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.

Galaxy J4 Core May Be Samsung's Second Android Go Smartphone

Galaxy J4 Core May Be Samsung's Second Android Go Smartphone

Android Go smartphones run a version of the Android OS that’s optimized for smartphones with entry-level specs. Many manufacturers have since released their Android Go devices. Samsung recently came out with one as well and it appears that the company now has another such device up its sleeve. It may be called the Galaxy J4 Core.

Motorola Android One Smartphone Headed To The U.s.

Motorola Android One Smartphone Headed To The U.S.

Motorola One is the company’s Android One smartphone. This handset was released in markets across the globe several months ago. The company has now announced that it’s bringing the Android One device to the United States. It will be available for purchase in the country exclusively from Best Buy.

Smartphone App For Tsunami Evacuation Developed

Smartphone app for tsunami evacuation developed

Japanese researchers say they have developed a smartphone application that will help evacuate people in densely populated urban areas if a tsunami occurs.

The new app was jointly developed by a team of researchers from the International Research Institute of Disaster Science of Tohoku University and Fujitsu Laboratories, in cooperation with the city of Kawasaki, near Tokyo.

Xperia Xz3 Announced: Sony's First Smartphone With An Oled Display

Xperia XZ3 announced: Sony's first smartphone with an OLED display

Sony Mobile has announced the Xperia XZ3 at IFA 2018 – it is the first Sony smartphone to use an OLED display. The Xperia XZ3 has a 6-inch 2:1 QHD+ (2880 x 1440) HDR OLED display, and one of the advantages is that Sony will have an ‘always on display' mode, which can show key information on the lock screen (clock, notifications etc).