Forget the previously rumored launch date and price for Motorola’s Xoom Android tablet. It now looks to be headed to Best Buy stores on February 24 for a hefty $799.99, Engadget reports.
Here’s our roundup of the week’s tech business news. First, the most popular stories that VentureBeat published in the last seven days:
Several Nokia executives may soon be sacked as part of CEO Stephen Elop’s grand strategy revamp for the company, Reuters reports.
Preorder sales of Apple’s iPhone 4 broke Verizon’s first-day sales records in only two hours, Verizon Wireless CEO Dan Mead said in a statement this morning.
Finding the right app among the 332,000 available on Apple’s App Store isn’t easy. That explains the success of Flurry‘s AppCircle service, which analyzes a user’s phone apps and makes recommendations for other apps that the user will probably like. It’s a way to make discovery less painful for users and less expensive for developers who want their apps noticed.
Nokia, the world’s largest mobile phone maker, dedicated a new office building in Silicon Valley today, and its leaders promised that good things are coming soon.
Well that didn’t last long. Verizon started taking pre-orders for its upcoming iPhone today and, due to overwhelming demand, had to stop taking pre-orders for the phone by early evening.
Tech companies have long glommed on to the Super Bowl to promote their services. Remember how TiVo touted the number of people who replayed Janet Jackson’s wardrobe malfunction in 2004? Now Foursquare, the hot New York-based location service, has revealed an alluring offer you’ll want to check out — or rather, check in.
For the first time, Google has a chance at catching up with Apple in the hot tablet computer market. That’s one of the core points I took away from Google’s press event yesterday where it showed off Honeycomb, the next version of its Android software, specifically aimed at tablets. The ball is now in Apple’s court.
If you’ve ever wanted to treat Craigslist like the newspaper classifieds that it helped kill, Lifelike Craig HD for the iPad is the ideal app for you.
Motorola’s Atrix 4G was one of our favorite devices from the Consumer Electronics Show, primarily because it had the cool ability to turn into a full-fledged ultraportable laptop when plugged into its Laptop Dock. So it’s impressive just how quickly AT&T has managed to quash my excitement for the device with the announcement of its crazy Laptop Dock pricing.
Verizon is preparing for an expected onslaught of mobile data usage from new iPhone customers by throttling data for the top 5 percent of users — the so-called “data hogs.” It’s also compressing data files transmitted over its wireless network, according to a Verizon memo (PDF) revealed by the mobile site Boy Genius Report.
Mobile app store Pocketgear announced today that it’s relaunching as Appia, a platform to enable mobile operators, manufacturers and portals to deliver app stores of their own.
Social music-streaming service Rdio announced today it has raised $17.5 million as it expands to new platforms and regions.
AT&T isn’t just sitting back and letting the Verizon iPhone get all the buzz surrounding mobile hotspots.
After being rumored for years, Verizon’s iPhone is now one step closer to consumers. And early reviews signal that the device is worth the wait.
Google’s game economy on Android devices has been handicapped for a while, compared to the iPhone’s game business. But Google may catch up quickly, based on its preview of the Android 3.0 software on Tuesday.
It’s like the Google Maps of human anatomy. Google Body, which is already available in web form, can now run on Android tablets that use the 3.0 Honeycomb version of Google’s mobile operating system. Using 3D graphics capabilities of the latest tablets such as Motorola’s Xoom, the hardware is now good enough to properly display a 3D-heavy app such as Google Body, which lets you look at your organs, muscles and bones.
CNN showed off an Android tablet app today that will let users broadcast news directly. It debuted the app at Google’s event to show off Honeycomb, the latest version of the Android mobile operating system.
Google showed off more details of its Android 3.0 operating system for tablet computers today, code-named Honeycomb. We had a chance to get up close to see some of the new features such as a better way of presenting email, videos, music and home screen via rich graphics.
Google showed off its Android 3.0 operating system, code-named Honeycomb, today at a press conference at the company’s headquarters. And it promises much better support for 3D graphics on larger tablet-size screens.
News Corp’s The Daily iPad newspaper is the first app to support one-click subscription billing, and Apple’s vice president of interactive services Eddy Cue says that the feature will soon make its way to other apps.
Rupert Murdoch is finally launching The Daily today, but there’s already been plenty of talk about the long-rumored iPad newspaper. One of the big topics of speculation has been the amount of money Murdoch is pouring into this effort.
Instagram, the startup behind a popular iPhone application for editing and sharing photos, just announced that it has raised $7 million in funding led by Benchmark Capital.
Flash game developers, who are like the plankton in the food chain of the video game industry, are more and more interested in developing games for Google’s Android mobile operating system, according to a new Flash Game Market survey.
T-Mobile has finally come clean on its latest flagship devices, a 4G version of Samsung’s Galaxy S phone, and LG’s G-Slate Android tablet, which will try to differentiate itself from the crowd with 3D recording and playback capabilities.
Apple, Google and Research in Motion have now secured about an equal amount of market share in the smartphone market, according to a new report from Nielsen.
Path, a startup with an unusual take on mobile photo sharing, just announced that it has raised $8.65 million in its first round of institutional funding.
A hundred million devices isn’t cool.
Google may have just made its big move in the location-based services space. According to the company’s mobile blog, it has launched Google Maps 5.1 for Android and included the ability to check in to specific locations with Latitude, its feature for sharing your location with friends.
Aaron Levie, chief executive of enterprise cloud storage company Box.net, is calling Google’s mobile operating system Android the winner in the enterprise tablet race despite dominating play from Apple’s iPad and the imminent release of BlackBerry manufacturer Research in Motion’s PlayBook tablet.
Windows Phone 7 users can blame Yahoo Mail for their mysteriously high 3G data usage, the company revealed to Windows Phone Secrets yesterday.
Seesmic, a client for reading status updates across Twitter, Facebook and other services, today announced it has secured a third round of funding of $4 million from popular customer relationship management service Salesforce.com, and a Softbank Group company managed by Softbank Holdings Inc.
Apple may be considering more restrictions for its App Store, which runs counter to the company’s more relaxed stance over the last few months.
Stereoscopic 3D is the rage in TVs now, with more than half of the new TV models using the technology this year. And now it’s spreading to smartphones as well. South Korean electronics giant LG announced today it will unveil its LG Optimus 3D smartphone on Feb. 14 at the Mobile World Congress event in Europe.
[Updated to reflect co-founder Ty Amell's wording to indicate he was speaking with a number of large enterprise companies but had not signed any yet.]
Shopkick, a check-in application which lets retailers market offers to consumers, is showing some impressive growth numbers, according to Business Insider. Since its launch in August 2010, the company has attracted 750,000 users and is doing 1 million check ins a day in just 6 months.
Last week we reported that Samsung had sold 2 million units of its Galaxy Tab Android tablet, but now it looks like that may not be the case, the Wall Street Journal reports.