Trendspotting: Smartphone sales hit a wall – for first time ever shipments don’t grow y/y (Report)
Almost all of us have smartphones. And even if they're a year or two old, they get the job done, making it increasingly difficult for companies like Apple, Samsung and Google to convince us to upgrade.
Report: Apple iPhone brand loyalty hits 1 year high, far outpacing Samsung, LG, Motorola
The people have spoken. They love -- looooove -- their iPhones! At least if the latest brand loyalty report by CIRP (Consumer Intelligence Research Partners) has anything to say about the matter. For the quarter ended March 2018, phone activators remaining with the Apple brand (CIRP's definition of brand loyalty) exceeded...
Trendspotting: Smartphone sales drop for first time (Gartner Report)
Gartner reports 5.6% year-over-year decline for global smartphone sales.
Will Apple abruptly cancel iPhone X or was this the plan all along?
Either way, Apple is about to take it up a notch.
Google should kill Android Wear, reboot wearable strategy
Asus is out. If reports are true the company will no longer make smartwatches that run the Android Wear operating system. Officially last year Motorola also bowed out -- especially surprising given it was the first, and much hyped, manufacturer to hit the Wear market with the (quite beautiful) Moto 360. Then...
ZTE launches Quartz smartwatch, its first wearable for U.S. market runs Android Wear 2.0
ZTE Quartz smartwatch features 1.4-inch round AMOLED display, supports T-Mobile LTE and costs only $192. Stark Insider breaks down ZTE's first U.S. wearable.
Phab 2 Pro: Lenovo reveals world’s first Tango-powered smartphone
It took some (often painful and awkward) time to get to the reveal, but at its Tech World conference here in San Francisco, Lenovo finally revealed an actual product. And it's interesting to say the least. The Phab 2 Pro is, yes, a phablet featuring a massive 6.4-inch screen. It's the...
Wear 2.0: Google’s smartwatch OS gets much-needed reboot
"Our biggest platform update yet." Well, how's that for amazing response time?! Yesterday, I lamented the need for a reboot of Google's smartwatch operating system Wear. And Apple's WatchOS. And Samsung's Tizen. And... on and on. Save for Pebble's OS. That one's a keeper, even if the company's long-term viability is a...
Trendspotting: Will slow smartwatch sales lead to inventory dumping?
Some are saying smartwatch sales, and the overall wearable market, have grown at a decent clip over the past twelve months. Fitbit reported 25% year-over-year growth. Xiaomi (a surprise to be sure) at 41%. Garmin 27%. Overall, shipments increased about 67% y/y. I'm admittedly a smartwatch nerd (ask my wife). But at...
Day 1: Google’s Project Fi and Nexus 5X (Hands-On)
Once again, Google throws out the playbook. With Project Fi our favorite tech Gods have created a virtual network, sitting on top of T-Mobile and Sprint. How good is the new cell service? And will it make you want to switch?