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Google to Sell HTC One with Unmodified Android

May 31, 2013 9:35 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Google is adding the recently released HTC One to its lineup of smartphones running on an unmodified version of its latest Android software. An HTC One model relying on the same version of Android as Google's Nexus brand will go on sale on June 26 for $599...

Report: Apple Taps Pegatron to Make Low-Cost iPhone

May 30, 2013 9:34 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Apple is moving to a new manufacturer to produce a low-cost iPhone, according to a report from the Wall Street Journal. As it seeks to lessen its dependence on Taiwanese manufacturer Foxconn in an effort to diversify its supply chain, Apple has reportedly tasked a company called Pegatron with producing a forthcoming version of the iPhone...

Cook: Apple Focused on Quality, Not Quantity

May 29, 2013 10:23 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Tim Cook, Apple's CEO, doesn't have his head stuck in the sand. He's aware of the company's stock slide. He's aware of Android's popularity, but he's not particularly worried about anything more than creating great products. That was the word yesterday from Cook's talk at the Wall Street Journal's D: All Things Digital conference, which was posted online...

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Report: Hon Hai to Produce Firefox OS Phone

May 28, 2013 10:01 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Taiwanese OEM Hon Hai is partnering with Mozilla on a new mobile device, according to a Reuter's report released this morning. The new device will run Mozilla's Firefox operating system, and is an attempt by Hon Hai to diversify away from its current dependence on Apple products. The report, which cites a Taipei-based...

Galaxy S4 to Top 10M in Sales by Next Week

May 17, 2013 10:19 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Samsung says it expects sales of its flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S4, to surpass 10 million units by next week. The company began selling the S4 in Korea on April 26 and has since begun selling the device in 60 other countries. According to a report in the Korean Times...

Windows Phone Ousts BB for Third Place in Market Share

May 16, 2013 8:42 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Windows Phone posted the largest year-over-year gain in market share among the leading mobile operating systems, more than doubling its size from a year ago, according to numbers released today from International Data Corporation (IDC)...

Samsung Generates More Profit from Android than Google Does

May 16, 2013 8:13 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Samsung may be generating more revenue and profit from the Android platform than Google does, according to a new report from Strategy Analytics. According to the report, Samsung took 95 percent of $5 billion in first quarter profits generated from overall global Android shipments...

BlackBerry Focuses on Cool Factor as It Returns to Orlando for Annual Event

May 13, 2013 9:00 am | by David Friend, The Canadian Press | News | Comments

BlackBerry will pull out all the stops this week as the company welcomes thousands of industry players for BlackBerry Live, it's annual three-day conference which promises to offer some perspective into its future. Chief executive Thorsten Heins will take the stage on Tuesday and...  

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Report: Amazon Preparing 3D Smartphone, Other Hardware

May 10, 2013 9:06 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

As one of the major players in the tablet market, Amazon is again generating rumors that it's ready to take the next step and offer its customers a branded smartphone. Amazon is reportedly developing a range of new hardware, including a glasses-free...

New Boingo iOS App Leverages iTunes Account for Payment

May 8, 2013 9:50 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Wi-Fi provider Boingo Wireless has announced that iOS users can now use their iTunes account to purchase a Boingo subscription. According to a press release, the latest version of Boingo’s iOS app links directly to a customer’s iTunes account, streamlining subscription sign-up and monthly billing...

Nokia Remains Focused on Windows Phone

May 7, 2013 9:59 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Nokia will continue to focus on Windows Phone, according to a report from Reuters today, which cited comments from Nokia CEO Stephen Elop prior to the company's annual general meeting. Elop said that while the company continues to make adjustments as it goes...

How Siri, Google Now Respond to 5 Questions

April 30, 2013 9:29 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

With Google's voice assistant now available on iPhones and iPads, The Associated Press used an iPad Mini to throw five test questions at Google Now and Siri on Monday afternoon in New York. Here's what the two digital assistants had to say for themselves...

Sprint, T-Mo Delay S4 Launch on Inventory Problems

April 24, 2013 10:47 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Sprint and T-Mobile, which had previously announced their customers would get first dibs on the Samsung Galaxy S4, have now said the device will be delayed. In a statement, Sprint said that while it had planned to launch the phone on Saturday, April 27, Sprint was dealing with...

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AT&T Grows Margins Despite Record 1Q Smarpthone Sales

April 23, 2013 5:52 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

AT&T Mobility managed to grow its margins even as it reported a first-quarter record of 6 million smartphone sales. On $16.6 billion in total wireless revenues, $5.1 billion of which was from mobile data, AT&T Mobility managed wireless operating income margins of 28 percent...

Ahead of the Bell: Analysts See iPhone Sales Down

April 23, 2013 9:34 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple Inc. is set to report fiscal second-quarter results after the market close Tuesday, and analysts expect to see the first quarter ever in which iPhone sales declined. The launch of the first iPhone in 2007 set off a boom in smartphone sales...

Cricket Rolls Out New Family, iPhone Plans

April 22, 2013 10:44 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Prepaid carrier Cricket today annoucned a new family plan discount, as well as a revamp of plans for the iPhone. As part of the family plan discount, consumers will essentially get $10 off the $50 smartphone plan when they activate 2 lines. The $50 smarpthone plan includes 1GB of data...

Google Posts $14B in 1Q Revenue, Struggles with Mobile

April 19, 2013 10:35 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Google's first quarter revenue was up 31 percent annually to $14 billion, while net income reached $3.9 billion, but the company is still trying to sort out how best to capitalize on mobile. Shares of Google were up nearly 3 percent immediately following Thursday's earnings call. That trend continued...

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...

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