The Google-Verizon Deal: Evil or Pragmatic?

The two companies were on traditionally opposite sides of the net neutrality debate. So they initiated a discussion with the goal of finding a compromise where some progress could be achieved in the face of FCC and congressional inaction.

Motorola Earnings: Phone Maker Beats Estimates

Motorola's second-quarter performance beat Wall Street's earnings expectations thanks to sales of its ES400 personal digital assistant to businesses, and issued a third-quarter forecast that was higher than analysts' expectations based on the strength of its popular new Droid X smartphone.

Motorola Hits Huawei With Trade Secrets Lawsuit

Motorola has filed a lawsuit against Huawei Technologies, alleging the Chinese telecom giant conspired with Motorola employees over the past decade to steal trade secrets about its cellular network technology, according to a Reuters report.

Nokia Siemens to Buy Motorola Unit for $1.2 Billion

Nokia Siemens Networks plans to buy a significant portion of Motorola's wireless network equipment assets for $1.2 billion cash, the companies announced Monday. The joint-venture of Nokia (NOK) and Siemens (SI) will push the venture into the No. 1 spot in the U.S. for wireless equipment companies and give Motorola's (MOT) effort to split into two companies a strong head start.

Motorola's Droid X Smartphone Sells Out on Verizon Wireless Site

Motorola's Droid X is either a huge success, or the company didn't make enough of the smartphones to handle even modest demand. The Droid X is sold out on the Verizon Wireless website, and very few are available in the wireless service provider's stores.

iPhone Vs. Android: Who's Winning the Smartphone War?

According to a recent report from Morgan Stanley, Apple is the big leader in the mobile segment: The iPhone keeps growing, and iPads are selling at an incredible pace. But Google's Android operating system is gaining ground and 160,000 smartphones using it are activated every day.

Verizon Ramps Up Droid X Sneak Peek

Verizon offered a sneak peak of the Motorola Droid X smartphone before its official launch June 23, a day before rival team AT&T and Apple open up their doors for the iPhone 4 launch.

Why Nokia Is Worse Off Than Its Smartphone Rivals

Nokia shareholders got doused with cold water Wednesday when the the struggling handset maker lowered its second-quarter earnings guidance. The revised guidance was based on weakness in sales of its high-end smartphones, and the news sent its shares plummeting nearly 11%.

Biz Brief: Motorola and RIM Settle Patent Dispute

Motorola and Research In Motion announced a settlement for the patent dispute that Motorola brought to the International Trade Commission earlier this year. The smart-phone rivals have agreed on a long-term, intellectual property cross-licensing arrangement.

Android Passes iPhone OS in China

While Google's Android OS has been a hit in America with handsets from HTC, Motorola and others, it has still trailed other operating systems, including the iPhone OS from Apple. But the story is different in China.

Google Expands to TV

Google is set to announce that its Android software has been adapted to run on set-top boxes.

Palm Prepares to Put Itself on the Block

Struggling smartphone maker Palm is reportedly gearing up for a sale, and is poised to put out a call for bids in a move that could come as early as this week, Bloomberg reported Monday. Shares of Palm soared 20% in morning trading, climbing as high as $6.17.

Aiming for Apple: Sprint Unveils Evo Phone

Paging Apple's legal dept. Sprint announced the first WiMax smart phone Tuesday, the HTC Evo 4G, which runs on Google's Android platform. It's the first phone designed to run on Clearwire's 4G WiMax network. It's also a clear challenge to Apple, which recently sued HTC over Android.

Palm Drops 15% After Hours on 'Very Disappointing' Results

Palm, the struggling smart-phone maker, reported revenue that beat Wall Street's low expectations and a smaller loss than one year ago, but the company said its products are still failing to catch on. The results are further evidence that the one-time mobile pioneer is getting creamed by rivals and could become a takeover target.

Why Steve Jobs Fears Google

With Google's Android mobile operating system rapidly gaining share, Apple's CEO clearly sees a serious threat to the iPhone. Now, his dispute with Google CEO Eric Schmidt is getting personal, and he's launched a legal campaign to thwart Google. But will Jobs's bullying backfire?

Motorola Confirms It'll Break Up, and Its Shares Soar

In a long-anticipated move, Motorola will combine its mobile handset unit with its set-top cable-box division and spin off the new publicly traded company to shareholders. The wireless networking and enterprise radio businesses will remain.

Stocks in the News: Motorola, Berkshire Hathaway

As we reach the end of another week on Wall Street, investors are keeping a close eye on China's surprise move to hike bank reserves, Motorola's plan to split itself into two separate companies and Berkshire Hathaway's (BRK.B) B shares, which will join the S&P 500 after the close of trading.

Google's Android Is Gaining on Smartphone Rivals

Google more than doubled Android's still-small slice of the market in fourth-quarter 2009, claiming 5.2%, up from 2.5% in the third quarter, according to comScore. That puts Android within hailing distance of Palm's 6.1% share. Research in Motion and Apple are still the leaders by far.

Google Delays China Phone Launch

Google has postponed Wednesday's scheduled launch of its first mobile phones in China, a further sign of the widening consequences of its decision to challenge the Chinese government over cyber-attacks, cyber-security and Internet freedom.