With smartphone shipments in total for Q4 2021 growing by just 1% in an era of supply chain issues and chip shortages, Apple has regained the top spot thanks to the iPhone 13 range, iOS and its unparalleled ecosystem of apps, accessories and hardware companions, such as Apple Watch, AirPods and more.
From a new, COVID-test device that gives instant results just with your breath, to a colour-changing electric BMW to autonomous, electric farm robots that can hoe, weed, seed and more, through to ever-smarter smart home tech, including wireless energy at a distance to robots with ever more realistic facial expressions, and whether it is the latest GPUs, CPUs, start-ups, smartphones, TVs, flying cars, accessibility-friendly tech, fintech, wellness, wearables and much, much more - CES 2022 was definitely smaller, but it still succeeded in launching tons of terrific tech.
A Nokia official in the Oceania region says he is satisfied with the uptake of 5G in Australia, pointing out that about 80% of the smartphones sold in the country are now 5G-capable.
Chinese smartphone manufacturer OPPO has unveiled a neural processing unit known as MariSilicon X and an assisted reality device called Air Glass at an innovation event held overnight.
With smartphone the centre of how we work, live and play, and for many, according to Samsung, even the only thing that we bring out of the home, replacing our laptops, wallets and even house keys, our phones and their security has never been more important or relevant.
Chinese telecommunications equipment vendor Huawei Technologies has unveiled a number of its products on special offers during the pre-Christmas and Boxing Day periods.
Internet-connected camera firm Arlo has announced a number of deals for Black Friday, with sales having started on Tuesday and running through to 29 November.
Chinese smartphone vendor vivo is offering up to $30 in savings on the purchase of some of its Y series models from Tuesday to 30 November in a Black Friday promotion.
Chinese telecommunications equipment vendor Huawei Technologies is claimed to be licensing its smartphone designs to other vendors in order that it can get past American sanctions that have devastated its smartphone business.
Smartphone sales in China increased by 3% quarter-on-quarter in the third quarter of 2021 but this represented a drop of 9% year-on-year, the technology analyst firm Counterpoint Research says.
The American Federal Communications Corporation has banned China Telecom (Americas) from operating in the US, claiming it may be a threat to national security.
Smartphone company vivo is pushing its vivo X60 Pro 5G, launched in May, as a good way to avoid returning from a big night out with a mass of blurry pictures on one's smartphone.
Chinese smartphone maker OPPO has used the observance of Get Online Week to host a tech training session for older Australians in the Gold Coast, in partnership with seniors training company BasicTech.
Chinese smartphone manufacturer OPPO, part of the giant B.B.K. Electronics group, is set to start designing its own chips for its high-end smartphones, the Nikkei Asia website claims, adding that this was understood to be a bid to rid itself of dependence on suppliers like Qualcomm and MediaTek.
The OPPO A94 5G is the third low-budget model from this Chinese vendor released this year, and also the most expensive of the lot, the others being the A54 5G and A74 5G.
Component shortages have ensured that third-quarter global smartphone shipments would fall, with the technology analyst firm Canalys reporting a drop of 6% for the three months ending in September, according to preliminary figures issued on Friday. The second quarter had witnessed a drop of 20.4%.
Next week will be busy - we'll have launches from Apple, Google and now Samsung, which is unveiling its Galaxy Unpacked 2 event, with new hardware and software expected, but will these be brand new devices, or iterations of existing models?
Chinese smartphone maker OPPO has announced ColorOS 12, a new version of its modified Android mobile operating system, describing it as being closer to stock Android.
Launching on October 19 in the US, and thus October 20 in Australia, is the new Google Pixel 6 and 6 Pro smartphones, with persistent rumours a Google Pixel Fold with foldable screen is set to be the big surprise.
GUEST OPINION by Tony Bailey CEO AccessHQ: As technology matures, we can expect competition to become more intense as companies seek to find new points of differentiation. And, as smartphones and apps merge further into everyday life, consumers will become far more discerning of a company’s ability to live up to their promises – especially the promise of a better experience of their service.
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