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$50 Android Smartphones Are Disrupting Africa Much Faster Than You Think, Says Wikipedia's Jimmy Wales

BlackBerry's response to Samsung's SAFE Knox for enterprise: 'We've been doing that since 1999'

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With Samsung stepping on Blackberry's enterprise turf via its SAFE with Knox launch, it's not too surprising the Canadian outfit has a few choice words on the subject. We spoke with mobile computing Executive VP David J. Smith, who finds it "flattering" that Samsung is taking a similar interest...
BlackBerry's response to Samsung's SAFE Knox for enterprise: 'We've been doing that since 1999'
Amazon App Store goes to China

NYPD now has Android smartphone arsenal to pull up records, identify perps

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Thanks to an NYPD pilot program, over 400 officers now have special Android smartphones that allow them to pull up suspect data on the spot, according to the New York Times. Patrol car-mounted laptops can be slow and cumbersome, while the call-disabled handsets (which look like Samsung's Rugby Smart...
NYPD now has Android smartphone arsenal to pull up records, identify perps
The Nokia 301 Is An $85 Feature Phone With Smartphone-Style Camera Tricks To Nip At Android's Low End

Ubuntu smartphone preview coming February 21 for Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4

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Developers (and plenty of brave geeks) will soon be able to get a taste of Ubuntu’s smartphone version — assuming they have a Galaxy Nexus or Nexus 4. Ubuntu developer Canonical announced today that it will release a Developer Preview image, along with the necessary tools to install it,...
Ubuntu smartphone preview coming February 21 for Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4

Better late than never, as bidding begins in UK 4G spectrum auction

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And they’re off! Bidding has begun in a major UK spectrum auction, the result of which will be a more competitive rollout of 4G mobile broadband across the country starting around the middle of this year. So far, the only major player to begin such a deployment has been EE,...
Better late than never, as bidding begins in UK 4G spectrum auction
Facebook Messenger update brings Chat Heads to most Android phones
Look out Nike Fuel band, UnderArmour's fitness strap measures WILLPower!

Hands on: Kyocera Hydro Xtrm

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Kyocera is one of several companies to bring new phones to CTIA's spring show in Las Vegas, introducing the Hydro Xtrm. Like most of the company's other handsets the Xtrm is a budget device, however it offers a higher level of ruggedness compared to its predecessor. Electronista had a chance...
Hands on: Kyocera Hydro Xtrm

LG's Optimus L Series smartphones top 15 million sales, as their successors wait in the wings

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Following the announcement that it would debut its new Optimus L Series II smartphones at Mobile World Congress earlier in the week, Korean smartphone maker LG has provided an update on its the original L Series range, noting that sales have now eclipsed 15 million units. LG says that over...
LG's Optimus L Series smartphones top 15 million sales, as their successors wait in the wings

Nokia outs firmware for Lumia 620, 820 and 920 for better touch, camera action

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Owners of Nokia's Lumia 620, 820 and 920 are getting some firmware joy as the Swedish firm just released a new update for the Windows Phone 8 handsets. It'll bring improved auto screen brightness / touch screen functionality, camera fixes, enhanced Bluetooth headset functionality and numerous performance and stability...
Nokia outs firmware for Lumia 620, 820 and 920 for better touch, camera action

iSuppli: Samsung forecasted to unseat Nokia for top ranking in 2012 global phone shipments

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Between the years of 1998 and 2011, Nokia consistently took the first-place prize for global unit shipments, outpacing both Samsung and Apple. This year, however, iSuppli projects that the Finnish firm will slip to the second position, representing 24 percent of device shipments, compared to 29 percent for Samsung...
iSuppli: Samsung forecasted to unseat Nokia for top ranking in 2012 global phone shipments

The Engadget Interview: Jolla CEO Marc Dillon at MWC 2013

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Jolla launched its Sailfish SDK at MWC 2013 and we got the chance to chat with CEO Marc Dillon about the company's history and to find out how things have been coming along with Sailfish OS since our hands-on late last year. We also discussed the time frame for...
The Engadget Interview: Jolla CEO Marc Dillon at MWC 2013

Review: Mobiledit offers easy phone management

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Think your PC and your cell phone don't mix? Think again. Mobiledit, a $25 Windows application (free demo), bridges the gap between the two devices, allowing you to manage your phone and its contents from the big screen of your desktop. Mobiledit lets manage almost any kind of cell...
Review: Mobiledit offers easy phone management

Huawei's Germany-Bound Ascend G615 Packs High-End 3G Phone Specs In Mid-Range Price, With 1.4GHz Quad-Core Chip & 4.5″ 720p LCD

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Chinese mobile maker Huawei has had a habit of firing handsets into the market with specs that are pretty tasty for the money. Today it’s continuing this Android underdog strategy: unveiling what on paper looks like a relatively high end 3G smartphone but at a price that sits in the...
Huawei's Germany-Bound Ascend G615 Packs High-End 3G Phone Specs In Mid-Range Price, With 1.4GHz Quad-Core Chip & 4.5″ 720p LCD

BlackBerry Q10 is 'fastest-selling ever' at Selfridges as corporates snap it up

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Corporate buyers and exporters queue to buy dozens of handsets at a time to get keyboard-based BB10 model despite lack of advertising around UK launchBlackBerry's keyboard-based Q10 handset, its first with both a keyboard and running its BB10 software, has made a red-hot start on its first weekend in the...
BlackBerry Q10 is 'fastest-selling ever' at Selfridges as corporates snap it up

420,000 U.S. Cellular customers soon must make a choice: Join Sprint or find a new provider

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In the next few months, 420,000 U.S. Cellular customers in the Midwest will find themselves without a mobile network. Sprint on Friday closed a $480 million deal with U.S. Cellular that will hand all of the latter’s spectrum in Chicago, St. Louis and the surrounding regions into Sprint’s waiting arms....
420,000 U.S. Cellular customers soon must make a choice: Join Sprint or find a new provider

Xiaomi CEO Bin Lin aims to ship 15 million superphones in 2013, expand sales beyond Asia

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Bin Lin, co-founder and president of Xiaomi Corporation, has only been in the business of selling high-spec Android phones for three years. But yet, here he is, talking on stage at D:Dive Into Mobile about just how successful his outfit has become. "No sales, no marketing, no retail --...
Xiaomi CEO Bin Lin aims to ship 15 million superphones in 2013, expand sales beyond Asia

Galaxy Note II info ticker, pop-up browser and ICE menu combo reveal another lock screen flaw (video)

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The emergency contacts (ICE) menu is proving to be a Pandora's Box of lock screen vulnerabilities on several Samsung Galaxy handsets. Users are finding ways to exploit this weak point and the latest flaw that's come to our attention employs the pop-up browser on the Note II as an...
Galaxy Note II info ticker, pop-up browser and ICE menu combo reveal another lock screen flaw (video)

Asian messaging service Line focuses on emerging markets with app for Nokia's Asha phones

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Japan-headquartered mobile messaging service Line has launched an application for Nokia’s Asha range of phones, coming good on a promise made back in February. Line, which was recently spun-off from parent company Naver Japan – an affiliate of Korea’s biggest Web content firm — has 130 million registered users worldwide. Its arrival on...
Asian messaging service Line focuses on emerging markets with app for Nokia's Asha phones

After a rise and fall, BlackBerry 10 is RIM's last, best comeback attempt

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The year was 1999 when Research In Motion first unveiled its initial BlackBerry email pager, the beginning of a strong product brand that continues to this day. In that time, the ubiquitous BlackBerry has grown beyond a simple email machine to capable smartphones in 2003, gathering a cult-like following of “crackberry”...
After a rise and fall, BlackBerry 10 is RIM's last, best comeback attempt

The Plasticky BlackBerry Q5 Is Not The Mid-Tier Hero Handset BB10 Needs To Save It

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In some ways the Qwerty-packing Q5, with its throwback BlackBerry looks, is a far more important device for BlackBerry than its current flagship, the all-touch Z10. Or the premium-priced Qwerty-clad Q10. The mid-tier Q5 should be priced to shift — because that’s what BlackBerry needs to happen to start regaining the ground...
The Plasticky BlackBerry Q5 Is Not The Mid-Tier Hero Handset BB10 Needs To Save It

AT&T follows Verizon, lengthens device upgrade period to two years

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It would appear that AT&T iPhone users will have to wait a bit longer to upgrade to their next handsets, as the carrier announced on Sunday that it will be extending its hardware upgrade cycle to a length of two years.    ...
AT&T follows Verizon, lengthens device upgrade period to two years

Google I/O Dates Booked for May; Key Lime to be Served?

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Google said Tuesday that Google I/O, its annual developers conference, will take over San Francisco’s Moscone Center West from from May 15-17, 2013. Registration won’t open until next year. For updates, keep an eye on the Google Developers Google+ page. Tickets to I/O typically sell out in minutes, as the...
Google I/O Dates Booked for May; Key Lime to be Served?

Global mobile phone shipments breached 1.6 billion units in 2012, Samsung, Apple and Nokia still on top

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A charger on every nightstand and a phone in every pocket -- it could be a presidential slogan, but it's really just reality. According to research from Strategy Analytics, a staggering 1.6 billion mobile phones were shipped (not sold) globally in 2012, and 700 million of them were smartphones....
Global mobile phone shipments breached 1.6 billion units in 2012, Samsung, Apple and Nokia still on top

Lenovo hopes to sell smartphones in the US within a year

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While Lenovo is one of the fastest-rising smartphone makers today, many Americans wouldn't know it when the company has never officially sold handsets in the country. They might soon be well acquainted, according to CEO Yang Yuanqing: he wants Lenovo to be selling smartphones in the US within a...
Lenovo hopes to sell smartphones in the US within a year

Can Microsoft make it in Africa with the Huawei 4Afrika Windows Phone?

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Once upon a time, Microsoft could count on platform dominance around the world, because Windows ruled in the age of the desktop. In emerging economies that platform dominance was usually maintained through rampant ‘piracy’ of Windows – a fact that Microsoft could never openly condone, but from which it clearly...
Can Microsoft make it in Africa with the Huawei 4Afrika Windows Phone?
If not for Apple, Siri would have been preinstalled on every Droid

BlackBerry Z10 Jumps Off to a Record-Setting Start in Canada and U.K.

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BlackBerry’s new Z10 smartphone is a record-setter — in two of the first markets it in which it debuted, anyway. BlackBerry said on Wednesday that the launch of the Canadian and UK launches of the Z10 have been the best of any of its handsets debuts in those regions...
BlackBerry Z10 Jumps Off to a Record-Setting Start in Canada and U.K.
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