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App Annie’s hands have been on the pulse of the mobile app world for sometime now and a recent snapshot from the firm provides trends in the global app market. The analysts scoured through 150 countries for user downloads numbers and more importantly, the cash thrown at app developers. From the estimates, Google Play users download a lot of stuff at 45% more...

Samsung Galaxy S5 was launched on the 24th of February in Barcelona and top among the features it’s quite useful for is it’s battery saving prowess. Others include IP67 certification for dust and water resistance, download booster, Kids mode, great camera features like world fastest autofocus on a cameraphone among others. Now Samsung likes taking matters...

Although the freemium model of mobile gaming has marked the future of the platform, app titles could find themselves struggling. According to a report by app testing firm Swrve, two thirds of players will quit a free-to-play mobile phone game in just the first 24 hours of launching the app. The Swrve survey tracked the behaviour of more than 10 million players in...

Nokia has already started pushing an update to the Nokia Asha phones that will bring 7GB free OneDrive Storage among other things to user. Asha Touch phones are the devices launched running the new Asha platform. These include Asha 500, Asha 501, Asha 502 and Asha 503. The full list of features brought by this update include: 7GB Free OneDrive Storage (will require...

HTC’s new flagship, the One M8  which was announced in late March comes with two rear facing cameras. The lens for these cameras is created by Altek and according to the company president Alex Hsia, Huawei and Lenovo have contracted them to supply them with double-lens modules. Dual-camera from these 2 smartphone vendors are expected to come out by Q2/2014,...

Samsung Homesync was launched sometime early last year in a plan for Samsung to increase the experience of your house media. This was to be the home cloud solution that doubled up as your media streaming device. At launch it was quite a promising device and if you go by the fact that there has been no follow-up to it over a year later you can tell the uptake wasn’t...

Samsung Galaxy S5 hits the market starting tomorrow, 11th of April in 125 countries concurrently. Each of the 150 countries get the device within the 24 hour day based on their timezone in what Samsung calls S Carpet. S Carpet is a 24 hour relay that starts East from Australia going east as the sun rises for each countries as per their timezones to the west ending...

A 2010 email by Steve Jobs tabled in the Apple Vs Samsung patent lawsuit on April 4th 2014 at a California Court revealed Apple’s strategy plans then to launch a “Holy war” with the Android maker Google. In the email addressed to Apple’s 100 most senior employees, Steve Jobs notes that Android had surpassed iOS and the company really had to...

With Nokia clearly dominating the Windows Phone sales charts and said to account for upto 90% of all Windows Phone devices according to AdDuplex, there’s been speculation that most of the other players may find it difficult to stick with Microsoft’s mobile platform. However, with complaints like licencing fees that several OEMs (eeer Huawei & co)...

At the announcement filled Microsoft Build 2014 conference, Nokia’s CEO Stephen Elop launched the Nokia Lumia 630 (in both single and dual SIM variants), the Lumia 635 and the global variant of the Verizon exclusive Icon, the Nokia Lumia 930. These three devices is the start of a busy year for Nokia, not only from the device release cycle, but with the pending integration...

As expected, Microsoft has made official the long-awaited update to its mobile platform by announcing Windows Phone 8.1. The update brings about much needed improvements and features to the mobile operating system. Part of what is coming to Windows Phone devices with the 8.1 update is: Action Centre/Notification Centre Well, Windows Phone fans can finally stop fiddling...

As previously rumoured and leaked, the new Lumias we all expected were unveiled at Build 2014 not necessarily at the #moreLumia event but at Microsoft’s Build keynote. Nokia CEO and incoming Microsoft Executive Vice President for the Microsoft Devices Group, Steven Elop, took the stage to announce the three devices: one high end model and two mid-range models. The...

Microsoft’s Jeff Belfiore at the Keynote Build 2014 Conference Of the many stubborn smartphone apps that users refuse to part with, there is Google Now for Android, Siri for Apple and now Microsoft’s Cortana. Cortana is still in the beta stage and Microsoft is not letting the AI run wild just yet. So, they take the app to the backroom and overwhelm her...

Apple and Samsung are at it again in a new patent trial that opened yesterday, 1 April 2014, debating the role of a company not even part of the case, namely Google. Apple’s legal team vowed to prove that Samsung flagrantly copied iPhone features and Samsung should pay more than $2bn in damages. Apple lawyer Harold McElhinny said Samsung has stolen a number...

With most OEMs almost mid-way through seeding the Android 4.4 KitKat update to their flagship devices from the previous year and almost all new mid-range to high end devices shipping with it, its adoption has doubled in just under a month. KitKat now stands at 5.9% in data collected by Google for devices accessing the Play Store in the 7 day period ending yesterday. Gingerbread’s...

Huawei is the only major player in the mobile space who is yet to show us the device they’ll be banking on to push their agenda around the globe. Samsung, Sony, LG and HTC have already done so with their Galaxy S5, Xperia Z2, G Pro 2 and One M8 smartphones respectively. Even emerging players like Oppo have declared their intentions. Seems like it won’t...

XSCAPE, the late Michael Jackson’s posthumous album released by his estate and Epic Records goes public on May 13th to millions of the late pop icon’s fans fans the world over. Among those lucky to get their hands (or phones) on the latest from the fallen King of Pop are owners of Sony’s most recent flagship devices, the Xperia Z1 and the Xperia...

Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg Mark Zuckerberg yesterday unveiled the all-new Facebook’s “Connectivity Lab” to work on the internet.org’s project to bring internet connectivity to the world’s 5 billion people who currently lack it. Internet.org, a partnership between Facebook and telecom industry giants such as Nokia,Qualcomm and...

Samsung has today launched the Galaxy Gear in the Asian giant, India. The device was launched together with the three smartwatches of 2014, the Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo and Gear Fit. Samsung launched these devices in the sidelines of Mobile World Congress in late February and has plans to make them available in 150 countries starting April 11th. Here in Kenya we already...

Do you already use your mobile phone to shop online? Many of us have placed a bid on eBay over the phone or even taken care of some last-minute holiday shopping on Amazon’s mobile website. It’s not much of a stretch to point out that the way we shop has changed drastically over the past few years, and this extends to big ticket items like electronics and...

If you happen to follow mobile tech news like your life depends on it like some of us do then the device that was announced today simultaneously in New York City and London by Taiwanese device maker HTC is not a surprise. It is not one of HTC’s best kept secret and could easily win if a competition for worst kept secrets of 2014 was held right now. That won’t...