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Data Use Now Beating Talk Time on Smartphones

Apple’s original iPhone was transformational in the sense that it brought handheld computing to the masses. However, the promise of on-the-go pocket computers is still slightly hampered (especially in the U.S.) by the need for a phone subscription. Now new research has shown that we may be headed toward a future where talking on a smartphone might be as rare …

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Sprint to Unveil Its Unsubsidized Pricing Plan

Back in July, T-Mobile introduced its “Jump!” pricing plan. The mobile provider’s new plan, instead of subsidizing the cost of new smartphones, allows customers to pay for their devices on a monthly basis. In addition, customers on the plan can upgrade to newer smartphones on a yearly basis instead of being locked into a two-year contract. Within days of T-Mobile’s …

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iPhone 5C Not Expected to Compete With Android

Earlier this week, Apple unveiled its latest iPhone, the iPhone 5S. In addition, the company also unveiled the iPhone 5C, a lower-cost smartphone aimed at emerging markets where low- and mid-prices smartphones are expected to make up a majority of the market. It also comes in five bright colors. Soon after the announcement, market watchers weighed in on the 5C, …

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Samsung Galaxy Note 3 AT&T Pre-Orders Begin, Not Yet For Gear

Yesterday, Verizon announced that their customers could begin pre-ordering the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 on Friday. Samsung had announced the new smartphone earlier this week at the IFA conference. In addition to the phone, Verizon is also allowing customers to pre-order the newly announced Samsung Galaxy Gear smart watch starting today. This morning, AT&T announced that it will be matching …

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1.8 Billion Mobile Phones to Ship This Year

With smartphones now saturating their western markets and emerging markets such as Brazil and China opening up for mobile growth, the entire mobile phone industry is growing steadily around the world. Analyst firm IDC today released predictions showing that mobile phone shipments will hit 1.8 billion units by the end of this year, while reiterating forecasts showing that smartphone shipments …

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Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Officially Announced

After weeks of speculation and leaks, Samsung today officially announced its Galaxy Note 3 smartphone during its IFA presentation. The device is larger than its Galaxy S line of phones and comes with slightly better hardware. The Galaxy Note 3 will have a 5.7-inch 1920 x 1080 resolution screen. For markets needing 4G LTE, the new Note will have a …

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Sony Xperia Z1 Smartphone Officially Announced

Though most of the details about the device have leaked over the past month, Sony today officially unveiled its new Xperia Z1 smartphone at the IFA conference. Sony CEO Kaz Hirai took to the stage and announced the product along with a host of others. The Z1 will now have a 5-inch screen to go with its 2.2Ghz quad-core Snapdragon …

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Nokia/Microsoft Deal Likely to be the First of Many

Earlier this week, Microsoft acquired its own handset manufacturer by buying up Nokia‘s devices and services business. The move brings Microsoft closer to its goal of being a devices and services company as a whole. It is also likely to make other manufacturers avoid the Windows Phone platform so as not to compete directly with Microsoft on its own turf. …

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Windows Phone Could Become a Closed Platform [RUMOR]

Microsoft decided not to take the long holiday weekend off, ironing out a deal to buy Nokia’s devices and services division for upwards of $5 billion. The acquisition makes sense due to the tight relationship the two companies have had over the Windows Phone 8 platform during the past two years. Though smartphone manufacturers such as Samsung and HTC have …

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Larger Smartphones Beating Tablets in Asia

As the smartphone and tablet markets begin to become saturated in western countries, manufacturers are now looking to emerging markets such as China and Brazil for growth. However, with smaller tablets becoming more popular and larger smartphones taking off, market watchers are beginning to wonder whether the so-called “phablets” could soon cut into tablet sales. Today, analyst firm IDC released …

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Apparently, Mobile CPU Performance Is Just Like Playing Guitar Hero

Qualcomm CPUs are in pretty much every major smartphone available today. There’s a good reason for that – they’re damn good CPUs. That doesn’t mean there aren’t other good CPUs out there, but Qualcomm thinks it still has the best around. In a new video released this week, Qualcomm explains how its quad-core CPUs outperform the competition’s octa-core CPUs. But …

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HTC Reportedly Developing a Mobile OS For China

HTC is in a bad way. After sales of its HTC One smartphone failed to compete with iPhone and Galaxy S4 sales, the company released dismal financial results for its latest quarters. As rumors of a buyout begin to circle the company, even Beats Electronics is trying to buy a portion of itself back from the struggling manufacturer. It remains …

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