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Take A Look: Smartphone OS Share Around the World

March 25, 2015 9:52 am | by Kantar Worldpanel | Articles | Comments

Kantar Worldpanel offers an in-depth, interactive look at markets around the world where Android, BlackBerry, iOS, and Windows Phones are battling it out for share.

Schmidt: Google Still Working on Google Glass

March 23, 2015 9:38 am | by Andrew Berg, Editor In Chief, @andrewberg32 | News | Comments

According to a Wall Street Journal report, Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt says that recent...

Report: Microsoft’s Cortana Coming to Android, iOS

March 13, 2015 10:16 am | by Ben Munson, Associate Editor, @wwbenmunson | News | Comments

Microsoft is preparing to move its digital assistant into competitor territory...

IDC Tempers Tablet Forecast, Predicts Windows Share Growth

March 12, 2015 11:21 am | by Ben Munson, Associate Editor, @wwbenmunson | News | Comments

The downward shift comes after the fourth quarter of 2014 witnessed the first year-over-year...

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Apple, Android Scramble to Fix Browsers Open to 'FREAK Attack'

March 4, 2015 9:47 am | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Millions of people may have been left vulnerable to hackers while surfing the web on Apple and Google devices...                                    

Google Seeks Revenue Boost with Ads in Google Play

February 27, 2015 9:54 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The advertising expansion announced Thursday will provide Google with a new opportunity to profit from its Android software, the world's most widely used...               

Android Saw Its 4Q Smartphone Profit Share Evaporate

February 26, 2015 10:34 am | by Ben Munson, Associate Editor, @wwbenmunson | News | Comments

Apple’s record fourth quarter added up to a significant erosion in Android’s share of global smartphone profits...                                     

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Galaxy S6 May Come with Outsized Pricing

February 25, 2015 11:12 am | by Andrew Berg, Editor In Chief, @andrewberg32 | News | Comments

Samsung took home 29 percent of the U.S. smartphone market in the fourth quarter of 2014, while Apple managed a 41.7 percent share. 

Japan Continues Adoration of the Feature Phone

February 17, 2015 10:23 am | by Andrew Berg, Editor In Chief, @andrewberg32 | News | Comments

Japan has a history of technology and cultural trends that evolve independent from the rest of the world. Some refer to this as the Galapagos Effect.                                          

Independent Smartwatches Lead Market Predictions

February 10, 2015 10:57 am | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

The market is predicted to reach $32.9 billion by 2020, a growth of 67.6 percent in six years, said a report from Allied Market Research...                                         

Microsoft, Samsung Settle Android Patent Dispute

February 10, 2015 10:38 am | by Andrew Berg, Editor In Chief, @andrewberg32 | News | Comments

Reports of the initial disagreement first surfaced back in August when Microsoft said it would sue Samsung for threatening to stop paying Microsoft royalies for..                                    

Apple’s iPhone Outsold All Androids Combined in U.S.

February 4, 2015 10:28 am | by Ben Munson, Associate Editor, @wwbenmunson | News | Comments

The iPhone already had a record fourth quarter, selling 74.5 million units. Now it looks like that total was enough to outsell all Android OEMs combined in the U.S.                               

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Why Doesn’t 1 Billion Android Phones Seem More Impressive?

January 30, 2015 10:20 am | by Ben Munson, Associate Editor, @wwbenmunson | Blogs | Comments

Android shipped five times more smartphones than iOS. There are seven times more people on earth than Android smartphones shipped in 2014.                                      

LG Scores Big Smartphone Boost Amid 4Q Loss

January 29, 2015 10:54 am | by Ben Munson, Associate Editor, @wwbenmunson | News | Comments

Despite the gains made in 2014, LG is expecting a “challenging year ahead with greater competition globally from...                                            

Report: HTC Smartwatch, New Phone on the Way

January 20, 2015 2:06 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, Design Group, @abmdigi | News | Comments

The rumored phone, codenamed One M9 as a successor to last year’s One M8, will feature an HTC UltraPixel front camera and a 20-megapixel rear camera...                    

Samsung Opts for Tizen in New TVs

January 2, 2015 11:22 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics Co. said its Internet-connected televisions will this year use its internally developed operating system known as Tizen, in the...                          

Gartner: Windows Falls Off in 3Q, Record Holiday Expected for New iPhones

December 16, 2014 11:16 am | by Andrew Berg, Senior Editor, @andrewberg32 | News | Comments

Windows Phone's share of the global smarpthone market was just 3 percent in the third quarter of 2014, down from...                          

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IDC: Smartphone Revenue Growth Will Slow as Demand Wanes

December 2, 2014 11:20 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

IDC’s new forecast predicts that 1.3 billion smartphone units will be shipped worldwide in 2014, good enough for a 26.3 percent increase annually. But looking ahead to 2018...            

Review: 'Lollipop' Android Upgrade Full of Flavor

November 13, 2014 9:27 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | Articles | Comments

I tested Lollipop on Google's new Nexus 6 phone, which comes out this week, and I can only hope that as other phones get the upgrade...                    

Microsoft Intros Cross-Platform Fitness App and Wearable

October 30, 2014 10:57 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Microsoft has jumped into the current wearables fray with the introduction of Microsoft Band. The company also rolled out Microsoft Health, its new...                          

New Google App Aims to Revamp Email

October 23, 2014 10:36 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The service, called Inbox, can sort electronic receipts and bank statements into bundles so they can be quickly fetched. This method is similar to...                        

Google’s Nexus 6 Arrives, AT&T Makes It Its First

October 15, 2014 2:11 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Google today officially announced the Nexus 6, a real-deal phablet with a 6-inch display sporting a 1440x2560 (493 ppi) resolution. Google’s new flagship contains a Qualcomm Snapdragon...

Sony Xperia Z3 Makes U.S. Bigger Part of Company's Mobile Strategy

October 10, 2014 9:24 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Sony's phones are hitting U.S. stores on the heels of their unveiling last month at a trade show in Berlin, as Sony ramps up efforts to expand its tiny market share by getting to the American market faster.

Survey: Just 9% of Lawmakers Use Android Phones

October 8, 2014 10:44 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Of the 102 lawmakers’ offices that responded, just nine percent said they use Android phones. That compares with 71 percent using iPhones and 28 percent who choose BlackBerry. Many of the respondents said they use multiple phones and in several cases indicated they have a flip phone in addition to their smartphone.

Microsoft Acquires Minecraft Maker Mojang for $2.5B

September 15, 2014 9:29 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The technology company said it will buy Stockholm-based game maker Mojang. Minecraft, which lets users build in and explore a virtual world, has been downloaded 100 million times on PC alone since its launch in 2009. It is the most popular online game on Xbox, and the top paid app for Apple's iOS and Google's Android operating system in the U.S. 

IDC: Over 300 Million Smartphones Shipped in 2Q

August 14, 2014 11:10 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Android and iOS together accounted for 96.4 percent of the shipments, meaning bad news for competitors, particularly BlackBerry. The Canadian OEM shipped 1.5 million smartphones to grab 0.5 percent share. That number is down from 2.8 percent share in the year-ago quarter and paltry enough to mark a -78 percent annual growth rate for the company’s smartphone shipments.

Microsoft Suing Samsung Over Android Royalties

August 4, 2014 9:33 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

After initially refusing to pay royalties in the second year of the deal, Samsung made a late payment in November but did not add on interest, according to a redacted copy of the complaint filed in federal court in New York and provided by Microsoft.

LG Doubles 2Q profit on Strong Smartphone Sales

July 24, 2014 9:46 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

LG executives said solid sales of handset devices will help its mobile division stay profitable during the fall and winter, even as Apple Inc. is expected to unveil a bigger iPhone and Samsung Electronics Co. is likely to release new models.

Verizon Adds Tablets to Edge

July 15, 2014 11:37 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Verizon over the weekend added the iPad and Android tablets to its Edge early upgrade program. “We’ve had other tablet payment plans in the past, but now we’re focused on Edge,” a Verizon spokesperson told Wireless Week when asked about why tablets are just coming to Edge.

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