smartphones

Motorola Buys Zecter to Drive Motoblur Growth

Motorola snapped up virtual media storage maker Zecter, moving to bolster its Motoblur service and drive growth ahead of its split next month into Motorola Mobility and Motorola Solutions.

Microsoft to Unveil Windows for Tablet Computers

Microsoft Corp (MSFT) plans to unveil a version of its Windows operating system that runs on hand-held devices such as tablet computers. Microsoft will debut the software at the Consumer Electronics Show in January, Bloomberg News reported without naming its sources.

Google Tries Redialing the Smartphone Handset Market

After quickly failing with its Nexus 1 smartphone, Google is back with a Samsung-made device. This time, though, it'll depend on Best Buy to deal with customers, set up contracts and attend to all the other details that tripped up Google's first attempt.

Verizon Wireless 4G Network Details to Be Revealed

Waiting for the nitty-gritty details about Verizon Wireless' long-awaited 4G network? Step back here after noon Wednesday, when company executives plan to dish out some new information on their plans for the major high-speed upgrade.

Oracle's Patent War with Google Could Backfire

A few months ago, Oracle rocked the internet world by suing Google for patent infringement based on the Android system's use of Java. Now, Google has laid out its defenses against the Oracle suit, and its countersuit might well invalidate Oracle's Java patents altogether.

Motorola Targets Microsoft With Patent Infringement Suit

In the latest round of a fight between two technology giants, Motorola punched back at Microsoft Wednesday with a patent infringement lawsuit. Its subsidiary, Motorola Mobility, filed 16 infringement claims against the software giant over its Windows mobile software, as well as its PC and server software and Xbox products.

Android OS Gains in Smartphone Race as All Others Slip

Apple's iPhone operating system software stumbled in the third quarter, losing year-over-year quarterly market share for the first time, as Google's Android mobile operating system pulled further ahead, according to a Gartner Research report released Wednesday.

Verizon Wireless's $70 Unlimited Deal Isn't for Everyone

Verizon Wireless is sending out notices to existing customers in select markets, informing them they're eligible for a discounted plan that will give them unlimited text, mobile-to-mobile calls, data and 450 minutes of talk time for $69.99 a month -- but not everyone is eligible.

Goodbye BlackBerry, Hello iPhone

Employees who are tried of carrying both a company issued BlackBerry and a personal smart phone are pushing their employers to allow their personal devices onto corporate networks. Unfortunately for Research In Motion, employers seem to be listening.

Motorola Turnaround Plan Gains Steam in Third Quarter

Motorola (MOT) delivered its first quarter of profitability and annual revenue growth since 2006 when it posted its third quarter results Thursday, beating analysts estimates and shoring up Wall Street's confidence that the company is poised to make good on its turnaround efforts.

TomTom Steers Itself Toward New Revenue Sources

Faced with intense competition from GPS-enabled smartphones with free navigation software, TomTom, the popular Dutch developer of portable navigation systems, announced Wednesday it is seeking to broaden its revenue base. But the announcement didn't offer much in the way of specifics.

Ten Hot Shopping Apps for Smartphones

With the growing popularity of smartphones, the balance of shopping power has shifted to consumers. Now there are applications for just about every aspect of shopping, ranging from instant price comparisons to green ratings of products to ensuring that items are approved by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. Here's a quick roundup of some of the better offerings.

Amazon to Launch Android App Store

Amazon.com is reportedly planning to start its own Android app store, putting it into direct competition with Google to sell applications for the mobile operating system. The move would also help Amazon flank the Apple Apps Store which distributes software for the iPhone and iPad.

A Busy Selling Season Ahead for Motorola's Sanjay Jah

Co-CEO Jha not only has to persuade consumers to buy the new smartphones he just unveiled. He also has to convince investors to buy Motorola stock as it prepares to divide into two companies, Motorola Mobility and Motorola Solutions. He'll be CEO of Motorola Mobility.

Sprint Offers Pre-Packaged Android App Sets

Sprint's three new phones will carry a new feature, Sprint ID, which allows users to download pre-packaged sets of Android apps without having to sift through the entire array of Android apps.

Android Tops iPhone, BlackBerry Among Recent Buyers

Google's Android mobile operating system is now more popular than Apple's iPhone or RIM's Blackberry among recent smartphone buyers, according to new data from market research firm Nielsen. The sales figures are further evidence of the astonishing rise of Android devices.

Goldman: Here's What Microsoft Needs to Change

The investment firm wants to see Steve Ballmer & Co. jack up the dividend beyond the recent 23% increase, design a coherent consumer strategy and exhibit leadership when it comes to cloud computing. The coming launch of Windows Phone 7 will be a key indicator of Microsoft's prospects.

Nokia's iPhone Foe, the N8 Smartphone, Finally Hits Stores

Nokia released its long-awaited and previously delayed flagship N8 smartphone on Thursday. With the ability to run multiple applications at once and a 12 megapixel camera that shoots HD-quality videos, the device is intended to by Nokia's answer to Apple's iPhone.

LG Electronics Taps Founding Family Member as New CEO

LG Electronics named founding family member Koo Bon-joon as CEO Friday, replacing Nam Yong, who resigned over the company's poor recent performance. The No. 3 mobile handset marker has struggled to find its footing in the rapidly evolving smartphone sector.

RIM's Strong Earnings Ease Worries Over Apple, Google

Research In Motion reported better than expected earnings Thursday, blunting fears that the Blackberry-maker is losing ground to smartphone rivals Apple and Google. But investors pushed shares down 3% in after-hours trading on secondary results that came up short of Wall Street's hopes.