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Back from the dead: why do 2013's best smartphones have IR blasters?
Android now powers 75% of all smartphones sold. Are we heading towards a Google monopoly?
Digia to pay Nokia €4 million for Qt as framework heads towards cross-platform future
Google and Apple gain, RIM loses in latest comScore smartphone survey

Apple, Google both increase smartphone share over summer

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Apple's iOS mobile platform and Google's Android platform continued to grow marketshare in smartphone use, mostly at the expense of rival platforms such as BlackBerry, Windows Phone and Symbian. While the Android platform overall remained the most widely-used at 52.2 percent (an increase of 1.4 percent from April), Apple's three-model...
Apple, Google both increase smartphone share over summer
Apple asked Samsung to pay $30 per Android phone and Windows Phone, $40 per tablet for patent licenses

Luxury Phone Brand Vertu Launches Its First Android-Powered Handset -- For Those With $10,000+ To Spend

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Vertu, the formerly-owned-by-Nokia maker of eye-wateringly expensive, leather-clad, gem-encrusted, handmade-in-the-U.K. ‘luxury’ smartphones, has launched an Android-powered device: the Vertu Ti. After leaving the Nokia fold, back in October, it was rumoured that Vertu planned to do what many a Nokia fan still wishes that company would do: ditch Symbian and adopt Android. Today Vertu unveiled its...
Luxury Phone Brand Vertu Launches Its First Android-Powered Handset -- For Those With $10,000+ To Spend

Android dominates Chinese market as it reaches 50% benchmark in OS installations: Kantar Worldpanel

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Google’s Android OS is dominating the Chinese smartphone market and is now installed on more than half of all devices in the country, according to research from Kantar Worldpanel. Across all smartphones in China, the Android mobile operating system hit a 51.4 percent market share in the first quarter of 2013, marking...
Android dominates Chinese market as it reaches 50% benchmark in OS installations: Kantar Worldpanel

13 Amazing Facts About Smartphone Use Around The World

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Business Insider Intelligence is a new research and analysis service for real-time insight and intelligence about the Internet industry. The product is currently in beta. For more information, and to sign up for a free 30-day trial, click here. Google has been collecting tons of data about smartphone usage around the world,...
13 Amazing Facts About Smartphone Use Around The World

Ad-free Social Platform App.net Goes Freemium With Free, Invite-Only Plan

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App.net, the project that emerged from founder Dalton Caldwell’s desire to build a social platform that wasn’t driven by advertising, is adding its first free option today. Given Caldwell’s emphasis on creating a product that people are actually willing to pay for, this might seem like a step backwards, or...
Ad-free Social Platform App.net Goes Freemium With Free, Invite-Only Plan

IDC: Android has a heady 59 percent of world smartphone share, iPhone still on the way up

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We've been jonesing for a more international look at smartphone market share for the start of 2012, and IDC is now more than willing to oblige. In case you'd thought Android's relentless march upwards was just an American fling, Google's OS has jumped from 36.1 percent of the world's...
IDC: Android has a heady 59 percent of world smartphone share, iPhone still on the way up

Nokia will launch another 'hero' Lumia device this quarter, says Elop

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Nokia intends to release a new flagship Lumia phone in the U.S. during this quarter, CEO Stephen Elop has said. Elop predicted the launch in an earnings call on Thursday, after the release of Nokia’s results for the first quarter of the year. He said to “expect to see another...
Nokia will launch another 'hero' Lumia device this quarter, says Elop

PhoneGap Build Support Comes to Version 1.4.0

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When it comes to the pace of mobile app innovation, there are a couple leaders in the field that need to be watched on a regular basis. Foremost among them is the PhoneGap, also known as Apache Cordova these days. Call it the leader of the leaders. Today the company...
PhoneGap Build Support Comes to Version 1.4.0
Viber reaches 100 million users, exclusive version available for Lumia Windows Phones

A Web Site is No Longer Enough

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The way in which we interact with technology has changed dramatically over the past few years. The era of light computing has begun, and social media is big enough that the average person can shape perceptions. A Web site is no longer the most meaningful way for us to interact...
A Web Site is No Longer Enough

Nokia, Microsoft pledge 18m euros to Windows Phone app devs

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In the hopes of building up the app ecosystem for the Windows Phone platform in the long term, both Microsoft and Nokia on Monday have pledged to commit 9 million euros (about $12m) each to a new developer program at Finland's Aalto University. Called AppCampus, the project aims to attract...
Nokia, Microsoft pledge 18m euros to Windows Phone app devs

Samsung and Apple Continue to Dominate Smartphone Market, But iOS Market Share Falls

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Gartner's quarterly Market Share Analysis: Mobile Phones, Worldwide report shows that Samsung and Apple continue to dominate the smartphone market, with more than 52% of the market between them, but that Android's market share grew dramatically year-on-year while iOS saw a decline. Samsung's Q4 2012 smartphone sales totalled 64.5 million...
Samsung and Apple Continue to Dominate Smartphone Market, But iOS Market Share Falls

IDC: Android claims 75 percent of smartphone shipments in Q3, 136 million handsets sold

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Android devices already counted for a lion's share of phones shipped during Q2, and now fresh IDC figures show Google's OS claiming the top spot with a hefty 75 percent marketshare in the third quarter. In total, 136 million Android handsets were shipped during the time frame, a new...
IDC: Android claims 75 percent of smartphone shipments in Q3, 136 million handsets sold

BlackBerry PlayBook now supports Qt in bid to lure disgruntled Nokia developers

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Alec Saunders, RIM VP of developer relations, just announced BlackBerry PlayBook support for the Qt developer framework. Alec was joined on stage by Nokia's Lars Knoll, Qt Chief Architect. Qt is the popular cross-platform application framework that was previously the focus of Nokia's worldwide developer corps. However, when Nokia...
BlackBerry PlayBook now supports Qt in bid to lure disgruntled Nokia developers

China's Xiaomi partners with Mface to bring chat service to Southeast Asia

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Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi has reached an agreement with Mface, an up-and-coming social network in Southeast Asia, to help take its MiTalk messaging service overseas, Tencent Tech reports. MiTalk, which is available on iOS, Android, Symbian, Windows Phone and PC, is believed to have over 23 million registered users, up...
China's Xiaomi partners with Mface to bring chat service to Southeast Asia

Android and Apple continue to grow in Q1 as RIM and Microsoft slide

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ComScore on Tuesday announced the results of a three month study on the smartphone market in the United States. The research firm found Google’s Android operating system has continued to grow, increasing its market share from 47.3% in December to 51% in March. Apple’s iOS accounted for 30.7% of all...
Android and Apple continue to grow in Q1 as RIM and Microsoft slide

Canalys: iPhone, Android ruled 2011, Nokia now leads Windows

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A Canalys wrap-up of 2011 smartphone share painted an overall picture that kept Apple and Google in front, but also provided clearer pictures of Windows Phone. Android was just short of an absolute majority at 48.8 percent, while the iPhone held 19.1 percent. Nokia's Symbian and RIM's BlackBerry still held...
Canalys: iPhone, Android ruled 2011, Nokia now leads Windows
Report: Android and iOS capture record 92 percent of global smartphone market in Q4 2012

Unlimited Music: Opera Software launches its music streaming and download service in Russia

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Norwegian Internet firm Opera Software has announced a new subscription-based service called Unlimited Music for users in Russia, the company’s key market for its Opera Mini browser. The main idea behind Unlimited Music is to “make music files available in a simple and affordable way for Russians, no matter if...
Unlimited Music: Opera Software launches its music streaming and download service in Russia

2012 mobile market share: Apple and Google continue to gain, while everyone else falls

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A new report from comScore shows the gains and losses in mobile market shares and it appears that Apple and Google are still the only ones making positive moves. In mobile subscribers by percentage, Apple was the only gainer, increasing to 12.8% from 10.8% in October of 2011. As far...
2012 mobile market share: Apple and Google continue to gain, while everyone else falls

Internet of Things Conference in London

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If you like your Internet rammed into things - lighting systems, automobiles, art, books, crookedneck squash - you'll light-up like a Japanese robot when you lurch into the mashup Internet of Things conference in London. To refer to the conference by its full name (my hand to God), "Internet of...
Internet of Things Conference in London

Android crushes the competition in China as it passes 90% smartphone market share: Report

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Android has established a clear monopoly in China after achieving more than 90 percent market share there, up from 58.2 percent a year ago, according to a new report from Analysys International (via Tech in Asia). The data combines estimates from both devices sales and ownership. Google’s mobile OS soared...
Android crushes the competition in China as it passes 90% smartphone market share: Report

Ubuntu smartphones will go on sale in October, but in which territories and made by who?

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Early last month, Canonical announced its foray into the smartphone market with the Ubuntu Phone. Offering an alternative to iOS, Android, Windows Phone, BlackBerry, and Symbian if you swing that way, Canonical's Linux mobile OS could be a refreshing new take on mobile operating systems, but when will that refreshing...
Ubuntu smartphones will go on sale in October, but in which territories and made by who?
Nokia's Here Maps out now for iOS with turn-by-turn, public transit, and real-time traffic

Why Windows Phone 8 means the BlackBerry is doomed

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As Microsoft Corporate VP for Windows Phone Terry Myerson and others from Microsoft and Nokia took the stage at the Windows Phone Summit in San Francisco, it’s certain that there were nervous eyes watching the video stream from somewhere in Waterloo, Ontario. While Microsoft is clearly targeting Google and Apple as its...
Why Windows Phone 8 means the BlackBerry is doomed
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