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iPhone 4S Videos: Device, iOS 5, Siri & iCloud

This week, Apple unveiled the the iPhone 4S, its next-generation iPhone. A lot of people were disappointed because they wanted an iPhone 5 with something more. A lot of people were happy with the news, however – especially those waiting for Sprint to get an iPhone. Following is a quick video round-up looking at the some highlights from the unveiling …

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Sprint iPhone 4S Release Date: October 14

Apple announced the iPhone 4S today. It’s not the iPhone 5, and it looks a lot like the iPhone 4, but at least it comes in white right off the bat. It also has some other nice features that the iPhone 4 doesn’t – namely Siri and a beefed up camera. And of course it will launch with Apple’s new …

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iPhone 5 Features, Social Media Jobs & Dog Bites

People are really hyped up for the iPhone 5. Rumors have been swirling for months, and users know what they want. A new infographic looks at what they do want, as well as who will actually be getting one. Then we have some other interesting social media and search-related stuff. And dog bite stats. View other daily infographic compilations here. …

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40% of Mobile Users Use Smartphones, 40% of Them Use Android [US]

Nielsen released a new report today indicating that 40% of mobile users in the U.S. own smartphones and 40% of those are Android devices. That’s consumers over the age of 18. iOS devices, the firm reports, are in second place with 28%. “Among those who say they are likely to get a new smartphone in the next year, approximately one …

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Android Apps on BlackBerry Phones?

Bloomberg is reporting that RIM intends to enable future models of its BlackBerry devices to run Android apps, and that such devices would be introduced in early 2012. The report, citing “people familiar with the plan” says this is designed a way for RIM to boost sales and that it would apply to devices than run on RIM’s QNX software. …

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iPhone 5 Rumor: Dual Mode Device, Release Date Still Debated

Another day, another iPhone 5 rumor. I wish this thing would just come out already. Today’s nugget suggests that the device will support multiple networks: CDMA (Code division multiple access) and GSM (Global System for Mobile Communications). In other words, the device will be dual-mode. TechCrunch writer Robin Wauters says he was “approached by a developer of some of the …

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Motorola Mobility Announces DEFY+ Android Smartphone

Big news for Motorola Mobility today. They announced a new smartphone. Oh yeah, and they’ve agreed to be acquired by Google for $12.5 billion. More on that here. The new phone, though, is the DEFY+, which runs Android 2.3 (Gingerbread). The company touts the device as water resistant, scratch resistant and dust proof. They also say it comes with faster …

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Google Motorola Deal: What Samsung, Sony Ericsson, HTC & LG Think About It

As you may know, Google announced its intent to acquire Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion. The company has positioned the acquisition as a defensive strategy to “anti-competitive attacks” from companies like Apple and Microsoft. Google CEO Larry Page wrote on the official Google Blog this morning: We recently explained how companies including Microsoft and Apple are banding together in anti-competitive …

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iPhone 5 Rumors – Release Date Back to September?

The truth is, this is getting ridiculous. Frankly, it’s getting exhausting to keep up. The iPhone 5 rumors have been flying around for months, which is fine, but the release date stuff is just getting out of hand during this final stretch. It is September? Is it August? No, it’s September. Wait, maybe it’s October. How about October 1st? That’s …

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iPhone 5 Rumors: Release Date October 1? Bigger Display?

Today is another day, so naturally, there are more iPhone 5 rumors going around. Another rumor has come from the supply chain, as they often do, indicating that the device may come with a larger display and a thinner design. Previous rumors suggested that the device would be thinner and lighter, but this appears to be the latest rumor on …

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iPhone 5 Rumors: Release Date Now October?

Rumors have been going around for months that the next version of the iPhone would see the light of day in September. Here it is now August, and it appears to be getting closer. Or is it? Just as we get a month closer to the expected September release date, the rumor mill goes and pushes the devices’s launch back …

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New Android Market with Movies and Books to Launch in Coming Weeks

Google announced that it is releasing a new version of the Android Market for Android 2.2 and higher. It will include books and movies. Android Market movie rental was announced at Google I/O, the company’s developer event, but now it’s on the way. Google says it’s rolling out in the coming weeks around the world. “In the U.S., you’ll be …

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Google To Use Phone Contacts in Social Efforts?

Would you like to see your phone contacts become part of your Google social circle? It’s possible that this may be on the horizion. Google’s former CEO and current Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt talked about using phone contacts as part of the company’s social efforts in a London Evening Standard article. Here is the relevant snippet: What about Facebook as …

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BlackBerry 7, Playbook Facebook App, Voice Chat, New Bolds, Enterprise Improvements, and More From RIM

Research in Motion (RIM) followed up last week’s announcement of the Tungle acquisition with a slew of announcements today. Let’s just take them one-by-one. 1. BlackBerry Mobile Voice System 5 Availability for More Corporate Phone Systems RIM announced that BlackBerry MVS 5 with voice over Wi-Fi calling will soon be available for Avaya Aura 6.1, Avaya CS1000 Communication Server, as …

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White iPhone 4 Available … “Finally”… Amazing!

Today, Apple has made the White iPhone 4 available. Apple fans the world over rejoice. I do mean world too, as it is available in Austria, Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Macau, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, UK and the US. It’s …

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White iPhone 4 Officially Announced for…Tomorrow!

The White iPhone 4 is coming tomorrow. After months of gadget geeks speculating and showing a great deal of enthusiasm for a new color of iPhone, Apple has officially announced its arrival. The white device will be available on Apple’s online store and at Apple retail stores, and AT&T and Verizon stores, as well as from “select Apple authorized resellers.” …

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iPhone 5 Release Date Now Rumored to Be in September

It had been rumored that the next version of Apple’s iPhone would begin production in September, making the release likely for late in the year or early next year. This was based on rumors from the supply chain. Now, Reuters is reporting that the phones will actually ship in September according to “three people with direct knowledge of the company’s …

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iOS Leads App Revenue Over Android

Millennial Media released its latest Mobile Mix report, looking at the impact the Verizon iPhone has made, as well as the growth of tablets/connected devices. In addition, there is some data on apps, and a comparison of different platforms, based on app revenue. Following is a chart illustrating just that. Keep in mind this data is for the month of …

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HTC Sensation 4G “Multimedia Superphone” Coming This Summer

The HTC Sensation is described as a “multimedia superphone” by the company. It comes with a 4.3”widescreen qHD display, hi-fi audio instant capture camera, a “richer Internet experience” (multi-window browsing, quick lookup tool, Flash support), and an active lockscreen. The locksreen will show things like portfolio information, friends’ status updates, etc. The device will be available this summer in the …

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Verizon iPhone 4 Gets Called Out By Consumer Reports

Consumer Reports blasted the iPhone 4 when it first came out for AT&T, citing reception problems. You may recall Apple’s "antennagate" scandal, where it gave away free bumpers to make up for the issue. Now, Consumer Reports is making a similar case for Verizon’s incarnation of the iPhone 4.

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ChaCha Sues HTC Over ChaCha Trademark

Earlier this month, HTC unveiled some new mobile devices with Facebook hardware buttons. One is called the Salsa, and the other is called the ChaCha. Believe it or not, ChaCha, the company, wasn’t thrilled with the name. 

ChaCha is suing HTC over the trademark. ChaCha co-founder Scott Jones gave us the following statement:

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A Week With My Verizon iPhone

My Verizon iPhone

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HTC ChaCha and Salsa Help Cement Facebook’s Future As Social Leader

Facebook is now officially a hard key on phones, thanks to HTC, which announced two new Android devices with such a feature: the HTC ChaCha and the HTC Salsa. 

Like most smartphones have a button for search, these two phones have a button for sharing. The concept is simple, whatever app you’re in or whatever content you’re viewing, you can instantly share that to Facebook with a quick press of a button. The button pulsates with light whenever there is an opportunity to share content, so it even goes out of its way to encourage sharing. 

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Report: iOS Grew Faster Than Android in January

Millennial Media released its Mobile Mix report for January, looking at trends for connected devices, mobile manufacturers, operating systems, and apps. "Last month we saw significant OS and Manufacturer growth on our network," a representative for the firm tells WebProNews. "iOS outpaced all other operating systems experiencing a 47% increase month-over-month. HTC claimed the number two spot on our Top Manufacturers ranking and is quickly closing the gap with Apple for the top manufacturer spot."

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Cheap iPhones Coming This Summer?

Rumor has it that this summer, Apple will release a new line of cheap iPhones, which will cost about half as much as the current iPhone 4. 

A report from the Wall Street Journal, citing "people familiar with the matter," says:

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Nokia and Microsoft Partner To Create “Third” Smartphone Horse

Nokia and Microsoft announced a strategic partnership for creating a new mobile ecosystem presumably aimed at taking on Apple, Android, RIM, and HP, though Nokia CEO Stephen Elop says it’s now a "three-horse race." 

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HP TouchPad, Veer and Pre3 Smartphones with webOS Introduced

Hewlett-Packard (HP) today announced the TouchPad, described as a version of webOS for the big screen. It’s essentially an iPad competitor, and is due out this summer. 

"Today we’re embarking on a new era of webOS with the goal of linking a wide family of HP products through the best mobile experience available," said Jon Rubinstein, SVP and GM of HP’s Palm Global Business Unit. "The flexibility of the webOS platform makes it ideal for creating a range of innovative devices that work together to keep you better connected to your world."

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Report Names Android World’s Leading Smartphone Platform

Android is now the leading smartphone platform according to Canalys, which just published its Q4 2010 report on the subject. Shipments of smartphones with Google’s mobile operating system reached 32.9 million. 

The fourth quarter saw 101.2 million smart phone shipments in all, representing an in crease of 89% year-over-year.

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Facebook Shuts Down Facebook Phone Rumors…Again

Every now and then, rumors will start about a mythical Facebook phone. Eventually, Facebook will shoot them down, as is the case this week. 

The rumor, this time, was that HTC was going to launch a Facebook branded phone at Mobile World Congress next month. Details of the phone were made available as well, and rumors began to spiral into "Facebook’s going to compete with Apple and Android" territory. 

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Use Your Existing Number For Google Voice, But Pay Generously For It

Some Google Voice users noticed a feature that appeared in their accounts called Number Porting. This means adding your existing number to Google Voice, as opposed to having to use a new phone number entirely for the service, which users have had to do up until this point. 

The feature is evidently only being tested for the time being, but will could go mainstream in the future. If you don’t have to get a new number, there’s a much bigger incentive to use Google Voice…that is if you don’t mind paying the price.   

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Android Surpasses iOS For First Time on Millennial Media

Millennial Media has released its monthly Mobile Mix report looking at the smartphone market for the month of December. For the first time, Android surpassed iOS as the largest smartphone OS on the Millennial network, with an 8% increase month-over-month and 46% impression share on the firm’s network in December. iOS currently has a 32% share.

For context, Millennial’s network is the largest mobile ad network in the U.S. 

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iOS 4.3 Will Reportedly Give All iPhones Personal Hotspot

Unless you live under a rock, you’ve probably heard that Verizon is getting the iPhone next month. One part of the announcement that excited a lot of people, beyond the extension of the iPhone’s availability was that the iPhone 4 on Verizon Wireless would include new Personal Hotspot capabilities, enabling users to connect up to five Wi-Fi enabled devices. 

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iPhone for Verizon Coming February 10

Apple and Verizon officially announced the iPhone 4 for Verizon today. Verizon includes the tagline, "The phone that changed everything. Coming to America’s most reliable network."

The iPhone 4 will be available on the Verizon Wireless network beginning on Thursday, February 10, and qualified Verizon Wireless customers will be given the opportunity to pre-order it online on February 3.

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Windows Phone 7 Devices Available in the U.S. How Will They Sell?

Windows Phone 7 devices went on sale in the United States today with models available in AT&T and T-Mobile, stores.

Microsoft is sharing results from a Harris Interactive survey to help push its new operating system. The thinking is that Windows phones are "designed to get users in, out and back to life."

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Nexus Two Rumored To Be Coming In Less Than 2 Weeks

Rumor has it that the Nexus Two will be announced at a press conference on November 8th in New York. The announcement would come from Google and Samsung together, and the device would be he first to ship with the next version of Android – version 2.3 aka: Gingerbread. It would also be available on more than one carrier. 

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Android Passes iPhone in Revenue on Major Ad Network

Millennial Media, which claims to have the largest data set of any third-party U.S. mobile ad network,  reports that Android revenue exceeded iPhone-only revenue for its network. Android requests grew by 26% from the previous month,and 1283% since January. 

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Will Windows Phone 7 Be A Success?

Microsoft showed off its new Windows Phone 7 devices this week. There are a lot of questions about how Microsoft will perform in the smartphone space, though they’re clearly up to the challenge. Microsoft’s success in this space also has big implications for the company’s performance in the search market, which means search marketers should keep an eye on this.

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The First Windows Phone 7 Smartphones

Microsoft unveiled 9 new Windows Phone 7 smartphones that will be available for the holidays in various parts of the world. Microsoft has partnerships with AT&T, T-Mobile, Telus, O2, Orange, SFR, Movistar, Deutsche Telekom, Vodafone, SingTel, and Telstra that will produce smartphone availability in the very near future. 

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Smartphone Users Now Account for Most Mobile Browser and App Users

New data from comScore indicates that smartphone users now make up the majority of mobile browser and app users, at least in the United States. 

The firm finds that the number of Smartphone users accessing mobile content through browsers and apps now surpasses that of non-smartphone users, claiming that in the 3 month average ending in August, Smartphone subscribers made up 60% of those who used a downloaded app and 55% of those who used a browser. 

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Google Turns Failed Phone Store Into Android Gallery

Google has launched a phone gallery to display Android devices that "deliver the best Google experience today". The gallery can be found at You may recognize the URL as the former destination of Google’s failed phone store. 

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Report: Android Continues Market Share Growth

Millennial Media has released its Mobile Marketing Mix report for the month of August. Among its findings are continued Android growth, as well as significant iPad growth. The firm points to the following as the highlights:


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Facebook: We’re Not Working on a Phone

Update: The following statement from Facebook was left in the comments:

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Verizon and RIM Announce BlackBerry Curve 3G

Verizon and Research in Motion (RIM) announced a new 3G version of the BlackBerry Curve today. It will become available on September 16 in business sales channels, and through Verizon in the coming weeks. 

The device comes in charcoal or fuchsia red. Here are the features and specs as noted in the announcement:


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Nokia Unveils New Family of Smartphones

Nokia has announced a new family of smartphones powered by the new Symbian platform. The devices are integrated with enhanced Ovi services and apps. They are the Nokia E7, the Nokia C7 and the Nokia C6. 

The latest version of Symbian comes with over 250 new features such as HDMI support, multiple personalized home screens, multipoint touch, multitasking and "turbo charged" graphics.

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T-Mobile Unveils New Google Phone, G2

T-Mobile unveiled its G2 Google smartphone with 4G. The phone is the first designed for T-Mobile’s HSPA+ network, which the company says covers 100 million Americans in more than 55 major metropolitan areas across the country. 

The G2 is of course the successor to the G1, which was the first Android-powered phone. It is designed by HTC. It has a 3.7-inch screen and opens to a QWERTY keyboard, and comes with Android 2.2 and a snapdragon MSM7230 mobile processor.

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New Smartphones, Tablet on the Way from LG

LG plans to launch 10 new smartphones and sell five million devices by the end of the year. In addition they will launch a tablet by the fourth quarter under the Optimus line. This is all according to the Wall Street Journal.

North Korea has reportedly joined Facebook and according to Valleywag has 65 friends. Meanwhile, it’s being blocked by South Korea.

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Another Report Has Android Moving Up Quickly

Mobile ad network Millennial Media released its latest Mobile Mix report this morning. Android is now officially the number 2 OS on Millennial’s network. The Android OS grew another 47% month-over-month. Since January, Android has grown 690%. Android surpassed RIM as the number 2 OS on the network.

Apple ad requests increased 24% month-over-month, but are actually down 15% since January. iPad ad requests grew 327% month-over-month, however.

Here are the top manufacturers and devices:

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Voice Actions Come to Android

Google has launched a new Android app for version 2.2 (FroYo), called Voice Actions. The app lets you speak various commands to engage various functionalities of the phone.

With Voice Action, you can initiate the sending of text messages, listening to songs, calls to businesses or contacts, emails, web surfing, and more.

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Consumer Reports Recommends Numerous Android Devices

While Apple may have dominated the headlines with iPads and iPhones, 2010 has been a pretty good year for Android. Now Consumer Reports is recommending a variety of Android devices.

Android Headlines points to September’s issue of Consumer Reports, which ranks smartphones. Eight different ones made the "Recommend List" including:

– Motorola Droid
– HTC Droid Incredible
– HTC Droid Eris

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RIM Announces BlackBerry Curve 3G

Research in Motion (RIM) announced its latest smartphone today, the BlackBerry Curve 3G. The plan for the device appears to be to win over non-smartphone users.

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