2011’s biggest stories

By on December 31, 2011 at 10:01 AM.

2011’s biggest stories

As 2012 approaches, we thought it would be fun to look back on 2011 one last time and share our biggest stories of the year with you. Here they are in order, from our post popular post of the year to our tenth most popular post:

  1. Open letter to BlackBerry bosses: Senior RIM exec tells all as company crumbles around him
  2. BlackBerry Messenger will launch on Android and iOS
  3. Samsung Galaxy Nexus full specs revealed; Verizon Wireless exclusive
  4. BlackBerry Dakota gets pictured; the touch and type BlackBerry you’ve been waiting for
  5. Google’s first Ice Cream Sandwich phone to be manufactured by Samsung, possibly dubbed ‘Nexus Prime’
  6. Live from Apple’s WWDC 2011 keynote with Steve Jobs
  7. Apple testing iPhone for T-Mobile USA
  8. Google Nexus 4G detailed – 720p display, 4G LTE, Android 4.0
  9. BlackBerry Bold 9900 review
  10. Inside RIM: An exclusive look at the rise and fall of the company that made smartphones smart

Have a great and safe New Year.

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Looking back at 2011: iPhone 4S and Galaxy Nexus cap off the year of the smartphone

By on December 30, 2011 at 11:15 AM.

Looking back at 2011: iPhone 4S and Galaxy Nexus cap off the year of the smartphone

Despite numerous lofty predictions from analysts and market watchers, 2011 wasn’t the year of the tablet. Not by a long shot. Apple’s iPad 2 continued to sell well this past year but among dozens of rivals, only a handful of tablets managed to garner even the slightest interest from consumers. No, 2011 was the year of the smartphone. Global smartphone penetration is now approaching 10% and in the United States, nearly half of all cell phone users own smartphones. While smartphones proliferated all year long, 2011 would save the best for last: at the start of the fourth quarter, Apple launched its latest iPhone handset and as the year drew to a close, Verizon and Samsung released the Galaxy Nexus. More →

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Looking back at 2011: HP kills, revives and then open sources webOS

By on December 29, 2011 at 2:00 PM.

Looking back at 2011: HP kills, revives and then open sources webOS

There’s no question about it: HP made one of the biggest blunders of the year when it comes to how the company handled Palm and webOS. During the past 12 months, HP relieved one CEO who was hired less than a year earlier in October 2010, killed off its webOS hardware, hired another CEO, brought webOS back from the dead and then open sourced it. The company also announced that it would discontinue its Pre, Veer and TouchPad products, but then flip-flopped and said we can expect new webOS devices in the future. It’s a confusing company to say the least, so let’s start all the way at the beginning and trace the curious path HP took with webOS this year. More →

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Looking back at 2011: Google eyes Motorola buy in bid for Android control, patent ammo

By on December 29, 2011 at 10:40 AM.

Looking back at 2011: Google eyes Motorola buy in bid for Android control, patent ammo

2011 was a wild, wild year to follow the technology industry. AT&T failed to buy T-Mobile USA, things got rough for RIM and Apple and Samsung fought legal battles all over the world. Still, one of the biggest stories of the year began when Google announced in August that it planned to purchase Motorola Mobility, a member of the open handset alliance, for $12.5 billion. Pundits immediately needed to know one thing: what did Google’s other Android partners think? Surprisingly, HTC, Samsung, LG and Sony Ericsson all voiced support for the acquisition. But why? At first it appeared that Google just wanted to control the entire Android experience, from software to hardware, but CEO Larry Page soon put a second piece of the puzzle into place: the acquisition could offer Android partners a safe haven against litigation from Apple and Microsoft. More →

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Looking back at 2011: RIM on the ropes

By on December 28, 2011 at 11:40 AM.

Looking back at 2011: RIM on the ropes

2011 was a huge year for the wireless industry. Global mobile connections surpassed 6 billion as the world’s total population hit 7 billion people, and worldwide smartphone penetration is now approaching 10%. In the United States, smartphone penetration has now topped 44% as converged, connected devices continue to flood the market across all age ranges. The rapid growth in the smartphone space can be attributed for the most part to two platforms, Android and iOS, and other companies continue to struggle to gain or even maintain their ground in a market that is expanding faster than it ever has before. Microsoft’s Windows Phone OS is heralded as a breath of fresh air but significant sales still elude the company’s vendor partners. On the other side of the coin, age finally caught up with Research In Motion’s BlackBerry OS and smartphone users are becoming increasingly disinterested in a platform that was once the most desirable mobile experience in the world. More →

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Looking back at 2011: AT&T’s bid to acquire T-Mobile is defeated

By on December 27, 2011 at 1:05 PM.

Looking back at 2011: AT&T’s bid to acquire T-Mobile is defeated

AT&T made headlines in March of this year when it announced plans to acquire T-Mobile USA from Deutsche Telekom for $39 billion. Here we are nine months later and the deal is dead in the water, but there was a huge game of tug-of-war going on all year between AT&T, policy makers, the government and AT&T’s competitors. There were points when it seemed that the merger was bound for approval, and others where it seemed fairly certain that the government would reject AT&T’s application. The only thing we knew for sure is that this deal, if approved, would change the wireless landscape in the U.S. forever. Read on for more. More →

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Looking back at 2011: 4G LTE takes off

By on December 26, 2011 at 2:20 PM.

Looking back at 2011: 4G LTE takes off

LTE quickly became one of the most talked about wireless topics this year, but before 2011 it was a term most consumers probably had never heard of. A standard developed by the Third-Generation Partnership Project (3GPP), long-term evolution (LTE) is a progression of UMTS/HSPA and GSM/EDGE networks. Just a year ago, 4G LTE wasn’t available to the general U.S. public and now, as we begin to enter 2012, a massive chunk of the U.S. population has access to it. 4G spread like a wildfire during 2011, so let’s take a look at some of this year’s LTE highlights. More →

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Looking back at 2011: ‘The year of the tablet’ falls flat

By on December 26, 2011 at 12:00 PM.

Looking back at 2011: ‘The year of the tablet’ falls flat

Apple rocked the consumer electronics industry when it launched the “magical and revolutionary iPad” in April 2010. It wasn’t the first media tablet aimed at the consumer market by any means, but it was the first that consumers actually wanted. Following the iPad’s unveiling, Apple’s rivals scrambled to build tablets of their own and market research firms were quick to herald 2011 as “the year of the tablet.” More than 100 different tablets were unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show in 2011, the bulk employing Android to power their user experiences, and the year of the tablet was upon us. Read on for more. More →

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