upon himself to defend the decision by penning a letter to the device’s users on its blog, in which he said that “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”.
“Innovation is not about blowing up what works to make something new – it’s about taking what works and making it better,” he added.
Worldwide smartphone shipments revealed
The figures for the third quarter in smartphone shipments were revealed, highlighting that it has certainly been an impressive year as sales increased over the past 12 months by 25.2 per cent to 327.6 million units.
Samsung had the most success in shipments, with a 78.1 per cent year growth, followed by Apple with 39.3 per cent. In third place, Chinese company Xiaomi saw a growth by 17.3 per cent with Lenovo and LG coming in joint fourth place with 16.9 per cent and 16.8 per cent, respectively.
News surfaced that Google had trademaked the name Ara, suggesting that the ‘Project’ part of the name will be dropped, and also near enough confirming that the exciting new handset isn’t too far away.
Ara will come as a basic frame, with users able to buy and swap various ‘modules’ to create your own smartphone. These will be available through a new store that Google is creating and the basic frame isn’t believed to cost too much.
It basically means that should you decide you like your phone but, for example, aren’t too keen on the camera, you can simply buy the module or swap your old one for a new one.
Future of the iPhone
Rumours began circulating this week about what step Apple will take in the world of smartphones, with many believing that 2015 will bring an iPhone 7 to the market.
It has been suggested that the new handset will be similar in form to the iPhone 6 and will come with solar battery features, allowing it to charge all day long while in the sun, hopefully putting an end to those who are unhappy with their device’s battery life.
However, people hoping to see a sapphire screen are unlikely to get their wish as Apple has broken ties with its supplier.
Apple also made 64-bit a necessity for new apps, with the smartphone giant saying that as of February 1st 2015, it will be mandatory that all new iOS apps include 64-bit support. It will help to make them perform better when it comes to speed and graphics, especially if they are optimised for Apple’s A8 SoC at the same time.