Mobile market update: Smartphone sales see slight growth, while tablet sales fall

International Data Corporation (IDC) reports smartphone sales are continuing to grow, while PC and tablet shipments are falling. Overall, smartphone shipments have seen a 1.6 percent increase since this time in 2015. While this amount of growth may not be seen as substantial, carriers and manufacturers are implementing new programs to encourage device trade-ins. Along…

Samsung issuing update in response to malfunctioning batteries

Samsung’s latest mobile device, the Galaxy Note 7, has been in the headlines for an apparent manufacturing defect. There are multiple reports of the smartphone’s battery overheating and exploding, these explosions have resulted in the recall of more than 2 million devices. Samsung and U.S. authorities alike have recommended customers return their potentially defective devices…

Project Ara cancellation demonstrates sustainable device design challenges

Google’s plan to build a modular cellphone with interchangeable parts, known as Project Ara, has been suspended indefinitely. While Google may not release a device, there are rumors of Google working with partners through licensing agreements to bring the technology to market. Project Ara could potentially set the groundwork to more sustainable device design. Modular…