2016 is going to be a long, boring year for BlackBerry OS lovers

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This is going to be a long, boring, possibly unbearable, year for BlackBerry OS fans. BlackBerry CEO’s statement that all the devices the company will release this year will run Android OS must be a very bitter pill to swallow. The BlackBerry faithful can’t be excited in any way. Perhaps some of them even feel a little betrayed.

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The question is, when you get bored with carrying around your BlackBerry OS smartphone from 2014 or 2015 and want something new and fresh, what will be your move?

Will you wait out the year and hope that 2017 brings a new BlackBerry OS gadget your way? Or will you explore alternatives – perhaps an Android-powered BlackBerry smartphone? Or will you find love in stranger places – in a smartphone powered by Windows 10 or iOS? What are your best bets? Share your heart with us. Feel free to vent, romanticise or even get creative. Talk to us, oh BlackBerry faithfuls.

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Poll : Must your smartphone have an FM Radio?

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What and what must your choice smartphone have? For some it must be so -so megapixel camera, or so – so processor speed. Some people may mention specific brands, colors, screen size and all worth not. In spite of all these, who will still mention FM Radio?

FM-Radio

In some parts of the world today, the FM Radio can be termed outdated technology. What can be obtainable may be online radio stations that can be stream using internet or Wifi. This trend have caused some maufactures to totally omit the FM Radio in their products. A good example is it’s omission on the Samsung Galaxy Note 5.

Do you think this is a good move? Must your smartphone come with the FM Radio?

Take out the time to share your thoughts or participate in the poll. Cheers.

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The Avengers: Earth’s mightiest smartphones ( January 2016)

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You know the Avengers, earth’s mightiest super heroes; don’t you? If you don’t, please wake up from hibernation and get with the programme. Well, in the smartphone world, there are hordes of capable devices. But the creme-de-la-creme are the top guns. Using AnTutu’s powerful benchmark tool, we hereby bring you earth’s most powerful smartphones as at January 2016.

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  1. iPhone 6s Plus: 132,620
  2. Huawei Mate 8: 92,746
  3. Meizu PRO 5: 85,652
  4. Samsung Galaxy Note 5: 83,944
  5. Xiaomi Mi Note Pro: 82,049
  6. Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge: 81,087
  7. ZTE A2015; 80,643
  8. iPhone 6 Plus: 80,554
  9. OnePlus Two: 80,090
  10. HTC One M9: 79,965

You can throw any existing game or app or task at the above smartphones and they will handle it like the champs that they are. If you want raw power and capability, pick one of the above. Is your smartphone on the list? It isn’t? Do you know how powerful your smartphone is?

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7 things we expect to see in 2016 : The rise of Nokia, Chinese takeover and more

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It’s a New Year, bringing new hope, aspirations and hopefully innovations. This is another time to be boogled by new tech stuff. Trust me, this year will be awesome. We’re expecting lots of things to happen. But then, not forgetting the volatile nature of mobile tech. Expect lots of surprises too.
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Below is a list of major things we expect to happen this year. Read and tell us if it’s vague dreams, or unnecessary speculations.

1.) Nokia rises from the ashes
It’s no longer news that Nokia has been in hibernation mode for quite a while now. Visibly restrained by the terms of their agreement with Microsoft. The later recently wrote off the acquisition -in simpler terms, Nokia was set free. Hence, the new CEO confirmed the company is getting back to making phones. We can’t wait to see the next product coming from Nokia this year.

2.) Chinese smartphone takeover
If you never knew this before, or just hearing it for the first time, then hear it now : 3 out of the top 5 smartphone makers are Chinese brands. Now, let that sink in. Believe it or not, the smartphone industry is literaly owned by the Chinese – directly or indirectly. There are already thousands of brands making Android (smartphones) device, and we expect this to even surge higher in 2016.

3.) More ‘Smarter’ devices
Last year we got to see many new ‘smart’ devices announced. Though we really doubt these devices were flying off shelves, but we know this wont stop more from coming. Last year, we saw a smart, connected refrigerator, smart scales, smart mirrors, smart belt, and even smart baby feeding bottles. This year we expect to see even more, say smart shovel or smart toilet 😆

4.) Better flagships
This year, we’re expecting a whole glut of brand new and spanking devices, but then the major focus will go to the flagship devices. By this we mean the Samsung Galaxy S7, iPhone 7 (& 7 Plus) and the LG G5. The Galaxy S7 is reportedly coming in 3  sizes – 5.1″, 5.5″, and 6″, also carrying the 3D Touch feature the last iPhones came with. The iPhone 7 is rumored to be water proof, and I heard it will carry no earphone jack.

As for the LG G5, they say it will have a secondary screen just like the V10 model and a whole lot more upgrades in specs. Sit tight guys, this year, we go see something 😛

5.) Higher Mobile Penetration

Nigeria as we know it, isn’t a smartphone domain. The highest concentration of smartphones and smartphone usage are seen only in the mega cities like Abuja, Lagos and Port-Harcourt (then maybe university campuses). These aside, a lot more people are yet to taste a smart phone. The last statistical results from NCC states that Nigeria now has 92 million “mobile’ internet users. We expect that to rise this year – crossing the 100 million mark and maybe more. We know this translates to more traffic for MobilityArena.com 😀

6.) More exits or a merger?

Asides Apple and maybe more recently, Samsung, the mobile phone market isn’t so profitable for many manufacturers. In 2015 we heard many stories of losses in millions, structural changes, cutting costs, sacking staffs, leaner portfolio, and all that sort of English. So what happens next? We might get to see these “smaller” units merge to become a greater force, or fizzle out into oblivion.

7.) More Surprises!!

Despite all the bru ha ha. We’re hoping to be wowed this 2016. Yes. We know something big is coming. For instance, the next iPhone might come priced at $100 dollars, or we see one Chinese brand bring up one solid speceed device for dirt cheap price.

That’s a brief of what we’re expecting to see this year, Now over to you.

 

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Full list of Xiaomi smartphones getting Android 6 Marshmallow

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Recently, Xiaomi announced that the Marshmallow update would be available soon for the Mi 4 and Mi Note. The company has added Mi 3 to the waiting list. The update is in its final testing stages, and a beta version will be available anytime from now. A developer version, followed by a stable release will follow in a few months time.

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The list of smartphones to be updated again:

  1. Xiaomi Mi 4
  2. Xiaomi Mi 3
  3. Xiaomi Mi Note

The Marshmallow update is 518 MB large, but the custom user interface will remain at version 7. These other Xiaomi smartphones wil be getting Android Marshmallow as well:

  1. Xiaomi Redmi Note 2
  2. Xiaomi Redmi 2
  3. Xiaomi Redmi 2 Prime
  4. Xiaomi Mi 4i
  5. Xiaomi Mi Note Pro
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How Huawei became smartphone big boys without the US market

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Huawei is the 3rd largest smartphone maker in the world. That isn’t news anymore. The feat was achieved in early 2014. The brand shipped 100 million smartphones in 2015. That is still big news, for that puts them in the really big league – the league of Samsung and Apple, brands that move over 100 million devices annually. Roll out the drums!

But the really big news is that most of those 100 million phones were not sold in the United States. Huawei does not have a presence in the US smartphone market yet. Huawei didn’t need the US market to do this well. Xiaomi didn’t need the US market to become world number 5 either.

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This is in contrast to brands like Nokia/Microsoft and BlackBerry who tried to tackle the US market from a position of weakness. See What Shall It Profit a Brand to Gain the US and Lose the World?? Like I said, bad idea. Huawei is executing my recommendations it perfectly: build momentum in your areas of strength, then go for the challenging places. Next year, Huawei plans to get into the US market. This ought to be interesting.

One thing is sure: Huawei stands a much better chance of gaining a foothold in the US market now from this position of strength than if they had attempted it years ago when they were a much smaller, and weaker, player.

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Why your shiny new 4G smartphone may not support that LTE network

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4G LTE is wireless broadband internet. You would expect it to be a simple matter of buying an LTE smartphone, popping in your SIM card from a 4G LTE service provider and going your way merrily. However, it isn’t that straightforward. For starters, there are two LTE standards – TDD (Time Division Duplex) and FDD (Full Division Duplex). Both standards are official here in Nigeria and in many other places as well. Does that remind you of CDMA versus GSM? Not exactly the same, but the incompatibility issues between the two are similar.

FDD versus TDD
Here are the differences between the two:

  1. FDD uses more bandwidth, requiring two separate channels. Most cell-phone systems use FDD. The newer LTE and 4G systems use FDD.
  2. TDD uses less bandwidth, needing only one frequency channel. Older systems tend to run this. This is where you will find LTE networks that were migrated from WIMAX.

The problem is that both standards are not compatible. So, an LTE smartphone with only FDD will not be able to use a SIM from a network using TDD. And vice versa. Some manufacturers have produced some smartphones that support both FDD and TDD. But to make matters worse, there are scores of frequency bands under both FDD and TDD. Messy; right? You can say that again.

4G LTE

What To Do?
Ask. Always make enquiries about LTE compatibility before buying that LTE phone or subscribing to that LTE service. At every point of making a decision to hop on anything, ask, especially if you want to use a SIM card.

In the meantime, here is vital information that can help you navigate the present situation:

  • Smile 4G uses 20 (800) FDD
  • Spectranet uses 40 (2300) TDD

As other 4G networks that allow the use of SIM cards come up, we shall be providing you details that can help you make informed choices.

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Jongo Love is a Kenyan TV Series shot on a phone, but it wasn’t the first

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Jongo Love is a Kenyan TV Series shot on a phone – a Nokia Lumia 1020 (see specifications), the 41 megapixel beast. The quality of the video is quite impressive too, as the Lumia 1020 delivers. While there are various reports that Jongo Love is the first Kenyan TV series to be shot on a phone, that is not true.

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The honour of the first Kenyan TV series to be shot on a phone belongs to Phoney, another TV Series shot on the Nokia N8 some years ago.

Enjoy Jongo Love:



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In Nigeria, the mobile phone keypad thrives on

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If you think that Nigeria is a smartphone market, you must not get outside of the plush areas of the major cities much. You need to get on public buses and ride around Lagos and Abuja. Then you need to get on inter-state buses (forget airplanes) and take rides around the country. What you will find will knock you out of your mental utopia.

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What you will find is that not only is Nigeria far from being a smartphone market, but that the mobile phone keypad is still the defacto king. From bus and cab drivers to market men and women, artisans of all kinds, phones with regular keypads are ubiquitous. They are everywhere.

The surprising thing is how you meet someone browsing the web comfortably on his weathered TECNO featurephone with a QWERTY keyboard. In one instance, I sat marvelling as I watched someone do it on a long bus ride. He ran Google searches and read webpages on and on – over a GPRS connection.

For now, here in Nigeria – and much of Africa, I dare argue, our giant touchscreen slabs are the exception, not the norm. The mobile phone keypad thrives on.

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When will these Android phonemakers go beyond 1.3 GHz processors?

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In layman’s language, processor clock speed is the maximum speed that the engine of a phone can run.

Have you noticed the new love of 1.3 GHz processors by certain phonemakers? It has gotten to the point where whenever I read of an upcoming smartphone from a group of phonemakers, I am almost dead sure that it will be powered by a processor clocked at 1.3 GHz.

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What is even more disappointing is when a flagship device also gets clocked same as budget units from same manufacturer and the competition. Something is just wrong with that. We expect more power from a flagship than from a N19,000 budget smartphone. Have a look:

TECNO Phantom 5. TECNO Camon C8.

Innjoo 2. Innjoo Max 2. Innjoo Max 2 Plus.

Infinix Note 2 LTE. Infinix Hot 2.

Yes; the budget Hot 2 is clocked same as the flagship Note 2 LTE, with the difference being that the former is quad-core and the latter octa-core. And there are more examples, but you get the point.

It doesn’t matter how many cores the processor has, it gets clocked at 1.3GHz. Yes; I know that processor speed isn’t all there is to making smartphones run smooth. Yes; I know that the low clock speed helps deliver longer battery performance. Still…., not 1.3 GHz every time. Sometimes, 1.7 GHz. Or 2.0 GHz. We have some other brands delivering superb battery life with processors clocked at 2.5GHz. So, what is this obsession with 1.3 GHz?

Whatever enchantress has bewitched these phonemakers with top processor speed of 1.3 GHz needs to be bound hand and foot, and cast into the abyss.

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Samsung plans high-end Tizen smartphones in 2016

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Tizen OS has been on a roll in recent times, with an analytics firm even claiming that it has pushed back BlackBerry OS. So far, it has been available only on low-end, budget hardware. Samsung Vietnam has published a post to say that the company will move the platform up and put Tizen OS in high-end smartphones in 2016.

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What I think? Bring it on! The more, the merrier.

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