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Google is receiving help from BlackBerry to make it safer and more secure to switch from personal use and work use on Android-powered smartphones.
"BlackBerry is working with Google to provide customers with solutions they can confidently deploy on all major mobile platforms within their organization," said Billy Ho, EVP of enterprise products at BlackBerry.
BlackBerry wants to increase its BES12 software client base, while Google wants to use the company's "highly secure mobility solution." BES12 will be available during Q2 2015, though an invite-only preview will be released sometime next month. Smartphones can use BES12 if they are not already using Android for Work.
Apple and Samsung, the No. 1 and No. 2 tablet manufacturers, saw their joint market share drop 8 percent year-over-year - with the companies now accounting for 43 percent of the tablet market, according to Strategy Analytics.
Apple ended 2014 with 26 percent control, ahead of Samsung (17.1 percent), Lenovo (4.7 percent), ASUS (4.5 percent), Amazon (3.1 percent), and others. However, the tablet market is slowing down, with shipment volume growth slowing 6.6 percent in 2014 - and growth will continue to slow down, as Lenovo and other vendors continue to pressure Apple and Samsung.
"As the tablet market matures, it is also fragmenting further on price tiers and use case," said Eric Smith, Senior Analyst of Tablet & Touchscreen Strategies at Strategy Analytics. "Vendors producing Windows OS tablets may have an opening to more aggressively target the enterprise with the launch of Windows 10 later this year, as CIOs value the control and familiarity that Windows could bring to a landscape largely ruled by the bring-your-own-device trend."
Ahead of Mobile World Congress 2015 that kicks off next week, Sony has outed its Xperia Z4 Tablet. Sony announced the news on its official Xperia Lounge application, but as you probably expected, the company was quick to pull it.
A screenshot of the post was taken, where it confirms that the Xperia Z4 Tablet will feature a 2K display, "the latest ultra fast processor" and "industry leading battery performance". The design of the Xperia Z4 Tablet looks like it is taking cues from the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact, but it will pack a 10-inch 2K display.
MWC 2015 starts next week, where we're sure we'll hear all about Sony's new Xperia Z4 Tablet.
I'm sure the NSA didn't have to twist Apple's arm too much to get this done, but Apple has patented a system that tracks iPhones even when they have been switched off. Apple's patent would see the iPhone prompting a user to enter their security code to formally shut it down.
If the code isn't typed in, or it is typed incorrectly a number of times, the phone will appear off. But this isn't the case; the iPhone is still "on" but it appears to be off to the user. While this sounds like a great idea for security, it does mean that Apple could track your iPhone even if you thought it was "off". You would be none the wiser.
This shouldn't come as a surprise to you, as it can be done on Android smartphones right now. This can be tested by having an Android-powered smartphone far away from a cellular tower, and then keep an eye on the battery usage on your smartphone. Researchers have used this method to track an Android smartphone by making a malicious application that didn't have access to Wi-Fi or GPS, and only kept an eye on the power consumption of the phone.
The NIX Pro from Nix Sensor is the first full-featured portable color sensor, designed to be a smartphone accessory. The Bluetooth device is able to scan surfaces to quickly obtain a color reading, similar to the Adobe PhotoShop eyedropper tools.
The device is able to save captured colors in a unique library, colors can be shared among users, and should prove much more accurate than other color measurement methods. NIX Sensor says the NIX Pro is able to block out ambient light and use a custom broad spectrum LED light source - all the while with a product just a bit larger than a ping-pong ball.
"Every color measurement solution in the consumer market today is difficult to transport, inaccurate, and costs tens of thousands of dollars," said Matthew Sheridan, founder and CEO of Nix Sensor. "The NIX Pro is the first color sensor that is accurate, portable, and affordable - it's the PhotoShop eyedropper in real life."
According to officials from various mobile carriers, Samsung's upcoming next-gen Galaxy smartphones are better than the best from Apple. In closed-door meetings, these officials used the new Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge smartphones, responding with nothing but praise.
Executives from companies like T-Mobile, Sprint, Vodafone and SK Telecom have said that both smartphones were reportedly "greatly satisfied" in terms of the new design, and were "wagering they could beat Apple's hot-selling iPhone 6 at least in terms of design". A source spoke with The Korea Herald, where they said: "Some executives said the new phones were the best of the best among Samsung-made phones. They said the Edge was better than Apple's iPhone 6 in terms of design".
Another source talked about the Galaxy S6 Edge model, where they said "It is doubtful whether the acclamations from the mobile carriers will directly lead to (high) sales. Samsung will need to increase the phone's functionality dramatically to appeal to customers".
We should be introduced to the new flagship smartphones during Samsung Unpacked 2015, which takes place on March 1, just before MWC 2015 kicks off in Barcelona, Spain.
We all know how it feels: to be out for the day and your smartphone is beeping or vibrating at you alerting you to the fact that you're on less than 20% charge. Then you can literally feel the minutes clicking over with each percent going down into that drain that your battery slides into. Well, not for long.
An Israeli startup known as StoreDot is looking to solve this thanks to the by-product of research from the nanotechnology department of the Tel Aviv University, which was looking into Alzheimer's disease. The researchers have discovered that a particular peptide molecule has high capacitance, which means it has the unique ability to hold an electrical charge.
Batteries that use this technology can absorb charge much faster than others, but their overall capacity would be smaller. This new technology can't just be baked into current smartphones and devices, but StoreDot is currently in discussions with 15 smartphone makers, with the hopes to getting a contact with a couple of those companies before the end of the year.
Released as part of the developer preview, Apple's next update will include a wide range of emoji's with various skin tones -helping express Apple's sensitivity to racial diversity.
Instead of white-only options being available, you can now select out of six skin tones what you wish your emoji face or hand to display. There are also numerous updates to sexual-preference, including families with children and couples of same-sex, rather than the previous male-and-female only.
There's a few other updates including new gadgets like the Apple Watch and also an Australian flag thrown into the mix - all set for release in the next few months.
Ahead of the Mobile World Congress 2015 in Barcelona next month, analysts are picking apart the current state of the smartphone market. Consumers have a number of appealing choices at the moment, as the smartphone market is "highly mature," and it is becoming harder for vendors to differentiate from one another.
"While Apple had a very successful 2014 and a record fourth quarter, Apple has to come up with something innovative in 2015 to replicate record sales," said Annette Zimmermann, researcher director at Gartner, in a press statement.
Samsung has 28 percent global smartphone market share (28 percent), ahead of Apple (16.4 percent), Lenovo (7.9 percent), LG Electronics (6 percent), and Huawei (5.9 percent), according to TrendForce. However, the competition is becoming explosive with Huawei capturing 5.9 percent market share, putting everyone else on notice that it is a serious contender.
Google has reached a deal with Verizon Wireless, AT&T and T-Mobile for support with the Google Wallet mobile payment app. The tap and pay service will be pre-installed on Android devices running KitKat or higher from the three mentioned US wireless carriers later this year.
The Google Wallet tap and pay feature was rolled out in 2011, with the mobile payments market growing since then. Google's deal to have Wallet pre-installed, along with acquiring unknown intellectual property from Softcard, shows it is ready to step up support for mobile payments.
Apple Pay has shown rivals that there is potential in the mobile payments market, but companies need to create stronger alliances. This Google Wallet deal could be a strong first step towards building a long-term Apple Pay competitor.