This week, we’re bringing you news about smartphone sales as well as the skinny on one of the new devices coming to Rogers: the LG G2. Plus, there are cool new studies about tablets and that photo pose everyone loves to hate, the selfie! Learn all about it in this week’s edition of the weekend reading.
I can’t wait to get my hands on the latest smartphones, so I was pretty excited when Rogers announced the LG G2 will soon be available on our blazing fast LTE network.
The LG G2 “handles like a speed demon,” according to CNET, has a 5.2-inch HD screen and has moved its volume rocker and sleep/power buttons to the back of the device – right below its 13 megapixel camera! Other cool features include “Slide Aside,” which pulls up the most recently used apps and “Knock On” which lets you wake up the G2 with a double tap.
What new phone features excite you?
For the very first time, smartphone sales have topped feature phones, that is, devices with limited or no internet access. PC Mag reported that smartphones made up 51. 8 per cent of mobile phone sales in the second quarter. Based on data from Gartner, Samsung led the charge, partly thanks to the Galaxy S4, and Android topped OS sales, with 79 per cent of smartphones sold. Apple’s iOS represented 14.2 per cent of sales, while Windows Phones made up 3.3 per cent and BlackBerry accounted for 2.7 per cent.
With all the great new devices hitting the market, I’m not surprised people are changing their mobile habits – internet, video and music on the go are practically taken for granted these days! I recycled my last feature phone in 2010 – when did you make the switch to a smartphone?
Tonnes of tablets
We’ve been seeing lots of stats lately about just how pervasive tablets have become – and new data suggests the gadget has definitely hit the mainstream. In fact, one in eight people are expected to have a tablet in hand by 2017. The Forrester research also predicts that 60 per cent of North American online consumers will own tablets by then, as will 42 per cent of Europeans. The Global Business And Consumer Tablet Forecast Update, 2013 to 2017, also predicts that a significant chunk of those purchases will be for business purposes, with an estimated 18 per cent of the 381 million units sold by 2017 destined for workplace use. These futuristic applications include doctors and nurses using tablets to show patients x-ray results and track symptoms and vital signs. Over on RedBoardBiz, we’ve been talking with businesses about the innovative ways they’re already using tablets – check it out and tell us how you see tablets changing your business.
So many selfies
While the mobile self portrait used to be the domain of teens and duckface, selfies are finding new popularity among the senior set. According to the Telegraph, nearly a third of those over 65 in the U.K. have now posed for such a shot. Of course, it’s still popular with other age groups: 75 per cent 18 to 24 year olds and more than half, 51 per cent, of all adults reported having posed for at least one selfie. But, while the photos may be prevalent, the language could be slipping: less than a third of respondents to the HTC-commissioned survey could define “selfie”
The study also estimates that Brits create more than 35 million selfies a month! I’m definitely guilty of flipping on the front-facing camera to capture all sorts of key, and not-so-key, moments, from race finish lines and vacation destinations to showing off a new haircut or colour. Have you posed for a selfie?