Will Android kill the iPhone? Or is it the other way around? It’s tempting to stick with the market share battle mindset when it comes to smartphones, but as Asymco’s Horace Dediu points out, the real question may be, who can tempt away users of dumbphones, or traditional cellphones?
The BlackBerry PlayBook by RIM has been performing extremely well by selling approximately 250,000 units during its first moth of sales, according to RBC Capital Markets Managing Director Mike Abramsky.
After months of speculation, Motorola and Verizon have confirmed the launch date for the Motorola Droid X2 smartphone. Priced at $200 with a new two-year plan, The Droid X2 will be available online May 19, and will hit Verizon Wireless stores May 26.
Adknowledge and Ansca Mobile have teamed up to help mobile game developers make money with their apps.
It’s almost like we can’t go a week without a major mobile security flaw making headlines. German researchers have discovered that pretty much all Android phones (99.7 percent) have a major authentication flaw that could allow hackers to steal your digital credentials over open wireless networks.
Times have not been good for Japanese-Swedish cell phone maker Sony Ericsson. The company has been stuck with disappointing figures and mediocre products. Now it is focusing on Android smartphones and that’s paying off, says Jan Uddenfeldt, chief technology officer and head of Sony Ericsson Silicon Valley.
India-based smartphone and tablet application developer Sourcebits has raised $10 million in first round funding. The investors — the company’s first — are Sequoia Capital and IDG Ventures India, who each invested $5 million.
Yup, Cisco is still moving forward with the Cius, its woefully misguided video conferencing and collaboration-focused tablet. Now AT&T has announced that it will be selling the device, which will take advantage of its HSPA+ 4G network, this fall.
Google has said before that its Android operating system isn’t just for mobile phones, and that’s already become true as the operating system moves onto tablets. The company showed off an even more ambitious vision today at the Google I/O conference in San Francisco, where it announced two new device platforms — the Android Open Accessory Platform and Android at Home.
Google today announced the next version of its Android mobile operating system. As previously reported, Google is carrying on the dessert theme for Android names and dubbing the update Ice Cream Sandwich (the current version is called Honeycomb).
Google is launching a movie rental store within its Android Marketplace, the company said today at the Google I/O conference in San Francisco. The store will basically be a carbon copy of the movie rental store that’s available through Apple’s App Store. Users pay around $2 to rent movies and stream them over the Internet in high-definition.
At Google’s I/O developers conference today, the company confirmed that Google TV will receive a major upgrade to Android 3.1 this summer, as well as access to apps in the Android Market.
Search giant Google, which dove into the mobile market just a few years ago, announced today that it has activated 100 million Android devices to date.
It looks like Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S II may be the Android smartphone to beat this year. The company announced on Sunday that worldwide pre-orders for the phone — the successor to last year’s wildly popular Galaxy S series — have hit 3 million.
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Google announced today that it’s bringing its 3D mapping tool Google Earth to Android tablets.
Google is disabling access to tethering applications in the Android Market at the request of wireless carriers AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon.
Looks like Samsung’s Galaxy S II — the successor to the company’s popular Android smartphones from last year — could be a worldwide hit.
Yes, that Martha Stewart. In a conversation with Wired Editor-in-Chief Chris Anderson at the magazine’s business conference today, Stewart declared her love for the iPad and Samsung’s Galaxy Tab — both for consuming media, and for helping to carry on her brand.
News reading service Feedly is showing off just how useful HTML5 can be for creating powerful cross-platform applications today with the launch of Feedly Mobile 2.0 for the iPhone, iPad, and Android phones and tablets.
It’s a bold new world for Research in Motion today. The company has announced it will be bringing its popular BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES) to the iPhone, iPad and Android, thanks to its purchase of device management company Ubitexx.
Research in Motion is taking another swipe at integrating touchscreen technology with its iconic keyboards, following the limp release of the BlackBerry Torch last summer. The company today announced the long-awaited BlackBerry Bold Touch, as well as the BlackBerry 7 operating system, at its BlackBerry World conference in Orlando.
According to the latest financial results release from Motorola Mobility, the company shipped over 250,000 Xoom tablets during the first quarter 2011, which is far less than its initial prediction at the beginning of the year.
Google is finally making video chat a core part of the Android experience, almost a year after Apple introduced FaceTime video chat for the iPhone 4.
Here’s some news that will surely make hardcore Android fans squirm: The Verizon iPhone has helped the iPhone 4 maintain its lead as the single best-selling smartphone in the US in the first quarter of 2011. Meanwhile, Android saw a dip in sales for first time in two years, according to the NPD Group.
Google has released a slick new Android application for Google Docs that makes managing documents easy and adds the ability to convert words in images into editable text.
Game startup Sibblingz is announcing today that its cloud-based Spaceport technology will allow a developer to write a social game that can be played on just about any smartphone, on Facebook, or a web site.
Munich-based Scoreloop is announcing today a deal with Hong Kong mobile carrier CSL to create a dedicated mobile game portal using Scoreloop’s social game platform.
Will HTML5 or native apps lead the charge for the superphone platform? Or is the conflict between the two simply getting overblown?
Android is now the most desired smartphone operating system, reports market research company Nielsen. According to Nielsen’s figures from January to March 31 percent of consumers indicate Android as their preferred operating system. Apple’s iOS’s share was 30 percent.
Microsoft guarantees that smartphones with its Windows Phone 7 operating system doesn’t store location history like iOS and Android devices do, PCMag reports.
Forget the BlackBerry PlayBook. Lenovo is getting into the business slate arena with its upcoming ThinkPad tablet, and it looks like the company is leveraging all of its enterprise experience with the ThinkPad brand to create something truly innovative.
Nook Color owners are in for a treat today, as Barnes & Noble has finally rolled out its long-awaited update that will transform the e-reader into an Android tablet with apps, Flash and a slew of other new features.
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The tech world already has an iFund for iPhone and iPad startups, not to mention a BlackBerry Partners Fund for their BlackBerry counterparts, so hey, why not an A-Fund for Android too?
The BlackBerry PlayBook beat expectations by selling more than 50,000 devices when it launched Tuesday, according to estimates from RBC Capital Markets analyst Mike Abramsky.
Skyfire is launching version 4.0 of its popular Android mobile web browser today with a bunch of new features.
eBay has acquired location-based advertising company Where. The deal follows eBay’s previous purchase of Milo. The acquisitions are a part of eBay’s efforts to build a mobile marketplace for local businesses.
Following on the heels of its iPhone application, location-based storytelling startup Broadcastr is invading Android devices with a free application today.