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25 Jul 2016 

Top 10 Smartphones of 2015

Smartphones have become a de facto mobile "PC" for many consumers. And that trend will only intensify as phones gain bigger screens and get more sophisticated.  Here's the top picks for 2015.

iPhone 6s and iPhone 6S Plus: the 6S Plus is Apple's second stab - following the 6 Plus -- at building a big phone. The stand-out hardware for the second-gen 5.5-inch iPhone is the camera, jumping to 12 megapixels from the 8 megapixels of the previous generation. The smaller 6S (4.7 inches) boasts pretty much the same camera specs but doesn't have the optical image stabilization (which mitigates blur) of the 6S Plus. Both phones are capable of taking very-high-resolution 4K video.

High-quality cameras have become the sine qua non for top smartphones - and can be the difference between a successful product and an also-ran. Apple revealed recently that it has hired more than 800 engineers to work solely on the camera. (. That's how important it is. And Apple continues to offer one of best smartphone cameras out there.

Other new additions with 6S and 6S Plus include a 3D Touch display that is sensitive to how much pressure is applied. For example, by pressing firmly on the left edge of the phone, you can call up multitasking and flip through your open applications. Or exert more touch pressure on an icon and you activate shortcuts.  It's not a huge addition to the iPhone but it makes a great phone even better. 

One of the best things about the new iPhones is under the hood.  A new A9 processor makes it one of the fastest smartphones on the planet.

But new hardware aside, it's all of the apps that make it hard to go wrong with the iPhone. The iPhone is the gold standard for mobile apps and just about any app worth its salt is available on the iPhone.

Samsung Galaxy S6 and Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge: While the S6 Edge isn't fundamentally different than the less-expensive S6, its unique display makes it much more of a looker thanks to the curved display that waterfalls on both sides. Both the S6 and S6 Edge use OLED display technology (versus Apple's slightly less eye-popping LCD). The screen's 5.1-inch Quad HD (2,560x1,440) resolution is a bit of overkill - but then who's counting pixels.

And we're just getting started. Samsung, like Apple, takes camera technology very seriously and it's a toss up whether Samsung or Apple gets the best camera crown. Samsung offers a 16-megapixel shooter that produces excellent results. 

Samsung's Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge also fare well on performance, though the newer Apple phones perform better on some key benchmarks. 



A distinct iPhone-besting feature is the S6's and S6 Edge's fast charging, which gets you another four hours in about 10 minutes of charging. Other new notables include a pared down Android (read: less bloated) and a metal chassis design, which is a big step up from the plastic S5. The bottom line is the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge are the Android phones to beat.

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+: Like the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus, Samsung has a big/bigger duo. Except the tally for Samsung is four separate phones (see Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge above) versus two for Apple. The flat-screen
Galaxy Note 5 and dual-curved-edge S6 Edge+ offer a similar dynamic to the S6 and S6 Edge - except at a larger size, 5.7 inches. That said, there is one big difference: the Note 5 comes with Samsung's S Pen stylus (thus the "Note" branding). And the Note has a curved back, which the Edge+ doesn't have (the curved edges on the Edge+ intersect with a flat back). They both also offer good battery life.



Google Nexus 6P: Maybe the best Nexus phone yet. Huawei, the China-based manufacturer of the Nexus 6P, is on the rise and is now ranked as the No.3 global smartphone supplier behind Samsung and Apple, respectively, according to market researcher IDC's most recent data. The 6P, a collaboration with Google, is Huawei's first major product in the U.S and the first all-metal Nexus phone. It competes head on with the iPhone 6s Plus and Samsung Galaxy Note 5. Specs include a gorgeous AMOLED display, a Qualcomm octa-core (8 core) processor, 32GB of storage (base model), 3GB of RAM, and 12.3-megapixel (4K video) camera. The Nexus 6P has a good camera and a conveniently-positioned fingerprint reader on the back.

HTC One M9: HTC One M series phones are perennial favorites. The One M9 follows the well-received M8.  Like the M8, its metal design makes for one of the best-looking smartphones on the market. If you liked the M8 (which many reviewers did: ), the M9 is similarly attractive. The problem is, the competition has changed. But it's still a good phone (with a decent but not great camera) and HTC offers a no-questions-asked replacement policy in the first year of ownership.

Microsoft Lumia 950 XL: it would be remiss to leave Microsoft out of a top 10 list because they do make good phones. The challenge dogging Microsoft is that there are two practically-unassailable dominant platforms - Apple's iOS and Android. So, Microsoft phones are invariably relegated to also-ran status due to their small market share and lack of apps. That said, the recently-released Lumia 950 XL has a great camera, beautiful 5.7-inch AMOLED display, a fast processor, and a buttery smooth interface, courtesy of Windows 10 Mobile.



Moto G 2015: a good inexpensive smartphone. The 2015 version has a new design, water resistance, and improved camera. It's not the fastest smartphone you'll ever use but if you opt for the model a step above the entry level version, it's a good deal.



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25 Jul 2016 

Here's What Our Smartphone Obsession Looks Like ... In 26 Photos



One in every five people owns a smart phone. That's more than one billion people. Our devices have become an extension of ourselves; they are company in some of the most monumental, meaningful and intimate experiences of our lives. We bring them to the bathroom. We keep them near us while we sleep. We invite them to dinner. We clutch them tightly when we meet the Pope.

smartphone

Technology's pervasiveness seems innocuous at first. A five-minute walk with the dog on Vendas Mix Produtos a nature trail becomes a five-minute window to check email. A couple of scrolls through Instagram while Spike does his thing appears harmless, but we miss the little off-screen moments that make life better and even decrease our stress. (And sleeping with your phones is just a bad idea.)

We're only getting more hooked. Over the past half-decade, smartphone use has increased exponentially. Our reliance on these device has evolved too. Data in a 2012 report produced by the Pew Research Center revealed that 29 percent of American cell phone owners describe their phones as "something they can't imagine living without."

The way we experience all aspects of life -- from the mundane moments to the momentous -- has been changed. Our relationship with phones is a complicated one: They come with us everywhere we go, but they often lead us to be lonely or alone. They record every moment of our lives, but they pull us from living in those moments. We have yet to master the perfect balance of phone as an accessory and phone as a life source. The series of photos below illustrate the juxtaposition of life before phones were a continuation of our social identities and the unromantic present, where they seem to be just that.

President Bill Clinton leaves the White House, 1994

bill clintonPhoto: AP

President Barack Obama speaks at the Women's History Month reception at the White House, 2013

womens history month receptionPhoto: Getty

Passengers ride the subway, 1970

passengers nyc subwayPhoto: Getty

Passengers ride the subway, 2014

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Pope John Paul II visits St. Peter's Square in Rome, 1983

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Pope Francis visits Guidonia Montecelio near Rome, March 2014

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A woman walks a dog, 1923

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A woman walks a dog, 2014

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Girls catch sight of The Beatles, Los Angeles, 1964

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Girls catch sight of One Direction, London, 2013

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A group of women shares a meal, 1930

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A group of women shares a meal, 2013

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Attendees enjoy a David Bowie concert, 1973

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Attendees enjoy a Beyoncé Concert, 2013

beyonce concert crowdPhoto: AP

A man walks through the snow in London's St. James Park, 2007

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A woman walks through the snow in London's St James Park, 2010

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Matt Lauer greets fans outside NBC's Today Show, 1999

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Matt Lauer greets fans outside NBC's Today Show, 2013

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A man dines alone, 1959

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A man dines alone, 2014

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Women sit for manicures and beauty treatments, 1971

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A woman sits for a manicure, 2013

women getting pedicurePhoto: Getty

Fans stake out stars at the premiere of "Seven Years in Tibet," Los Angeles 1996

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Fans stake out stars at the premiere of "The Great Gatsby," 2014

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Malia and Sasha Obama stand together at the Inaugural Parade, 2009

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Malia and Sasha Obama sit together at the Inaugural Parade, 2013

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24 Jul 2016 

A Beginner's Guide To WhatsApp

If you're not one of the 450 million people in the world who already use WhatsApp, we're here to explain how it works.

WhatsApp is an SMS app for iPhone, BlackBerry, Android, Nokia and Windows phones that lets you text message, voice message, group chat, send photos and videos and share your location with friends. You cannot make phone calls through WhatsApp.



The app is completely free for the first year you use it, and it costs $0.99 per year for a "subscription" to the service after that. You can uninstall and/or reinstall the app, and you won't be charged again or lose your subscription. It uses Wi-Fi, 3G, 4G or LTE to connect and send messages. You can contact anyone else who has the app, anywhere around the world.

The app is clean, simple and has no ads. When you download it, contacts in your phone who also use WhatsApp will automatically appear under the "favorites" icon. You can send messages the same way you text, as well as do a few other things. Other than typical texting, here are your options when communicating with someone on WhatsApp:



what is whatsapp

Just like sending a drop pin in Apple Maps, you can share your location with someone via WhatsApp. Here's what shopping de ofertas it looks like when you do so:

what is whatsapp

Something else fun that you can do is create a name and an icon for a group chat:

what is whatsapp

You can also post a status that your friends will see when they scroll through their contacts. There are a bunch of pre-written ones to choose from, or you can write one yourself:

what is whatsapp

WhatsApp was first released in 2009 by former Yahoo employees Jan Koum and Brian Acton. Koum, who was once living off of food stamps, is now the CEO of the $19 billion company. Pretty impressive.





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24 Jul 2016 

Android and iOS Continue to Dominate the Worldwide Smartphone Market with Android Shipments Just Shy of 800 Million in 2013, According to IDC

FRAMINGHAM, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The smartphone market passed an important milestone in 2013 when

worldwide shipments surpassed the 1 billion mark for the first time,

driven by continued momentum from Android and iOS. According to the

International Data Corporation (IDC)

Worldwide

Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker
, Android and iOS accounted for 95.7%

of all smartphone shipments in the fourth quarter of 2013 (4Q13), and

for 93.8% of all smartphone shipments for the year. This marked a

4.5-point increase from the 91.2% share that the two platforms shared in

4Q12, and a 6.1-point increase from the 87.7% share they had in 2012.

"Clearly, there was strong end-user demand for both Android and iOS

products during the quarter and the year," says Ramon

Llamas
, Research Manager with IDC's Mobile

Phone
team. "What stands out are the different routes Android and

Apple took to meet this demand. Android relied on its long list of OEM

partners, a broad and deep collection of devices, and price points that

appealed to nearly every market segment. Apple's iOS, on the other hand,

relied on nearly the opposite approach: a limited selection of

Apple-only devices, whose prices trended higher than most. Despite these

differences, both platforms found a warm reception to their respective

user experiences and selection of mobile applications."

While smartphone market growth remained strong in 2013, it should be

noted that the era of double-digit annual growth has only a few years

remaining. In the meantime, handset vendors are doing all they can to

capture demand while it is still present. Worldwide smartphone marketing

campaigns continue to stay focused on flagship devices like the iPhone

5S, Galaxy Note 3, and the HTC One, yet research shows that consumer

buying is rapidly shifting toward products with significantly lower

price points.

"In 2013 we saw the sub-$200 smartphone market grow to 42.6% of global

volume, or 430 million units," said Ryan

Reith
, Program Director with IDC's Worldwide

Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker
. "While the market moves downstream

to cheaper products it makes sense for Samsung and others to continue

their marketing investments geared toward high-end products. These

efforts build crucial brand perception while having less expensive

alternatives that closely relate to these top products helps to close

the deal. Samsung has done exactly this with the 'Galaxy' line. The

family name is associated with Samsung's high-end products, yet there

are 'Galaxy' variants offered by Samsung at much lower price points than

the Note 3 and S4. This has been an important factor in how Samsung has

sustained its market lead."

Operating System Highlights

Android finished the year where it began: as the clear leader in

the smartphone operating system race. Samsung led all Android vendors

with a commanding 39.5% share of shipments for the year. Worth watching

is a crowded list of vendors jockeying for position in 2014, including

Huawei, LG, Lenovo, Coolpad, and Sony. Should Lenovo's bid to acquire

Motorola Mobility be realized, the new company will leap ahead of

Huawei, which was the number 2 Android vendor in 2013.

iOS posted the lowest positive growth for both the quarter (6.7%)

and for the year (12.9%), underperforming the overall market in both

instances. Although it remains wildly popular in the smartphone market,

Apple has been criticized for not offering a new low-cost iPhone nor a

large screen iPhone in 2013 to compete with other OEMs. IDC believes the

company will release a large-screen version in 2014, but will not

altogether abandon the smaller 4" screen version of previous models.



Windows Phone posted the largest increase for both the quarter

(46.7%) and the year (90.9%), with each nearly doubling the growth of

the overall market. Nokia easily led all vendors with 89.3% market

share, a testament to its expanding portfolio that addressed entry-level

all the way up to large-screen smartphones. What remains to be seen in

2014 is how Microsoft's acquisition of Nokia's smart devices will propel

volumes higher.

BlackBerry was the only operating system to realize negative

year-over-year change both for the quarter (-77.0%) and for the year

(-40.9%). Moreover, its legacy BB7 outpaced BB10 towards the end of the

year, definitely not the results that the company had hoped for when it

released BB10 in January. With new leadership, management, and a tighter

focus on the enterprise market, BlackBerry may in a better position, but

still finds itself having to evangelize the new platform to its user

base.

 

Top Five Smartphone Operating Systems, Shipments, and Market

Share, 4Q 2013 (Units in Millions)

 

Operating System

 

 

4Q13

Shipment

Volumes

 

 

4Q13 Market

Share

 

 

4Q12

Shipment

Volumes

 

 

4Q12 Market

Share



 

 

Year-Over-

Year Change

Android

226.1

78.1%

161.1

70.3%

40.3%

iOS

51.0

17.6%

47.8

20.9%

6.7%

Windows Phone

8.8

3.0%

6.0

2.6%

46.7%

BlackBerry

1.7

0.6%

7.4

3.2%

-77.0%

Others

2.0

0.7%

6.7

2.9%

-70.1%

Total

289.6

100.0%

229.0

100.0%

26.5%

 

Source: IDC Worldwide Mobile Phone Tracker, February 12, 2014

 

In addition to the table above, an interactive graphic showing average

selling price (ASP) for the top 4 smartphone operating systems over the

previous four years is available here.

The chart is intended for public use in online news articles and social

media. Instructions on how to embed this graphic can be found by viewing this

press release on IDC.com
.

 

Top Five Smartphone Operating Systems, Shipments, and Market

Share, 2013 (Units in Millions)

 

Operating System

 

 

2013

Shipment

Volumes

 

 

2013 Market

Share

 

 

2012

Shipment

Volumes

 

 

2012 Market

Share

 

 

Year-Over-

Year Change

Android

793.6

78.6%

500.1

69.0%

58.7%

iOS

153.4

15.2%

135.9

18.7%

12.9%

Windows Phone

33.4

3.3%

17.5

2.4%

90.9%

BlackBerry

19.2

1.9%

32.5

4.5%

-40.9%

Others

10.0

1.0%

39.3

5.4%

-74.6%

Total

1009.6

100.0%

725.3

100.0%

39.2%

 

Source: IDC Worldwide Mobile Ofertas Mix de Vendas Phone Tracker, February 12, 2014

 

About IDC Trackers

IDC

Tracker
products provide accurate and timely market size, vendor

share, and forecasts for hundreds of technology markets from more than

100 countries around the globe. Using proprietary tools and research

processes, IDC's Trackers are updated on a semiannual, quarterly, and

monthly basis. Tracker results are delivered to clients in user-friendly

excel deliverables and on-line query tools. The IDC Tracker Charts app

allows users to view data charts from the most recent IDC Tracker

products on their iPhone

and iPad.

For more information about IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone

Tracker, please contact Kathy Nagamine at 650-350-6423 or knagamine@idc.com.

About IDC

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market intelligence, advisory services, and events for the information

technology, telecommunications, and consumer technology markets. IDC

helps IT professionals, business executives, and the investment

community to make fact-based decisions on technology purchases and

business strategy. More than 1,000 IDC analysts provide global,

regional, and local expertise on technology and industry opportunities

and trends in over 110 countries. In 2014, IDC celebrates its 50th

anniversary of providing strategic insights to help clients achieve

their key business objectives. IDC is a subsidiary of IDG,

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can learn more about IDC by visiting www.idc.com.

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