According to figures just released by Gartner, Apple sold 191.4 million smartphones last year. Sure, a bunch of these are probably being tightly gripped by smiling new owners, but undoubtedly a great number were bought to replace older devices, banishing their predecessors to bottom drawers and storage boxes all over the world. Well, designer David Choi has a plan to breathe new life into unused iPhones, by integrating them with a Bluetooth speaker to act as a retro-inspired digital radio.
Two years ago, a struggling HTC rebranded itself with an outstanding (not to mention gorgeous) flagship smartphone, the HTC One (M7)
. Today, though the company is still making stunning handsets, it also looks hesitant to depart too far from that formula, as we now have the second iterative update to that original design, the HTC One M9
. Let's compare the three generations of the One.
If you were hoping for a new flagship smartphone from BlackBerry, you might be disappointed by the Leap, with the new handset featuring a 720p display and the same Qualcomm processor we saw in the Z10
back in 2013. On the plus side, the Leap is one of the more attractive smartphones BlackBerry has released recently.
Starting next month, Swedish furniture colossus Ikea will start selling furniture with built-in Qi wireless charging and a charging kit to build wireless charging into existing furniture.
Most smartphones require some sort of password or pattern input to unlock them, whilst some have voice print recognition
, and a few – such as Apple's iPhone 5S
and Samsung's Galaxy S5
– even use fingerprint scanning. But Fujitsu claims to have gone one better by introducing iris pattern recognition on its latest prototype smartphone on show at Mobile World Congress (MWC).
Kyocera likes to position itself as a maker of smartphones that can go anywhere, with ruggedized, waterproof devices like the Bear Grylls-endorsed Brigadier
. Building on that reputation, the company is showing a new solar-powered prototype that can also charge anywhere, so long as it's not too dark or cloudy.
Microsoft has two new smartphones on display at Mobile World Congress 2015, each offering some compelling specs at competitive price points. The handsets follow the established Lumia design language while offering 720p displays, quad core processors and optional LTE.
Unlocking early smartphones was as simple as pushing a couple of buttons, which were conveniently pointed out by the phone itself. Thankfully, as the devices became repositories for more and more personal information, security in the form of passcodes and squiggles, along with voice and fingerprint sensors have become standard. Now eye scans have been added to the list in ZTE's flagship Grand S3 smartphone.
The last couple of Galaxy S flagships had iterative designs (much like the HTC One M9
that was announced today). But with Apple now making big-screened phones
, the pressure is on Samsung – and it just launched two phones that mark the biggest physical changes to the Galaxy S lineup: the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge.