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Report: Android Market Gains Tied to Sprint's Samsung Sales

April 4, 2013 11:13 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Android continues grabbing more market share, snagging 51.2 percent of smartphone sales in the United States during the three-month period that ended in February, according to a report from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech. Apple's iOS took second place...

Featurephone Upgrades Hold the Key to Smartphone Growth in the US in 2013

March 28, 2013 9:25 am | by Mary-Ann Parlato, Global Insight Director, Kantar Worldpanel ComTech | Articles | Comments

With many products sharing the same OS platform, and with OS loyalty high among existing smartphone users, marketers in the U.S. will need to focus on growth drivers other than OS affiliation if they hope to come out on top in 2013. Chief among these considerations...

Report: Smartphones Account for 93 Percent of Gross Handset Profits

March 20, 2013 10:01 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Smartphone margins are where it's at if you're a handset manufacturer these days. According to a new report from IHS iSuppli, smartphones accounted for 87 percent of handset industry revenue in 2012 and a staggering 93 percent of gross profits...

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ZTE Taps Intrepidus for Smartphone Security

March 19, 2013 10:18 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Chinese smartphone manufacturer ZTE today said it is partnering with Intrepidus on providing security for its devices. ZTE said it seeks to become a "leader in smartphone security." As part of the agreement, Intrepidus will evaluate the security mechanisms of ZTE...

Report: Smartphone Shipments to Overtake Feature Phones in 2013

March 4, 2013 9:12 am | News | Comments

Global shipments of smartphones will exceed feature phone shipments for the first time in 2013, according to an annual report from IDC.  OEMs will ship 918.6 million smartphones this year, or 50.1 percent of the total mobile phone shipments worldwide...

Momentum Grows for Alternative Phone System Tizen

February 27, 2013 9:30 am | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The junior league of smartphone operating systems is getting more competitive. Phones from yet another contender — Tizen — will go on sale this year with a view to eventually competing with the industry leaders, Apple's iOS and Google's Android...

Firefox OS is Not the Third OS U.S. Operators Are Looking For

February 26, 2013 1:29 pm | by Andrew Berg | Blogs | Comments

The idea that Mozilla's Firefox OS will compete for significant market share on the same court as iOS and Android is laughable but that's exactly what much of the mainstream media seems determined to report. I have read a number of articles desperate to make the case that Firefox OS...

Microsoft and Huawei Launch Phone for Africa

February 5, 2013 9:17 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Chinese phone maker Huawei and Microsoft are combining forces to sell a new smartphone in Africa, which they say is the world's fastest growing mobile phone market. The two companies launched the Huawei 4Afrika Tuesday. The phone runs Windows Phone 8...

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Dell Shares Rise on Report of Buyout Plans

February 1, 2013 10:05 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Shares of Dell Inc. rose 7 percent in premarket trading on new reports that the computer company is nearing a deal to sell itself to a group including its CEO, a major private equity firm and Microsoft Corp. in a deal that could mark the largest leveraged buyout since the Great Recession...

Lenovo Profit Boosted by Smartphones, Tablets

January 30, 2013 10:35 am | by Joe McDonald,AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Personal computer maker Lenovo Group said Wednesday its quarterly profit rose 34 percent to a record high on strong sales of smartphones and tablet computers.The company, vying with Hewlett-Packard Co. to become the world's biggest PC maker...

Corning 4Q Net Income Falls, but Beats Predictions

January 29, 2013 10:17 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Revenue surged at Corning during the fourth quarter on strong demand for its Gorilla Glass, which is used in many smartphones and computer tablets. Sales in the company's specialty materials division, which makes the glass...

Unlocking Your Cell Phone is Now A Crime

January 28, 2013 10:47 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

An order issued Saturday by the U.S. Copyright Office of the Library of Congress will make unlocking a cell phone illegal under certain conditions. An amendment to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act will apply to all cell phones...

Samsung 4Q Profits Jump 76 Percent on Galaxy Sales

January 25, 2013 10:47 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

A doubling of profits from Samsung's Galaxy line of smartphones boosted the company's overall fourth quarter profits by nearly 76 percent over the previous quarter. Samsung recorded net profits for the fourth quarter of $6.6 billion...

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North Korea Loosens Restrictions on Foreign Cellphones

January 21, 2013 9:24 am | by Jean H. Lee, Associated Press | News | Comments

North Korea is loosening some restrictions on foreign cellphones by allowing visitors to bring their own phones into the country. However, security regulations still prohibit mobile phone calls between foreigners and locals. For years, North Korea required...

A Disturbance in the Force: The Smartphone Market is Changing

January 18, 2013 5:19 pm | by Andrew Berg | Blogs | Comments

Can you hear it? That's the sound of the device market changing. It sounds a little like the whispers that RIM just might have something with BlackBerry 10. It also sounds a little like rumors that Amazon has the right kind of content ecosystem...

Investors Cheer RadioShack Split with Target Mobile

January 15, 2013 10:04 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

RadioShack and Target have chosen to part ways, dissolving Radio Shack's hand in Target's mobile phone vending operation. According to statement from RadioShack today, the company is shutting down its Target Mobile stores, which are currenrly present in 1,500 Target stores...

Facebook Announcement Stirs More Handset Speculation

January 14, 2013 11:33 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Speculation is running rampant around the Facebook media event scheduled for tomorrow. The hubbub around a possible big announcement has even sent the company's struggling stock up above $30 per share. Perhaps the biggest surprise possible tomorrow would...

Microsoft May Have Exited Gadget Show Prematurely

January 14, 2013 10:58 am | by Michael Liedtke, Ryan Nakashima, AP Business Writers | News | Comments

Microsoft may have relinquished its starring role in America's gaudiest gadget show a year too early. After 13 straight years in the spotlight, Microsoft's decision to scale back its presence at this week's International CES deprived the software maker of a prime opportunity...

Samsung Sells 100 Million Galaxy S Smartphones

January 14, 2013 10:37 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics Co. said Monday that global sales of its Galaxy S smartphones surpassed 100 million units since the first model in the series was released less than three years ago. Samsung said it has sold more than 25 million Galaxy S smartphones...

Nokia Stock Soars on Revised Guidance, Lumia Sales

January 10, 2013 10:19 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Shares of Nokia soared over 20 percent in premarket trading today on revised fourth quarter guidance that estimates the company's mobile devices business has exceeded expectations and achieved underlying profitability. According to a press release, Nokia's Devices...

Samsung Sees Record-High 4Q Profit

January 8, 2013 10:06 am | by Youkyung Lee,AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics Co., the world's largest technology company by revenue, expects record earnings for the fourth quarter of 2012 as shoppers continued to snap up its smartphones and tablets. The company said Tuesday its operating profit for the October-December quarter...

Yota Smartphone Aims to Differentiate in Useful Way

December 18, 2012 3:24 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

It's not everyday an OEM decides it's a good idea to enter the high-end smartphone market. We've already seen the likes of Dell and HP bow out, and the well-established Microsoft and Nokia are no strangers to the challenging market. So why, exactly has the relatively small...

RIM Launches BB 10 Beta for Enterprise, Government

December 17, 2012 10:19 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Research In Motion (RIM) today announced the BlackBerry 10 Technical Preview program, an initiative designed to allow certain enterprise and government customers the opportunity to begin beta testing with BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10...

Huawei Will Open R&D Center in Finland

December 10, 2012 4:14 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Huawei Monday announced a move to set up shop on Nokia's home turf. The Chinese company says it will invest $90 million over a five-year period to establish a research and development (R&D) center in Helsinki, Finland. Huawei said the move will add to its existing R&D deployments, which include over 70,000 employees worldwide.

Growth in Smart Connected Devices Expected to Continue

December 10, 2012 10:49 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The global connected device market continues to grow, according to the latest number from IDC reseach. According to the report, shipments of PCs, tablets, and smartphones as a collective grew 27 percent annualy in the third quarter of 2012, hitting a record 303.6 million shipments valued at $140.4 billion dollars. 

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