smartphones

iF product design awards presented to several LG smartphones

Several of the Android smartphones from LG were presented with iF product design awards for 2013. In all, this list includes the Optimus Life, Lucid 4G, Optimus G, Optimus L7, Optimus L9 and Optimus LTE2. With the exception of the Optimus Life and the Optimus LTE2, these were all design awards in the smartphone category.

NVIDIA Phoenix smartphone platform revealed with Tegra 4i quad-core

Earlier today NVIDIA announced their all new Tegra 4i quad-core 4G LTE integrated mobile processor, but they weren't finished with their news. Last year NVIDIA released the KAI tablet platform which gave customers and OEMs a reference guide for which they could quickly design and release Tegra 3 tablets to the market for cheap, much like the Nexus 7 tablet for $199. Today they've announced the same plan for smartphones. Meet the NVIDIA "Phoenix" reference platform.

ABI study shows 800 million Android smartphones being used daily in 2013

A new study by ABI Research has been published showing some pretty impressive numbers for the green army we all know and love as Android. If you didn't think the Android platform was the king of smartphones before, you'll surely think so after reading these details. According to ABI, by the end of 2013 there will be 1.4 billion smartphones being used daily. And around 800 million will all be Google's Android.

BLU unleashes Quattro series with NVIDIA Tegra 3

BLU has some big plans to shake up the smartphone space, today introducing a new line of smartphones that come complete with NVIDIA Tegra 3 processors. The new series is called Quattro, and though it may not sound like anything special, one of the big draws of the line will be that the phones are offered unlocked at a rather inexpensive price. There are three devices in all: the Quattro 4.5, Quattro 4.5 HD, and Quattro 5.7 HD.

Dell waves goodbye to smartphone business

We don't see too much of Dell in the smartphone space these days, and it looks like that's only going to continue. The company has announced that it will be exiting the smartphone market entirely, as it wants to focus on its Windows PC and laptop business. Little surprise there, considering that Dell is a PC maker first, but it has dabbled in the smartphone space a few times in the past.

HTC partners with UEFA until 2015

HTC has been struggling a bit of lately, but the company has just signed a new partnership deal that's bound to bring in at least a few new customers. HTC has signed a three-year partnership deal with the Union of European Football Associations, making HTC "the official phone and tablet" of the UEFA. This partnership is schedule to run until the end of the 2014/2015 season.

MobileMount+ now seeking funding on Kickstarter

If you've ever wished you could attach your phone to a tripod or have a simple-yet-effective stand for your tablet, then you might want to head over to Kickstarter and toss a few dollars at the MobileMount+. We've heard of the MobileMount before, with the original netting more than $100,000 in a Kickstarter campaign, but now it's time for the MobileMount+ to shine. MobileMount+ is comprised of two suction cups and one threaded 1/4" 20 ball joint, meaning that simplicity is key here.

5-inch HTC M7 rumored for Q1 2013 with Snapdragon S4 Pro

HTC has made a pretty big push for the high-end market with the DROID DNA, but if new rumors are to be believed, the company isn't stopping there. Apparently HTC is planning to launch another high-end device called the HTC M7, which comes equipped with a 5-inch screen. That's the same screen size as the one on the DROID DNA, so it seems that five is the magic number for HTC.

Pioneer AV receivers get support for HTC Connect

If you happen to own both a Pioneer AV receiver from 2012 and a HTC smartphone, then starting today there's a chance you can use both of them together. Today Pioneer announced a firmware update for "all Pioneer 2012 networked audio video receiver models," that adds support for HTC Connect. This means that you can now use your HTC smartphone to stream music to your receiver.

Samsung projected to ship 61.5 million smartphones in Q4

The next few months will be big for a lot of companies, with Black Friday kicking off the holiday shopping season today. A lot of companies stand to make a lot of money from customers ready to hand over their cash, and it looks like Samsung will be one of these businesses benefiting from the holiday rush. A new projection from UBS pegs the Android manufacturer with a potential 61.5 million smartphone shipments during Q4.
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