Is this the future of smartphones? So far the biggest innovations we’ve seen in mobile this year have been bigger screens and smaller bezels, but Chinese manufacturer ZTE has raised the bar with its Axon M, the first foldable handset with a dual display, suggesting a host of potential uses.
You could browse the web on one screen and compose an email on the other perhaps, or watch Netflix on one display while Twitter scrolls across the second one. Both screens are 5.2 inches diagonally, combining to make a 6.75-inch, 1,920 x 2,160 panel with the two displays both facing forward (admittedly with a large join in the middle).
Maybe the Axon M will be most useful for productivity apps, allowing you to type away on a document in landscape mode without obscuring three-quarters of the screen with a keyboard. ZTE says a three-finger swipe sends apps between screens, or you can have them configured to act like one whole display.
Games could also benefit from the dual-screen approach, as with the Nintendo DS family of devices, and if you set the phone up in a tent shape you can play against a friend sat opposite, one screen each. That kind of experience will need some effort on the part of developers, though.
The average American clicks, taps or swipes on their smartphone screen more than 2,600 times a day – and the heaviest users touch their device more than 5,400 times.
The birth of the smartphone has sparked an addiction among many people, however, an ex-Google employee has revealed that going gray could help curb habit.
By setting the screen of your handset to grayscale, users might not be so compelled to check their device – this is because certain colors used by apps, like red and bright blue, subconsciously make us excited to reach for our phones.
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By setting the screen of your handset to grayscale, users might feel checking the device is less appealing – this is because some of the colors, like red and bright blue, subconsciously make us excited to reach for our phones
Last year, the Smoovie stabilizer launched on Kickstarter promising smartphone and GoPro users the ability to shoot super-smooth video thanks to its magnetic gimbal. Now, after shipping that product to backers, the team behind it is back with the MiniRig, which adds lighting and audio features, along with improved stabilization. read more
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The Nokia 3310 – one of the most popular cell phones in the world just after the turn of the millennium (along with its variations) – is having a surprising resurgence in popularity, amidst reliable rumors that Nokia will re-introduce a modernized version of the phone at the Mobile World Congress later this month. read more
Sony has launched a new waterproof android smartphone.
The Xperia Z Ultra can be used underwater up to a depth of 1.5m, even allowing people to take pictures and film video in full HD below the surface, the company said.
Launching it today, Sony claimed the handset, which has a 6.4-inch screen, has the biggest display and is the thinnest large-screen smartphone on the market.
The Xperia Z Ultra can be used underwater, even allowing people to take pictures and film video in full HD below the surface
Sony claimed the handset, which has a 6.4-inch screen, has the biggest display and is the thinnest large-screen smartphone on the market
Calum MacDougall, Sony’s director of Xperia marketing, said: ‘The Xperia Z Ultra is the most exciting revolution in large-screen smartphone entertainment devices with both the slimmest and largest full HD smartphone display in the world that is second to none.’
The phone will include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor which Sony says is the world’s fastest processor.
The screen also features handwriting recognition software that allows it to be used with pencil or stylus.
The Sony SmartWatch 2 SW2, a ‘second screen’ for any Android phone worn on the wrist
Sony says it will allow people to remotely handle calls, read emails, alter the volume on their music and even take pictures
The phone was launched today at the Mobile Asia Expo in Shanghai, alongside the Sony SmartWatch 2 SW2, a ‘second screen’ for any Android phone worn on the wrist.
Sony say it will allow people to remotely handle calls, read emails, alter the volume on their music and even take pictures remotely using a built-in camera app.
A cure for sausage fingers: Clip-on tips which spell an end to smartphone typos
Do your fat fingers mean you make embarrassing spelling mistakes when you tap out a text on your phone?
If so, help is – literally – at hand, in the form of supplementary tips for your fingers.
The new accessory, called Tech Tips, come in different sizes to fit on to fingertips of any width and even over thick gloves – providing perfect contact with phones and tablets.
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Fat-fingered texters can save their blushes with a fingertip extension that makes using a touchscreen much easierThe product, available in packs of four priced $9.99 (£6.30) from www.usetechtips.com, proved a hit at the Consumer Electronic Show 2013 in Las Vegas.
And they’re already being snapped up by touchscreen phone and tablet users from around the world struggling to get to grips with the technology.
The creation is the brainchild of Sri Vellanki, who came up with the idea after finding it tough to use her iPhone with long fingernails.
If you don’t fancy the Tech Tips on the end of your fingers, you can buy gloves that are specially made to interact with your smartphone’s touchscreen
Ms Vellanki, originally from India but now living in Montana, USA, said: ‘I got my first iPhone in 2011 and I was having problems because it always had to make skin contact and my nails didn’t work.
‘I thought I could make an electrically conductive nail polish and easily fix the problem but it turned out to be more complicated than that.
‘So I figured out what had to be done to make a very small stylus that was comfortable, economical and extremely accurate.
‘I had a working prototype based on guitar fingerpick within a month and it took me about a year from that point to get the first Tech Tips styluses manufactured.
‘I used a mechanical engineering firm to help bring my prototype into a product that could be manufactured easily.
‘I had 3D prototypes done to make sure that Tech Tips were comfortable and made to fit different sized hands, from those of a young child to a large man.
‘We even have large enough sizes to fit over a glove so that you can actually text without taking your glove off. There are six sizes from XS to XXL.
‘So far we have had loads of interest and a fantastic response at the Consumer Electronic Show 2013 in January which is where we launched our products.
‘Everyone from large retailers, educational institutions and large corporations showed significant interest.
She added: ‘The nail had to look nice, I didn’t want women to have to compromise.’