Google are aiming to disrupt the smartphone game with Project Ara. Being announced some time ago before disappearing, Project Ara is back. This device will be a customizable smartphone. Google have been able to work through some of the issues and release a version for testing later this year. It is hoped that a version for consumers will be available next year.
HTC have announced a new flagship smartphone. Known at the 10 (Just 10, which seems to be a popular name at the moment), this is HTC’s best smartphone yet. The HTC 10 is what’s expected from a flagship smartphone. HTC has updated its smartphone and listened to what customers want. However, it’s not something that makes the user think “wow”.
The new Huawei P9 smartphone has been announced. Huawei aims to take on Samsung’s Galaxy S7 and LG’s G5. The looks aren’t much different to the P8. That’s fine because the design is stylish, simple and professional. A P9 Plus, a larger version, is also on the way.
It feels like it’s been a while since a smartphone company feels like it’s created a phone that’s different. LG G5 takes something people do anyway and made it a standard feature. People like to add features to their devices, from helpful battery power to connecting to speakers for better sound. Every phone user is different and has different wants to what extras their phone has. LG’s G5 ability to add modules to the device recognises the simple fact that many smartphone users (Especially Android users) love customization.
Apple’s recent event showed the company going smaller on the outside. The new iPhone SE and iPad Pro have fallen in size, a change from the previous releases of bigger devices. For some people, bigger devices are great, for others they’re not worth the hassle. Having the big device and then learning it doesn’t fit into your pocket or takes up too much room in your bag makes the extra size not so convenient. That’s what mobile devices are for, convenience and mobility.
The Samsung’s new Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge have been announced at the Mobile World Conference in Barcelona. There are some changes to the range and hardware compared to the previous Galaxy models, but the changes may not be enough to get you to upgrade in a hurry.
The Galaxy S7 has dimensions of 142.4 x 69.6 x 7.9mm and weighs 152g. This is heavier and thicker than the Galaxy S6, but the design is different. The Galaxy S7’s back has more of a curve and is narrower and shorter than the Galaxy S6. This design change will make the Galaxy S7 easier to hold.
In In a suprise move made today, Microsoft acquired SwiftKey, the software keyboard and its SDK. SwiftKey is used on over 300 million Android and iOS devices around the world. According to SwiftKey, the keyboard has saved nearly 10 trillion keystrokes, which translates to saving 100,000 years in typing time. Microsoft acquired SwiftKey for $250 million. SwiftKey was started eight years ago and never released a native app for Windows Phones.