The sprawling, sometimes chaotic and mostly software-focused nature of Google's I/O keynote yesterday was a clear refection of the search giant's current and future strategy. Importantly, Google's I/O keynote showed that the company plans to build only the software layer for the next generation of consumer and enterprise services, not the hardware. And that's what sets the company apart from its closest rivals, Apple and Microsoft.
According to a new survey conducted by Accenture, fully 40 percent of Americans would prefer a phablet--a smartphone with a screen of between 5 and 7 inches--instead of a smaller phone. However, that number among Chinese survey respondents shot to 66 percent.
A pair of reports today offered a much clearer glimpse at the smart watch Apple is widely expected to begin selling later this year. According to separate reports from the Wall Street Journal and Reuters, Apple will begin producing its smart watch, widely dubbed the iWatch, within the next few months and will begin selling the gadget in September or October. According to the reports, the watch will come in several different sizes, including one with a 2.5-inch screen, and it will feature a touchscreen, up to 10 sensors to track body activities like heart rate, and will be built mainly by Taiwan's Quanta Computer.
Amazon failed to convince industry experts it can compete against Apple and Samsung in the smartphone space after it unveiled its first device--the Fire--on Wednesday.
Apple's iOS-based smartphones dominate video viewing, representing 60 percent of mobile video views in the United States alone, a new report says. But Android-based smartphones hold sway for video viewers in Latin America, at 53 percent.
Apple's much-rumored smart watch is expected to be released in the fourth quarter and will be highly tied to health monitoring, according to a New York Times report.
Apple fans have long suffered from large-screen envy as the smartphone maker has resisted the urge to increase the screen-size of its iconic iPhone. But rumors are that the Cupertino, Calif., company is close to giving in to temptation with plans for an iPhone 6 whose screen could run as large as 5.5 inches, with a smaller variant that might be offered simultaneously coming in at 4.7 inches. But along with larger screens could come higher wireless data consumption, which mobile operators, depending upon their network's capabilities, may meet with cheers or jeers.
Google is planning to follow Apple in the mobile health monitoring market and will launch a service called Google Fit to collect and aggregate data from fitness trackers and health apps, according to a Forbes report.
Samsung Electronics unveiled two new high-end tablets to challenge Apple's iPad and lined up strong U.S. carrier support for the gadgets.
An uptick in U.S. wireless customers using device financing plans has led to an increase in sales of the more expensive Apple iPhone 5s among customers who activated iPhones, according to a new report from Consumer Intelligence Research Partners.