smartphones

POLL: Over 40% of high school girls use phones more than 6 hours...
Commuters at a Tokyo train station are immersed in their smartphones. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
More than 40 percent of Japanese female high school students use their mobiles or smartphones more than six hours a day, according to a Tokyo information security company...
Upsetting the app cart: Asian messaging services challenge mobile...
LINE, a free telephone app for smartphones, is widely used in Japan. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Asian chat services KakaoTalk, LINE and WeChat threaten to overturn the mobile order of things, usurping the role of Google, Apple, Amazon.com, Facebook and telecoms carriers...
VOX POPULI: Resisting smartphones, the opium of the 21st century
Young people love their smartphones. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
“Smoke-free” is an expression that some non-English-speaking Japanese may misunderstand to imply an environment where smokers are free to light up with abandon. But it...
New NTT Docomo device allows owners to keep high-tech tabs on Fido
A small device attached to a dog’s collar informs the pet owner of the number of steps the animal takes, its location and other health-related data. It is used in conjunction with a smartphone or a computer. (Haruka Takashige)
NTT Docomo Inc. announced Feb. 13 the launch of a new service to allow dog owners to constantly monitor the health and the whereabouts of their beloved pets through a small...
Mid-tier camera makers face shakeout as smartphones shatter...
Panasonic Corp. unveils the latest model of its mirrorless camera lineup, Lumix GM, in October. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Panasonic Corp. and Japan's other mid-tier camera makers have a battle on their hands to win over a smartphone "selfie" generation to mirrorless cameras that held such promise...
Samsung vows more aggressive investment, targets tablets
A woman stands behind a Samsung logo at Samsung Electronics Co. showroom inside its headquarters in Seoul. (AP photo)
SEOUL--Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. vowed to double its dividend yield, invest in new technology and boost marketing as it sought to topple Apple Inc. in the mobile devices...
BIZ BRIEF: NTT Docomo unveils 16 new mobile devices
NTT Docomo Inc. on Oct. 10 unveiled its winter-spring lineup of mobile devices, including 10 smartphones, one tablet, two feature phones, one photo panel and two Wi-Fi routers.
Robots eye car industry to take up smartphone slack
Robot makers target automobile factories. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
As the breakneck growth in the global smartphone market eases, the mostly Japanese companies that make the robots that build the phones are looking to automakers to take up the ...
Sony banks on PlayStation 4 to turn slumping company around
The PlayStation 4 games console (Provided by Sony Computer Entertainment)
LOS ANGELES--Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. is banking on its next-generation PlayStation 4 to turn around the fortunes of the Sony Corp. group, pricing it $100 (9,800 yen)...
Commuters warned of dangers of using smartphones while walking
This retouched photo shows commuters at JR Shinjuku Station using smartphones while walking and exiting trains. (Yosuke Fukudome)
In late May, a 10-year-old boy was walking along the edge of the train platform at Tokyo's JR Yotsuya Station, his rapt attention drawn to his cellphone's screen. According to...
China’s Huawei on offensive in Japan smartphone market
Shao Yang speaks about Huawei Technologies Co.’s smartphone business in Shenzhen, China. (Keiko Yoshioka)
Huawei Technologies Co., China’s largest smartphone manufacturer, is focusing on the Japanese market as a testing ground to refine its technologies.
Panasonic mulling sales of smartphones in India under ODM deal
A smartphone made by Panasonic (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Panasonic Corp. is considering entering the smartphone market in India as early as May to gain a foothold in the rapidly expanding Asian market, working with a local mass...
BIZ BRIEF: NEC unveils technology to quiet smartphone 'taps'
NEC Corp. announced March 22 it has developed technology for smart devices that suppresses "tapping" sounds from touch screen operations, helping to ensure clear voice...
To Our Readers: AJW is now smartphone friendly
AJW for smartphones
The Asahi Shimbun AJW site is now optimized for smartphone screens. On a bus, train, busy street or in a coffee shop, you can easily access the latest news on Japan and the...
Free-telephone app Line wins 100 million users
The logo of the Line free-telephone service (Provided by NHN Japan Corp.)
Line, a free-telephone app for smartphones, has won 100 million users worldwide, establishing a dominant lead over rivals hoping to emulate its success.
BIZ BRIEF: Canon Photopresso redesigned for smartphones
An online photo-processing service operated by Canon Inc. and Canon Marketing Japan Inc. is to accept uploads from smartphone and tablet users, the companies said Nov. 28.
Tokyo court rejects Samsung's request for iPhone injunction
Apple Inc.'s iPhone 4S (Provided by Apple Inc.)
Samsung Electronics Co. has suffered a setback in its worldwide legal battle with Apple Inc. over alleged patent violations after a Tokyo court rejected its request for...
BIZ BRIEF: Fujitsu technology increases efficiency of optical...
Fujitsu announced Sept. 19 that it has developed technology for future long-haul and metropolitan optical networks that can alter the architecture of optical network resources...
Sharp president confident on deal with Hon Hai by month's end
Sharp President Takashi Okuda (Yuki Nakazato)
Sharp Corp. President Takashi Okuda expressed confidence on Sept. 1 about reaching an agreement on a lifeline extended by Taiwanese component maker Hon Hai Precision Industry...
BIZ BRIEF: NTT Docomo to market 5 new smartphones, tablets
Japanese mobile operator NTT Docomo Inc. announced on Aug. 28 the upcoming release of three new smartphones and two new tablets, all compatible with the company’s Xi LTE...