Are Over-dimensioned iPhones a Good Investment for Apple?

Although lots of Apple fans await with excitement and enthusiasms the launch of the new iPhone 6, the Apple executives and shareholders are quite anxious. There are experts who claim that these anxieties have a solid ground. Thus, the electronics company postponed the launch of the phablet version of the item for feat it might affect in a negative way the iPad purchases.

The iPhone 6 is expected to hit the market towards the end of September. The new smart phones having dimensions of 4.7 inches and 5.5 inches have been probably created in order to rival the Android smartphones which are getting larger and larger every year. Mark Spoonauer, the chief editor of Laptop Mag says that customers display a growing appetite for larger screen telephones. The bigger screen will also permit Apple to equip its phones with a more powerful battery since many customers have complained about the rapidity with which the iPhone 5 loses its battery power.

Steve Jobs, the regretted CEO of the company, was not a fan of larger phones. During a 2010 conference he said that people would not want a phone that was bigger than their palms. However, according to the data offered by Canalys, the smartphones having five inches display are very popular among users, representing about one-third of the mobile phone market. More than 297 million smart phones were sold during the first quarter of the year. This figure represents a rise with 29% in comparison with last year’s sales. At the same time the sales of phone having screens equal to 5 inches and even bigger, have risen with 369%. Canalys has drawn the conclusion that the trend is definitely directed towards smart phones characterized by big screens.

Where does this Apple delay come from? Neil Mawston, employee of Strategy Analytics says that a 5.5 inches iPhone would definitely determine clients to think twice before spending their money on an iPad Mini. Thus, the bigger iPhones might determine users to require tables with larger screens. Innovation will have to be brought to the tablet category in order to make a difference between them and over-sized smart mobile phones.

Spoonauer also claims that a bigger iPhone might cause damages to the original size of the iPads. In order to support his claims he gives the example of phablets slowing down the sales of usual tablets. International Data Corporation has diminished the number of tablet units it has forecasted to sale. Thus, the figure lowered from 261 million to 245.4 million units. At the same time Apple’s tablets sales decreased with 16% in comparison with last year’s sales. It is true that people do not throw away their tablets as soon as they get them but this is not the real cause of the decrease in tablet sales. In the first quarter of the current year, the market share of super-sized smart telephones has almost doubled. More than thirty million units were sold during this period.

Brian Colello analyst working for Morningstar says that the smart phones having large screens have definitely determined a decrease in tablet demands. He also claims that the launch of a larger iPhone than the current one might determine an even bigger drop in tablet sales. For a long time Apple centered on creating a phone that could fit the users hand without taking into consideration the clients’ demand for large screens like the ones created by Samsung.

Not everybody cheers up at the sight of a large phone screen. There are even people who claim that the fanny packs will be back pretty soon. Andrew Seybold, free-lance consultant in the domain of wireless technology, considers it quite ironic the fact that for so many years phone companies have worked really hard to create smaller and slimmer devices to fit the pockets. Nonetheless he acknowledges that the arrival of over-sized smart phone was impossible to avoid. Apple did not want to create such huge phones but was left without an option due to the success gained by its eternal rival, Samsung.

Jeff Kagan, consultant in the technological domain says that the ultimate mobile gadget would reunite the features of a tablet and a smart phone. However, none of the electronics companies extant on the market has managed to create such a gadget so far.

The Motorola DROID Smart Phones function on the Android 4.4.4.Kitkat OS upgrade

The Motorola Feedback Network was filled with comments coming from Motorola users who confirmed that their devices were functioning on the Android 4.4.4 Kitkat OS upgrade.

It appears that the mobile phone producers has decided to skip the 4.4.3 version of Kitkat altogether and has gone directly to the 4.4.4 Kitkat variant. The Motorola handsets that run on the latest Kitkat upgrade are Motorola DROID Ultra, Motorola DROID Maxx as well as Motorola DROID Mini.

Not only will the users of DROID smart phones receive the update, but also the users of Mote G, Moto E and Moto X. For the time being, the only gadgets that function on the latest upgrade of Android Kitkat OS comprise Google Play Edition and Nexus.

The new upgrade is going to bring a series of improvements of the phone’s performance, its camera and of the Visual Voicemail. The Android 4.4.4. Kikat OS also improves the security and the stability of the devices on which it runs.

Many expected for the Motorola to be among the first companies to use the new Android upgrade on its gadgets. M7 and M8 belonging to HTC will start running on Android 4.4.4.Kitkat OS in late July or in the first days of the month of August. It is said that the upgrade will run on other HTC devices starting with September. However, these are the only producers that have made it public that their devices run or are going to run on this new Android upgrade.

The free space needed for the Android 4.4.4 Kitkate OS to run is equal to 285 megabytes. The installation of the software is not quite a piece of cake. You need good internet connection, fully charged battery and patience.

In order to see if the new Android software is running on your phone, you need to verify the Settings options. Some Motorola possessor claimed that the new software could be found with the help of the upgrade called Over-the-Air. Users, who have not been given the upgrade yet, need not to worry since the upgrade does not roll out all at once. The notifications might be received during the next days.

The Next iPad and Its Three Must-Have Elements

The iPad has lots of users world-wide who use the gadget to read their e-books, to surf the web, to watch video clips, to play games or just to listen to music. If you have a keyboard around, you can very well use your tablet to write hundreds of pages. To all these add the benefits of its slim shape and lightness.

However, there are still some aspects that the present iPad has not managed to cover. Lots of users hope that these problems will be history when the new iPad Air hits the market in autumn.

The Cover

The Cover 2 that Microsoft has created for Surface Pro version 3 is quite nice. It actually has touchable keys that are very handy for those, who spend hours and hours of typing and at the same time is has the sufficient amount of thinness to play the role of tablet cover.

There are users who have expressed their wish for the new Apple cover to be smart and have the advantages of a real keyboard. They also want it to be light, thin and to have a magnetic attachment as well as a prop up.

The Bezel

iPad users would like to see its bezel doing something more than just stay there while they are making maximum use of the gadget. A solution would be to support the swiping from the bezel in order to make a series of gestures that cannot be done now.

The bezel might move through the most recently accessed applications or help the user reach the applications that he/she access on a regular basis. Some users would not mind if Apple just took the bezel swipe the find so useful from the HP Touch Pad. It would be very handy to swipe the bezel on the screen from left or right.

The Accelerometer

Most devices nowadays are equipped with sensors in order to detect movements. In the majority of cases are used for games, but they can do a lot of other useful things. Users would find it very useful if the following iPad had a sensor to turn on automatically the tablet when it is picked up. Not to mention the usefulness of a sensor to turn the iPad on the sleep mode when the device is put down somewhere.

These three characteristics would definitely make any iPad more useful than it already is. Users always want and crave for more.

Plasma Era Has Come to Its End: Samsung Closes Doors in November

Once considered a spearheading innovation, plasma televisions have been conveyed one more factor leading to their demise. Samsung has turned into the most recent producer to announce the closure of its plasma business, which will take place on November 30th. Various reports pointed out that the South Korean manufacturer put the blame for its going on red on the constant decreasing demand for plasma type televisions.

One of the Samsung official declared for Mail Online that they plan to move on with their television business till the last month of the current year, because of the major changes in the demands extant on the market. They reassured their clients that they would continue their work into providing them high quality products and they would increase their efforts in the domain of UHD television sets and Curvet television sets.

Last year in October to be more precise, the world famous Panasonic declared that they were discarding their technology and much to nobody’s surprise the ceased their production in the month of March. Thus, LG has remained the last real producer of plasma television sets.

As indicated by Cnet one of Samsung’s VP of  the Visual Display Office, Ryu, implied that the end was near for plasma television sets a year ago. Ryu stated that he had not thought that plasma would have a future past 2014, in light of the fact that it was hard to make a reasonable 4k model of that technology.

Fujitsu delivered the first full-shade plasma display in the year 1992, and Philips managed to sell its first plasma televisions to customers in the year 1997, at the price of 15,000 US dollar meaning approximately £8,700.

The plasma technology makes use of some very small cells of gas that are positioned between two glass panes. Every single cell functions similarly to a fluorescent light tube, transmitting ultraviolet light, which created on the television screen spots of red, blue and green.

By correlation, the LCD (the abbreviation comes from liquid crystal display) televisions utilize light from behind the screen which is shone by means of some coloured cells made of crystal. Indicators control each and single cell, allowing various amounts of color to go through so as to develop the picture.

The LED television sets function in a comparative manner to the LCD engineering, however little Leds and not backlight illumination, lights up the tiny cells.

Plasma televisions used to be bulky, whereas both the LCD and the LED turned out to be much slimmer. The LCDs as well as the LEDs surpassed the sales of plasma television for the first time in 2006.

Similarly, the plasma technology cannot compete with the OLED (the diode that emits organic light) type screen, particularly the ones that are able to function with a 4k or extremely high definition, meaning photos which have the pixels of a Full HD multiplied by four.

How Android 5.0 Lollipop Takes Innovations from Others

One of the most puzzling parts of the designer sneak peak of Android 5.0, also called L type release, or even funnier Lollipop (or no matter how people will call it until Google reports it will be last called Lamington), was the number of characteristics which the new Android stock has taken from custom Roms, outsider applications and producer skins. While this is impeccably satisfactory, given the open source nature of Android and it might be seen as an enhancing of the main experience of Android users and their main needs, it also creates a lot of dissatisfaction among the  designers involved in the business of Android and its famous ”adds-on”. The question is if the latest Ansriod stock will be superior to all the other fighting for a share on the market?

Notification: Something Borrowed, Something New

I am a real enthusiast of small scale applications and popup, out-of-the-blue notices. This is the reason why I adore Hoverchat and the popup characteristic of Viber and its real-time messengers. I have truly come to enjoy Hellosms’ feature to drop down sneak peak of notifications and messages as soon as I receive them. In the designer’s teaser we have gotten a glimpse on how amazing the ”heads up” warnings are in the following adaptation of Android. Do you consider that Google’s exertion is superior to the current applications?

Let’s Talk About the Kill Switch

I have been paying a close attention to the lawfully obliged slaughter switch in cell phones for some time now. Therefore, you definitely know that I am a fanatic of this feature as well. Google now has Android Device Manager as a default area and remote wiping device. The gimmick will now be a center segment of the working system and not just a service for extra administration. A lot of different instruments are already accessible and it appears impossible that any of them will function to the same extent as the implicit adaptation.

Lockscreen Warnings

You might likewise know how excited I am of the lock screen notice applications, known as Dynamic Notifications or just Peek. I additionally love LED supervisors like Light Flow due to the fact that the less I have to do to get my gadget open the better it is. So having the capacity to get and react to my notices from my lock screen, Android has made an extraordinary move as I as my opinion. With the introduction of Android Wear and I will barely need to open my telephone whenever a message, a notification or a call comes down the way. Is it only my opinion but the current application has improved a lot?


I have talked before about the best multitasking applications for Android and its extraordinary efficient applications such as Javelin Browser and Link Bubble, so you know that any information on what eliminates useless application changing is going to grab my hawk eye sight. The latest Rolodex-looking, new setup of card-based applications, combined with more intelligent Google Search and dialer forecasts are all incredible aspects for me, again giving me independence from the not very comfortable solution of third parties.

Protection Settings

I am an enormous defender of protection and I eye each new consent demand with the utmost suspicion. Cyanogenmod’s security settings are a real gift and I would go nowhere without Permission Manager or the Permissions Observatory. In the approaching Android launce we will see implicit application security settings through Universal Data Controls and ”on-the-spot” asks for authorization, so you do not have to include any outsider applications, custom Roms or settings to take full control of your protection. Is Google just taking bits from the extraordinary plans of other companies?

Power Sparing Mode

Sometime ago I analyzed the modes used for sparing power on the Galaxy S5 as well as on the HTC One (M8) and I had the strong impression that this sort of alternative would soon be a standard for each Android gadget. That being said, Google I/O demonstrated my point as well, with the following adaptation of Android accompanying a stock battery sparing mode and battery history specialist for engineers (and unquestionably clients) to screen the battery utilization of their applications and upgrade (or out and out execute) the power consuming ones. Will producers let these gimmicks leak through their skins or stick with the one they created?

Google Adjustability

Other than having the capacity to get a pedometer on your Nexus 5 there is very little about the care for wellbeing in the current Android. Some of you will realize what a world-class runner I am and acknowledge exactly what number wellness applications I have managed to exhaust with the volume of biometric information I that I have sent to my telephone through all types of wearables, not to mention sensors or sweeps. Counting Google Fit in the following form of Android makes a great deal of these outsider choices unnecessary and sets up an enormous test to any semblance of S Health and LG Health. The question is who will manage to improve it?

Individual Unlocking

I am an advocate of cell phone security and I really dislike having to open my telephone each and every time I receive a signal from the otehrs. NFC labels or rings might be incredible for this purpose, with an obvious little change. To have my telephone know when I am in a place where phones should be at least on the vibe mode (like work) or to realize that it is me grabbing my telephone in light of my Bluetooth earphones or smartwatch makes it considerably simpler, particularly when it is inserted into the main system. Exactly how much of this is for the customer’s comfort and how much for pushing the wearables?


As a geek, I simply adore tweaking things and redoing framework settings to get the most perfect execution out of my cell phone. Most geeks have been running ART since it appeared a long time back. Unfortunately not every application was running legitimately and it was, obviously, a designer’s choice that was not exactly completed, regardless of the fact that it did rate up your execution altogether. Making ART the default runtime (which can as well compile your previous applications) makes it the ideal result. Did I specify that it additionally upholds the processing of 64-bit?

What is New about Themes?

I adore Cyanogenmod’s Themer motor and the numerous diverse custom launcher topics you can switch things up with. Android has a tendency to look truly dissimilar because of its open-source nature, so it is not generally simple to get a streamlined, amicable experience. By acquainting the Material topic with their applications, Google is giving a unified illustration, while Project Polymer makes it simpler for designers to make applications in the Material Design dialect through reusable web segments. This ought to definitely make the whole biological community better when it comes to consistency terms but I cannot help to wonder if Android will get closer to iOS?

What is your opinion on all these ”extra” gimmicks being incorporated with stock Android? Who is the best on the market when it comes to these smartphone characteristics? Is it Google, application producers and designers or the custom ROMs?