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Introducing the BQ Aquaris E4.5: "the world's first Ubuntu phone"

Introducing the BQ Aquaris E4.5: "the world's first Ubuntu phone"

Canonical, the company behind the Linux-based Ubuntu open-source platform, has announced what it’s calling “the world’s first Ubuntu phone”.

The Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu Edition is being produced in partnership with Spanish electronics and software company BQ.

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Using smartphone components in wearable devices is damaging the user experience, claims ABI Research

ABI Research says consumers are suffering because conventional smartphone components are being used in smart watches, even when manufacturers claim otherwise.

Its ‘teardown’ service reports a lack of optimised smartwatch components, resulting in the end user experiencing sub-optimal battery life, unnecessary costs and a device that’s bulkier than it needs to be.

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Johan Lodenius of MediaTek talks about wearable devices, smartphone evolution and the importance of driving costs down

Podcast - 13th March 2014

This year's Mobile World Congress was notable for the number of product launches by handset manufacturers. To get a better understanding of smartphone manufacturing, we spoke to Johan Lodenius of semiconductor company MediaTek.

He gave us a simple overview of how 'fabless' manufacturing works, discussed developments in smartphones and wearable devices, contemplated the end of the PC era and talked about the importance of driving costs down.

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More than half of all new mobile devices will be running 64-bit processors in 2018, according to ABI Research

Even though the first mainstream 64-bit mobile processor was only launched towards the end of 2013, new figures from ABI Research show this type of chip will dominate the mobile market within the next five years.

Apple’s 64-bit A7 processor had been shipped in more than 36 million iPhones and iPads within the first three months of launch. It was followed by Intel, Marvell, MediaTek, Qualcomm and Nvidia all announcing their first 64-bit mobile processors at Mobile World Congress 2014.

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Qualcomm continues to lead the smartphone chip market

Strategy Analytics has published information about the major companies producing applications processors for smartphones during 2013.

It shows that Qualcomm remains the leading producer of smartphone processors and is also the second-largest tablet chip producer as well.

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