It’s time to stop what may be the most offensive, yet generally accepted, bias from smartphone analysts: “don’t get caught in a race to the…
Facebook is serious about spreading its service to people in countries without fast cellular networks or cutting-edge smartphones. Its new Android app,…
Facebook will start targeting mobile ads based on cell signal strength and type of connection.
The end of the smartphone wars are in sight — in a major development, Google and Apple announced a truce late Friday afternoon.
A new report claims that Lenovo is planning to buy Motorola’s handset division from Google.
Motorola was hoping for a victory to block iPhone sales in the US.
The companies have agreed to attend a mediation session in advance of a March court battle over patents.
Apple has renewed its motion for a permanent injunction against Samsung smartphone sales in the United States.
John Sculley, former Apple CEO famous for ousting Steve Jobs from the company, is considering a bid to buy BlackBerry, a report says.
It’s a good day for Googlers, as the company’s stock has crossed an ephemeral milestone: $1,000 a share.
Need a new phone fast? Verizon has started to roll out same-day delivery for orders placed online.
Motorola is establishing an engineering hub and actively seeking engineers in Kitchener-Waterloo, just ten minutes away from BlackBerry’s global headquarters.
T-Mobile(s tmus) customers hoping to pick up a BlackBerry(s bbry) won’t be doing so from a retail store. On Wednesday the carrier said…
Sprint’s new One Up program allows you to upgrade your phone once every year, and offers the lowest monthly rates of all four major U.S. carriers.
European cellular provider Vodafone(s vod) may be secretly launching a smartphone, but an unsubtle report from the FCC has outed the company’s…
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-09-11/the-iphone-s-secret-flights-from-china-to-your-local-apple-store.html Bloomberg has a story tracing the journey of the iPhone(s aapl), from its assembly in China to the occasional journey on…
Amazon responded to a report that the company plans to launch a free smartphone, saying it simply isn’t true.
According to a report, Amazon wants to get into the smartphone market so badly it might offer its phones for free.
It seems that demand for smartphones has risen considerably, as IDC reports today that the worldwide mobile phone market is expected to…
Pressy, the device that turns your Android headphone jack into a programmable button, has far surpassed its Kickstarter goal in less than a day.
BlackBerry is publicly considering a sale or partnership to stay in the market. Secretly, there was an investor plan to take over and turn the company arround, complete with $1 billion in commitments to make it happen.
An alleged walkthrough video shows the BlackBerry Z30 in action, complete with AT&T branding.
Apple(s aapl) on Friday celebrated a partial victory in its patent case against Samsung. The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) found Samsung guilty of infringing on two…
Thinking about buying a new phone? Make sure to ask yourself these 10 questions first.
Android Device Manager is a new app that makes it easy to locate a missing device – or protect your data when you can’t.
The smartphone industry is expected to see shipment growth of 26 percent to 897 million units this year, according to IHS iSuppli. It sees Apple’s most important product growing just 12 percent in that same period.
The district attorney of San Francisco and attorney general of New York would like to know why Apple, Samsung, Microsoft and Motorola haven’t yet made a phone with a “kill switch.”
Is there still a fragmenation issue with Android? Not so much based on the lastest figures from Google. Thank phone upgrades in conjunction with the smart Android strategy shown off at Google I/O.
From phones that can take pictures underwater to handsets with larger screens in a small phone body, the quality of design in current Android flagships is at an all-time high.
AT&T might be trying to one-up Sprint’s current $100 promotion in the form of a smartphone trade-in program. With it, AT&T will take any relatively new smartphone and offer customers at least a $100 instant credit.
Smartphone shipments eclipsed those of feature phones for the first time ever, says IDC. Who’s the current smartphone king, based on the numbers? Samsung is, with a strategy that started in 2010.
Launchers are nothing new to Android, having been around for a few years now. That’s why I’m not surprised a Facebook Home style launcher is already available in the Google Play store.
Verizon customers eager to get the BlackBerry Z10 handset can start the pre-order process tomorrow with phones in store before month end. The Z10, in black or exclusive Verizon white, is $199.99 with contract.
Will T-Mobile or AT&T get the BlackBerry Z10 out the door first? AT&T starts pre-orders tomorrow so it’s going to be close. Regardless, $199.99 with contract may be a tough sell. Is the new Z10 priced too high?
The restructuring process under Google has begun at Motorola, which will reduce its head count by 20 percent or 4,000 jobs this year. The company is slimming down its operations in an attempt to compete with smartphone leaders Apple and Samsung.
Research In Motion shares leapt on an analyst report suggesting Samsung was considering to license BlackBerry 10 for its phones. Anything is possible, even no-cost licensing to gain market share, but it doesn’t make sense. Nearly 1 of every 2 Android phones sold is a Samsung.
We know device makers are making money off of this trend. But how do mobile app makers cash in on this ballooning market of upwardly mobile consumers? The short answer is: make iOS apps. The longer answer: Make really well-designed free, ad-based Android apps.
On this week’s audio podcast, Matt and Kevin share hands on experiences with the HTC One X, which may be the best Android device for AT&T right now. Plus discussion and thoughts about the Galaxy S III, BB 10, and your listener questions answered.
Leaked images of Research In Motion’s new BlackBerry 10 software show much similarity to the user interface of Apple iOS and Google Android. The screenshots indicate that BlackBerry is finally moving towards a more touch-friendly platform that supports home-screen widgets. Now about the supporting ecosystem…
RIM has announced it has replaced co-CEOs Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie with Thorsten Heins, the current COO. The change was necessary but Heins will have to make a clear break from RIM’s past performance, which at least initially he doesn’t appear anxious to do.
IOS’ year end surge has helped close the gap on Android in the U.S., with December sales hitting 44.5 percent of all smartphones, just behind Android at 46.9 percent, according to new data from Nielsen. Android and iOS continue to separate from fast-fading BlackBerry.
The iPhone 4S, along with cheaper older models, has helped Apple close the distance on Google’s Android, drawing within a few percentage points in recent U.S. smartphone sales market share, according to the NPD Group. Android and iOS are very much in a two-horse race.
Apple’s iPhone 4 was the leading mobile phone in the U.S., despite being a phone launched mid-way through 2010, according to a new Nielsen report. The iPhone helped propel smartphone usage in the U.S. to new heights during the past year.
How many smartphones did Samsung ship during the third quarter? Depends on who you ask. Strategy Analytics says it was 28 million. IHS iSuppli says 27.3 million. On Tuesday, Juniper Research weighed in 24.9 million. And what does Samsung say? That’s the thing: It doesn’t.
RIM responded to its worst outage ever by giving away $100 worth of apps. And it’s throwing in a month of free tech support. It’s an unsatisfactory gesture and another case of RIM not communicating well enough with consumers who need more reasons to stick around.
Need proof that smartphones are conquering the globe? Look no farther than the U.K., where the Office for National Statistics has begun factoring smartphones and the apps that run on them into its consumer spending data, as well as another high-tech addition.
We’ve had smartphones for a while and disasters for far longer. But the growth of smartphones has helped turn natural disasters like the Japan earthquake into far more personal, powerful and real-time events for both the victims on the ground and people consuming the news.
Android in the U.S. pushed ahead of rivals iOS and RIM in January, according to Nielsen Wire, and is finding more popularity among younger consumers. HTC is also winning both the Android and Windows Phone 7 manufacturing race ahead of rivals Motorola and Samsung.
The race is on to see who can help enterprise customers secure and manage the emerging fleet of employee-bought smart devices. The latest entrant to the space is Enterproid, a start-up that has built an app environment for smartphones that partitions corporate data from personal information.
The mobile web is growing rapidly, but in stark contrast to the pace of the mobile web’s growth, the speed at which it performs has lagged behind consumer expectations. The gap poses a great risk to mobile commerce sites, and those that rely on advertisements for revenue.
Android’s share of the mobile market might be growing rapidly, but if it really wants to generate Apple-style levels of consumer excitement, it could learn some lessons from the legion of iPhone copycats that are all the rage across China.
Did Santa bring you a shiny new smartphone? Congratulations! Here’s a first-day checklist for new smartphone owners ranging from smart email setup to what apps you should install and even a way to reduce the amount of 3G data you’ll use from your phone carrier.
This year saw improved gadgets that either run faster, longer on a charge or can morph into multi-purpose devices thanks to slick new apps. These seven gadgets actually got me to pull out my wallet in 2010: the best gadgets this year that met my needs.
Even with the growth of 3G and the rollout of 4G under way, Wi-Fi has strengthened its grip on consumers. That’s the upshot of a study of millennial users who say Wi-Fi use has become integral to the way people communicate and maintain relationships.
When we think of the mobile web, we naturally think of smartphones, but new statistics from Millennial Media show advertisers better not overlook other devices. Just over half of all mobile ads served were dished out to non-smartphone devices, including the iPod Touch and iPad.
The nation’s two largest carriers added more connected devices last quarter than postpaid subscriptions, according to data released this morning by Chetan Sharma. In his quarterly update he noted that wireless penetration in the U.S. surpassed 100 percent if one takes out children under five.
If you’re not ready to bid farewell to the feature phone just yet, you might want to start preparing your goodbyes. Nielsen today said that by the end of 2011, smartphones will overtake feature phones up from a mere 10% in early 2008.
ComScore today released research on the U.S. smartphone market and the trends from the past two years appear to be continuing. In fact, the numbers jive quite nicely with the worldwide data provided by Gartner just last month. Here’s a comparison and thoughts on future numbers.
Google has introduced a nifty app that allows users to search contacts and other data by drawing letters on the screen of their phones. But it’s available only on handsets running Android version 2.0 or later, which means a lot of users are being left behind.
Google’s Android experience varies by handset and not just because of different hardware. Four Android versions are available, but one report says Google is planning to get all devices on version 2.1 soon. There’s pros and cons to the solution — is it too late?
The Motorola Devour is like the Droid’s little brother, and it has some nice design features. It will be coming soon to Verizon, but videos of the phone in action are already appearing on the web. It looks like a solid effort by Motorola.
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AT&T joins the Android party on March 7, with the introduction of the Motorola Backflip. The device offers a unique navigational trackpad on the back and just might be a good introduction to Android for first-time smartphone buyers.
Sprint has been dropping subscribers at an alarming clip, so have instituted a new loyalty program to stem the tide. It takes as little as three months loyalty to qualify, which is sad. Members in the Sprint Premier program can get a new phone each year.
Motorola brings it’s first Android device with Motoblur to Verizon. At first glance, it looks like an upgraded Droid, but there’s some downgrades as well. Is Motoblur needed when Android supports widgets natively? We’ll see how much of draw it is once we see pricing.
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Google’s decision to take on the Chinese political establishment has drawn mixed reactions. No one knows how big a financial gamble this decision is and how it will impact Google’s revenues. And if things do go wrong, then Android may be left in the cold.
Nokia (s nok) said today it’s slashing 330 research and development jobs in Europe as it looks to consolidate its handset lineup…
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Apple (s aapl) became the world’s most profitable handset vendor in the third quarter of this year, reports Strategy Analytics. “We estimate…
China’s smartphone market is surging, according to figures from In-Stat released today. But sales of gray-market phones — which aren’t recognized or…
Research In Motion (s rimm) has fared well as the smartphone space expands beyond business users into the mainstream, but the Canadian…
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