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Zero, One or Dual SIM Cards: Which is Best?

August 19, 2020

For U.S. retailers, considering whether to sell smartphones that use SIM cards or non-SIM card phones may seem like a moot point. Most U.S. phones don’t require SIM cards, and are tied directly to a specific service provider; they can’t be used on other carriers unless the user asks for the phone to be unlocked. Even then, it’s not always possible. Service providers do this on purpose. It’s their way of guaranteeing that the consumer continues to use their services. Since many offer these smartphones on payment plans or with major discounts if the user agrees to a contract, many...


Smartphone Demand Soars Among Millennials and Gen Z

August 15, 2020

In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, smartphone phone use has skyrocketed – especially among Gen Z and Millennials. Compared to the same time period in 2019, 70 percent of consumers are watching more videos on their phones than a year ago. Screen time on smartphones has leapt to an average of three hours and 19 minutes in 2020, compared to two hours a day in 2014. Specific to Gen Z and Millennial users, 84 percent report that accessing videos on their mobile phones has helped them cope with the anxiety of being separated from loved ones and the discomfort...


Microsoft Considers Buying TikTok

August 12, 2020

In the midst of a growing tech cold war between China and the U.S., President Donald Trump threatened to ban Chinese-owned TikTok from operating its social media platform within the U.S., citing security concerns regarding American user data. The social media platform is immensely popular worldwide, especially among teens. The company says it has 100 million users in the U.S. alone. However, there’s not yet any reason for its users to panic: Microsoft announced it is looking into potentially purchasing TikTok’s U.S. database, in addition to its operations in the U.S., Australia, Canada and New Zealand.  Although nothing has been...


Huawei Sells the Most Smartphones in Q2 2020

August 08, 2020

Thanks in large part to the coronavirus pandemic, Huawei has surpassed Samsung as the top seller of smartphones across the globe. According to a report from Canalys, the Chinese company sold more phones than any other manufacturer in the second quarter of 2020. Although there is no guarantee they’ll be able to keep their lead, the change is impressive, considering Huawei is not able to sell its smartphones in the U.S. Thanks to restrictions imposed by U.S. President Trump, the company can only support its current products in the country, but they can’t sell new ones. There are several factors...


Samsung Releases UV Sterilizer for Smartphones and Accessories

August 05, 2020

Samsung has released a new wireless charging device that comes with an extra perk: it kills coronavirus. The new charger is actually a small box – 7 inches long by 3.77 inches wide by 1.29 inches deep – that simultaneously charges as it sanitizes whatever has been placed in the box using UV sterilizing technology. It’s big enough to fit most cell phones, regardless of their brand. As an added plus, it will also sterilize other objects as well: pens, eye glasses or earphones, for example. Owners can just place what they’d like sterilized in the box, leave it for...


Tech Companies to Watch for 5G

August 03, 2020

5G technology is continuing to grow in popularity, especially as more and more people depend on their smartphones to stay connected to loved ones and business associates. This trend isn’t just for U.S. consumers, either: in China, one in three of all smartphones sold in the second quarter of 2020 were 5G compatible. Huawei, a Chinese smartphone manufacturer, managed to corral 60 percent of the Chinese smartphone market with its 5G compatible phones, even as overall sales fell compared to the same time last year due to the coronavirus pandemic.  Aside from Huawei, there are five companies to watch whose...


2020 Smartphone Market Report

August 01, 2020

As expected, the global smartphone market took a hit in early 2020 due to the coronavirus. Even as usage increased, the prevalence of the virus in China caused a major shockwave to hit the smartphone manufacturing industry – most of the components and the phone manufacturing itself occur in China, where Covid-19 first emerged, causing manufacturing plants to shut down, albeit temporarily.  However, there have since been several bright spots in the markets that show that the worldwide prevalence of smartphones protects the industry – especially in a pandemic that requires people to connect digitally instead of in person. In...


Tracing Covid-10 with Smartphone Data

July 17, 2020

Researchers at Ohio State University (OSU) are working on an app that taps into smartphone location data to alert the user whether they’ve been close to someone who tested positive for COVID-19. OSU is working to make this technology available for use in the fall to help prevent the spread of coronavirus on campus. The app works with location data already made available through updates to major cell phone manufacturers, such as Samsung and iPhone. Users can download an app that taps into location data on their phones. When the user tests positive for Covid-19, that information is used to...


Samsung Fights Covid-19 with New Antimicrobial Smartphone Cases

July 14, 2020

On June 30, Samsung filed a trademark in several countries for a new antimicrobial coating that has been proven to be effective against Covid-19, the cause of the global pandemic. Although as of yet there is no news of when this new option will hit the market, the antimicrobial coating is expected to be incorporated into Samsung’s smartphone and tablet cases for its most popular products, including many of its Galaxy smartphones.  According to a research report by the University of Arizona, an antimicrobial coating like the one Samsung is seeking to add to its cell phone cases can keep...


Best Affordable Smartphones of 2020

July 11, 2020

Rumor has it that Nokia will be releasing a new affordable smartphone in the U.S. in 2020. The Nokia 2.4 is rumored to have an updated processor: the octa-core CPU, which will be twice as fast as the Nokia 2.3 quad-core CPU. Although pricing will not be set until the phone is officially announced, if it’s anything like its predecessor, this affordable smartphone will sell for less than $200. In today’s uncertain market, with coronavirus cases still on the rise, it’s likely sales of more affordable smartphones will trend upward. As a retailer, it’s a good idea to keep track...


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