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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...

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,...

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...

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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.

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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.

Mobile Phone Sales Will Reach 1.9B in 2014

July 7, 2014 10:00 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Sales of smartphones, which exceeded those of the rest of the market in 2013, will continue to do well, and Gartner estimates that smartphone sales will represent 88 percent of global mobile phone sales by 2018 — up from 66 percent in 2014.

Google Seeks to Refine Music Strategy with Songza Buy

July 2, 2014 11:35 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Google plans to blend Songza's technology into its own music-streaming service, which costs $10 per month. Songza's tools also might be used to recommend musical videos at Google's YouTube site, which is preparing to introduce a subscription option, too.

Android Wear Compatibility Gap Leaves Open Door for Apple, Microsoft

June 30, 2014 4:41 pm | by Ben Munson | Blogs | Comments

If Android and the many OEM partners can find a way to close the fragmentation gap, then Android Wear could become as pervasive as its parent software. Of course, if someone releases a commercially viable smartwatch with its own cellular connection, then fragmentation ceases to be a phone-watch pairing issue and becomes a standalone smartwatch problem.

Amazon Appstore Offers 30 Paid Apps for Free

June 27, 2014 9:57 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Amazon is offering up the apps as part of the company's Free App of the Day. The apps include titles such as Travel Interpreter ($9.99) and PUZZINGO Puzzles ($14.99). Amazon said the apps have a combined value in excess of $100. The apps will be available for free download on Friday, June 27th and Saturday, June 28th.

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BlackBerry Signs Deal for Access to Amazon Appstore

June 18, 2014 9:52 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

BlackBerry has signed a licensing agreement with Amazon to give BlackBerry users access to the 240,000 Android applications in the Amazon Appstore. With the release of the BlackBerry 10.3 this fall BlackBerry users will be able buy apps, music, movies and more directly from Amazon. BlackBerry World will stay in place but as of July 21, BlackBerry’s native app storefront will close its video and music sections.

Report: AT&T to Be Exclusive Carrier for New Amazon Phone

June 17, 2014 9:23 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

AT&T has landed the exclusive carrier rights for Amazon’s new smartphone, according to the Wall Street Journal. Amazon is expected to announce its new smartphone at an event Wednesday in Seattle. Reports and teasers from the company suggest the phone will feature 3D imaging that uses eye-tracking technology instead of glasses.

Amazon Boasts App, Developer Numbers Ahead of Smartphone Launch

June 16, 2014 2:20 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Amazon said Monday that its Amazon Appstore, which is a currated grouping of apps from Google Play that run on the company's Android-based Fire OS, has reached 240,000. While that's a far cry from Apple's Apple Store's 1.2 million apps, Amazon does offer many of the major apps available across platforms. 

Windows Phone Still Chanting, 'Developers, Developers, Developers!'

June 16, 2014 1:25 pm | by Editor | Blogs | Comments

With its deep integration of Microsoft's Office software, Windows Phone really does have a chance to make it in the smartphone game, but it absolutely must get developers, both big and hyper-local, behind it and not in the half-hearted manner they are now. It might be argued that Steve Ballmer realized this better than anyone. 

Study: Android Users Spending More Time on Their Devices

June 13, 2014 10:34 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Bonny Joy, Chief, Consumer Telemetry Platforms, said in statement that three big categories are social, communication, and browsing, which account for nearly a third of the time spent. "Our analysis on the top 25 apps across each of the categories shows games and lifestyle segments are among the most vulnerable...

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SwiftKey App Goes Free, Adds Premium In-App Purchases

June 11, 2014 10:30 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Swiftkey Keyboard today announced that it is doing away with the $3.99 price for its app. In a press release, the company noted that the shift comes alongside an update to the app that introduces dozens of new free and premium keyboard themes. 

Amazon Should be the One Moving Its Event

June 10, 2014 10:53 am | by Ben Munson | Blogs | Comments

If priorities were in the right place, though, it would be Amazon working around T-Mobile’s schedule. Amazon’s (probably) phone will show off some cool tricks but after the show, it’s still just another Android smartphone. Amazon is an interesting player with a strong ecosystem but it won’t become a major disruptor in the smartphone space on day one.

Ups and Downs of Mobile Cloud Services

June 4, 2014 10:15 am | by Pavel Andreev, Quality Assurance Team Lead, A1QA | Articles | Comments

The issue of acceptable application functioning is becoming more and more essential within the mobile testing industry. Various platforms, operating systems, screen sizes and mobile devices complicate the process of app adaptation and cause new issues. As a result, mobile cloud services are becoming a more popular option for mobile device testing.

Rebtel Spins Out Sinch for In-App Communications

May 14, 2014 1:24 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

“We plan to democratize in-app communications with Sinch," Sinch CEO Andreas Bernström said in a statement. "Rebtel was a pioneer in offering free and super-cheap voice services to consumers, and now Sinch is giving developers the best way to add a free communication layer to their apps.” 

Review: Pregnancy Apps Track Baby, Mom's Progress

May 8, 2014 10:02 am | by Bree Fowler, AP Technology Writer | Articles | Comments

If you're the kind of new mom who frets when you haven't felt the baby move for a while, the answer might be yes. Personally, I not a big fan of these things. Just like the one at the doctor's office, they involve smearing that sticky ultrasonic-gel on your belly, which I've come to hate. The gel is included with the device.

Report: Smartphones Continue Generating More Retail Revenue

May 5, 2014 11:17 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Consumers continue to use smarpthones to make online purchases at an increaring rate. In April 2014, revenue generated from smartphones was up 115 percent over the same month last year, with a 84 percent jump in orders annually. Smartphones visits accounted to 29 percent...

Study: Samsung Phone Durable, but iPhone Has Edge

April 25, 2014 2:23 pm | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

SquareTrade evaluated the phones based on such criteria as size, weight, grip and the quality of the front and back panels. The company measured how far the phones slide when pushed across a table on their backs and how well they withstand drops from 4 feet and being dunked in water for 10 seconds.

Report: Huawei Will Spend $300M on Marketing Blitz

April 23, 2014 9:28 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Huawei is looking to get the word out that it's no longer a minor vendor of low-end smarpthones. The company will spend up to $300 million in marketing its mid-rang and premium tier smarpthones, according to a report from Reuters. Shao Yang, vice president of marketing for Huawei's consumer business...

Samsung Launching First Tizen Smartphone in 2Q

April 16, 2014 10:31 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

A Samsung executive told Reuters that the company will release a high-end smartphone running the Tizen operating system near the end of the second quarter. Shortly after Samsung will launch a second mid-range Tizen device to drive volume, Yoon Han-kil, senior vice president of Samsung's product strategy team, told Reuters.

DropBox Launches Android, Desktop Versions of Mailbox

April 9, 2014 3:09 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

After acquiring Mailbox back in March of 2013, Dropbox today announced an Android and desktop version of the Mailbox app. Mailbox, which made headlines with its long wait while in Beta as an iOS app, is aimed at more easily sorting through and organizing mail through various swipe gestures. 

Samsung Using Google as Shield in Patent Fight

April 2, 2014 10:53 am | by Martha Mendoza, AP National Writer | News | Comments

"Not one of the accused features on this phone was designed, much less copied, by anyone at Samsung," Samsung attorney Peter Quinn said. "The accused features on this phone were developed independently by some of the software engineers at Google, up the road in Mountain View."

Another Apple-Samsung Skirmish Heads to Court

March 31, 2014 9:06 am | by Martha Mendoza, AP National Writer | News | Comments

The fiercest rivalry in the world of smartphones is heading back to court this week in the heart of the Silicon Valley, with Apple and Samsung accusing each other, once again, of ripping off designs and features. The trial will mark the latest round in a long-running series of lawsuits...

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