You are here


Daily Dose of iQ: Nokia to be Renamed 'Microsoft Mobile' on April 25

Microsoft's Nadella greets Nokia's Elop, Apr 2 - AP Photo/Eric Risberg

Ars Technica reported today the Nokia brand will be removed from its mobile device line in favor of "Microsoft Mobile' when the Microsoft acquisition is complete April 25.

"Nokia's Web and social media presence—which today primarily promotes its smartphones—will be managed by Microsoft for up to a year," wrote Ars Technica's Peter Bright.

iQmetrix Releases Sales Stats for Galaxy S5 Launch Weekend [INFOGRAPHIC]

VANCOUVER, BC – April 18, 2014 – iQmetrix, the leading provider of retail management software for the North American wireless industry, today released sales statistics from the new Samsung Galaxy S5's launch weekend (Friday, April 11 to Sunday, April 13).

Nokia Lumia 1020: A Great (Camera) Phone

At a Glance

Look and Feel With its solid polycarbonate unibody casing, the Lumia 1020 feels sturdy, but its camera bulge can be awkward.

Defining Features Camera, camera, camera. 41 megapixels. No other smartphone camera compares to its options and performance.

Core Functionality The best performing Windows Phone to date. Did we mention the incredible camera?

Recommended For Shutterbugs, Android and iOS eschewers, business users.

Daily Dose of iQ: New Figures for Smartphone, Smartwatch Market Share

comScore today released U.S. smartphone subscriber market share figures from January 2014, indicating Apple is the most popular smartphone maker in the U.S., with 41.6% of total market share.

Samsung was no. 2, with 26.7% of the market. LG, Motorola and HTC rounded out the top five (see below image).

Daily Dose of iQ: Apple Announces CarPlay for iOS In-Dash Control

TechCrunch reported today that Apple announced its new CarPlay system for iOS in-car controls at the Geneva Motor Show. "(The move) could massively expand the Apple mobile ecosystem – by turning cars into app-enabled iPhone accessories," wrote TechCrunch's Darrell Etherington.

5 Steps to Buying a New Phone

James considering phone options

I recently got a call from my wireless carrier letting me know my contract would soon expire. They wanted to know: Was I happy with my phone or was I planning an upgrade?

That gave me pause. I was perfectly happy with my phone. But as someone who follows the industry closely, being reminded my phone was two years old* made my mind race through all the leaps and bounds handset technology has made since I got my last phone.

*Editor’s note: That’s 55 in phone years -- time for retirement.

Rethink Retail: Connecting with Today's Mobile Consumer

Rethink Retail

Smartphones have dramatically changed the way people shop.

What consumers want: Omnichannel shopping experiences

Today’s mobile consumer has unprecedented access to product and pricing information. The challenge for retailers is to deliver omnichannel retail experiences that deliver the shopping experience consumers are looking for.

But what are omnichannel experiences? And how do they coincide with consumers' desired experiences?

HTC One: A Marvel of Industrial Design

At a Glance

Look and Feel With its sleek aluminum finish, 4.7-inch display, and dual front speakers, the HTC One might be the most attractive smartphone out there.

Defining Features A brilliant 468 ppi display, BlinkFeed messaging and social media stream, Videopic camera features, Beats Audio.

Core Functionality Clean and easy-to-use Android interface. Decent camera. But unfortunately: sub-par battery life.

iQmetrix Releases Smartphone Sales Stats for Black Friday Week [INFOGRAPHIC]

VANCOUVER, BC – Dec. 6, 2013 – iQmetrix, the leading provider of retail management software for the North American wireless industry, today released statistics on smartphones purchased during Black Friday week (Tuesday, Nov. 26 to Sunday, Dec. 1). iQmetrix sampled data from approximately 15,000 store locations across the U.S., revealing year-over-year buying trends from Black Friday 2011, 2012 and 2013. (See full infographic below.)

Nexus 5: Google’s New Flagship Phone

Nexus 5 product shot
At a Glance

Look and Feel An attractive device with a nice physical texture and a brilliant screen. It's also very light.

Defining Features The Nexus 5 introduces Android 4.4 KitKat, which puts Google Services front and center.

Core Functionality "OK, Google" voice command is cool. Speed and performance are excellent. But the camera and battery life are questionable.

Recommended ForAndroid fans, those seeking performance on a budget, fans of unlocked devices.


Subscribe to RSS - smartphones