Continuing its winning streak in the Land of the Rising Sun, Apple’s new iPhones accounted for 76 percent of all smartphone sales in Japan this October.
Quirkiness and exoticism are what usually describe best the seasonal new gadget line-ups of Japan’s leading wireless carriers, but NTT DoCoMo seems to have turned a page with the latest fall-winter selection of phones, which is downright droolworthy.
“Best things come in small packages” is what the elders used to say, but ask Samsung or HTC about the proverb and they’ll cut you off with a “bigger is better” retort. Not Sony though, as the Japanese have just brought to light the highly anticipated Xperia Z1 mini.
It’s not the size that matters, it’s how you use it. Or it’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog. Whichever of the two sayings you prefer, you’re probably over the moon with excitement about Sony’s Xperia Z1 mini.
The Sony Xperia Z1 mini has often been rumored to be that Android device that will turn around the trend of mini variants of flagship smartphones being mediocre in the specs department, and we now have the most concrete evidence to support that rumor.
If you can’t beat them, join them, an old saying goes, and the inventors of that kooky talking refrigerator seem to be following exactly this particular tactic in trying to make their new Windows 8 tablet as popular as Android slates or Apple’s iPads.
The new Nexus 7 is currently one of the best and most affordable 7-inch tablets in the Android ecosystem, and now the LTE-enabled variant has been launched by Google in eight new markets.
Prior to Apple’s iPhone launch event it was rumored that the company might finally bring its smartphones to Japan’s DoCoMo carrier. It has indeed done that, and it is now believed that due to this deal the iPhone might lead the smartphone market in Japan.
It has been rumored a couple of times that Apple is looking to expand its presence in Japan. A new report claims that the country’s NTT DoCoMo carrier might finally start selling the iPhone this fall.
Apple’s new retail store in Japan is reportedly going to open next year. The store is said to open in Tokyo’s Omotesando district. According to reports, this outlet will be opened for customers in March.
Google’s second-generation Nexus 7 tablet has gone live on the Google Play Store in UK, Germany, France, Spain, and Japan, ending its US and Canada exclusivity.
When Japan sends Koichi Wakata up into the International Space Station (ISS) later this year, he will have tiny friend—Kirobo—to be his companion.
It’s been more than a little while since we last heard of a Fujitsu smartphone breaking cover, but that’s no reason to ignore the Arrows A 202F. Quite on the contrary, as the SoftBank-bound handheld comes with exceptional specs in tow.
What’s the next best thing to getting 30 seconds of fame on national television? How about lasting images of yourself on Google’s Street View? Of course, the best part about Street View is your impression on the world will last for more than 30 seconds.
Toshiba’s first generation of Excite tablets has been much better received than the Thrive line, so instead of the company once again starting from scratch, the Excite family has been refreshed a couple of weeks ago with three new models – Excite Pure, Pro and Write.
Do you know how Samsung seems to dominate Android smartphone sales globally for what’s starting to feel like an eternity? And how OEMs like HTC or Sony can’t even touch them? Well, there is one major market where the status quo is significantly different – Japan.
A special Microsoft Surface Pro flavor is slated for a June 7 Japanese launch with 256 GB of on-board storage. The slate is priced at roughly $1,000 and comes with pre-loaded Office 2013.