Market trends

Is anyone using their smartphone to make calls?

Do you remember the days when mobile phones were used to make and receive phone calls? They have come a long way since then and our modern handsets do far more than just that. Not only are they our primary communication devices but smartphones are also displacing a number of other devices and doing far more than their predecessors ever […]

Video: “Next is Now… More than Ever” looks at Internet technology in Canada

About two years ago, Rogers released its “Next is Now” video that looked at how communications technology is changing the lives of Canadians. A lot has changed since then and Rogers has revisited this topic to look at how things stand now. Today, it released a sequel video called “Next is Now… More than Ever.” According to Rob Switzman, Senior […]

Is Facebook replacing text messaging?

While Canada’s love affair with text messaging continued on strong in 2011 with 78 billion messages sent, there are signs that the love affair may be waning in other parts of the world. A report by Strand Consult, a telecommunications consulting firm, found that the amount of time smartphone users are spending on Facebook is increasing. It suggests that a […]

Infographic: Possible features on your next smartphone

Want to know what features are likely to make it onto your next smartphone? An infographic put together by Symphony Teleca gives us a look at where things might be headed. A number of these are already on higher-end smartphones (such as the Samsung Galaxy S III introduced today) now, suggesting that they will become ubiquitous in the near future. […]

HTC to stop making QWERTY keyboard devices?

Fans of devices with physical QWERTY keyboards are unlikely to find what they’re looking for in HTC devices in the future. The company has reportedly decided to focus its efforts on touchscreen devices as consumers gravitate to thinner devices. Speaking at a press event today, HTC creative director Claude Zellweger said, “As a company, the QWERTY keyboard we’re moving away […]

NVIDIA CEO expects US$199 Tegra 3 tablets by the summer

The rumoured US$149-$199 7-inch tablet that Google is expected to unveil soon could quickly find itself in a crowded market. Speaking to the The New York TimesNVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang expects that similarly-priced Tegra 3-powered tablets will be available from other manufacturers by the summer. Removal of pricier components is driving prices downward very quickly. “We took out $150 in […]

Smartphone users want larger displays

A report by research firm Strategy Analytics has found that smartphone users are gravitating towards larger displays but without wanting to compromise on weight. Its survey found that users prefer “device screens in the 4.0-inch to 4.5-inch range, as long as the device is also thin.” “Almost 90 percent of existing smartphone owners surveyed chose a prototype smartphone with a […]

Canadian multi-tablet households to grow in 2012

Canadians’ love affair with their tablets (primarily Apple iPads) will not slow down in 2012. Deloitte Canada’s Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT) Predictions 2012 report suggests that almost 5% of tablets sold in Canada in 2012 will be headed to households that already have one. Tablets will also outnumber people in a growing number of households. “The growth rate of […]