Apparently so, at least according to the results of a study recently conducted by researchers from the University of Texas at Austin. The team behind the study were from the university’s McCombs School of Business, and they were able to collect the data needed by evaluating close to 800 owners of smartphone devices.
OnePlus has officially announced that in summer of this year, it will be releasing its follow up to the OnePlus 3 and the OnePlus 3T smartphone devices. The newest offering from the Chinese phone maker will be called the OnePlus 5. Some may be wondering why the device is called the OnePlus 5 when the company has not released any OnePlus 4 yet, but we will get to that later.
According to the results of a study recently conducted by the United States Health Department, it appears that more and more consumers in America are starting to do away with landline telephones. Sure, this is hardly surprising, but the study does offer solid data supporting the shift into mobile only for US citizens.
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. Back in January, the company (and TCL, the Chinese mobile manufacturer that struck a licensing deal to build and release BlackBerry branded handsets) had teased the device.
Research firm Gartner has recently published a report stating that today’s mobile users are actually willing to spend more cash on high end smartphone devices. As indicated in the report, it is projected that people will be spending close to $400 billion on their handsets this year, which represents a 4.3 percent increase compared to the previous year’s.
Many agree that traveling to other countries is fun -- well except when you have to deal with roaming charges (which can be often borderline exorbitant). But Tink Labs, a firm from Hong Kong, is offering a solution to this problem -- specifically by providing custom made handsets in hotel rooms around the world specially for travelers. These phones would then come with free data, which means that guests can make full use of them when going online, and yup, not worry about roaming fees.
Recently this week, online retailing giant Amazon announced that it was further expanding the list of discounted mobile devices under its Prime Exclusive Phones program by adding a couple more smartphones to the roster.
As revealed by Rick Osterloh, chief of hardware at Google, a new Pixel device is coming this year, but this new flagship offering may come with a rather steep price. When Google released its Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones last year, it signalled a new era in which the tech giant is releasing a Google branded device that is not Nexus.
Huawei is following up last year’s P9 and the P9 Plus devices with the impressive P10 and the P10 Plus. Both smartphones come with a curvy design and a fingerprint scanner on the front side -- two features that differentiate this year’s offerings from the Chinese phone maker’s flagships in 2016.
This week, Motorola officially announced the Moto G5 and the Moto G5 Plus. Both of these devices come in sleek metal and glass design, which sees Motorola depart from the mostly plastic design of past Moto offerings. And while the bigger Moto G5 Plus has a non-removable battery, the smaller Moto G5’s can be removed. A fingerprint reader is featured on the front side of both new Moto models, and Motorola also gives the two handsets fast charging capabilities (according to the company, this should equate to half a dozen hours of battery life in 15 minutes.
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