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Android This Week: Skyfire Drops BlackBerry; Droid Incredible Emerges; Nexus One Turns Profit for Google

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Android is fast becoming the smartphone platform du jour, as mobile browser Skyfire’s decision this week to drop development of its browser for the BlackBerry to concentrate on Android makes clear. As to why, Skyfire’s reasoning, as laid out on its blog, sums it up best: We see Android as...
Android This Week: Skyfire Drops BlackBerry; Droid Incredible Emerges; Nexus One Turns Profit for Google

Major European operators label Nokia smartphones expensive, unoriginal and buggy

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European mobile operators appear to have dealt Nokia a fresh blow in its bid to overturn its flagging smartphone business, with its latest devices receiving a lukewarm response from four of the continent’s major carriers, Reuters reveals. Nokia, which signed an agreement with Microsoft to power its new smartphones with...
Major European operators label Nokia smartphones expensive, unoriginal and buggy
RIM Drops Research In Motion And Rebrands As BlackBerry, Trading As BBRY

Samsung comes out top in battle of the smartphones

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HTC on Friday reported a 70% year-on-year profit slump and a drop in first quarter net income after tax down to £95mThe battle for smartphone supremacy between Asia's largest handset makers has left profits at Taiwanese firm HTC plummeting as South Korea's Samsung Electronics rakes in the rewards.HTC on Friday...
Samsung comes out top in battle of the smartphones

Meet The Brilliant Rainmaker Who Almost Saved Silicon Valley's Most Disastrous Startup

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If Path, the private, mobile-focused social network, starts minting money, it's not going to be because of the colorful stickers it introduced in a new version of its app last week. It's because of Tamara Steffens, a former executive who left now-defunct photo-sharing startup Color last fall to run business...
Meet The Brilliant Rainmaker Who Almost Saved Silicon Valley's Most Disastrous Startup

ComScore: US Smartphone Penetration 47% In Q2; Android Remains Most Popular, But Apple's Growing Faster

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ComScore today released its latest quarterly figures on the state of the mobile market in the U.S. based on active users, and while the exact numbers are different, the basic picture is the same as the one that Strategy Analytics painted earlier in the week around smartphone sales: Apple’s iOS...
ComScore: US Smartphone Penetration 47% In Q2; Android Remains Most Popular, But Apple's Growing Faster
Why Mark Shuttleworth thinks Ubuntu on phones will outclass Android

Clearwire confirms China Mobile deal is unaffected by the country’s LTE license delay

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US wireless firm Clearwire has spoken out to confirm that the Chinese government’s decision to wait at least two years before issuing 4G licenses will not affect its deal to buildChina Mobile’s LTE network. Chinese authorities recently went public with a timeline that will mean LTE licenses are not issued before 2014,...
Clearwire confirms China Mobile deal is unaffected by the country’s LTE license delay

Why Location-Based Services will Create Multiple Winners at the Application Layer

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Editor’s Note: TechCrunch columnist Semil Shah currently works at Votizen and is based in Palo Alto. You can follow him on Twitter @semil Location, location, location. Whether you’re a real estate agent, a traveler, or building mobile applications, location matters a great deal. As far as phone sensors go, the GPS sensor appears to be one of...
Why Location-Based Services will Create Multiple Winners at the Application Layer

Microsoft signs Chrome and Android deal with Foxconn parent Hon Hai

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Software giant's deal with parent firm of manufacturer Foxconn covers devices using Google's smartphone system and browserBesides Samsung, there's one other company making Android pay: Microsoft. The software giant just signed a patent licensing agreement - including unspecified payment terms - with Hon Hai, the parent of manufacturing company Foxconn...
Microsoft signs Chrome and Android deal with Foxconn parent Hon Hai
Kantar On Smartphones: Samsung 45% Of Euro Sales; Apple Gained Only In UK, US; RIM Holds On In France

NSA builds own model of Android phone, wants you to do the same

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The NSA decided it wanted to have its own go at producing a secure Android smartphone that could encrypt communications to levels necessary for national security. Project "Fishbowl" constructed 100 handsets from off-the-shelf components that were secure enough that staffers could use them without speaking in code. All conversations...
NSA builds own model of Android phone, wants you to do the same
Anyone Who Thinks Apple's Bonds Are As Safe As Government Bonds Is Hallucinating
Android vs. iOS: 136 million to 27 million shipments in Q3
Samsung targets smaller budgets with Rex, a smart-feature phone hybrid [pics]

ComScore: Samsung Widens Lead As Top Mobile Brand In U.S., Android 51% Of All Smartphones

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Samsung doesn’t break out actual unit sales figures for its mobile handset business, but many analyst houses are estimating that it is the brand to beat anyway. The latest tip comes from ComScore, which today released the results of its regular poll of 30,000 U.S. consumers to gauge the state...
ComScore: Samsung Widens Lead As Top Mobile Brand In U.S., Android 51% Of All Smartphones

Apple scores temporary ruling in Motorola battle, can keep selling iPads, iPhones in Germany

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Apple today won a victory in Germany in its on-going legal dispute with Motorola Mobility. An appeals court in that country ruled that Cupertino can continue to offer its wares in its online store while it appeals a ruling that temporarily barred their sale. According to the court, the...
Apple scores temporary ruling in Motorola battle, can keep selling iPads, iPhones in Germany

BII MOBILE INSIGHTS: Should It Really Be Mobile First, Web Second?

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Mobile Insights is the new daily newsletter from BI Intelligence that collects and delivers the top mobile strategy news. It is delivered first thing every morning exclusively to BI Intelligence subscribers. Sign up here for a free trial of BI Intelligence today. In The Rush To Mobile, Don't Ignore The Power Of The Web (Fast Company)Fred...
BII MOBILE INSIGHTS: Should It Really Be Mobile First, Web Second?

Android's U.S. Marketshare More Than Doubles In Just Three Months

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Google (NSDQ: GOOG) Android’s U.S. smartphone market share jumped by an impressive 5.2 points in the three months ended in February to 9 percent. Meanwhile, Apple’s iPhone share remained relatively flat, comScore finds. If those trends continue (and, that’s a big ‘if’), Google could catch-up to the iPhone by...
Android's U.S. Marketshare More Than Doubles In Just Three Months

ZTE to Launch Smartphones Using Mozilla OS

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Chinese telecommunications equipment maker ZTE Corp. plans to launch smartphones using a mobile operating system it developed with Mozilla, the U.S. software company behind the Firefox web browser, in the first quarter of next year. The move is the latest indication that handset makers are looking beyond Google Inc.’s dominant...
ZTE to Launch Smartphones Using Mozilla OS

For HTC, Beats-deal was missing a beat

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Beats Electronics, which sold half the company to Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC Corp., for $300 million in August 2011, says it is buying back 25 percent of itself for roughly $150 million, and thus taking majority control of the company. Beats is a headphone and accessory company started by hip-hop impresario Jimmy Iovine...
For HTC, Beats-deal was missing a beat

New Stolen Phone Database Having Little Effect on Thefts

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A new national stolen phone database is having little effect on smartphone thefts in the U.S., according to an article in The New York Times. The country's four major carriers all contribute to the database, which lists stolen phone ID numbers that should not be activated on domestic networks. However,...
New Stolen Phone Database Having Little Effect on Thefts

In a Nutshell, The Android Problem: Totally Forked

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The post In a Nutshell, The Android Problem: Totally Forked appeared first on John Battelle's Search Blog.(image) I’m a fan of “open.” Anyone who knows me, knows this about me. But I’m also a fan of “easy.” And of “good design.” So, for the past couple of years, I’ve been an...
In a Nutshell, The Android Problem: Totally Forked

Microsoft finalizes Windows Phone 8 OS, say sources

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Microsoft is believed to have shipped the RTM version of the Windows Phone 8 operating system, according to sources. Now it's time for carriers and handset makers to test and preload before the October 29 launch. [Read more]...
Microsoft finalizes Windows Phone 8 OS, say sources

Motorola Mobility - Google's biggest mistake?

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As severance and restructuring costs push the price well above $12.5bn, can MMI's patent portfolio really provide enough value?The $12.5bn (£8bn) cost to Google of buying Motorola Mobility (MMI) is quickly heading towards $13bn, and it's beginning to look like Google's biggest mistake. Add $275m more in severance costs (for...
Motorola Mobility - Google's biggest mistake?

Facebook Home: Who Wins & Who Loses

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Facebook did not just launch a "Facebook Phone" last week, as was expected. Instead, along with the HTC First, it offered up Home, a "family of apps" that is neither a phone nor a smartphone operating system - but which may ultimately have a far greater impact on the mobile industry...
Facebook Home: Who Wins & Who Loses

Report: Fujitsu To Launch Handsets In Europe. U.S. Next?

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Fujitsu once said that it didn’t have any plans to launch mobile handsets outside of Asia, but that strategy appears to be changing rapidly. Today comes a report that the Japanese handset maker — which makes both Android and Windows Phone-based devices — is planning to start selling its devices...
Report: Fujitsu To Launch Handsets In Europe. U.S. Next?

Android this week: Google I/O recapped; Better Bluetooth; Galaxy S 4 Google Edition

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The annual Google I/O event has come and gone, with plenty of news specific to Android. While the event focuses on developers, consumers will see benefits in Android thanks to improvements in Google’s core services and many new APIs for developers to use in Android apps. There was no new...
Android this week: Google I/O recapped; Better Bluetooth; Galaxy S 4 Google Edition

Only 8.5% Of Internet Usage Comes Via Mobiles, Double Last Year's Figure

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When you read the headlines of how ubiquitous smartphones are becoming, and how in some countries the mobile device is overtaking the PC in terms of internet access, you would think that mobile internet usage would directly follow from these facts. In reality, it seems that it still lagging...
Only 8.5% Of Internet Usage Comes Via Mobiles, Double Last Year's Figure

Mobile messaging apps: The threat to Facebook and other social networks

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These days it’s common for most Web firms to be focused on mobile. Facebook, Twitter, Google, you name it, they’re all building their smartphone (and feature phone offerings) in a bid to better position themselves and their user experience to take advantage of the growth of the mobile as a...
Mobile messaging apps: The threat to Facebook and other social networks
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