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Android Now On 81% of New Smartphones

Though Apple’s iPhone continues to be the most sought-after mobile device in developed markets, Google’s Android platform now firmly dominates smartphone market share. Market research firm IDC today revealed its estimates that 81% of smartphones shipped during the third quarter of 2013 were running Android. This amounts to more than 170 million of the estimates 211.6 million smartphones that IDC …

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Smartphones Will Soon Run Themselves, Says Analyst

Smartphone (or smart TV or smart watch) is a bit of a misnomer at this point. Sure, the devices are far more capable than feature phones and their wireless access to the internet can make their users seem smart, but they are still just tools. That could soon change, though, as the software running on the devices begins to predict …

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Firefox For Android Will Come Preinstalled On Kobo Arc Tablets

When you buy an Android smartphone today, you really only have one option of browser right out of the box – the vanilla Android browser. Sure, you can download other browsers off of Google Play, but why do that when you have a perfectly good browser already preinstalled on your device. Well, Mozilla is tired of you ignoring Firefox on …

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Windows Smartphone Shipments Growing Fast

Six years on from the release of the original iPhone, the smartphone market is maturing. Apple is still at the top of the heap, and Samsung is quickly consolidating the Android portion of the market. What’s unclear is exactly which company will take the third spot in the battle for smartphone market share, but new numbers out today suggest that …

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Phonebloks Opens Up About Its Collaboration With Motorola

Motorola announced on Monday an ambitious plan to rethink how smartphones are made with Project Ara. The company is partnering with Phonebloks to create a modular smartphone that allows the user to upgrade their phone piece by piece instead of replacing the entire thing. Now Phonebloks has come out with a new video to explain what it’s doing with Motorola. …

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Smartphone Market Grew 39% During Third Quarter

Though the fast-growing tablet market seems to be getting all of the headlines going into the holiday season, smartphone sales are still growing more than half a decade after the release of the first iPhone. Market research firm IDC today released estimates showing that global smartphone shipments rose to more than 258 million units during the third quarter of this …

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Motorola Wants To Make The Smartphone Modular With Ara

One of the best parts about building your own equipment is that you can swap out parts to upgrade said equipment without having to replace the entire thing. Such a concept has been the norm in the PC space for years, but it’s never been possible on smartphones just yet. That might just change if Motorola has anything to say …

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LG Officially Unveils its Curved Smartphone

Earlier this month it was rumored that LG was readying a smartphone with a curved display for release sometime in November. The rumors were true, as LG has now officially unveiled the LG G Flex, which features a 6-inch curved display. The LG G Flex’s display curves inwards from top-to-bottom. This is the opposite of the way Samsung’s recently announced …

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Smartphones & Law Enforcement Discussed At Google Ideas

Google has been posting a bunch of “Google Ideas” discussions to YouTube this week. One that went live today discusses smartphones and their role in making law enforcement “smarter.” It’s only seventeen minutes long, so it won’t take too much of your time. “Commanders are isolated from their officers in the field, and civilian oversight is further removed still,” Google …

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Nokia Announces the Lumia 1520, a Lumia Tablet, and More

After months of rumors Nokia has officially unveiled its first six-inch Windows Phone 8 smartphone, the Lumia 1520. Along with the smartphone, Nokia also announced five other mobile devices, including a 10.1-inch Windows RT tablet, the Lumia 2520. The Lumia 1520 is precisely what consumers might have expected – a high-end Lumia smartphone with a larger screen. The device comes …

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IT Industry Grows in 2013, Despite PC Declines

For over one year now, the PC market has taken a beating. Monthly and quarterly reports all show a story of the declining PC market. That doesn’t mean, however, that the entire IT industry is in trouble. The entire industry is now shifting from standalone PCs to mobile and low-cost devices. This shift was highlighted today by market research firm …

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Gadget Lifecycles Now Average Just Three Months

As mobile devices become more a part of everyday human life, the manufacturing costs for those products have dropped significantly. The prices for mobile devices have followed accordingly, and market watchers now predict that the low-cost smartphone and tablet markets will be the drivers of industry growth in the coming years. At the same time, service providers are also encouraging …

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