A report recently released by research firm Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP) shows Google’s Android operating system dominating the U.S. market. Android grabbed 53 percent of all smartphone activations for the said time period while iOS only had 42 percent smartphone activations. Windows Phone and   BlackBerry OS only have 1 percent each while basic phone activations stood at 3 percent. The CIRP data only shows activations and not on the actual number of devices running on Android and iOS. If the actual number were included...

When it comes to choosing smartphone brands consumers will usually go with what is popular. The choices usually consist of Samsung, LG, Sony, Motorola, and HTC just to name a few. Then there are other lesser known brands such as Gionee, iOcean, Oppo, Meizu, and Xiaomi. The last company in particular is quite interesting as it has been operating for only 3 years and is currently the 4th biggest brand in China and even has two models in the top ten global best-selling smartphone list as of February 2014. Those living outside of China might...

When choosing a home automation or security system one of the main factors to consider is its ease of use. It really won’t be a good product if the average consumer is going to have a hard time setting it up and using it. This is one of the reasons why several of these devices have not been selling well in the market. A new campaign over at Indiegogo aims to change this by providing a system that almost everyone is familiar with while offering a whole lot more. Meet the ALYT, described as the “the first Android-based self-learning...

Xiaomi has long been expected to launch a new tablet. And according to a new teaser posted by the company, this tablet could be finally unveiled on the 23rd of April. The teaser only reveals the side of the tablet which looks uncannily familiar to the Apple Wireless Keyboard and one of the Lenovo Yoga tablets, which could raise an eyebrow or two at the time of launch. April 23 is also when the OnePlus One is expected to be announced, so it seems like we might be in for a very busy Wednesday. Xiaomi has been building significant interest...

The HTC Desire 610 smartphone was unveiled back in late February by HTC along with the Desire 816. With the two smartphones making the rounds in Asia for a while now, HTC has finally decided to launch the Desire 610 in the UK for £235 ($394). This is only a pre-order listing for now and stocks won’t start arriving until early May, so reserve a unit now if you want to be the first to get it. The pricing is fairly aggressive for a midrange device and it seems like HTC is learning from its past mistakes. The Desire 816 has been very...

We recently saw a winner of the OnePlus Photomania contest posting some pictures taken from the upcoming smartphone revealing a decent and very capable sensor on board. Today, we’re coming across more sample images taken by another contest winner in a slightly different atmosphere. The images shown off here reveal decent performance in sunny conditions and also reveal the bokeh effect with macro shots which has become a prerequisite with mobile cameras these days. Overall, this gives us a better idea of what to expect from this...

The gap between smartphones and digital cameras is soon about to get thinner as HTC predicts smartphones will be getting an optical zoom feature. An optical zoom is a true zoom feature that uses lenses to zoom in or out of a subject. It is much better than the digital zoom feature that current smartphones use which uses software to enlarge a photo and will often result in pixelatation. With optical zoom present in smartphones it will now be able to compete against digital SLRs. HTC’s Symon Whitehorn says that it is possible that...

Despite talk of a delay in the rollout of the Sony Xperia Z2 in the UK, retailers in the region have managed to start shipping out devices today. This comes on the back of reports which suggested that shortage in components is causing Sony to push back the launch to May. This perk however could only be limited to customers who pre-ordered the smartphone early and not those who have placed orders recently. So this doesn’t come as confirmation of Sony resolving its supply issues just yet. But it’s good to see that Sony and...