Lenovo, Xiaomi, other smartphone makers to buy $2 billion worth of Qualcomm components

After being hit with a $1.2 billion fine for paying Apple to keep its LTE modems exclusive, Qualcomm announces a $2 billion deal with Chinese smartphone makers.

Lenovo, Xiaomi, Oppo, and Vivo have signed a deal with Qualcomm to buy $2 billion worth of components over the next three years. According to the US company, this is a non-binding agreement, which means either party can break off negotiations at any time.

The official statement doesn’t mention Qualcomm’s mobile processors, but RFFE components that are designed to enable OEMs to build more complex mobile devices at larger scales. …

Motorola disses Apple and other phone makers in new Moto Mod ads

Motorola today released two new video ads that feature
Apple’s iPhone 8 Plus, alongside the Moto Z2 smartphone and some Moto Mods. In these ads –
embedded below – Motorola touts the superiority of its Z2, as “your
phone” (including the iPhone 8) can’t “get loud” and can’t turn
into a projector. Of course, the Moto Z2 can’t do that by itself, either, as it
does it with the help of Moto Mods – including the recently released Moto Mod
Speaker with Amazon Alexa, and the Moto Insta-share Projector.  


Furthermore, Motorola doesn’t appear to be impressed with
iPhone 8 Plus’ Portrait …

MediaTek to provide approved Android builds and Google Mobile Services to smartphone makers

It looks like MediaTek is under the radar from multiple giants of the smartphone industry. After Apple showed interest in its modem chips, Google allowed the Taiwanese company to offer pre-tested, pre-certified, and fully compliant builds of Android and Google Mobile Services (GMS) to smartphone makers.

MediaTek announced that it’s the first SoC (system-on-chip) manufacturer that becomes a partner for GMS Express, a special program that’s meant to offer device makers approved Android software solutions such Google Mobile Services and Google Compatibility Test Suite …

5 phone makers that said they'll love you forever, but ran off with the child support

Making smartphones is a tough and often unprofitable business for anyone but the top three – Apple, Samsung and Huawei. After they saw Apple’s exorbitant profits from the iPhone, many a company have tried and failed to reinvent the cell phone wheel, entering the market with the enthusiasm of a startup, then burning through a pile of cash while trying to challenge the status quo, and in the end throwing in the towel. 

Just in the past few weeks, we’ve had a few of those declaring they are no longer able to fight the good fight, and are folding the lawn chairs. What happens …

Bad vibes, bro – malware makers hacked the Huawei P9 Plus's vibrator!

Bzzt, bzzt! All smartphones have a vibration motor in them, good enough for subtly alerting you from inside your pocket or giving your phone the autonomy to casually slide off the table. The Huawei P9 Plus has a special one, though – one whose security has been penetrated by attackers mishandling the vibrator into crashing the entire operating system.

Unlike other vibrators happily buzzing inside smartphones, the P9 Plus’ had a Denial of Service vulnerability that a malicious app could exploit to make the smartphone freeze. The exploit has been closed by Huawei, but in the meantime, …

China Smartphones Market Chipset Makers Product Mix Analyzed

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This report presents a recent review of the Chinese smartphone industry in the third quarter of 2014. The report includes shipment volume of major smartphone branded vendors in China, breakdowns of each vendor’s shipment volume share by chipset maker, application processor model, ASP, panel size, camera pixel, resolution, as well as 3G and 4G technologies. The report also examines major chipset makers’ product mix for smartphones sold in China.
The report finds that the Chinese smartphone industry’s shipment volume reached around 90.5 million units in the third quarter of 2014, down 13.1% sequentially, with a total number of 372 models launched during this quarter. It is worth noting that smartphones priced over 2,000 RMB (US$ 321.7; US$ 1 = 6.217 RMB) took up nearly 23.9% of the market in the third quarter, up from 14.5% in the previous quarter, partly thanks to the growing popularity of 4G-enabled models, which represented over 70% of the smartphones shipped in the past three months ended in September.
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As for vendor’s rankings, Xiaomi remained its leading position, followed by its Chinese peers Lenovo, Coolpad, and Huawei. Samsung fell to the fifth place while Apple remained at the eighth. As iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus officially hit store shelves in China in October, Apple is expected to see a significant growth in the Chinese market in the fourth quarter.
Companies covered
Apple, AUX, BBK, Bird, Broadcom, Coolpad, Doov, Gionee, Google, Hisense, Hisilicon, HTC, Huawei, Intel, Konka, Koobee, K-Touch, Leadcore, Lenovo, Marvell, MediaTek, Meizu, Nokia, Nvidia, Oppo, Qualcomm, Samsung, Spreadtrum, TCL, Xiaomi, Yusun, ZTE.
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Chinese Smartphone Shipment Volume, October 2013 – November 2014
Chinese Smartphone Newly Released Models, October 2013 – November 2014
Chinese Smartphone Shipment Volume Share by Operation System, October 2013 – November 2014
Chinese Smartphone Shipment Share by ASP (RMB), 3Q 2014
Chinese Smartphone Shipment Share by Camera Pixel, 3Q 2014
Chinese Smartphone Shipment Share by Panel Size, 3Q 2014
Chinese Smartphone Shipment Share by Resolution, 3Q 2014
Chinese Smartphone Shipment Share by 3G Technology, 3Q 2014
Chinese Smartphone Shipment Share by 4G Technology, 3Q 2014
Chinese Smartphone Vendor’s Shipment Volume Rankings, October 2013 – September 2014
Chinese Smartphone Shipment Volume by Vendor, 3Q 2014
Shipment Volume of Application Processors to Chinese Smartphone Branded Vendors, 3Q 2014
Shipment Volume of Application Processors by Core Number, 3Q 2014
MediaTek’s Shipment Volume Share by Application Processor Model, 3Q 2014
Qualcomm’s Shipment Volume Share by Application Processor Model, 3Q 2014
Spreadtrm’s Shipment Volume Share by Application Processor Model, 3Q 2014
Xiaomi Smartphone Shipments in China, 3Q 2014
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Lenovo Smartphone Shipments in China, 3Q 2014
CoolPad Smartphone Shipments in China, 3Q 2014
Huawei Smartphone Shipments in China, 3Q 2014
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ZTE Smartphone Shipments in China, 3Q 2014
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Apple Smartphone Shipments in China, 3Q 2014
Oppo Smartphone Shipments in China, 3Q 2014
Gionee Smartphone Shipments in China, 3Q 2014
K-Touch Smartphone Shipments in China, 3Q 2014
Meizu Smartphone Shipments in China, 3Q 2014
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HTC Smartphone Shipments in China, 3Q 2014
Hisense Smartphone Shipments in China, 3Q 2014
TCL Smartphone Shipments in China, 3Q 2014
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Smartphone Makers Need To Put An End To Distracted Driving

I’m cruising down the road at 45 mph when – ka-ching! – the sound of a cash register blares out from my iPhone. It’s one of now several deal-finding apps I have installed that alert me to nearby sales at local stores. I love the functionality they provide, but I’m not thrilled with the timing. The phone buzzes some more as the alerts roll in as I coast past the mall – it’s set back from the road, and I’m passing it, not driving to it. Why is my phone bothering me with alerts when I’m just trying to focus on the traffic?

Everyone talks about the dangers of texting and driving, and our Pavlovian need to respond to incoming messages while behind the wheel. But scare campaigns focused on changing user behavior can only go so far – it’s time for some OS-level intervention.

I’m not ignoring the fact there are today dozens of third-party applications that can either disable texting, alert to and monitor the number of times someone is texting at the wheel, or help you avoid texting through voice features or narration. But they are not full solutions, especially on iOS which limits apps’ ability to control OS features. And they only deal with on one of many problems with behind-the-wheel use of smartphones: texting.

A real solution would also eliminate all the other many distractions that smartphones bring, including the noise of apps, constantly clamoring for users’ attention.


Don’t Blame The Apps, Blame The OS

Modern-day smartphones are equipped with a range of sensors that can detect things like your location, elevation, orientation, and whether you’re walking or driving. Some apps, like the social driving app Waze, later acquired by Google, taps into smartphone sensors in an attempt to make using its app safer for drivers. For example, Waze disabled text input when it detected a car that’s in motion.

But what about the rest of the apps? Shouldn’t they, too, start thinking more responsibility about whether or not users should be able to input text at 60 mph? Couldn’t that Facebook post wait, for example? Do you really need to tweet that?

wazeHowever, leaving the choice up to app publishers may not be the best solution.

If app makers all of a sudden block app usage for drivers, they could see declining engagement and user frustrations. After all, just because you’re speeding down the road in a vehicle of some sort, that doesn’t mean you’re driving it. And that means app makers would have to do what Waze did – have an “opt out” mechanism where you tell the app that you’re riding in a passenger seat. (As a passenger, that’s an annoying feature to face every time you launch an app while in the car. And for driving “cheating” the system, it could make matters worse.)

Instead of asking app developers to reconfigure their apps for safer use, a better solution would be a system-level change: a “car mode” setting, activated when your phone is connected to the car via Bluetooth or physically plugged in.

For Younger Drivers Especially, Infotainment Systems Are Not An Ideal Solution

Unfortunately, the industry solution to combat the problem of distracted driving has been to redesign mobile operating systems for big-screen, hands-free usage in the car, via platforms like Apple’s CarPlay or Google’s Android Auto, for example.

These systems offer voice-controlled functionality, letting drivers make and respond to phone calls, pull up navigation, access playlists, and even read out your messages and let you dictate responses. Arguably, they are a bit safer than tap-typing on your phone, but they’re hardly distraction-free. (And really, they’re not that much safer, studies have shown.)

For older, or more capable drivers, systems like those from Apple, Google or other infotainment makers from auto manufacturers are a somewhat reasonable alternative to texting and driving. But for younger drivers, or those of us already dealing with other in-vehicle distractions – like wailing kids, backseat video players, chatty passengers, wiggling dogs, etc. – tapping screens, and chatting with Siri, however safer, should not be a focus.

We Need A System-Wide “Car Mode”

At the very least, the OS makers themselves have a responsibility to allow consumers without access to infotainment systems, including not just parents but also the rest of us struggling with self-control issues when it comes to our mobile devices in the car, to automate a switching over to “car mode” when we’re behind the wheel.

For parents, it could be a choice within the phone’s parental controls. For others, it could be an optional setting.

In addition to disabling texting and driving (hopefully auto-responding with a helpful “I’m driving right now” text back to the sender), these systems should also optionally silence phone calls (hopefully with a helpful custom voicemail greeting: “I’m driving right now, I’ll call you back!”), and disable the ability for apps to push you notifications. No more buzzing and beeping, no more ka-ching’s.

When the car has been stopped for some period of time longer than a traffic light, a stream of catch-up messages could then pour in.

This concept to some extent has already been dreamt up, by the way, years ago by New York designer Joey Cofone, who envisioned an iOS 7 feature that would stop texting and driving.

In addition, Apple already has a patent on something like this – it has developed technology that shuts off texting and other smartphone functions when it determines a user is driving.

Now it’s time to use it.

Cell phones are now responsible for 1 in 4 car crashes. It’s time to make distracted driving solutions an OS industry standard.