Tag: smartphone

Top Canadian mobile stories from the past week

Every week we bring you the latest in Canadian mobile news. Listed below is a quick overview of the top stories from the past seven days: Welcome to MobileSyrup 3.0 [Read here] Intel’s Project Alloy Hands-on: Shooting drones in merged reality [Read here] BlackBerry partners with Giuliani security consulting firm [Read here] A look at…

HTC U Ultra vs. HTC U Play vs. HTC 10: What’s the difference?

This is a new direction for HTC, again. HTC unveiled two new smartphones with the core premise of bringing you into the device, specifically leaving the “Be Brilliant” tag line behind and ushering in “It’s all about U.” Two new smartphones, the HTC U Ultra and the HTC U Play, with a 5.7-inch and 5.2-inch…

LG says your ‘ideal smartphone’ will come to life, teases G6 unveiling

LG has already confirmed its next flagship smartphone will be called the G6, which follows its G5, G4, G3 and G2 predecessors. It’s already known that the G6 will feature a 5.7-inch 1440 x 2560 pixel display and shed its modular dreams. To keep enticing the masses and bring on new friends, LG has already…

Rogers is giving 2GB of free data to select customers

Rogers has over 10 million wireless subscribers and it seems to be in the giving mood. To start 2017 on the right foot, Rogers has been sending select customers a text message offering up 2GB of free data. The text simply states, “To say thanks, 2GB of data has been added to your account. Happy…

ZTE to let fans name winning Project CSX device

Smartphone manufacturer ZTE has started accepting name ideas for the winner of Project CSX, during which the company asked its customers to submit ideas for what they think will be the next great mobile device. The company announced the winner of Project CSX this past October. The winner of the contest was an eye-tracking, self-adhesive phone….

5 things you can do with your old smartphone

If you’ve recently upgraded your phone but you weren’t offered enough for your old device to make a trade-in worthwhile, that doesn’t mean your old device has to go to waste. We demand versatility from smartphones today so there are several ways that a previous-generation device can be useful long after it becomes too dated…

Cloud startup Financeit scoops up former Capital One Finance Director as its new CFO

The trend of Bay street moguls trying their hand at startup life continues to grow as Financeit captures a finance veteran of its own. Financeit is a cloud-based startup that allows companies to offer financing options to their customers. Ian Hanning, the former Senior Director of Finance at Capital One has just joined Financeit as the startup’s Chief…

HTC teases HTC Desire 10 in promo videos for September 20th launch

HTC is at it again with the hyper short promo video tweets, this time advertising its forthcoming HTC Desire 10 line. The Desire 10 Pro and Desire 10 Lifestyle, first leaked by tipster Evan Blass, are set to be budget-friendly offerings to complement the well-specced but pricey HTC 10. While Blass didn’t get a good…

Worldwide smartphone shipments are approaching a standstill, says IDC report

According to a recent report by the research firm IDC, smartphone sales may soon veer into a decline. Worldwide smartphone sales are poised to reach $1.46 billion by in 2016, facilitating a year over year growth of 1.6 percent based on the latest research from the IDC Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker. While these numbers…

BMO allows customers to open accounts from their smartphone

The Bank of Montreal has introduced a service that allows users to open a chequing or savings account through their smartphone, rather than going to a branch. “Mobile is increasingly important for customers to address their banking needs, and this service is another way we’re using our digital capabilities to empower our customers and simplify…

BlackBerry VP Lindsay Gibson heads to cloud-based mobile carrier TextNow

A former BlackBerry executive has fled to the startup world as Lindsay Gibson becomes the chief operations officer of the Waterloo-based TextNow. TextNow offers affordable wireless plans through their cloud-based technology, and recently opened up an office in San Francisco. At BlackBerry, Gibson served as the vice president of Manufacturing and Supply Chain where she…

Google rumoured to be working on two new Nexus smartwatches

In addition to releasing new Nexus smartphones at an unknown date, Google is also rumoured to be building two new Android Wear devices. The Angelfish and the Swordfish, as they’ve reportedly been dubbed, will likely be debuted following the release of Google’s rumoured Nexus phones. According to Android Police, the larger watch has been nicknamed the Angelfish…

HTC and Huawei decline as new players in Chinese smartphone market emerge

Recent reports are showing some changes in the Chinese smartphone market as its current leader Huawei may be slipping into a decline. TrendForce has lowered its projections for Huawei’s production to 199 million units, though this figure still represents an annual growth rate of about 10 percent. In addition, the projected sales of its competitors…

Lenovo and YouTuber Megan McCarthy demonstrate bendable tablet and wrist phone

Today at Lenovo Tech World, the company employed YouTube star Megan McCarthy  to demonstrate a bendable tablet and a smartphone that bends to serve as a wristwatch. To showcase the prototype, Dr. Peter Hortensius referred to McCarthy, who wrapped a phone around her wrist to make it resemble a wristwatch. Immediately after, the YouTube personality took…

Total mobile data usage in the U.S. and Canada will grow 35 percent through 2021

It’s no surprise that mobile data usage has exploded since smartphones transitioned from a luxury to a necessity. However, according to a recent Ericsson Mobility Report, internet usage in North America is also driven largely by mobile use. According to the report, almost 80 percent of Canadians and Americans use a smartphone to go online weekly, and…

Study indicates smartphone sales will continue to decline

Year after year, consumers are told the same thing. Smartphone sales have just doubled; Tripled; Quadrupled! The drastic increase in mobile phone ownership isn’t news, but the gradual slow down of that growth is quickly becoming a point of contention for the industry. While smartphone sales continued to experience positive growth this past quarter, several factors indicate…

Google Chrome hits 1 billion monthly mobile users

Today during Google I/O 2016, Google vice president of developer products Jason Titus announced that Chrome on mobile has reached 1 billion monthly users. Titus explained that the development group at Google is constantly working to get Google products into as many users hands as possible. “We are constantly finding ways to use new and…

CIBC’s new app lets lets Canadians apply for a mortgage with their smartphone

Live Labs, CIBC’s innovation lab at the MaRs Discovery District, is cooking up some interesting projects these days. Among these is the just released CIBC Hello Home, an app that allows Canadians to apply for a mortgage through their smartphones. “CIBC is at the forefront of developing and implementing mobile-driven solutions that address the clear shift in…