The foldable Samsung Galaxy X – coming soon-ish – an annotated infographic

Samsung has begun mass production of the world’s first foldable smartphone: the Galaxy X. The device will open up to show two internal screens butted close together, forming a tablet-sized computer. The idea of a foldable smartphone has been rumoured for some time and a series of leaks emerging from Asia has fuelled internet speculation about the much-delayed project. The Galaxy X is tipped to be unveiled at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, in February 2019. Click on the graphic for an expanded view. Continue reading The foldable Samsung Galaxy X – coming soon-ish – an annotated infographic

Smartphone global market share 2014 – #Samsung down, everyone else up – an annotated infographic

Short and sweet today – unless you happen to be a major shareholder in Samsung. According to the latest figures, comparing smartphone market share from the last quarter of 2014 with the same period in 2013, the major players all increased market share, apparently at the expense of Samsung. The Korean kopy kat saw its smartphone market share slide almost 9 per cent, down to 20 per cent overall, with its mobile division posting a wallet-troubling 64 per cent decline in profits. Saying that, it still trousered a cosy $1.8 billion so, you know. Apple market share increased, natch, to … Continue reading Smartphone global market share 2014 – #Samsung down, everyone else up – an annotated infographic

#Google announces Project Ara, the really smart smartphone – an annotated infographic

Project Ara is a modular cell phone that can be customised by swapping out individual pieces, such as the battery or camera. The intention is that instead of buying a new smartphone, users can simply upgrade out-of-date elements or replace malfunctioning components. In this way, the Ara could have a useful working life of five or six years. Of course, any half-decent piece of equipment should have a shelf life of at least that amount of time, but other factors prevail, such as obsolescence-inducing OS upgrades. With a $50 base price, Ara could bring smartphones to the six billion people … Continue reading #Google announces Project Ara, the really smart smartphone – an annotated infographic

#BlackBerry share price rollercoaster ride halted by Fairfax private sale – an annotated graphic

The news that Fairfax Financial Holdings has struck a $4.7 billion deal with BlackBerry to take the “troubled smartphone maker”(TM) private is now expected to bring to an end the *ahem* eventful performance of BlackBerry’s share price on the Toronto Stock Exchange. Five years after a share price peak of $150 per share, the Fairfax deal represents approximately $9 per share, a mere six per cent of that peak price. Those canny investors that got out in 2008 at the peak have doubtless been patting themselves wholeheartedly on the back (and wallet) ever since. Click on the graphic for an … Continue reading #BlackBerry share price rollercoaster ride halted by Fairfax private sale – an annotated graphic