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How AI technology is transforming the smartphone experience

From improved performance to personalized recommendations, AI is enhancing the functionality and usability of smartphones for users

By incorporating advanced algorithms and machine learning capabilities, AI can help to optimize a smartphone's performance, providing users with a faster, more efficient and user-friendly experience.
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European smartphone shipments fall to lowest Q1 total since 2013

A new report from Counterpoint Research's Market Monitor service shows European smartphone shipments dropping by 12% year-on-year in the first quarter of 2022. That's the lowest Q1 total since 2013.
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Qualcomm legal action moves forward in the UK

Qualcomm legal action moves forward in the UK

Which? seeks payout for Samsung and Apple smartphone owners

Consumer protection organisation Which? has been given permission by the UK's Competition Appeal Tribunal to represent Apple and Samsung smartphone buyers in a legal case against chip manufacturer Qualcomm.
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Google announces new devices

Google announces new devices

Pixel Watch, smartphones, earbuds and more

Google's 2022 I/O conference for developers has seen the company previewing new products, including its Pixel 7 smartphone, a Pixel tablet and the first smartwatch entirely built by Google.
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UK advertising watchdog says Tesco Mobile ads were offensive

UK advertising watchdog says Tesco Mobile ads were offensive

The Advertising Standards Authority has ruled that a number of recent Tesco Mobile advertisements were likely to cause "serious and widespread offence".

Newspaper ads, digital outdoor posters and a Twitter post were investigated after 52 complaints.
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Monday, January 13, 2014

Last week at The Fonecast: 13th January 2014

Arrivals, departures... and a little confusion

Mark Bridge writes:

Farewell for another year, dear old International CES. The Las Vegas-based consumer electronics show is but a fading memory as the mobile industry starts preparing for next month’s GSMA Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

However, what happened in Vegas doesn’t stay in Vegas. Most of the big mobile manufacturers had something to say. Samsung revealed four new tablets and also introduced the new ‘Samsung Smart Home’ service. ZTE came up with new smartphones and a handful of other mobile-related equipment. Sony added two new models to its Xperia Android smartphone range and talked about wearable devices. Google is aiming to get Android into Audi, GM, Honda and Hyundai cars. And Bullitt Mobile revealed the rugged Cat B100 mobile phone, proving that the featurephone isn’t dead... even if you try to drown it or bury it.

On the subject of departures, we we’re saying goodbye to the O2 Wallet, which is closing after around 18 months. UK mobile phone recycling business Cash4phones has filed for insolvency, leaving hundreds of people without their old phones or any money. Meanwhile Intel said it plans to drop the McAfee name for its online security products.

Security was also in the air at Samsung. A university in Israel had identified what it described as “a critical vulnerability” in devices that used the Samsung Knox security system. But things aren’t always what they seem. Samsung now says the so-called vulnerability was actually a ‘man in the middle’ attack that could affect any Android device. Oh, and its Knox hardware/software combination works fine, thank you.

Time for a few numbers now. EE was celebrating the two millionth 4G connection in the UK, as well as doing a deal (along with Vodafone) to provide mobile coverage in the Channel Tunnel. Technically in one of the Channel Tunnels because French networks already provide service in the other. . Apple says customers spent over £6 billion last year in its App Store. Strategy Analytics reckons 4G will account for half of all mobile connections in the USA by the end of this year. And Juniper Research says consumers are likely to spend £430 billion by shopping via mobile devices in 2018.

Finally, time for another mention of Mobile World Congress. There’s still time to sponsor one of our podcasts from Barcelona, which is a great way of associating your company with the event – and keeping it there long after the delegates have gone home. Click here if you’d like to know more about the opportunities we’re offering.

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