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  • New in-app photo printing SDK PRYYNT launches!

    28 May 2015, 12:10 pm by: Ewan

    Long term readers will know I am a huge fan of photo printing service Touchnote. This is an interesting move by London startup Pryynt — if they can make it a totally seamless service then I could imagine using this in my other apps. That will be the…
  • Classic Handsets: the Nokia 8800

    27 May 2015, 4:44 am by: Roland Banks

    As part of our classic handsets series, this week we’re taking a look at the old school Nokia 8800, a device that was widely praised at the time of its release for its luxury appearance and premium quality feel. The phone itself was originally available…
  • What’s next for mobile networks?

    25 May 2015, 6:01 am by: Roland Banks

    Many of us now have access to hi-speed 4G networks, with mobile operators around the world racing to roll out the latest flavours of the technology. But what comes next, and what will it mean for you and me? So-called fifth-generation or 5G networks are…
  • Mobile technology is improving life for those in developing nations

    22 May 2015, 4:00 am by: Roland Banks

    There are now billions of mobile Internet users on the planet, probably around a third of the total population. And when you consider desktop computers and laptops, the overall number of people who are able to get online is closer to 3 billion. So if you…
  • Essential Apps: Something Good to Read

    20 May 2015, 3:22 am by: Roland Banks

    If you’re anything like me, the constant interruptions of Twitter means that while it can still be a useful tool for news and updates, I have found that I’ve needed to turn off notifications just to be able to concentrate throughout the day. As one of…
  • Critical Kit: Philips Hue connected lightbulbs

    19 May 2015, 3:51 am by: Roland Banks

    As part of our Critical Kit series, this week we’re taking a short but enlightening look at the Philips Hue connected lightbulbs. While it could argue that they’re not exactly critical, the innovative and popular smart bulbs have certainly struck a…
  • Apps that changed the world: Candy Crush Saga

    15 May 2015, 4:01 am by: Roland Banks

    As part of our apps that changed the world series, today we’ll briefly highlight one of the most perennially popular apps that has taken the world by storm – Candy Crush. It’s not often that we focus on video games here on Mobile Industry Review, but…
  • Wearables Wednesday: the Garmin Vivoactive GPS smartwatch

    13 May 2015, 4:40 am by: Roland Banks

    The Apple Watch might be the wearable du jour at the moment, but there are plenty of other wearable devices that can do much of what Apple’s expensive smartwatches can, at least in terms of fitness and activity tracking. One of the most popular devices on…
  • ContractIQ’s app development report highlights latest mobile trends

    12 May 2015, 3:48 am by: Roland Banks

    Mobile app development is a way of life for thousands of independent developers, and also brings in massive revenues for all manner of companies, big and small. ContractIQ recently conducted a report on the state of app development, revealing some interesting…
  • Classic handsets: the Motorola StarTAC

    8 May 2015, 4:32 am by: Roland Banks

    In the latest of our series looking back at some of the classic mobile phones throughout the last few decades, we examine the phenomenon that was the Motorola StarTAC. Motorola StarTAC was the sexiest phone of its time In the mid 1990’s, before mobile…
  • New mobile site helps young voters cut through election bullsh!t

    6 May 2015, 2:30 am by: Roland Banks

    There is only one day left until election day, and there are apparently still plenty of people who are still on the fence. So come Thursday, it’s time to make a decision. A team at Code Computerlove is trying to help young electorates and first time…
  • News: Tesco Mobile ranked best mobile provider, EE left trailing​

    4 May 2015, 4:58 am by: Roland Banks

    The UK mobile market is undergoing huge changes at the moment, with consolidation rife and operators trying to attract more customers while also rolling out faster and more reliable 4G networks. Last month, Carphone Warehouse announced its new iD mobile…
  • Record iOS sales in China, plus latest smartphone OS statistics

    1 May 2015, 3:48 am by: Roland Banks

    With all the industry giants reporting their financials and smartphone sales over the last week or two, it’s a good time to take a brief look at recent data from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech, which shows that Apple’s iOS sales have reached an all-time high…
  • The origin and history of the touchscreen

    29 April 2015, 3:53 am by: Roland Banks

    It’s almost impossible to believe that only a few decades ago, touchscreen technology was the domain of science fiction movies. Now it’s almost impossible to imagine life without them – as they are a key part of every smartphone and tablet and…
  • We’re getting there with BT’s Quad-play and Google’s Project Fi

    28 April 2015, 3:25 am by: Ewan

    I am pleased to see the mobile operator trend toward commoditisation. Long term readers will recognise that I have a rather binary view on the mobile operator industry: Either innovate, or get out of the way. Sadly — and yes, I’m using broad brush strokes…
  • Classic handsets: the Motorola RAZR V3

    27 April 2015, 3:14 am by: Roland Banks

    For our classic handset series, we’re taking a brief trip down memory lane to examine the rather puzzling success of the Motorola RAZR – the ultra-thin (for the time) flip-phone that at one time, back in the mid-2000’s, was actually one of the…
  • Carphone Warehouse to launch iD mobile network in May

    25 April 2015, 2:05 am by: Roland Banks

    Do we really need another mobile phone operator in the UK? Carphone Warehouse believes we do, as it’s much-rumoured mobile network is about to be launched. Called “iD”, the new service will arrive in May and in fact be powered by Three’s network under…
  • So, who got an Apple Watch this morning?

    24 April 2015, 8:21 am by: Ewan

    My social channels are filled with shots of shiny new Apple Watches on very proud wrists. Sadly, I had no signal for 30-40 minutes on the pre-order morning and missed Apple’s artificial deadline to get the device today. 😉 I have to say that the photos I…
  • The best smartphone you’ve never heard of – Xiaomi’s Mi Note

    23 April 2015, 2:46 am by: Roland Banks

    The smartphone industry undergoes huge changes every few years, and even one-time giants have sadly been dethroned: Sony has almost given up on smartphones, HTC is struggling, and Nokia, once the largest phone manufacturer in the world, exited the business…
  • Critical Kit: Anker Astro Mini ultra-compact power bank

    20 April 2015, 2:54 am by: Roland Banks

    In this edition of our Critical Kit series, we take a quick look at an essential mobile accessory that anyone who owns a smartphone should find immensely useful – an external battery pack to charge your phone and get you through the day when you’re…
  • Apple Pay will heat up European mobile payments battle, mobile operators must respond to stay…

    18 April 2015, 7:46 am by: Roland Banks

    With Apple Pay and other mobile wallets gaining momentum, it seems that mobile operators face increasing challenges in staying relevant in terms of our mobile money. After all, would you rather use a payments service from Apple or Vodafone? A new report…
  • Wearables Wednesday: anticipating the Apple Watch

    15 April 2015, 7:04 am by: Roland Banks

    It’s Wearables Wednesday again, and once more, it’s unfortunately almost impossible this month without mentioning the elephant in the room – the Apple Watch. So once again we have succumbed to the temptation to add to the countless thousands of pages…
  • Apps that changed the world: Twitter

    13 April 2015, 7:44 am by: Roland Banks

    In our series in apps that changed the world, perhaps the most obvious candidates are social media sites and apps such as Facebook and Twitter. Twitter has arguably had more of an impact on the way we use our mobiles, and reporting and influence on world…
  • The wearables boom is all about the wrist

    10 April 2015, 5:46 am by: Roland Banks

    A boom in wearables? Since the tablet market has decline somewhat in recent years, many people have predicted wearables to be the net big thing in the technology and mobile industry. With the Apple Watch about to go on sale today, all the signs are pointing to…
  • 9 urban myths about mobile phones

    9 April 2015, 3:53 am by: Roland Banks

    In this post, we’ll take a look at a few common (and many astoundingly unbelievable) urban myths about mobile phones. There have been lots of great stories and misconceptions about mobiles over the past few years, so here’s just a quick summary of the…

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