When I finally got my hands on the Royole Flexpai, the world's first flexible smartphone, I couldn't stop obsessing about the rubber spine as I opened and closed it. I worried that I was going to break it, but the two halves snapped into place via magnets just fine. Watching the Android operating system flex and bend on the display kept me riveted.But then I tried using the phone. I tapped the screen, and nothing happened. When it finally did, another widget popped over the main menu. I folded out the display, and waited for the screen to reorient itself. And waited. Tap, tap, tap. Nothing, nothing, nothing. It was definitely not ready for prime time. Now playing: Watch this: Samsung's foldable phone is coming soon 7:56 To be fair, the phone I tried out wasn't a commercial-ready unit yet, and the Royole engineer who showed me the phone said updates were coming daily. But that first awkward experience underscores some of the growing pains that flexible smartphones are … [Read more...] about The foldable smartphone revolution will be awkward, but essential
Ultra-low cost devices are the biggest segment that no one talks about, but that doesn't mean that the companies providing the platforms aren't planning for them. If the predictions are right, the next few years should be huge for smartphones in emerging markets. And, the proliferation of smartphones and faster Internet connections could spur a global culture explosion from the easy sharing of local content across the globe. But, the real question is: which platform has the best shot to be the face of this emerging market segment? We've already looked at how Google can use Motorola to break into this segment, how multiple-user support is essential, and the cultural and economic revolution that could follow the technology boom. Of course, that's the issue - the boom has already started, and while some of the major players in the smartphone market planned for it at one point, they have moved on very quickly. This leaves a huge market segment opportunity for far more platforms than we … [Read more...] about Ultra-low cost revolution Part 2: which platform wins?
In the 2000s, when the smartphone revolution began, manufacturers including Nokia, Samsung, Motorola, and others were able experiment with crazy designs - since there was no standard form factor for handsets (partially because screens were way, way smaller back then). Nowadays, though, most smartphones are made after a relatively similar design principle, so they're just thin rectangles. And there's not that much that you can do with a rectangle, is it? Even so, some smartphone designs can still be considered unique, and we're inviting you to discover them below.To keep things relevant to today's designs, we're including only smartphones released in the last 2 years. Here they are, in chronological order: Announced in October 2013, the Samsung Galaxy Round was the world's first smartphone to sport a curved display (5.7 inches, 1080 x 1920 pixels). The Galaxy Round is basically a curved version of the Galaxy Note 3, as the two handsets share many of their features: Snapdragon 800 … [Read more...] about Meet the most unique modern smartphone designs
Usually, major smartphone makers are global companies in the true meaning of the word, shipping handsets to almost every market you could think of. But things are different if we talk about these companies’ countries of origin: only a handful of countries actually matter when it comes to designing and selling smartphones. If you think about it, it’s rather weird that there are no relevant smartphone makers from countries like the UK, Germany, or others that have powerful economies. This being said, we thought it would be interesting to create a list of significant smartphone brands and their countries of origin. In alphabetical order:CanadaEveryone knows that BlackBerry is no longer the top smartphone maker that it used to be some years ago. And yet the Canadian company still matters, as it can offer things that definitely set it apart, like BlackBerry OS and BBM. This year, BlackBerry is actually showing signs of rebirth, having introduced the successful (and … [Read more...] about From America’s Apple to China’s Xiaomi: 2014’s relevant smartphone makers listed by country
Google, Samsung, LG, Sony, Apple, HTC... browse our news section, and the majority of stories are related to just these brands. Does that mean that the industry has nothing else to offer? Of course not! In fact, even we are constantly surprised when we stumble upon new and not-so-new manufacturers that are comparably tiny, and we do this kind of thing for a living.So we rolled our sleeves, dug deep, and came up with five devices that you've very likely never heard of, but whose story is interesting enough. From classy, luxurious (and outrageously expensive) smartphones, through ones that offer truly unique features, and down to a device that has been put together by a team that only uses materials from non-conflict zones and works around the clock for a fairer economy, the devices below are impressive in one way or another.Tonino Lamborghini 88 TauriLet's start with something ridiculously beautiful, and even more ridiculously pricey – the Tonino Lamborghini 88 Tauri. It … [Read more...] about 5 cool smartphones that you’ve likely never heard of