Smartphones

VAIO, the former PC division of Sony and now an independent supplier of PCs, this week announced plans to introduce its first smartphone in Japan this spring. The company will use Microsoft Windows 10 Mobile operating system and will target business users with its VAIO Phone Biz handsets. VAIO intends to capitalize on Microsoft’s eco-system in order to offer products that will not directly compete against smartphones running Apple iOS or Google Android. VAIO will promote its smartphones together with Microsoft and local operators in Japan. One of the selling points of the VAIO Phone Biz will be its support for the Continuum technology, which lets users to connect their smartphones to large displays or televisions using Miracast technology, HDMI/DisplayPort outputs, USB type-C ports or...

Google Acquires Softcard and Partners with US Carriers On Mobile Payments

Today Google has acquired the technology and IP behind Softcard. Softcard is a joint venture between AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile to support NFC based mobile payments in the United...

18 by Brandon Chester on 2/23/2015

Samsung Acquires Mobile Payment Company LoopPay

Today the US based mobile payment company LoopPay announced that they have been acquired by Samsung Electronics America. LoopPay is a unique example of a payment company that is building...

34 by Brandon Chester on 2/18/2015

Qualcomm Announces New SoC Lineup, Modem Branding

Qualcomm today announced 4 new additions to its Snapdragon 400 and 600 lineup of SoCs, along with a reshuffle and rebranding of their modem lineup. Let's begin with the...

40 by Andrei Frumusanu on 2/18/2015

Samsung Announces 14nm FinFET for Exynos 7

While we've known about the existence of the Exynos 7420 for a while now, we didn't really know what to expect until recently. Today, it seems that Samsung is...

111 by Joshua Ho on 2/16/2015

The Meizu MX4 Pro Review

Meizu has been one of the upcoming Chinese manufacturers that we haven't had the chance to really cover here at AnandTech. With the Meizu MX4Pro however, we have on...

68 by Andrei Frumusanu on 2/16/2015

ARM A53/A57/T760 investigated - Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Exynos Review

It's been a few months since Josh had the opportunity to review the Note 4. The defining characteristic is that this was the variant with Qualcomm's Snapdragon 805 SoC...

132 by Andrei Frumusanu & Ryan Smith on 2/10/2015

Sony Announces the Xperia E4

Sony has two fairly well defined lines of smartphones. Their Xperia Z smartphones and tablets represent their flagship Android devices, while their Xperia E line targets a more budget...

8 by Brandon Chester on 2/10/2015

China Fines Qualcomm $975 Million for Anti-trust Violations

Word comes out of China this evening that an ongoing anti-trust investigation into Qualcomm has come to an end. Ruling against Qualcomm, China’s National Development and Reform Commission has...

59 by Ryan Smith on 2/9/2015

Sprint Samsung Galaxy S5 and HTC One (M7) Will Receive Lollipop Update Tomorrow

It appears that carriers in the United States are getting their Android update testing done in a timely manner for once. Yesterday we reported on the Android Lollipop update...

12 by Brandon Chester on 2/4/2015

ARM Announces Cortex-A72, CCI-500, and Mali-T880

Today ARM is announcing three brand-new premium IP designs targeted at high-end mobile SoCs. We're still only starting to get widespread commercial availability of ARM's latest generation of SoCs...

49 by Andrei Frumusanu on 2/3/2015

Nokia Lumia 735 Review

Back in September, Microsoft launched what would be the last two Nokia branded Lumias. The Lumia 830 was announced as an affordable flagship, and we reviewed the 830 back...

64 by Brett Howse on 2/3/2015

Verizon Galaxy S5 Receiving Lollipop Update

After arriving in certain European countries not long ago, the Android 5.0 Lollipop update for the Galaxy S5 has finally made its way to the United States. Oddly enough...

22 by Brandon Chester on 2/2/2015

Google Announces Support For 40 Third-Party App Cards In Google Now

Google Now has always been good at giving you relevant information about things like transit, emails, stocks, sport scores, etc. But everything it displays is linked to a Google...

19 by Brandon Chester on 1/30/2015

Apple Q1 FY 2015 Financial Results: Record iPhone Sales Drive Record Earnings

Apple announced its earnings today for their first quarter of fiscal year 2015, with the quarter ending on December 27th 2014. This was a huge quarter for them, with...

30 by Brett Howse on 1/27/2015

Apple Releases iOS 8.1.3 With Bug Fixes and Reduced Storage Requirements

Today Apple sent out the newest version of iOS to all devices capable of running versions of iOS 8. This update brings iOS to version 8.1.3, and like the...

13 by Brandon Chester on 1/27/2015

Microsoft VP Details Windows 10 Update for Windows Phone Users

Microsoft used its Lumia Conversations blog today to give some of the details for the upcoming software update for Windows Phone, which will be moved to Windows 10. Chris...

22 by Brett Howse on 1/22/2015

Dropbox Releases App for Windows Phone

Late last year Dropbox announced that they had entered into a partnership with Microsoft. When this partnership was announced, the first benefit that it brought to consumers was Dropbox...

6 by Brandon Chester on 1/21/2015

Google Updates Docs Apps With Improved Functionality and Touch ID Support

Today Google has issued an update to their Docs, Sheets, and Slides applications on iOS and Android. These productivity apps were some of the first to receive Material Design...

0 by Brandon Chester on 1/21/2015

Google Updates Chrome for iOS With Material Design and Handoff

Google has updated Chrome for iOS to version 40, specifically version 40.0.2214.61. With it comes a number of improvements that definitely justify the major increase in version number. The...

14 by Brandon Chester on 1/20/2015

Samsung CES Booth Tour: Tablets, Phones, and Core M ATIV Book 9

Perhaps the most interesting aspect of Samsung’s booth is what they weren’t showing: laptops. They had exactly one laptop on display, the new ATIV Book 9 with Core M-5Y10c...

45 by Jarred Walton on 1/19/2015

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