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IDC: Apple passes LG to become world’s third largest phone vendor

February 2nd, 2012

Thanks to a strong fourth quarter, Apple has passed LG to become the world’s third largest cell phone vendor by volume, according to new estimates from market research firm IDC. The worldwide mobile phone market grew 6.1%  year-over-year in the fourth quarter as the feature phone market continued to decline to its lowest growth rate …

Analyst calls for RIM to break apart handset, network businesses

July 12th, 2011

With Research In Motion’s annual shareholder meeting scheduled to take place later today, one popular RIM-focused analyst is calling for the company to split its handset and network businesses into two separate companies. “RIM’s organization, like its handsets, needs modernization. By acting now, splitting RIM into network and handset businesses may target opportunities and unlock significant shareholder …

AT&T HTC Status in the wild

June 29th, 2011

We’ve just been sent a shot of AT&T’s upcoming Facebook-centric device, the AT&T HTC Status. The device looks pretty identical to the European HTC ChaCha, save for the obvious AT&T branding. We exclusively reported the HTC Status would be the official name of the device here in the U.S., and now that it’s confirmed, we …

With possible Nokia deal, Microsoft could try to become the next Apple

June 1st, 2011

Apple, a company many said had repeatedly delayed the development and launch of the iPhone for fear that it might cannibalize its iPod business, is now a “mobile devices company” with a smartphone that is undoubtedly its flagship device. Chief Executive Steve Jobs and Chief Operating Officer Tim Cook have both publicly acknowledged this major transition on …

Apple iPhone 4S to feature separate camera flash?

May 14th, 2011

9to5Mac is reporting that the next iPhone, the iPhone 4S as it’s being referred to, will feature the LED flash for the camera on the opposite side of the case. There have been reports from a small group of individuals experiencing camera problems due to the iPhone’s built-in flash, and this looks like a way …

Android loses more ‘open’ cred as Google fights fragmentation

March 31st, 2011

According to a report filed by Bloomberg Businessweek, Google is beginning to shorten the proverbial leash that Android licensees are currently attached to. Citing “dozens” of industry executives working at “key companies in the Android ecosystem,” the publication writes that Google will need to approve the future Android-plans of its software partners in exchange for early access …

AT&T’s services, products being pulled from third-party retailers

February 22nd, 2011

It looks like AT&T is aiming to recapitalize on revenues generated from handset sales. Several third-party wireless resellers — including Wirefly — have reported that beginning this March, they will no longer offer AT&T devices or services. In a letter to customers, Wirefly CEO, Andy Zeinfeld, noted that his company is committed to providing great selection and savings along …

Live from Samsung’s 2011 MWC event

February 13th, 2011

We’re here and ready to go at Samsung’s Mobile World Congress 2011 event. While the Samsung Galaxy S II and Samsung Galaxy Tab II have popped up online, we’re sure there will still be a few surprises in store for us. Hit the break for all the live coverage!

T-Mobile to focus on Android, HSPA+, and tablets at CES

December 23rd, 2010

According to a report filed by Mobilized, the nation’s fourth largest carrier, T-Mobile, plans on focusing its CES efforts on HSPA+, Android, and tablet computers. Mark McDiarmid, T-Mo’s senior director of engineering, sat down with the blog and noted that his company will outline plans for its ultra-fast 42Mbps HSPA+ network at the show. Mr. McDiarmid also …