Google IO 2016 Coverage

LG G4 bests Samsung, Apple in latest Consumer Reports’ testing


With both the LG G2 and LG G3, Samsung and Apple have increasingly had to deal with a smartphone competitor that more and more consumers are taking a look at and opting to buy. Although LG may not be meeting internal sales expectations with the LG G4, the phone is still a hit and attracting a lot of attention from buyers. That interest may increase after a recent report from Consumer Reports that ranked the LG G4 ahead of the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Apple iPhone 6 on performance testing. Read more

Galaxy S6 takes first place in real world speed test, beating out LG’s G4 and the iPhone 6

Samsung_Galaxy_S6_LG_G4_Cameras_01_TAA new massive benchmark from Tom’s Guide has put six of the best performing smartphones on the market against each other to see which phone came out on top in a variety of situations. The tests measured everything from real-life performance and tasks you’d typically do on your smartphone every day, to gaming and other benchmarks. The test measured the Samsung Galaxy S6, LG G4, HTC One M9, Google Nexus 6, Asus Zenfone 2, and Apple iPhone 6, so there’s a very wide variety of hardware here. Read more

Samsung (and Apple) are looking into dual-camera technology


While HTC has been tinkering with dual-camera setups for a while now, with itsĀ One M8 smartphone featuring Ultra-Pixel technology (before abandoning it for the One M9), it hasn’t really caught on. While it was praised for delivering good quality low-light images, HTC‘s take on the dual-camera was lacking when compared to its competitors singular sensors with a higher Mega-Pixel count. That doesn’t mean there isn’t a future for a dual-camera setup though, as there are reports that both Samsung and Apple are looking into the technology for use with future handsets. China’s Huawei is also getting in on dual-camera technology, with its Honor 6 Plus handset making use of the ‘bokeh‘ effect.

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Apple’s ‘Move to iOS’ app seeks to peel people away from Android


The battle to switch users from competing platforms will intensity with the arrival of Apple’s Move to iOS app. The app, as the name suggets, will transfer just about everything in some form from an Android device to an iOS device. This includes contacts, messages, photographs and videos, songs, and books. Really, Apple will handle it all for you. Paid apps, however, will have to be purchased once again and Apple will pin them to a user’s iTunes Wish List.

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Spotify’s pricing not sitting still after Apple Music announcement


The biggest announcement to come out of Apple’s WWDC 2015 keynote was the debut of Apple Music, a new music streaming service with various elements that will be available on Android. The pricing, considering what Apple Music offers, is very good. A single person can use Apple Music for $9.99 per month while $14.99 per month supports up to six people. Spotify and some of the other services facing Apple, though, do not even compare when it comes to the family plan price.

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Smartphone sales up 19% in first quarter of 2015 thanks to emerging markets

smartphonesSmartphone sales saw a sizable growth during the first quarter of 2015, which Gartner says is due to an increase of smartphone sales in emerging markets. This makes sense, since smartphone sales have somewhat slowed down in the bigger markets, so many companies are attacking the smaller areas where not everyone has a smartphone already.

Emerging markets saw a roughly 40% increase during Q1, helping smartphones reach sales of 336 million units. Key regions included Eastern Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, and the Asian/Pacific market. Read more