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Verizon Reports Strong 1Q, Looks to Maintain Record Margins

April 18, 2013 10:13 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Verizon today reported a strong first quarter that was once again driven by wireless, with 677,000 retail postpaid net additions, up 35 percent annually. Margins were especially impressive. The company reported 32.9 percent operating income margin and 50.4 percent segment EBITDA margin...

Sprint, T-Mo Customers Will Get First Shot at Galaxy S4

April 17, 2013 10:41 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Both Sprint and T-Mobile today announced that they'll be the first of the major U.S. carriers to get the Samsung Galaxy S4.T-Mobile's version of the S4 will be available online and in stores beginning April 24 for $149.99 down and no contract, but with monthly device payments...

Google’s Schmidt: More Than 750M Android Phones in Use Globally

April 17, 2013 10:06 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Google chairman Eric Schmidt estimated the global number for Android phones in use today at around 750 million. He added that Google sees 1.5 million sales or activations worldwide of Android phones every day. Speaking at the D: Dive Into Mobile event, Schmidt estimated that Android phones in use worldwide would top one billion later this year and pass two billion by 2014.


BlackBerry Seeks SEC Review of “False” Return Rate Claims

April 12, 2013 10:05 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

BlackBerry is requesting a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and an Ontario Securities Commission review of what it calls “false and misleading” reports about the return rate of BlackBerry’s new Z10 smartphone.

PC Shipments Drop 14 Percent Annually as Consumers Prefer Tablets, Smartphones

April 11, 2013 9:23 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Consumer preference for tablets and smartphones sent first quarter global PC shipments down 14 percent to 76.3 million units, according to new numbers from IDC. IDC said the extent of the annual contraction marked the worst quarter since IDC began tracking the PC market quarterly in 1994...

Orders of Keyboard BlackBerry Start in Canada

April 10, 2013 9:21 am | by Rob Gillies, Associated Press | News | Comments

The maker of the BlackBerry phone said Tuesday that a modern smartphone with a physical keyboard will be available in Canada in the coming weeks as major wireless companies started taking advance orders. Details on when the BlackBerry Q10 will go on sale...

App-Enabled Accessories Abound at the Apple Store

April 9, 2013 9:37 am | by Andrew Berg | Articles | Comments

There's a special section over at Apple's online store devoted entirely to “app-enabled accessories.” These items include extravagances like a Wi-Fi enabled scale that shoots its data straight to the iPhone, or a flying drone  that can be controlled right from your very own iOS device...

HTC Reports Dismal 1Q Profits

April 8, 2013 9:59 am | by By Andrew Berg | News | Comments

HTC today posted preliminary financials for the first quarter of 2013 that show the effects of delays in the launch of its flagship HTC One smartphone. The company today said unaudited net profit was $2.85 million for the...


Comscore: Apple Growing U.S. Market Share, Google Shrinking

April 5, 2013 9:53 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Comscore’s latest three-month study of U.S. smartphone market shows Apple’s iPhone and iOS platform both growing their shares. From the end of November through the end of February, Apple upped its share among OEMs to 38.9 percent from 35 and iOS boosted its share among smartphone operating systems to 38.9 percent from 35.

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...

Report: Apple to Release Updated Phone This Summer

April 3, 2013 9:02 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple is set for a possible summer launch of the next iPhone, rather than a fall launch like the last two models, according to a report Tuesday in The Wall Street Journal. Apple Inc. is also working on a cheaper iPhone model that could win...

Apple Apologizes in China After Service Criticism

April 2, 2013 9:41 am | by Christopher Bodeen, Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple apologized to Chinese consumers after government media attacked its repair policies for two weeks in a campaign that reeked of economic nationalism. A statement Apple posted in Chinese on its website Monday said the complaints had...

Galaxy S 4 Available for Pre-order April 16 from AT&T, U.S. Cellular

March 29, 2013 1:02 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Both AT&T and U.S. Cellular have confirmed April 16 as the date when they’ll start accepting pre-orders for Samsung’s new flagship smartphone. AT&T has set the price at $249 with a two-year contract while U.S. Cellular has yet to reveal pricing details. Neither carrier has set a release date.


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...

BlackBerry CEO Says iPhone Is Outdated

March 22, 2013 9:01 am | by Rob Gillies, Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple's iPhone is outdated, according to the chief executive of BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion Ltd. Thorsten Heins made the comment Thursday on the eve of the much-delayed launch of the new touchscreen BlackBerry in the United States. AT&T begins selling the Z10...

Report: DOD Writes Order for 600K iOS Devices

March 21, 2013 10:07 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

In yet another blow to BlackBerry's core customer base, the Department of Defense (DOD) may be readying an order of 600,000 iOS devices. According to a report from Electronista, the DOD has finished extensive testing of BlackBerry's new...

HP Develops Glasses-Free 3-D for Mobile Devices

March 21, 2013 9:25 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Researchers at Hewlett-Packard Co. have developed a way to put glasses-free 3-D video on mobile devices with a viewing angle so wide that viewers can see an object more fully just by tilting the screen. Glasses-free 3-D is not unique. Nintendo Co. Ltd.'s 3DS handheld allows video game...

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...

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...

Adobe: Tablets Beat Smartphones in Global Website Traffic

March 7, 2013 10:09 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Websites around the world are now getting more visits from tablets than from smartphones. The Adobe Digital Index, after analyzing more than 100 billion visits to more than 1,000 websites worldwide, estimates that 8 percent of that traffic originates from tablets while 7 percent comes from smartphones. The rest is attributed to laptops and PCs.

Report: iOS Growth Beats Android in 4Q

March 6, 2013 2:39 pm | by By Andrew Berg | News | Comments

As much as Apple has been taking it on the chin from Wall Street, the iPhone maker still takes the top OEM spot in U.S. smartphone market share for the three-month period ending in January, according to the latest numbers from ComScore...

Report: Samsung Galaxy S IV Will Include Eye-Tracking Feature

March 5, 2013 11:15 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Samsung has officially sent out invites for a Samsung Unpacked event on Thursday, March 14th at Radio City Music Hall, where the company is expected to unveil the Galaxy S IV smartphone. Multiple reports have surfaced that the new Android-based smartphone will have eye-tracking...

BlackBerry Developer Support Still Shaky as Netflix Bows Out

March 5, 2013 10:21 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

It's all about the apps for any mobile platform hopeful and it seems BlackBerry 10 just continues to prove that it can't attract the heavy hitters. In the wake of Yahoo! reporting yesterday that it will kill support for its dedicated BlackBerry app, Netflix says it too is steering clear of the platform...

Yahoo! Kills BlackBerry App, Other Services

March 4, 2013 9:58 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

As part of CEO Marissa Mayer's extensive revamp of Yahoo!, the company says it will be streamline its mobile offerings, eliminating apps, including its Blackberry offering. Jay Rossiter, executive vice president of Platforms for Yahoo!, said in a blog post...

Samsung's $1B Bill in Apple Case Reduced by $450M

March 4, 2013 9:25 am | by Paul Elias, Associated Press | News | Comments

The two biggest — and bitterest — rivals in the smartphone market will have to endure another bruising trial after a federal judge ruled that jurors miscalculated nearly half the $1 billion in damages it found Samsung Electronics owed Apple Inc. for patent infringement.

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