According to Bloomberg’s anonymous source, Apple is expected to present a radically new mobile payments system in-built in a new iPhone 6 at the press event on September 9th. The system has been reportedly developed in collaboration with three world’s leading credit card companies Visa, MasterCard, and American Express. The terms of this collaboration are not disclosed.
Apple, Samsung and Microsoft have got one more serious player on the highly competitive U.S. market of smartphones—Amazon. The first online retailer’s phone called Fire «puts everything you love about Amazon in the palm of your hand—instant access to Amazon’s vast content ecosystem and exclusive features,» as Jeff Bezos, company’s CEO says.
Yota Devices, a private international smartphone manufacturer, and the Russian media company Look At Media have launched a series of state-of-the-art experiments that center around multi-user testing of the company’s latest innovative product— a dual-screen YotaPhone. The idea behind the project is to let potential customers try the key features of YotaPhone without leaving home and going to the brick-and-mortar retail store—a computer connected to the Internet is all they need for the test.
Samsung has announced the compact version of its latest flagship Galaxy S4 smartphone, the Galaxy S4 mini that comes as an alternative to a successful “parent” phone. The Galaxy S4 mini features a 4.3-inch qHD display, a 1.7GHz dual-core processor, an 8-megapixel rear camera and a 1.9-megapixel HD front-facing camera.
Facebook has finally unveiled its long-awaited software Facebook Home that enhances Android smartphones, making them more integrated into the social-media world. The steady stream of posts and photos from friends on Facebook is the first thing users see when they turn on the phone with the installed Home. Facebook notes that new product is not a new operating system or a smartphone, but a “family of apps that puts your friends at the heart of your phone.”
Samsung’s another “next big thing” is to arrive soon. The tech giant is going to unveil the Galaxy S IV smartphone, which potentally can start a new era in the industry thanks to its “eye scrolling” feature. The new groundbreaking device, allowing to read hands-free, will be unveiled at the Unpacked event slated for March 14 in New York.