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BlackBerry Explores “Strategic Alternatives,” Including Company Sale BlackBerry Explores “Strategic Alternatives,” Including Company Sale

2013 was supposed to be a big comeback year for BlackBerry. The company released its new BlackBerry 10 smartphones in January – its big push to stay relevant in the high-end smartphone market. Despite a name change and rebranding effort, …

Low-Priced Smartphone Market to Accelerate Low-Priced Smartphone Market to Accelerate

As demonstrated by mobile providers shifting their pricing schemes to attract the remaining few customers in the U.S., the high-end smartphone market is beginning to saturate. Industry watchers are now looking to the mid-range and low-cost smartphone markets as the …

LG G2 Smartphone Officially Announced LG G2 Smartphone Officially Announced
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LG Electronics today finally revealed its latest flagship Android smartphone, the LG G2 – not to be confused with the (now ancient, in tech terms) G2 smartphone released by HTC three years ago. LG’s device had been much teased in …

Large Smartphones Could Cut Into Tablet Market Large Smartphones Could Cut Into Tablet Market
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As Android smartphones gradually begin to rise in size, the difference between the so-called “phablets” and 7-inch tablets is beginning to disappear. Samsung’s 5.7-inch Galaxy Note III smartphone is rumored to be only one month from its reveal, news of …

Chinese Smartphone Vendors Are On The Rise Chinese Smartphone Vendors Are On The Rise
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As has already been reported, smartphone shipments continued to grow during the second quarter of 2013. Canalys today released its estimates, showing that shipments grew 50% from the second quarter of 2012 to 238.1 million units. The analyst firm’s numbers …

Apple, Samsung Set to Dominate Smartphone Sales Apple, Samsung Set to Dominate Smartphone Sales

For over one year, industry numbers have been showing that the smartphone market is quickly becoming a two-company race. Apple and Samsung have been taking market share quarter-by-quarter at the expense of companies such as HTC, Motorola, and BlackBerry. Now …

Samsung Prepares to Launch Android Flip-Phone Samsung Prepares to Launch Android Flip-Phone
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As the high-end smartphone market quickly becomes saturated in the U.S. and Europe, tech manufacturers are now looking to the mid-range and low-end smartphone markets for growth. Though most mid-priced smartphones have been scaled-back versions of high-end devices, Samsung is …

Mid-Range Smartphone Market Set to Take Off Mid-Range Smartphone Market Set to Take Off

The market for high-end smartphones in the U.S. and Europe is becoming saturated. As U.S. mobile providers are beginning to change their subscription models to compete for every last subscriber, smartphone manufacturers are now looking to emerging markets for growth. …

Galaxy Owners Now More Satisfied Than iPhone Owners, Shows Survey Galaxy Owners Now More Satisfied Than iPhone Owners, Shows Survey

For years, iPhone owners have been the most satisfied smartphone owners. Apple‘s “it just works” design philosophy and brilliant marketing consistently put the company at the top of satisfaction surveys. Now, however, it seems that Apple’s monopoly on smartphone satisfaction …

BlackBerry, Nokia to Release Larger Smartphones [RUMOR] BlackBerry, Nokia to Release Larger Smartphones [RUMOR]

As Samsung proved with its Galaxy Note smartphones, there is a market for extra-large smartphones, sometimes dubbed “phablets.” Other smartphones manufacturers, including Motorola, LG, and HTC have jumped into the product category, releasing devices with screens larger that 5-inches. Now …

T-Mobile Announces $0 Down For Any Smartphone T-Mobile Announces $0 Down For Any Smartphone
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T-Mobile was the first mobile provider in the U.S. to introduce a contract-free service that allows users to pay off their smartphone in monthly installments and upgrade more than once every two years. The “Jump!” service was billed by the …

Mobile Shipments Are Still Growing, Says Analyst Mobile Shipments Are Still Growing, Says Analyst
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Earlier this week, analyst firm TrendForce estimated that smartphone shipments for the second quarter of 2013 were up 6.6% year-over-year. Today another analyst firm has chimed in with similar numbers and a stark look at how Samsung is beginning to …

Smartphone Shipments Up 6.6% in Second Quarter, Samsung Tops List by Wide Margin Smartphone Shipments Up 6.6% in Second Quarter, Samsung Tops List by Wide Margin

The most recent quarterly financial results have now rolled in from most major tech companies, and it seems as if everyone is waiting for the big fall product launches. Looking back over the past quarter, TrendForce has now released its …

Verizon Gets Three New Droids From Motorola This Year Verizon Gets Three New Droids From Motorola This Year

The talk of the town regarding Motorola is its new Moto X smartphone that’s scheduled to be unveiled on August 1. Before they get to that, however, Motorola has unveiled the three new members of its Droid family for Verizon. …

Motorola’s Moto X Leaked Ahead Of August Reveal Motorola’s Moto X Leaked Ahead Of August Reveal

Motorola is working on something big with Google. The phone – called the Moto X – represents the first major device launch since the company was bought by Google. The device has been shrouded in mystery for some time, but …

Nokia Announces Larger Lumia 625 Windows Phone Nokia Announces Larger Lumia 625 Windows Phone

Just two weeks ago, Nokia announced its new flagship Windows Phone 8 smartphone, the Lumia 1020. That device’s big feature is a 41MP camera and the software to take advantage of it. Now, Nokia has announced a mid-priced Windows Phone …

Ubuntu Wants $32 Million To Make A Smartphone Ubuntu Wants $32 Million To Make A Smartphone

Ubuntu announced earlier this year that it was bringing its unique flavor of Linux to smartphones and tablets. At the time, it said that it was working with carriers to bring hardware to the market. Now it’s taking its plea …

No Contract, Flexible Upgrade “Verizon Edge” Plans Announced No Contract, Flexible Upgrade “Verizon Edge” Plans Announced

Though T-Mobile got the ball rolling with its “Jump!” plan that allows customers to upgrade their phones twice every year, AT&T soon followed suit with its similar “Next” pricing plans, which allow customers to upgrade after making payments on a …

The HTC One Mini Is For Those Of You Who Hate Large Screens The HTC One Mini Is For Those Of You Who Hate Large Screens
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Do you love the look and feel of the HTC One, but hate its size? HTC apparently thinks there’s a lot of you. That’s why it’s releasing a scaled down version of its latest flagship smartphone. HTC announced today that …

Tablet Owners Prefer to Multitask With TV, Shows Survey Tablet Owners Prefer to Multitask With TV, Shows Survey

A new survey by NPD DisplaySearch has shown that 88% of tablet owners use their tablet while watching TV. 82% of smartphone owners also multitasked online while watching TV. The analyst firm’s “Quarterly Multi-Screen Usage Study” found that the most …

AT&T Next Lets You Upgrade Your Phone Every Year At No Extra Cost AT&T Next Lets You Upgrade Your Phone Every Year At No Extra Cost

For years, wireless carriers made it all but impossible to upgrade your smartphone. Sure, you could pay the full price of the phone, but you could only get those wonderful upgrade subsidizations every two years. Now the wireless carriers are …