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U.S. Carriers Roll Out Pricing Details for Samsung Galaxy S5

March 21, 2014 11:16 am | by Andrew Berg and Ben Munson | News | Comments

Whether the Samsung Galaxy S5 shapes up to be the blockbuster its predecessor was remains to be seen. But carriers have already begun pre-orders and special promotions for the 5.1-inch smartphone (due April 11) and the trio of wearables Samsung is sending out alongside it.

AT&T Beginning Pre-orders Friday for Samsung Galaxy S5

March 20, 2014 4:40 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — AT&T says it will start taking orders for Samsung's new Galaxy S5 smartphone starting Friday. The phone will ship in a few weeks and will cost $200 with a two-year service agreement or $650 without a contract. Samsung has said the phone will start shipping worldwide on April 11. Other carriers are also expected to carry it, though prices haven't been announced yet.

Huawei, Others Causing Trouble for Apple Brand

March 17, 2014 10:47 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Apple's brand preference rating fell by 5.1 points between the second and fourth quarter 2013, which the research firm said was "one of the weakest performances of 21 major technology brands" in its latest survey. The survey also suggests Apple may be failing to impress its demographic sweet spot.

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FirstNews Briefs: Xamarin, Samsung, mopay, Deutsche Telekom, Wi-Sun Alliance, RADWIN

March 17, 2014 9:44 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Xamarin, a provider of mobile application development solutions, today announced a new collaboration with Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. to enable enterprise developers to integrate Samsung’s mobile security platform, KNOX, into Xamarin mobile applications. This will enable enterprises to deploy and secure Xamarin-based mobile applications on the Samsung KNOX-enabled mobile devices.

Samsung Introduces Free Streaming Radio Service

March 7, 2014 3:23 pm | by Bree Fowler, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Samsung on Friday unveiled a new free music service for its phones that it touts as a significant improvement from the apps already on the market. The South Korean gadget maker's Milk Music service, which launched in the U.S. on Friday, includes over 200 stations and 13 million songs. It's designed to be extremely fast, easy to use and highly customizable.

FirstNews Briefs: Anritsu, StickNFind, Samsung, Verizon

March 5, 2014 9:44 am | News | Comments

Verizon Wireless is to deploy Alcatel-Lucent's data management platform throughout its network, helping to support the carrier's LTE expansion. The Alcatel-Lucent Subscriber Data Manager (SDM), part of the company's IMS Subsystem portfolio of technologies, will help support the expansion of Verizon's LTE services by centralizing multiple application databases. 

Apple's iOS Concedes Majority Share of Tablet Market to Android

March 3, 2014 1:59 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Apple has lost its grip on tablet dominance, as Gartner today released numbers that show Android was the top tablet operating system in 2014. While sales of iOS tablets grew in the fourth quarter of 2013, iOS's share declined to 36 percent last year, while Android captured 62 percent of the market. 

MWC: Verizon Taps Samsung Femtocells to Improve In-Building LTE

February 26, 2014 10:49 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Verizon plans to deploy Samsung's solution later this year as "part of a seamless LTE experience for customers in indoor environments." Verizon did not name specific venues where it would be deploying the soluuions. Verizon plans to deploy Samsung's solution later this year as part...

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MWC: Qualcomm Intros Pair of 64-Bit Chips, LTE-A Chip for Cars

February 24, 2014 3:59 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Qualcomm today took the wraps off a pair of new 64-bit processors, the Snapdragon 610 and 615. Both the 610 and 615 support LTE and join the recently announced Snapdragon 410 in Qualcomm’s 64-bit portfolio. The 610 performed quad-core processing while the 615 houses an octo-core solution.

MWC: Samsung Unveils Galaxy S5, Gear Fit Health Tracker

February 24, 2014 3:11 pm | News | Comments

After selling 200 million Galaxy devices to date, Samsung today unveiled the Galaxy S5 at the Unpacked 5 event at Mobile World Congress. Following a mini concert by the Barcelona Opera House chamber orchestra, Samsung CEO JK Shin emerged, standing in front of a huge screen displaying the four previous iterations of Galaxy flagship devices.

Samsung's New Smartwatches Have Fitness Features

February 24, 2014 10:59 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Samsung's first Galaxy Gear smartwatch came out last fall amid much fanfare, but it landed with a thud in the marketplace. Samsung and its smartwatch rivals had failed to persuade many consumers that they need to be able to constantly check messages from their wrists. Wearable devices that succeeded tended to be fitness products such as the Fitbit.

Govt Closes Antitrust Probe of Samsung

February 7, 2014 3:58 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department says it has closed an investigation of Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. over alleged misuse of patents to exclude some Apple iPhone and iPad models from the U.S. market. Apple Inc. has said some Samsung wireless patents are being offered on unfair terms, hurting competition.

Which OEMs Could Use a Big MWC

February 4, 2014 3:28 pm | by Ben Munson | Articles | Comments

Mobile World Congress isn’t for every phone maker. Hyped-up standalone product events from big players like Apple and Samsung have discouraged many companies from using annual trade shows as a venue for product announcements. Still, a few struggling OEMs could use the boost a high-profile MWC turn can provide, and more will show off products just to parse out the sheer volume of devices they’ll be launching during the coming year.

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Google, Cisco Sign Patent Cross-Licensing Agreement

February 4, 2014 10:18 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Google and Cisco have signed a “long-term” patent cross-licensing agreement. The companies said the agreement will increase the value taken from their respective portfolios and, more importantly, diffuse some of the risk for future litigation. Google’s new agreement with Cisco comes shortly after the company entered similar agreements with Samsung and Ericsson related to GSM, UMTS, and LTE standards for both networks and handsets.

Report: Nearly One Billion Smartphones Shipped in 2013

January 28, 2014 10:19 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Smartphone manufacturers shipped 990 million units worldwide in 2013, up 41 percent from the 700 million smartphones shipped in 2012. Strategy Analytics most recent numbers showed Huawei, Lenovo and LG all growing rapidly and combining for 14 percent of the global market.

FirstNews Briefs: Samsung, KT, Sprint, AT&T, Equinix, Wilson Electronics

January 27, 2014 10:29 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. and KT announced that a commercial eMBMS (evolved Multimedia Broadcast and Multicast Service) will be made available to KT’s LTE subscribers using the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 from January 27. Samsung partnered with KT to provide its eMBMS network equipment and solutions in support of the service’s rollout.

Ericsson, Google, Samsung Sign License Agreements to Ease Patent Spats

January 27, 2014 9:39 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Ericsson, Google and Samsung are looking to play nice by signing cross-license agreements that will put many of their existing arguments to rest. According to a press, Ericsson has agreed to a cross-license agreement with Samsung that covers patents relating to GSM, UMTS, and LTE standards for both networks and handsets. 

Mixed Views on Samsung After Stellar 2013

January 24, 2014 1:55 pm | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

For the first time in more than two years, Samsung's quarterly net profit declined from the previous quarter, its latest result showed Friday. The maker of Galaxy smartphones said its net profit for the October-December period fell 11 percent from the third quarter to 7.3 trillion won ($6.8 billion).

SK Telecom to Show Off 450 Mbps LTE-Advanced at MWC

January 20, 2014 9:49 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

SK Telecom said it has successfully developed 3 Band LTE-Advanced carrier aggregation technology and plans to show off network speeds of up to 450 Mbps at this year’s Mobile World Congress (MWC). The Korean wireless provider said Monday that it can combine three bands—two 10 MHz bands and one 20 MHz—and hit aggregated downlink rates of 300 Mbps.

Samsung, Apple CEOs to Discuss Lawsuit Settlement

January 9, 2014 9:11 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The chiefs of Samsung Electronics Co. and Apple Inc. will meet to discuss settling a bitter two year legal battle over designs and technologies of smartphones and tablets. A filing with the U.S. District court in San Jose showed Thursday that senior legal executives from Apple and Samsung agreed earlier this week that the CEOs will meet by or before Feb. 19.

First News Briefs: Google, Sunpartner, Bitcasa, Samsung, Novatel

January 7, 2014 10:45 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Google has teamed up with automotive and technology leaders Audi, GM, Honda, Hyundai and Nvidia to form the Open Automotive Alliance (OAA), a global alliance aimed at accelerating auto innovation with an approach that offers openness, customization and scale.

Samsung's 4Q Profit Hit by Slowing Mobile Growth

January 7, 2014 9:37 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Quarterly earnings at Samsung Electronics Co. fell for the first time in two years as sales of smartphones and tablets slowed in developed countries. The South Korean company Tuesday estimated an operating profit of 8.3 trillion won ($7.8 billion) for the final three months of 2013, a 6 percent decline over a year earlier.

Wave of Wearable Gadgets Expected at CES Event

January 6, 2014 9:37 am | by Ryan Nakashima, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Will 2014 be remembered as the year wearable computing took off? Upstart entrepreneurs and major manufacturers such as Samsung, Qualcomm and Sony certainly hope so. Gadgets that you snap, buckle or fasten to your body are already marketed to fitness freaks obsessed with tracking every possible metric their bodies produce. 

First News Briefs: AT&T, Broadsoft, Axiros, TESSCO, Samsung, RacoWireless

December 17, 2013 10:20 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

AT&T today announced the availability of  a new application programming interface (API) toolkit that can help businesses make mobile transactions safer and easier for AT&T mobile subscribers. The toolkit allows businesses to automate fraud avoidance queries and the completion of basic forms for subscribers during transactions.

Can Smartphones Snap Out of Technological Stupor?

December 16, 2013 9:25 am | by Michael Liedtke & 
Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writers | News | Comments

This may be remembered as the year smartphones became boring. Although high-definition displays on smartphones have gotten bigger and their cameras have gotten better, the pace of gee-whiz innovation has dawdled. martphone and software makers are working on ways to snap out of this technological lull...

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