The Federal Trade Commission thinks you're paying too much for smartphones. But it doesn’t blame handset makers like Apple and Samsung or wireless carriers. Instead, the agency blames Qualcomm, which owns key wireless-technology patents and makes chips that can be can be found in most high-end Android phones and many iPhones. Qualcomm charges companies like Apple a set percentage of the total price of a phone in exchange for the right to use its technology, according to the antitrust suit filed by the FTC. The percentages vary, but Qualcomm generally charges 5 percent of the value of a device, up to a maximum of about $20 per device, according to a legal brief filed by Qualcomm. Phone makers like Apple and Huawei argue that Qualcomm demands a larger cut of each phone sale than is fair, but that they pay because Qualcomm essentially threatens to cut-off their supply of important wireless chips if they don’t. The FTC describes this as a "tax" on cellular phones that drives up … [Read more...] about The FTC Thinks You Pay Too Much for Smartphones. Here’s Why
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The Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas has never traditionally been a place where major phone makers introduce new handsets. CES 2019 has been no exception to this rule. There were rumors Samsung might show off the Galaxy S10 at CES this year and reports we might see an LG foldable phone demoed as well. None of that happened. So what new, or new-ish, smartphones showed up at CES 2019? Here’s a quick rundown of the few phones present.Alcatel 1C and 1X TCL showed off two budget smartphones under its Alcatel brand. The Alcatel 1C is the more affordable of the two, and reportedly will sell for under 70 euros (~$80) in emerging markets. It has some very low hardware specs, with a 4.95-inch display, just 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage, and a 2,000mAh battery. It also only works on 3G networks. The other new phone is the Alcatel 1X, which has a larger 5.5-inch display and doubles the RAM and storage to 2GB and 16GB, respectively. It has dual rear cameras, with a 12MP … [Read more...] about The best smartphones at CES 2019
The advent of 5G is promising to deliver unprecedented network performance in terms of latencies, capacities, and speeds but the emerging wireless technology is also on course to create a host of new smartphone issues, both in the Android segment and elsewhere. Following Qualcomm's December announcement of the Snapdragon 855, what became clear is that manufacturers will have to make a wide array of compromises with first consumer-grade handsets offering 5G support. Pretty much the opposite of what consumers want While the Snapdragon 855 is the world's first system-on-chip capable of communicating with the fifth generation of mobile networks, Qualcomm also decided to launch an LTE-only version of the silicon. Many industry watchers initially presumed the move was primarily aimed at providing original equipment manufacturers with the option to hold off on 5G commercialization in order to reduce overall production costs so as to pass those savings to consumers, increase their profit … [Read more...] about 5G Tech To Batter Batteries, Cause Many Other Smartphone Issues
In the beginning there was Cupcake2008, when pinch-to-zoom was a right reserved for iPhones and BlackBerrys were still the business, a new kind of smartphone hit the scene: the Android smartphone. Starting at version 1.5 for public consumption, Android was launched on the HTC Dream (known as the T-Mobile G1 in the US), a QWERTY keyboard-packing slider phone. Based on a modified version of Linux, Android offered something very different to the iPhone: freedom.An open source CupcakeUnlike iOS’s heavily policed, locked-down operating system, Android arrived with the promise of open source everything. Google made access to the Android Market (now called the Google Play Store) freely available, and users could even customize their home screens with widgets, offering in-app functionality from said home screen, no app opening needed.With Android 1.5, codenamed Cupcake, a new way was born. Android 1.6: DonutIs it an albatross? Is it a jumbo jet? No! It’s the Dell … [Read more...] about Android through the ages: the history of Google’s smartphone OS
Article Contents1 How the first 5G smartphones work2 Smartphone makers in the 5G era3 Will phones get more expensive?4 Potential impact of 5G5 5G could lead to new mobile form factors6 5G is designed for machines7 Back to reality8 I still don't understand 5G is coming soon, but if you still have no idea what it is, or why it matters, then you're not alone. It isn't easy to gain a clear understanding of the subject — most explanations on the net end up being half vague marketing jargon and half complex technical details. That's why we're adding a new entry to our layman's guide to 5G in anticipation of the first 5G smartphones and networks in 2019. Of course, Keegan Michael Key's recent verbal explainer on the subject covers a fair amount on the topic — "It's one better than 4G, and it's two better than 3G" — but in case you want a bit more detail, we'll attempt to set out what you can expect from this new era of wireless, in the clearest terms possible. Full … [Read more...] about The layman’s guide to 5G: What should we expect from the first 5G smartphones?