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Verizon Signs Patent Deal with Google, Slams Trolls

December 17, 2014 9:12 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Verizon announced it has entered into a “long-term patent cross-license agreement” with Google.                                                                         

For the Holidays: Smartphones That Offer Something Extra

December 8, 2014 9:46 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The novel features...

iPhone 6 Plus Grabs 41% of U.S. Phablet Sales

December 3, 2014 10:54 am | by Ben Munson, @wwbenmunson | News | Comments

Kantar says that phablet sales now account for10...

Samsung's Mobile Chief Stays Put Despite Profit Slide

December 1, 2014 10:02 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Samsung retained the...

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Black Friday Review Recap: Four Great Smartphones from 2014

November 26, 2014 8:57 am | by Wireless Week Staff | Articles | Comments

As you hit the Black Friday sales this year, you might be looking fora deal one of the year's big flagship smartphone releases. To that end, we thought we'd offer up a recaps of the highlights from Wireless Week's cache of reviews. Here's a look at some of 2014's biggest and best, many of them going for a song the day after Thanksgiving. 

Gift Guide: So Many Tablets to Choose From

November 25, 2014 11:53 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | Articles | Comments

Here are some buying tips organized by system. Prices listed are for base models. You can typically spend more for additional storage or LTE cellular connectivity.                            

Sony Shrinking Smartphone Portfolio in Hopes of Return to Profitability

November 25, 2014 11:46 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Sony will be reducing its smartphone portfolio as the company realigns its mobile business strategy with the less lofty goal of...                                          

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Review: Can the Samsung Gear S Stand In for an iPhone 6?

November 21, 2014 10:19 am | by Ben Munson | Articles | Comments

Take it to the gym, take it for a run, take it to the golf course, take it to the job site, take it to the pool; just don’t take it to the store and trade in your smartphone. Not yet.                  

Samsung Slashing Smartphone Portfolio

November 18, 2014 10:59 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Samsung next year will reduce the number of smartphone models it releases by about 25-30 percent. It’s unclear exactly how many models will be affected but...                          

BlackBerry Beefing Up Mobile-Security, Partnering with Samsung

November 14, 2014 9:38 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

As part of its strategy outlined Thursday in San Francisco, BlackBerry unveiled several upgrades to its mobile security weapons and a partnership with smartphone market leader...            

Samsung Adds Developer Tools for Health, Home, VR

November 12, 2014 4:13 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

At the company’s developer conference Wednesday, Won-Pyo Hong, president of Samsung’s Media Solution Center, began the conversation...                       

Samsung's Mobile Future May Rely on Unproven Leader

November 5, 2014 10:05 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The 46-year-old was promoted to vice-chairman level in 2012 after joining the company in 1991. His increasing sway comes as Samsung's rapid success with the smartphone...        

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Study: Xiaomi Now World’s Third Largest Smartphone Vendor

October 30, 2014 11:34 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The rising China-based OEM shipped 18 million smartphones during the third quarter, good enough to give it nearly...                                      

Tepid Samsung Galaxy S5 Sales Sink 3Q Profits

October 30, 2014 7:49 am | by Youkyung Lee AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Samsung plans a significant change in smartphone strategy for next year to seek more "efficiency," implying that the number of new...                     

Samsung Note 4 Pushing Back Against iPhone 6 Plus

October 21, 2014 10:40 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | Articles | Comments

Even though reviews for the Galaxy Note 4 have been favorable, analysts said its redesign may not be enough as Apple Inc. has entered the large-screen smartphone category with the iPhone 6 Plus. "It will not be easy," said Lee Sei-chul, an analyst at Woori Investment & Securities. The Note 4 "is a nice product but...

FirstNews Briefs: Freescale Semiconductor, IDT, Samsung

October 21, 2014 10:16 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Freescale Semiconductor today introduced the QorIQ LS1043A communications processor – a power-efficient 64-bit ARM-based processor for the new virtual network. The system-on-chip helps edge network equipment manufacturers scale power and performance to meet...

Lenovo Creating New Smart Devices Company Focused on China

October 15, 2014 11:39 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Lenovo today announced it is creating a new company in hopes of building its smart devices and services business in China. The new company, which will operate under a separate name and brand, will start up April 1, 2015. Chen Xudong, who is currently president of China and Asia Pacific markets at Lenovo, will serve as CEO of the new company.

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Samsung Gooses Wi-Fi Transmission Speeds with 60 GHz

October 13, 2014 2:57 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics said it has enabled a five-fold increase in Wi-Fi data transmission speeds by using the 60 GHz band. Samsung said its 60 GHz Wi-Fi technology enabled data transmission speeds of up to 4.6 Gbps, or 575 MB per second, a five-fold increase from 866 Mbps, or 108 MB per second, which is the maximum speed possible with existing consumer electronics devices.

FirstNews Briefs: Samsung, Yovo, Defense Mobile, Brightstar, TIA

October 8, 2014 10:20 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

ContentGuard, a subsidiary of Pendrell Corporation and a pioneer of content protection technologies, today introduced Yovo, a new ephemeral messaging app that makes the photos and messages that we share disappear. Yovo allows users to protect pictures and messages from undesired screen captures via a patent-pending scrambling technology.

Samsung Profits Fall 60 Percent on Mobile Business Decline

October 7, 2014 10:03 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Samsung today issued pre-earnings guidance for its upcoming third quarter and projected an operating profit of $3.8 billion off of nearly $43.9 billion in sales. As Reuters points out, Samsung’s profit guidance represents a 60-percent drop year-over-year and falls well short of analysts’ estimates of $5.2 billion.

FirstNews Briefs: ViaSat, Opera, AT&T, SingTel, FireEye

October 7, 2014 9:59 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

ViaSat Inc., during development of its recently announced next-generation terminals, demonstrated 1 Mbps throughput over the LightSquared SkyTerra-1 satellite to a small terminal less than 8-by-5-by-2-inches, in both fixed configurations and mobile applications at speeds up to 65 mph.

Report: Worries of iPhone 6 Plus Durability Overblown

September 29, 2014 10:28 am | News | Comments

News tests from Consumer Reports show that complaints about the bendability of the iPhone 6 Plus were overblown a bit. In fact, the results might surprise those who have been following "Bendgate."                                                               

Samsung, BlackBerry Poke Apple Over Bending iPhone 6 Plus

September 25, 2014 11:13 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Samsung Thursday fired off a tweet capitalizing on Apple’s bendable iPhone 6 Plus troubles while touting its own Galaxy Note Edge. “Curved. Not bent” the tweet reads above an image of Samsung’s upcoming Note 4 iteration with a screen that curves around the side bezel and shows notifications.

Review: Samsung Alpha Big on Design, Short on Tech

September 25, 2014 10:32 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | Articles | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Apple filled a gaping hole in its product lineup with new iPhones boasting larger screens like Samsung's flagship Galaxy smartphones. Now, Samsung is coming out with a smaller phone that looks and feels more like an iPhone.

Samsung Gear S Coming to All Major U.S. Carriers

September 24, 2014 10:37 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Samsung announced its Gear S will be coming to AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon “this fall.” The company previously revealed that its newest smartwatch would start selling across global markets in phases beginning in October.

Review: Why I Chose the iPhone 6 over the S5 and Lumia 1020

September 24, 2014 9:19 am | by Andrew Berg | Articles | Comments

After having been an iPhone user since the launch of the 3Gs, I wanted to test the other operating systems on the market. I had no problem leaving the Android-based S5 behind, but I have to admit that when iPhone launch day came around, I was a little hesitant to give up the Lumia 1020.

Samsung Expanding Annual Developer Conference

September 22, 2014 2:30 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Samsung today announced its second annual developer conference and this year the company is expanding the event to three days. On November 11 through 13 at Moscone West in San Francisco, Samsung will be hosting 90 sessions ranging on topics like smart health, wearables, virtual reality, mobile and smart home.

Samsung May Launch First Tizen Phone in India

September 22, 2014 9:58 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics Co., which faces a slowdown in emerging market smartphone sales, will release its long-delayed Tizen-powered handset in India before the end of this year, a report said Monday. Samsung's first Tizen-based device will be launched in November in India, said Tarun Malik, director of Samsung's Media Solutions Center in Southwest Asia, in an interview with Economic Times.

Qualcomm Releases AR SDK for Gear VR, Epson, BDG

September 18, 2014 5:42 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO – Qualcomm released an SDK for its Vuforia augmented reality (AR) platform. The Vuforia SDK for Digital Eyewear is designed specifically to work with Samsung’s Oculus-powered Gear VR, the Epson Moverio BT-200, and the ODG R-7.

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