Meet RIM’s new CEO [video]

By on January 23, 2012 at 8:35 AM.

Meet RIM’s new CEO [video]

After months of investors unrest, Research In Motion on Sunday announced that Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis were stepping down from their roles as co-CEO and co-Chairmen. Barbara Stymiest was named RIM’s new chairperson of the board, in line with rumors, and former Ericsson executive Thorsten Heins was named president and CEO. Heins and Stymiest hosted a conference call Monday morning, with Heins leading the show, and the company took its first steps in a long climb toward regaining shareholder confidence and customer confidence. Read on for more. More →

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BlackBerry 10 is a failure that won’t be able to compete, company source says

By on December 22, 2011 at 9:45 AM.

BlackBerry 10 is a failure that won’t be able to compete, company source says

Bad products, horrible software and no cohesive vision have seemingly turned Research In Motion into a company without motion at this point. Throw in a huge delay before BlackBerry 10 smartphones start shipping, and it’s clear why people are losing, or have lost, faith in a company that played a tremendous role in making the smartphone industry what it is today. Thanks to one of our most trusted sources, BGR now has new information on what’s going on inside Research In Motion, and the picture it paints isn’t a pretty one. More →

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BGR Interview: Sony Ericsson President of North America Paul Hamnett

By on December 5, 2011 at 1:33 PM.

BGR Interview: Sony Ericsson President of North America Paul Hamnett

We recently sat down with Sony Ericsson President of North America Paul Hamnett to discuss the company’s future as a wholly-owned division of Sony Corporation, its upcoming smartphones and strategy pertaining to the U.S. market, Sony Electronics’ “four screen” opportunity, and much more. Check out the full video interview after the break. More →

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BGR Interview: Nokia CEO Stephen Elop on the company’s future, U.S. plans

By on December 2, 2011 at 10:13 AM.

BGR Interview: Nokia CEO Stephen Elop on the company’s future, U.S. plans

We had a chance to sit down with Nokia CEO Stephen Elop a few weeks ago in New York City to get a the skinny on Nokia’s strategy straight from the top. We covered the company’s upcoming push (and hopefully valiant return) in the United States, Nokia’s latest smartphones, potential new Nokia tablets and of course the company’s new Lumia 710 and Lumia 800 Windows Phones. Catch the full video interview after the break. More →

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BGR Interview: AT&T VP of Marketing Mike Woodward on 4G LTE and more

By on November 30, 2011 at 7:42 PM.

BGR Interview: AT&T VP of Marketing Mike Woodward on 4G LTE and more

We had a chance to spend some time with AT&T Vice President of Marketing, Mike Woodward, a little while back to talk about AT&T’s first 4G LTE smartphones, the Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket and HTC Vivid, in addition to 4G LTE in general, the company’s stance on Android, iOS, and more. Catch the interview after the break! More →

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BGR Interview: Motorola’s Alain Mutricy on resurrecting the RAZR

By on November 11, 2011 at 10:01 AM.

BGR Interview: Motorola’s Alain Mutricy on resurrecting the RAZR

Verizon Wireless on Friday released a class-leading smartphone that combines two of the biggest cell phone brands of the past decade into a single device. Verizon’s DROID line of smartphones played a huge role in making Android the global juggernaut it is today, and Motorola’s RAZR turned the wireless industry on its head in 2004, showing consumers that a cell phone can be both beautiful and functional. The decision to merge these brands into one single powerhouse was not made lightly, we can assure you, and the DROID RAZR will undoubtedly find itself atop plenty of wish-lists this holiday season. We recently sat down with Alain Mutricy, Motorola Mobility’s senior vice president of Portfolio and Product Management, to discuss this iconic device and why it is worthy of carrying the RAZR brand into the future. The full text from our Q&A with Mutricy follows below. More →

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BGR Interview: Lighting Science Group CTO Fred Maxik Chief on the future of light

By on November 1, 2011 at 3:10 PM.

BGR Interview: Lighting Science Group CTO Fred Maxik Chief on the future of light

BGR recently caught up with Fred Maxik, Chief Technology Officer of Lighting Science Group, to talk about what the company is doing in the lighting industry. Not many consumers are familiar with Lighting Science Group yet, though some might remember the company from last year’s Google I/O conference as it was the first partner Google teamed up with for its Android @ Home initiative. What really interests me about Lighting Science Group is the company’s vision on the future of light, and what it is doing to change and reinvent lighting. A mesh network of lights that talk to each other, sense your presence, remember your preferences, and even image sensors built into light fixtures are some of the things that Lighting Science Group is working on. Check out our full interview with Fred Maxik after the break. More →

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Nokia’s Jo Harlow: Windows Phone is ‘easier, faster and a hell of a lot more fun’

By on October 27, 2011 at 11:35 AM.

Nokia’s Jo Harlow: Windows Phone is ‘easier, faster and a hell of a lot more fun’

Microsoft’s Ben Rudolph sat down with Nokia product boss Jo Harlow during the Nokia World conference this week to get her take on the Finnish vendor’s first two Windows Phones, the Lumia 710 and the Lumia 800. Rudolph and Harlow had a great chat, but the meat of the interview certainly hits toward the end. When asked why a consumer would buy Nokia’s new high-end smartphone over the competition, Harlow didn’t mince words. “Yeah, the iPhone is simple to use. IPhone has a beautiful design. [The Nokia Lumia 800] is a gorgeous design, but the integration of the UI sets this apart. It is by far the best experience.” Read on for more. More →

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Steve Jobs vowed to destroy Android, called the platform a ‘stolen product’

By on October 21, 2011 at 11:15 AM.

Steve Jobs vowed to destroy Android, called the platform a ‘stolen product’

Apple co-Founder and former chief executive Steve Jobs vowed to devote his life and all of Apple’s cash to destroying Google’s Android operating system, which he believed to be an outright ripoff of Apple’s iPhone platform. Pulling quotes from an advance copy of Steve Jobs’s authorized biography by Walter Isaacson, The Associated Press reports that Jobs was furious in January 2010 when HTC launched a phone that appeared to copy many key features from the iPhone. Read on for more. More →

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BGR Interview: George Martin on how TI is powering the future of smartphones and tablets

By on October 21, 2011 at 10:30 AM.

BGR Interview: George Martin on how TI is powering the future of smartphones and tablets

We recently caught up with George Martin, software product manager for Texas Instruments’ wireless business unit, to talk about the company’s recent big wins with Android, TI’s OMAP 5 platform, working with Microsoft on Windows 8 and more. As the mobile landscape continues to evolve at a much faster pace than the computer industry, there’s nothing more important than the processors that enable the amazing functionality in these devices. Where is one of the industry’s top chip makers planning to take us in the coming months and years? Read on for our full interview. More →

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Microsoft’s Ballmer: Android phones are boring, overcomplicated

By on October 19, 2011 at 11:15 AM.

Microsoft’s Ballmer: Android phones are boring, overcomplicated

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has never been one to mince words, and the executive shared a few choice thoughts on Google’s Android platform while speaking at the Web 2.0 conference on Tuesday. “You don’t need to be a computer scientist to use a Windows Phone, but I think you do to use an Android phone,” Ballmer told Federated Media founder John Battelle during an interview on stage. He continued, “It is very hard to be excited, for me, about the Android phones.” Despite the platform’s innovative user experience and its slick UI, sales of Windows Phone handsets have not been impressive thus far. Microsoft has been hesitant to share hard numbers and partners have followed suit, but recent estimates suggest Microsoft’s share of the smartphone market may have hit a new low in the second quarter of 2011. Nokia is expected by many to be the catalyst that helps establish Windows Phone as a major player, however, and Ballmer confirmed that Nokia is set to unveil “a bunch” of new Windows Phones at Nokia World next week.

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Acer founder: Android will beat Apple

By on October 14, 2011 at 11:10 AM.

Acer founder: Android will beat Apple

Acer founder Stan Shih thinks Apple’s days at the top are numbered, and Google’s Android operating system will be the victor in the industry’s heated mobile platform wars. In an interview with Chinese-language Taiwan newspaper United Daily News as reported by Taiwan Economic News, Shih stated that Android is the world’s most popular mobile operating system by volume and it will “outdo” Apple’s iOS in the near future. In particular, Shih sees Google’s alliance with Intel as a union that will lead to great things. The pair will develop innovative solutions that optimize Android’s speed and performance, Shih said, speculating that Android-powered, Atom-based mobile devices will outsell Apple’s portable gear. Finally, Shih noted that Apple’s “post-PC era” doesn’t mark an end to traditional personal computers, but rather a diversification of form factors and capabilities that will complement media tablets and other emerging devices — a sentiment that echoes an earlier BGR feature. More →

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Microsoft exec: Windows Phone is the cure for iPhone’s monotony, Android’s chaos

By on October 10, 2011 at 11:00 AM.

Microsoft exec: Windows Phone is the cure for iPhone’s monotony, Android’s chaos

Windows Phone boss Andy Lees sees the latest version of Microsoft’s mobile operating system as the answer to big problems facing iOS and Android, the two most popular mobile operating systems on the planet. In an interview with The Seattle Times, Lees pitched Windows Phone 7.5 — affectionately known as “Mango” — as the answer to consumers’ prayers. “Over the next 12, 18, 24 months, I can see a lot of stars lining up,” Lees said of Microsoft’s emerging mobile platform. Read on for more. More →

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