Police Seize Smartphone In Arson Attack

Police seize smartphone in arson attack

Investigative sources say police in Japan have seized a smartphone after searching the home of the suspect in the deadly arson attack at an animation studio in Kyoto.

Police entered the apartment unit where Shinji Aoba lives in Saitama, near Tokyo, on Friday. The sources say the smartphone believed to belong to Aoba was among the confiscated items, and police intend to analyze the device in hopes of determining a motive. The sources say Kyoto Animation products were also seized in the raid.

Further Details On Sony's Alleged Hexa Camera Smartphone Emerges

Further details on Sony's alleged hexa camera smartphone emerges

A week ago we reported on a wild rumour that Sony might be planning to launch an Xperia smartphone with a total of six cameras on the rear. The news isn't completely in the realms of fantasy as Sony has confirmed previously that it is partnering with Light to develop multi-camera smartphones in the future.

Is Sony Really Prepping A Smartphone With Six Rear Cameras?

Is Sony really prepping a smartphone with six rear cameras?

Some very surprising news emerged yesterday suggesting that Sony is working on a new Xperia smartphone that would have a total of six cameras on its rear, and two on the front. The news came from Twitter leaker Max J (@Samsung_News_) who has a good track record of leaks.

Sony May Launch Foldable Smartphone Under Xperia F Brand

Sony May Launch Foldable Smartphone Under Xperia F Brand


Could Sony be jumping on the foldable smartphone bandwagon as well? A rumor out of China appears to think so. Despite the fact that Sony is exiting the smartphone market in all but four regions, it’s believed that the company may launch its first foldable smartphone under the Xperia F brand.

According to a report out of China, we may see Sony launch its first foldable smartphone in 2020 with the Xperia F moniker. The F would understandably stand for “foldable.” It’s also claimed that the device is going to use Samsung’s flexible OLED display panel, presumably the same one what we saw on Samsung’s own foldable smartphone, the Galaxy Fold.

Sony's Smartphone Shipments Fell To Record Lows In Q1 2019

Sony's Smartphone Shipments Fell To Record Lows In Q1 2019


As some of you might be aware, Sony hasn’t been having the greatest of runs in the smartphone market for the past couple of years. This has been reflected in the company’s shipments for the previous quarter. Sony’s smartphone shipments fell to a record low in the first quarter of this year.

The company had previously forecasted shipments of 10 million units for the fiscal year ending March 2019. It later revised this figure down to 9 million and later to 7 million. It was revised once again in January this year to 6.5 million. That’s how many smartphones Sony has been able to ship in Q1 2019.

Sharp Shows Off Prototype Vertically Foldable Smartphone

Sharp Shows Off Prototype Vertically Foldable Smartphone

In 2019, we saw the official launch of the foldable smartphone concept where companies such as Samsung and Huawei have come forward with foldable smartphone concepts of their own. Clearly they are not alone and according to a recent video, it looks like Sharp could be interested in such devices as well.

The video above shows off a prototype from Sharp in which instead of a display folding outwards vertically like we’ve seen from Samsung and Huawei, Sharp has opted for a display the folds vertically. The display in question is said to measure 6.18-inches with a resolution of 1440×3040.

Sony's Smartphone Workforce To Be Reduced By 50 Percent

Sony's Smartphone Workforce To Be Reduced By 50 Percent


Sony has been finding it difficult to compete in the intense smartphone market. It has become a three-way fight in the premium segment between Samsung, Huawei, and Apple. On the other hand, there are many strong competitors in the mid-range and budget segments. Sony has been trying hard to maintain its footing but it hasn’t been able to do that very well and that will result in its smartphone business workforce being reduced by 50 percent come 2020.

According to reports, Sony will cut up to half of its smartphone workforce as it battles with declining sales amid strong competition. Sony has seen its smartphone market share fall considerably over the past few years, it’s under 1 percent currently.

Sony To Halve Smartphone Workforce By 2020

Sony to halve smartphone workforce by 2020

Sony will be cutting up to 50 percent of its smartphone employees by 2020 in order to turn a profit, according to a report from Nikkei. The news puts into context yesterday's news around Sony merging its mobile, imaging and TV divisions, as well as closing its Beijing smartphone factory.

Nintendo's Most Successful Smartphone Game Is 'fire Emblem Heroes'

Nintendo's Most Successful Smartphone Game Is 'Fire Emblem Heroes'

Nintendo has launched several mobile games to date, a very different change in pace compared to several years ago when the company was adamant about not launching games on mobile. Turns out it was a great decision because according to the latest data from Sensor Tower (via AppleInsider), Fire Emblem Heroes has made the company a lot of money.

If the data is accurate, Fire Emblem Heroes has reportedly made Nintendo a whopping $500 million to date. This makes it the most successful mobile game that Nintendo has launched so far. This is versus other Nintendo titles such as Super Mario Run which only made $68 million to date (which Nintendo had previously expressed some disappointment at), along with Dragalia Lost and Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp which made $74 million and $70 million respectively.

Pioneer Wants To Turn Your Smartphone Into An In-dash Car Display

Pioneer Wants To Turn Your Smartphone Into An In-Dash Car Display

#CES2019 – If you are buying a new car, you might be given the option to choose an infotainment system that will support Android Auto or CarPlay. If you aren’t buying a new car but want those features, there are some aftermarket options to check out. However if you think that those are still a bit too pricey, maybe Pioneer could have something for you.

At CES 2019, the company announced a new device called the SPH-10BT Smart Sync in-dash receiver. This will basically take your smartphone and turn it into an in-dash car display that will use the Pioneer Smart Sync Driving system. This means that it won’t be Android Auto or CarPlay, but at the same time it will leverage the use of your phone which should help cut down on costs.

Samsung's Foldable Smartphone Could Use Sony's New Camera Sensor

Samsung's Foldable Smartphone Could Use Sony's New Camera Sensor

Not much is known about Samsung’s foldable smartphone at the moment. We know that it folds, but apart from that little else is known, such as what it looks like, how big the screen is, how much it costs, and so on. However it seems that bits and pieces of information are starting to surface.

According to a recent teardown of a 5G dongle by Samsung, the firmware of the device contained some information about the phone. According to that information, apparently there are references made the Sony IMX374 camera sensor. These references are also made alongside the codename “Winner” which is Samsung’s name for the foldable handset, which has led to speculation that the phone might use the Sony IMX374 sensors.

Sharp's Latest Smartphone Has Two Notches

Sharp's Latest Smartphone Has Two Notches

Many smartphone users complain when their favorite manufacturers add one notch to a new model so they certainly won’t feel too happy about what Sharp has done. The company has unveiled a new smartphone today that actually has two notches, one at the top for the front camera and another at the bottom for the fingerprint sensor.

Since the industry shifted to taller displays, the notches have been used for the front camera while the home buttons have been done away with. The fingerprint sensor is either placed at the back or under the display in some cases.