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The definition of a smartphone varies, depending on who you ask. Some think if you can install apps on the device, it’s a smartphone, while others claim it must have an advanced operating system. One company has steadfastly clung to its own definition of a smartphone. Read more »

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How much time does the average Android smartphone user spend in third-party apps? Nearly 42 minutes daily, which is significantly higher than on competing platforms. So why does such facetime in apps matter? It’s all about the mobile advertising as Google’s competitors try to catch up. Read more »

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Research In Motion today added purchase and download functionality to its BlackBerry App World website, which could increase the number of app installs. Apple’s web storefront only supports discovery and still requires iTunes on the desktop, while Google has only demonstrated a web-based store for Android. Read more »

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Verizon Wireless will begin selling Samsung’s Galaxy S tablet for $600 next month. Many are bemoaning the no-contract price for this Android 2.2 slate, but it does offer features that Apple’s iPad doesn’t yet. There’s a market for 7-inch tablets, no matter what Steve Jobs says. Read more »

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Lee Williams today stepped down from his executive director role at The Symbian Foundation, reportedly due to personal reasons. When interviewed on camera last year, Williams argued against Android’s “evil” approach and named handset makers who were unhappy with Google. Today, those companies are growing profits. Read more »

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The Wholesale Applications Community, which will “increase the overall market for mobile applications” has announced new members and published a developer specification for apps that can work across many devices and carriers. But so far, it’s just a spec for widgets. Do we need a WAC? Read more »

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Two years after the original G1 handset, T-Mobile’s G2 improves in every way: from the newest version of Google Android to a high resolution touchscreen and an extremely usable slide-out QWERTY keyboard. At $199 and with support for T-Mobile’s fast 3G network, the G2 is excellent. Read more »

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Nokia’s newest smartphone comes in the form of the Nokia N8, a GSM touchscreen device with the brand new Symbian^3 operating system. Even with the improvements shown in the N8, several key user experience aspects keep it at least a step or two behind the competition. Read more »

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T-Mobile is making changes that to help redefine itself, amidst tough competition above from three larger carriers in the U.S. and below from national prepaid providers and smaller regional carriers. It’s not the Saks of cellular, but not a Sears either. So who, then, is T-Mobile? Read more »

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Nearly three of every four handsets hitting the Android Market are now running modern versions of Google’s mobile operating system, just as rumors begin swirling around Gingerbread, the next Android version. Between Froyo’s uptake and core apps developed as add-ons, Google is quietly reducing Android fragmentation. Read more »

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Nearly three of every four handsets hitting the Android Market are now running modern versions of Google’s mobile operating system, just as rumors begin swirling around Gingerbread, the next Android version. Between Froyo’s uptake and core apps developed as add-ons, Google is quietly reducing Android fragmentation. Read more »

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The Qualcomm Innovation Center today announced it has purchased iSkoot, a San Francisco-based startup that offers mobile application services primarily to feature phones. With the acquisition, Qualcomm can feed feature phones with data-friendly proxy services, RSS, email, VoIP functions, real-time notifications and social networking software. Read more »

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Verizon is today enhancing online management functions to give customers a single portal for checking email, managing account information and remotely programming a FiOS DVR from a web-connected computer or mobile phone. The portal brings advanced account functionality to feature phones that don’t support mobile applications. Read more »

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There really is an app for everything now that LEGO has released software that turns an Android handset into a wireless remote control for robots. MINDroid uses a wireless Bluetooth connection and phone accelerometer to send commands to a robot with the flick of a wrist. Read more »

Comcast today announced the availability of more than 2,000 free wireless internet hotspots for Xfinity customers in New Jersey, Delaware and the greater Philadelphia area, where the company is based. Thanks to a collaborative agreement, customers can “roam” on hotspots from Cablevision and Time Warner Cable. Read more »

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With so much talk about Apple’s iPhone coming to Verizon Wireless, it’s easy to overlook the rest of the CDMA market, which has half-a-billion subscribers worldwide. CDMA iPhone sales of just 10 percent of the addressable market would boost Apple’s revenues by more than $32 billion. Read more »

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What happens when a hardware modder finds spare parts in his shop? He cobbles together an old-fashioned, hand-crank method to charge one of the latest and greatest 4G smartphones, of course. It’s not the low-tech solution that makes this video entertaining, it’s definitely the cackling joy. Read more »

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