Remember BlackBerry’s Mercury smartphone? Well, the Canadian phone maker has since announced a few months ago that the device will be henceforth known as the BlackBerry KeyOne. But information regarding the device’s launch date has been rather, well, mercurial.
As indicated in a new report recently released by App Annie, mobile app stores registered their best performance ever in terms of the number of downloads and revenue figures during the first three months of this year. In both Android and iOS mobile operating systems, the volume of downloads have increased by 15 percent year over year in order to hit almost 25 billion around the world. By the way, that 25 billion also includes new downloads, excluding re-installations or downloads made in previous quarters.
In the months leading up to the official unveiling of Samsung’s flagship devices for this year (the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8 Plus), many industry watchers and consumers alike were wondering if the South Korean phone maker would be able to fully recover from its Galaxy Note 7 mess last year.
Yup -- the Taiwanese phone maker has confirmed that it will indeed be planning to launch a squeezable smartphone offering called the U. When you think of the term “squeezable,” images of something rubbery may come to mind, but HTC’s upcoming device is actually more high tech than that.
Samsung probably can argue that it is responsible for making curved, edge to edge displays fashionable, especially with its more recent Galaxy lineup of smartphone devices. But soon, it will not be able to boast of being the only one phone maker to offer such stylish screens. Another South Korean mobile giant, LG, is also looking to join in on the curvy fun.
HTC recently took the opportunity to announce via a post on Twitter that it is reducing the price of its U Ultra smartphone from $749 to just $599. That new pricing represents a whopping $150 drop from the original cost.
Google recently took the opportunity to announce new partnership deals its Android Pay service had struck with a number of banking institutions from across the globe. The deal involves having these partner banks integrate the tech giant’s mobile payment system into their respective mobile apps. The banks include Bank of America, USAA, Bank of New Zealand, and mBank.
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