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Wal-Mart to Launch Smartphone Trade-In Program

September 10, 2013 9:26 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is launching a smartphone trade-in program later this month that will help consumers trade up to the newest phones available. The world's biggest retailer said Tuesday that consumers will receive a credit from $50 to $300 when they trade in their working, undamaged phone.

Report: Ex-BlackBerry Director Watsa Gathering Funds to Take Company Private

September 9, 2013 10:15 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Shares of BlackBerry were up nearly 5 percent in early trading Monday on new of a possible buyout. According to a report from the U.K.'s Sunday Times former BlackBerry director Prem Watsa has managed to pull together billions of dollars in backing from Canada Pension Plan Investment Board...

Amazon Denies Reports It Will Launch a Smartphone This Year

September 9, 2013 9:44 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Amazon says it has no plans to offer a phone this year and refuted the idea that if it did it would offer said phone for free. A Sept. 6 blog post on www.Jessicalessin.com that cited people familiar with the matter reported that Amazon was set to launch a smartphone.

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Report: Apple Snags 3 of 4 Top Devices for Ad Impressions

September 6, 2013 9:59 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Apple held three of the top four device spots for ad impressions served in Millennial Media's second quarter Mobile Mix report. According to the report, Apple was the leading manufacturer on Millennial's platform with the iPhone serving up the most ad impressions...

Sony Launches Camera Phone with Add-On Lenses

September 4, 2013 5:03 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Sony Mobile unveiled a new addition to its Xperia smartphone lineup Wednesday: a device that sports a massive 20.7-megapixel camera and is capable of attaching better lenses. The Xperia Z1, presented in Berlin two days before the annual IFA consumer electronics show there...

Qualcomm Releasing Toq Smartwatch in Late 2013

September 4, 2013 2:24 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Qualcomm announced its Toq smartwatch and said the device will see a U.S. release in the fourth quarter. The Toq features an always-on color screen and stereo Bluetooth headset featuring directional microphones for phone calls. It comes with a wireless charging pad for both the watch and the headsets.

Android Losing Share in US, iOS Grows

September 4, 2013 10:45 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

While Android continue to reign supremes in the device world, Google may again be losing a portion of the U.S. market to Apple. According to the latest numbers from Kantar Worldpanel, Android captured 51.1 percent of the smartphone market, but saw a decline of 7.6 percent annually...

Review: 'Mega' Phone is Huge, with Limited Appeal

September 4, 2013 9:46 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | Articles | Comments

Please turn off all electronic devices, the flight crew instructs as we approach Los Angeles. With a small phone, I might have gotten away with ignoring safety regulations. Samsung's new Galaxy Mega phone was too conspicuous for that...

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Google, Nestle Team Up on Android KitKat

September 4, 2013 9:43 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Google and Nestlé have announced a cross-marketing deal that will see Google's next iteration of Android branded KitKat, after Nestle's popular chocolate bar. Names for interations of Google's Android mobile operating system began with 'Cupcake' and have evolved alphabetically. In that spirit, KitKat follows on the Jelly Bean.

Sold: Nokia Soars Nearly 40% on $7.2B Microsoft Buy

September 3, 2013 10:30 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Microsoft has officially agreed to acquire Nokia Corporation's devices and services business today, sending shares of Nokia up nearly 37 percent in early trading. The deal comes with Nokia's license and patents, as well as the company's significant mapping business in tow...

Friday Flick: Moto X Goes "Touchless"

August 29, 2013 2:51 pm | by Wireless Week Staff | Videos | Comments

Motorola's new flagship has garnered a lot of attention for its focus on personalization, but Google's subsidiary has also tried to differentiate on other levels. Take a look at the Moto X's toucheless voice control features, which allows users to wake and control aspecs of the phone with voice only. 

Report: Tablet Market Losing out to Wearables, Larger Smartphones

August 29, 2013 2:02 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Research firm IDC thinks Google's Glass, Samsung's Galaxy Gear and Apple's rumored iWatch are set to cut into the tablet market. In a statement Thursday, IDC noted that that tablets will face growing competition from larger smartphones and the prospect of new categories such as wearable devices...

First US-made Smartphone Just as Cheap to Produce

August 29, 2013 9:10 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Motorola's new Moto X phone doesn't cost more to make simply because it's assembled in Texas, research firm IHS said Wednesday. The Moto X is the first smartphone to carry the "Made in the U.S.A." designation. Labor costs are higher in the U.S. compared with Asian factories...

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Report: HTC Targets China with New Mobile OS

August 28, 2013 10:00 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

HTC is targeting China with a mobile operating system of its own. The new OS will include deep integration with Chinese apps like Weibo, according to a report from the Wall Street Journal. The project reportedly was conceived two years ago, when HTC first said it had aspirations to develop an OS of its own. 

Report: Smartphone Ownership Increases Overall Broadband Access

August 26, 2013 10:37 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

A new survey from the Pew Internet and American Life project shows that 10 percent of Americans use their smarpthone as their sole connection to the Internet. The survey also found that 56 percent of American adults own a smartphone of some kind, compared with 70 percent who have broadband at home...

AT&T, Delta to Equip Flight Attendants with Lumia Devices

August 22, 2013 10:30 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

AT&T is taking to the skies via a new partnership with Delta Air Lines and it's taking Nokia's Lumia devices along for the ride. According to a press release, Delta Air Lines has signed a multi-year agreement with AT&T for custom mobility services...

Report: Nokia Set to Launch Multiple Devices Next Month

August 21, 2013 3:21 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The race to get devices launched in September continues today, as Reuters reports Nokia will join Apple, Samsung and Sony in introducing more mobile gadgetry to the market. According to Reuters, Nokia is set to unveil multiple Windows Phone-based Lumia devices at an event in New York City late next month...

Small Run of ZTE Firefox Devices Sells Out Quickly in US, UK

August 21, 2013 9:07 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

ZTE reportedly sold through just under 2000 of its new Firefox OS handsets in a matter of days here in the U.S. and in the U.K. According to a report from ZDNET, ZTE had burned through its inventory by the end of the weekend, selling 990 smartphones in the U.K. and 985 units in the U.S...

New 6.3-inch Samsung Phone Approaches Tablet Size

August 19, 2013 10:43 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Smartphones are getting bigger as people use them more to watch movies and play games. A new one from Samsung is beyond big. With a screen measuring 6.3 inches diagonally, the Galaxy Mega is almost as big as a 7-inch tablet computer... 

Samsung, Sony Ready Product Unveilings Ahead of Apple

August 19, 2013 10:03 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The device market is ratcheting up for a busy September, as OEMs seek to take advantage of the upcoming holiday shopping season. Sony and Samsung will apparently be looking to beat Apple to the punch, with Sept. 4 product announcements. According to multiple reports, Apple is scheduled to take...

Report: Beats Looks to Break It Off With HTC

August 19, 2013 9:48 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The Wall Street Journal cites people familiar with the matter, saying the Jimmy Iovine- and Dr. Dre-fronted company is aiming to buy out HTC’s 25-percent stake. Beats is reportedly in talks with a new investor that could offer debt financing and possibly snatch up a minority stake. Iovine and Dre currently own 75 percent of the company.

Lenovo Mobile Sales Drive Profit Growth

August 15, 2013 9:09 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Lenovo Group says it is evolving quickly into a supplier of wireless computing, driven by booming sales of smartphones and tablets as consumers shift away from desktop computers. Sales of wireless devices rose 105 percent in the three months ended June 30, driving a 23 percent rise in profit to $174 million...

Report: In-Home Mobile Use, iPad Drive Ad Conversions

August 14, 2013 10:24 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

A new survey from AOL, in conjunction with the University of Virginia School of Engineering and Applied Science, says mobile advertising is very effective, with iPads leading in-home conversions. According to the survey, fully 65 percent of mobile conversions were on tablets...

UK Bars Trash Cans from Tracking People with Wi-Fi

August 13, 2013 10:18 am | by Raphael Satter, Associated Press | News | Comments

Officials demanded Monday that an advertising firm stop using a network of high-tech trash cans to track people walking through London's financial district. The Renew ad firm has been using technology embedded in the hulking receptacles to measure the Wi-Fi signals emitted...

ITC Issues Import Ban on Some Samsung Products

August 12, 2013 9:20 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple won a partial victory in its long-running patent dispute with Samsung on Friday when a federal administrative panel found Samsung in violation of two Apple patents and blocked imports of some Samsung devices. Even as the U.S. International Trade Commission found Samsung in violation of the two patents...

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