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A Look Into Japan's Burgeoning App Economy

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Japan, long called the “Galapagos Islands” of the mobile industry for its cornucopia of sophisticated and unusual feature phones, is finally transitioning to Android and iOS in a serious way. Given the country’s historically high levels of spending on mobile apps and games, it’s becoming a market that Android and...
A Look Into Japan's Burgeoning App Economy

In “breakout year” for 4G technology, LTE phone shipments to reach 67 million units in 2012: study

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With LTE networks continuing to roll out worldwide, there’s no doubt there will be a huge surge in 4G LTE-capable handset and tablet sales in the coming years. In a new report, research and consulting firm Strategy Analytics says 2012 will be a straight up “breakout year” for 4G technology,...
In “breakout year” for 4G technology, LTE phone shipments to reach 67 million units in 2012: study

Amazon is reportedly planning to launch its Kindle e-readers in Brazil and Japan

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Separate reports indicate that Amazon may soon launch its Kindle e-readers in Brazil and in Japan, PaidContent notes. This would be one more step in the Kindle’s global rollout, following its recent launch in Italy and Spain. As we reported, Amazon has also recently started to ship its Kindle Touch...
Amazon is reportedly planning to launch its Kindle e-readers in Brazil and Japan

NTT DoCoMo reveals smartphone, tablet releases for coming months

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Japanese carrier NTT DoCoMo has revealed the lineup of mobile devices that it will start offering over the summer. Eleven models make the cut, including nine smartphones, one tablet, and one "Raku-Raku" simplified smartphone. Notable additions include a new Sony Xperia smartphone, the Aquos Phone Zeta, and the Aquos Pad...
NTT DoCoMo reveals smartphone, tablet releases for coming months

NTT DoCoMo details its 150Mbps LTE rollout, plans to double base stations

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To this day, relatively few wireless carriers offer LTE at its loftiest 150Mbps speeds. We'll soon get to count NTT DoCoMo among those ranks, however. Alongside the launch of its summer phone lineup, the Japanese network has firmed up some details of its Xi speed-up plans. The initial rollout...
NTT DoCoMo details its 150Mbps LTE rollout, plans to double base stations

Samsung's secret weapon in the mobile wars: Tizen

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Meet the next mobile operating system getting a broad swath of support from industry players such as Sprint Nextel, NTT Docomo, and Intel. [Read more]...
Samsung's secret weapon in the mobile wars: Tizen

Japanese carrier announces Optimus G Pro as part of its spring lineup

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Image courtesy of Impress Watch LG's Optimus G Pro once seemed like just a rumor. Today it's become more of a reality, as the handset has cropped up on Japanese carrier NTT DoCoMo's website as part of its spring lineup. Though there's no pricing available just yet, the Optimus...
Japanese carrier announces Optimus G Pro as part of its spring lineup
Without iPhone, Japan's biggest mobile carrier is losing subscribers at a record rate

Following Rumours Of DoCoMo Tie-Up, Samsung Confirms It Will Launch Tizen-Based Devices This Year

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At the end of last month we reported rumours that Samsung was planning to develop Tizen-based phones, in partnership with Japanese carrier NTT DoCoMo. Now Samsung has confirmed its intention to build hardware for the Intel-backed Linux-based Tizen platform. In an emailed statement to BloombergBusinessweek, Samsung said: ”We plan to release new, competitive...
Following Rumours Of DoCoMo Tie-Up, Samsung Confirms It Will Launch Tizen-Based Devices This Year

iPhone 5S Production Rumored to Have Begun

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Japanese blog Macotakara reports (via AppleInsider) that Foxconn is ready to ramp up production on iPhone 5S and that it would be built on the same production lines that currently build the iPhone 5. Macotakara is also reporting that Japan's number one cellular provider, NTT DoCoMo, which doesn't currently carry...
iPhone 5S Production Rumored to Have Begun

The first smartphone with an IGZO display: the 4.9-inch Sharp Aquos Phone Zeta SH-02E

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Japanese mega-operator NTT DoCoMo has just unveiled a interesting addition to its winter line-up: the Sharp Aquos Phone Zeta SH-02E, which is the first production smartphone we've seen with an IGZO display. If you hadn't heard, the indium gallium zinc oxide technology promises higher translucency compared to regular LCDs,...
The first smartphone with an IGZO display: the 4.9-inch Sharp Aquos Phone Zeta SH-02E

NTT DoCoMo hopes to expand content game with Buongiorno buyout

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Japanese mobile operator, NTT DoCoMo, is making a play at the Italian firm Buongiorno, a mobile content provider that boasts two billion customers across 57 countries. The €224 million offer must still be approved by Italian regulators, and would reflect a purchase price of €2 per share for the...
NTT DoCoMo hopes to expand content game with Buongiorno buyout

NTT DoCoMo, Fujitsu and NEC rekindle love and LTE partnership, Samsung and Panasonic left in the rain

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The fractious on-again, off-again love affair between NTT DoCoMo, Fujitsu and NEC has taken another turn. After dissolving a partnership to build a common LTE platform that included Samsung and Panasonic, the trio have rekindled their love over a candlelit dinner. The gang are stumping up the cash to...
NTT DoCoMo, Fujitsu and NEC rekindle love and LTE partnership, Samsung and Panasonic left in the rain

A Quarter of Patents This Year Will Be Mobile Related

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If you think the mobile patent wars are winding down, think again. A new report shows that a quarter of U.S. patents issued this year are likely to be related to mobile technology. That’s up from just 5 percent of all patents in 2001, according to analyst Chetan Sharma. In...
A Quarter of Patents This Year Will Be Mobile Related
Amazon will start selling prepaid wireless in Japan — this was inevitable
Japan’s Docomo buying mobile content powerhoue Buongiorno for €224 million

Samsung, NTT DoCoMo, et al. cancel plans for LTE chip joint venture

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Looks like the decision to not make a decision has... well, created a decision. Back in December of 2011, NTT DoCoMo, Panasonic, Samsung and a smattering of other Japanese firms put their heads together in order to launch a joint venture to manufacture and sell ICs for mobile devices. Communication...
Samsung, NTT DoCoMo, et al. cancel plans for LTE chip joint venture
Visualizing the evolution of cell phones over the past 25 years [video]

LTE Smartphone Shipments Projected To Hit 275 Million In 2013

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Did you buy a "4G" LTE smartphone in 2012? No? Well, there is a pretty good chance you will end up buying one in 2013. Boston-based research firm Strategy Analytics predicts that 275 million LTE smartphones will be sold next year - a projected 203% jump from the 91 million...
LTE Smartphone Shipments Projected To Hit 275 Million In 2013

NTT DoCoMo Sees More Losses at Tata Teleservices

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NTT DoCoMo said it will likely take several years for the unprofitable Indian firm Tata Teleservices, in which the Japanese mobile carrier holds a 26% stake, to reverse its fortunes....
NTT DoCoMo Sees More Losses at Tata Teleservices

Coalition of Tech Companies Aims to License LTE-Related Patents

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A group of large technology companies is banding together in an effort to license some of the underlying technology needed for products compatible with high-speed LTE wireless networks. Ross Among the companies banding together are AT&T, Clearwire, Hewlett-Packard, KDDI, NTT DOCOMO, SK Telecom, Telecom Italia, Telefónica, and ZTE. The effort...
Coalition of Tech Companies Aims to License LTE-Related Patents

LG Optimus G Pro With 5-inch HD Display And Huge 3,000mAh Battery Shows Face In Japanese Leak

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The LG Optimus G Pro, a successor to LG’s flagship Optimus G smartphone, looks to be preparing for a Japanese launch at least, according a couple separate leaks this morning. Engadget has managed to secure a slide purportedly showing the phone’s design and listing its specs, and the Japan-based Blog...
LG Optimus G Pro With 5-inch HD Display And Huge 3,000mAh Battery Shows Face In Japanese Leak

NTT DoCoMo's i beam tablet prototype is driven by your eyes (video)

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Another prototype from DoCoMo aimed at Nihon's commuters, the i beam concept tablet forgoes any touch at all, allowing the user (once they're at the specified 'sweet spot') to navigate around apps and screens using your eyes. Two sensors along the bottom edge of the tablet track both of...
NTT DoCoMo's i beam tablet prototype is driven by your eyes (video)

LG Optimus G Pro to debut this April

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Set to launch through Japanese carrier NTT DoCoMo, the new LG phone will offer a 5-inch screen with a 1,920x1,080 pixel display. [Read more]...
LG Optimus G Pro to debut this April
Pressure-sensitive Grip UI may be the cure for huge smartphones screens

Mobile Messaging Consolidates: Myriad Buys Struggling Synchronica For $38M

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Some consolidation afoot in the evolving world of mobile messaging: one messaging provider, Switzerland’s Myriad Group, is buying a UK-based rival, Synchronica, for £23.9 million (around $38 million), in what looks like an all-share deal. Myriad says the deal will make it one of the biggest providers of messaging services...
Mobile Messaging Consolidates: Myriad Buys Struggling Synchronica For $38M

Panasonic Eluga P P-03E takes on Samsung with its own air gestures (video)

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Don't think that the Galaxy S 4 has a lock on the concept of touch-free input. Panasonic has bolstered NTT DoCoMo's summer lineup with the Eluga P P-03E, a 4.7-inch Android phone whose one-handed interface can involve even less finger contact than Samsung's flagship. Its central Touch Assist feature...
Panasonic Eluga P P-03E takes on Samsung with its own air gestures (video)
Hands-on with the first IGZO panel smartphone, Sharp's SH-02E

Wireless Memory Card Maker Eye-Fi Raises $20M Series D, Led By NTT DOCOMO

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Eye-Fi, the maker of those nifty, wireless memory cards that automatically sync digital camera photos to your devices as well as to cloud services like Facebook, Flickr, Picasa and YouTube, is today announcing it has raised $20 million in Series D funding. The round was led by NTT DOCMOCO, the...
Wireless Memory Card Maker Eye-Fi Raises $20M Series D, Led By NTT DOCOMO

NEC will cut 10,000 jobs after forecasting $1.3 billion annual loss, mostly in mobile phone biz

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After releasing a revised financial forecast for FY 2011 that predicts an annual $1.3 billion loss, its third in the last four years, NEC announced it will cut around 10,000 jobs. Bloomberg Businessweek reports President Nobuhiro Endo announced the cuts, revealing most of the cuts will come from the...
NEC will cut 10,000 jobs after forecasting $1.3 billion annual loss, mostly in mobile phone biz
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