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Are Smartphones the New Credit Card? Where e-Commerce is Heading

While it may seem a little early to be talking about a smartphone as a form of currency, the reality is that new uses are being found for these devices every single day. As the user base of mobile phones increases, so do the number of apps aimed at this young and burgeoning market. It is now estimated that half of all American adults now own a smartphone.

In some cities, you can actually use your phone to purchase train or bus tickets on the go, showing your digital ticket stub to the driver as proof of payment. If you didn’t think that a mobile device could become as good as money, perhaps it’s time to rethink the usefulness of this popular technology. After all, we’re not just talking about some toy, we’re talking about a…

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Samsung merges camera and mobile phone divisions

When we think about Samsung, we think about the Galaxy line of smartphones, but actually Samsung is a huge company – also known as the Samsung Group, with total assets of US$ 590.4billion. Their one of the most successful divisions is the Wireless Business Division – the one that controls smartphones and the tablets. Samsung is planning to make some changes in their internal structure, as they decided to merge their Digital Imaging Business Division with Wireless Business Division.

The DIB team will report to the Wireless division, and they will work together to help each other out, and the conclusion will be help improve imaging capabilities of the company’s smartphones, as well as improve wireless powers of its digital cameras.

We will transplant the brand, sales networks, software competency and manufacturing competitiveness of the Wireless Business Division into the Camera Business Division, and integrate the technical know-how of the two business divisions into competency for differentiating our smartphones.”

The change went into effect on December 12. I am sure the merger will be great for both divisions, and as we deal with smartphones, I think we can expect future Samsung smartphones with better camera result and interface, hopefully.

What do you think about it, is it a good move? Tell us about it in the comment box below.

Source: ET News

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Amazon offering Moto X, LG G2, Droid Mini for one penny

The online retailer has dozens of smartphones for only $0.01 with new service agreements

Looking to pick up a new smartphone this weekend? Do yourself a favor before heading out the door: Check out some of these deals over at Amazon.

As of Friday night we found many Android handsets listed at a mere penny with new contracts. Indeed, new and existing customers alike can get in on most of these promotions. What’s more, there are plenty of other models going for less than $30 with the same stipulation. We’re talking Nexus 5, HTC One, Droid Ultra, and Droid Maxx!

Don’t forget that some of these handsets come with 50GB of Amazon Cloud Drive free of charge!

Here’s a quick list as to what we’ve found:

Smartphones for ONE PENNY

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Verizon

Smartphones for under $30

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LG ships 12 million smartphones in third quarter, looks forward to strong holiday sales

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LG released their third-quarter financial results and the news is good for the Korean manufacturer. In particular, LG Mobile Communications Company reported their third-quarter revenue increased by 24 percent compared to the same period last year. This was generated off of shipments of 12 million smartphones, although LG did indicate profitability and average selling price were impacted by competition and their marketing investments. LG probably helped their cause with the new LG G2, which may not be the top phone on the market right now, but it certainly provides a viable option for buyers who may be growing increasingly wary of either Samsung or HTC products. LG anticipates they think they will be able to continue to capitalize on sales of the premium LG G2 device and supplement that with mid-tier products like the L II and F series devices during the holiday season.

The company as a whole posted revenues of KRW 13.89 trillion ($12.51 billion USD) and operating profit of KRW 217.80 billion ($196.34 million USD) during the third quarter. This was an increase in operating profit of 27 percent compared to the same period last year. As we have watched HTC continue to fade away over the past couple years, we might be witnessing LG’s rise to a position as Samsung’s main rival in the Android device market.

source: LG

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Samsung to restrict unofficial accessories for future smartphones, rumor says

Samsung could go the route of Apple and begin restricting accessories to only licensed partners, according to new rumors.

Reportedly, Samsung will provide ID chips to companies to integrate with accessories such as batteries, chargers, and flip covers to help ensure compatibility and reliability.

Ever heard of a third party battery blowing up in a particular device? This could be the first steps to keep that from happening on Samsung’s watch. What’s more, it could eliminate those wonky chargers that don’t seem to work 100% of the time. Wireless charging capability is set to (hopefully) take off in the next year or so; Samsung will want to keep its reputation intact.

As each generation of device grows in popularity, accessory makers are making money off of Samsung’s smartphones and tablets. It stands to reason Samsung may want to get a taste of that action – or at least control the quality of products hitting the market.

On the downside of things, this would put Samsung in more control of what users can purchase. Should your favorite accessory maker not fall in line with Samsung’s rules or licensing terms you may not see them down the road. Worse yet, imagine them introducing a new charging standard for their products and not wanting to open their arms to other companies. It has happened in this industry before…

This is, of course, all unconfirmed and early conjecture. With that said, we might hope for Samsung to come clear on the rumor in the near future. If this proves true, we’d love to see a lengthy list of accessory partners.

Via SamMobile

 

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Google patents tip shearing, sliding, and squeezing for future smartphones

patent pic1Recently discovered patents suggest that Google may be looking to make it easier for users to operate smartphones with only one hand. The patents, which were filed in Q2 2012, have Google turning to shearing, squeezing, and sliding for gestures and controls.

Given that smartphones are now pushing into 5-inches and larger we should expect that someone steps up to make it easier for users to get a handle on things. After all, what good is pull to refresh and one-tap updates if you’re still using two hands. Seems a little wasted, no?

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Google patents tip shearing, sliding, and squeezing for future smartphones

Recently discovered patents suggest that Google may be looking to make it easier for users to operate smartphones with only one hand. The patents, which were filed in Q2 2012, have Google turning to shearing, squeezing, and sliding for gestures and controls.

Given that smartphones are now pushing into 5-inches and larger we should expect that someone steps up to make it easier for users to get a handle on things. After all, what good is pull to refresh and one-tap updates if you’re still using two hands. Seems a little wasted, no?

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The team at PatentBolt found that Google’s patent employs pressure sensitivity, parallel elements, and strain gauge sensors. In a nutshell, users could operate the device’s various functions by simply squeezing the sides together. Further, squeezing the top or bottom could result in different actions based on the application. Think in terms of advancing music tracks, long pressing, or pulling up menus and you can see the allure.

For example, the processor may be configured to control an application executing on the portable electronic device to select an item displayed on the display screen according to a squeeze gesture, control an application executing on the portable electronic device to rotate an item displayed on the display screen according to a shear gesture, and control an application executing on the portable electronic device to return to a previously displayed list according to a splay gesture.

Keep in mind that while this is a patent application from Google it’s not indicative of future Android devices. With that said, we would not be opposed to see a smartphone that lets us use the sides of our device to help navigate and initiate actions. Think about a phone that shows an indicator light or symbol to verify you’ve squeezed or sheared to open an app or start a function. Doesn’t seem too far-fetched, does it?

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Amazon calls upon HTC for first foray into smartphones –report

Amazon and HTC are fast at work on a family of smartphones, according to a recent Financial Times report. From the oft-cited “sources familiar with the project” comes word that there are alleged to be three devices in the pipeline. One of the models happens to be further along than the others and is slated for a 2014 launch. As reporter Tim Bradshaw sees it, the relationship between Amazon and HTC is not unlike the one that Google and Asus had with the Nexus 7 tablet.

An Amazon smartphone rumor has been around for quite some time now, but things seem to be becoming a little more legitimized. Then again, who knows? One of the sources indicates that Amazon may dump one the near-finished handset.

HTC, not in any position to slip up, could really stand to benefit should an Amazon smartphone see mass adoption. On the other hand, they could be one mistake from falling off the map entirely. Let’s hope for HTC’s sake that Amazon proves to be better for them than Facebook has in the past.

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[Infographics]How Mobile Applications Addressing Education Needs?

The adoption of smartphones and tablet devices is at an all- time high. The education sector has not lagged behind in this aspect. Mobility opens new opportunities for students and teachers to improve learning and enhance outcomes. Teachers prefer to use mobile devices as it contributes to an enhanced learning experience and improves the understanding of concepts. It is also found that mobility plays a vital role in improving students’ performance on subjects like Math and Science.

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LG Will Start Producing Flexible Displays For Smartphones

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It’s official folks, LG just announced in a press release that their display making department will start the mass production of flexible display units for smartphones, a week after rumors started about their plans. The plastic based flexible display production will supply the high end smartphones of LGs lineup and it will mark a new […]