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Barra, Xiaomi Aim to Conquer the World Barra, Xiaomi Aim to Conquer the World

The following is an excerpt from Lance Whitney | September 12, 2013 | news.cnet.com | Former Google VP Hugo Barra was a major player in the Android business, but the lure and promise of Chinese phone maker Xiaomi apparently convinced him to make a career change. Barra left his role at Google last month and is prepping to join Xiaomi in October where he'll be responsible for "international business development and Android strategic partnerships." Xiaomi manufactures Android phones for the Chinese market, ... Read More

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Break Me Off a Piece of That: Kit Kat Will Be the Name of the Next Version of Android Break Me Off a Piece of That: Kit Kat Will Be the Name of the Next Version of Android

The following is an excerpt from JOANNA STERN | September 3, 2013 | abcnews.go.com | Give me a break, give me a break, break me off a piece of that … Android. No, that's not quite how the jingle goes, but the next version of Android is in fact going to be named Kit Kat. Android chief Sundar Pichai announced Tuesday via Twitter and Google Plus that Android had hit 1 billion activations and also added a little treat. The next version ... Read More

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Android’s iPad App Gap Android’s iPad App Gap

The following is an excerpt from John Paczkowski | August 15, 2013 | allthingsd.com | Android tablet shipments may now outpace those of the iPad, but Apple’s tablet continues to hold its own on another metric: Quality apps. According to a new study by Canalys, many of the iPad’s most popular apps are either not available on Android or not optimized for Android tablets. Of the Top 100 iPad titles — 50 free, 50 paid — 30 are currently unavailable for Android ... Read More

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How Much Better Can Smartphone Cameras Get? How Much Better Can Smartphone Cameras Get?

The following is an excerpt from Heather Kelly | July 16, 2013 | CNN.com | (CNN) -- Smartphone competition isn't just about choosing the biggest screen, fastest processor or sleekest operating system. As phones continue to replace point-and-shoot cameras, a new battleground for smartphone manufacturers is camera quality. And the bar keeps getting raised. Nokia's new Lumia 1020 smartphone, which goes on sale July 26 through AT&T, features a whopping 41-megapixel camera. The Finnish company is fighting to stay competitive in the phone ... Read More

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AT&T Follows T-Mobile US with More Frequent Device Upgrades AT&T Follows T-Mobile US with More Frequent Device Upgrades

The following is an excerpt from Sinead Carew | July 16, 2013 | Reuters.com | (Reuters) - AT&T Inc customers will be able to upgrade phones once a year instead of waiting two years under a new option that involves monthly device payments as AT&T defends itself against challenges from T-Mobile US. AT&T's latest offering, which will not require upfront device fees, comes as the No. 2 U.S. mobile provider strives to regain the market share it has been losing to market ... Read More

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iOS vs Android: Samsung Has Top Market Share, Apple And Android Grow At Rivals’ Expense iOS vs Android: Samsung Has Top Market Share, Apple And Android Grow At Rivals’ Expense

The following is an excerpt from Thomas Halleck | July 1, 2013 | ibtimes.com | Android saw double the gains of the rival iOS system from February to May of this year, while both Apple and Google saw an increase of market share at the expense of their competitors. Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android operating system, which is offered free of cost to manufacturers, saw a 0.7 percent market share increase, compared to a 0.3 percent increase in devices running on Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) ... Read More

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BlackBerry Shares Plunge After Touch-Screen Model Flops BlackBerry Shares Plunge After Touch-Screen Model Flops

The following is an excerpt from Hugo Miller | June 29, 2013 | Bloomberg.com | BlackBerry (BBRY)’s shares tumbled the most since 2000 after the company reported a surprise loss and weak sales of a new touch-screen model, underscoring its challenges in competing directly with the iPhone and Android devices. The company shipped 6.8 million smartphones last quarter, including about 2.7 million new BlackBerry 10 models -- primarily its flagship Z10 touch-screen phone. Analysts had estimated total shipments of 7.5 million, with ... Read More

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Soundwave Hopes to Shake up Music Discovery on iPhone and Android Soundwave Hopes to Shake up Music Discovery on iPhone and Android

The following is an excerpt from Yahoo.com | June 20, 2013 | Soundwave is the latest music discovery app to be released for smartphones, with ambitions to help fans share details of what they're listening to, and discover new songs and artists from friends and tastemakers. Released today as a free download for iPhone and for Android, it's the latest in a long line of apps with similar features, most of which have sunk without trace on the app stores. Even Twitter's ... Read More

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Microsoft Struggles to Re-start Windows 8 Microsoft Struggles to Re-start Windows 8

The following is an excerpt from Wilson Rothman | May 13, 2013 | msnbc.com | With an upcoming fix for Windows 8, Microsoft finds itself in a strange position: It has to make the faithful happy by shaping the experience to be more like the respected Windows 7. Meanwhile, the company must continue to support the modern "Metro" interface and push the notion that the OS delivers a touch-tablet experience that surpasses iOS and Android. The strategy is understandable — like most ... Read More

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Turning a Smartphone Into a Workout Buddy Turning a Smartphone Into a Workout Buddy

The following is an excerpt from KIT EATON | May 8, 2013 | Nytimes.com | Summer is coming at last. Like me, you may be thinking that a few improvements to your fitness and physique might be in order before you hit the beach. It’s also possible that, like me, you find it hard to motivate yourself to exercise or to head to the gym, and you don’t like the idea of a personal trainer. Time for an app, in other ... Read More

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