Lenovo CEO: We tried to buy Motorola in 2011, but got the wrong guy– Moto Solutions Greg Brown
Feb03

Lenovo CEO: We tried to buy Motorola in 2011, but got the wrong guy– Moto Solutions Greg Brown

Last week Lenovo finally bought Motorola. It was a deal the Chinese company wanted to do for years. After getting back to China, Lenovo CEO Yuanqing Yang revealed more details about how the purchase went down during press conference earlier today. He said that Lenovo wanted to buy Motorola’s mobile business way back in 2011, after company was split into two units – Motorola Mobility and Motorola Solutions. Mr. Yang and Lenovo CFO Wong...

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Google and Samsung are working on Wintel like alliance to dominate mobile computing
Jan30

Google and Samsung are working on Wintel like alliance to dominate mobile computing

There is something huge happening in Android world. Two key platform players – Google and Samsung – are working on a broad set of agreements to align their interests and activities for the future development and promotion of Android. Things under discussion right now include Samsung scaling down its UI and app store/content developments in favor of Google Play, revenue sharing for all apps and content sold through Google Play on...

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Gartner: 443.5 million mobiles will be sold in China in 2014. 90% of them will be smartphones
Jan21

Gartner: 443.5 million mobiles will be sold in China in 2014. 90% of them will be smartphones

Gartner is doing a media blitz today in China, highlighting some interesting numbers about the biggest smartphone market in the world. Among the highlights – China now has more than 1 billion of mobile phone users. Which is a bit strange number to focus on, since Chinese government announced as much 8 months ago, last May. Another interesting number is the mobile sales forecast for 2014. According to Gartner’s chief analyst Lu Jun, ...

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Samsung may launch Galaxy S5 on February 23d, a day before Mobile World Congress in Barcelona
Jan21

Samsung may launch Galaxy S5 on February 23d, a day before Mobile World Congress in Barcelona

We have some good news for those you who have been waiting for Samsung Galaxy S5. According to Mobile Review’s Eldar Murtazin, who correctly predicted SGS4 launch date last year, Samsung has decided to forgo the traditional big March launch event for its flagship, and will announce it on February 23d, a day before on Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. But you’ll still have to wait several weeks before you can get your hands on it –...

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Samsung Galaxy S5 will only have fingerprint ID. Iris recognition technology is too immature
Jan20

Samsung Galaxy S5 will only have fingerprint ID. Iris recognition technology is too immature

Samsung Galaxy S4 was a big disappointment to Samsung. Its Executive VP Lee Young Hee admitted as much in an interview with Bloomberg earlier this month. S4 looked too similar to its predecessor – Galaxy S3, and the bump in specs was simply not enough for many potential customers. So this year Samsung is going to change that. Among the rumored improvements coming to Galaxy S5 is major redesign, a metal chassis, 2K display and 64-bit...

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Apple may start 4.7” iPhone 6 mass production in May, lauch in June. 5.7” iPhone scheduled for later
Jan20

Apple may start 4.7” iPhone 6 mass production in May, lauch in June. 5.7” iPhone scheduled for later

Apple may launch 4.7” iPhone 6 this summer, with bigger 5.7” version coming later this fall. According to Chinese analyst Sun Chyang Xu, who was pretty spot on about Google X phone developments last year, Apple may start the trial production of 4.7” iPhone 6 as early as next month. Then, if things go as planned, it will begin a full scale mass production in May. Which is about right for iPhone 6 announcement during Apple WWDC...

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Huawei Ascend Sx – the new high-end S Series will merge design of P6 with the power of D series
Jan19

Huawei Ascend Sx – the new high-end S Series will merge design of P6 with the power of D series

Even though they failed to achieve 60 million smartphones goal, Huawei did pretty well in 2013. They shipped 52 million smart devices last year, became world’s  #3 smartphone vendor and created one of best selling Android handsets of the year – Ascend P6. But there’s still something missing in Huawei’s device portfolio. A highly desirable top of the line device. They do have D series with top of the line specs, but those lack...

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NTT Docomo abandons its Tizen smartphone launch plans for now
Jan16

NTT Docomo abandons its Tizen smartphone launch plans for now

Samsung’s own smartphone platform effort, Tizen,  can’t seem to catch a break. Its biggest supporter among mobile carriers – NTT Docomo – just officially announced that they are delaying Tizen smartphone launch plans indefinitely. Samsung and Intel unveiled Tizen OS way back in September 2011, with first devices scheduled to ship in late 2012. That got pushed to spring 2013, then summer 2013, then again- to Q4.  And, obviously,...

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Microsoft confirms it pays OEMs to promote Windows Phone, calls rumored $2.6B number “complete fiction”
Jan16

Microsoft confirms it pays OEMs to promote Windows Phone, calls rumored $2.6B number “complete fiction”

Yesterday we told you about Eldar Murtazin’s claims that Microsoft will pay $2.6 billion to OEM partners to make and promote Windows phones. Today Microsoft’s communications lead Frank X. Shaw responded to Eldar’s info with a tweet: As you can see, Mr. Shaw vehemently disputes Murtazin’s numbers. However, he seems to confirm that at least some money will change hands between OEM partners and Microsoft to promote Windows Phone. I...

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Microsoft may pay $2.6 billion to Samsung, Huawei, Sony, others to make Windows Phones (Update: MSFT response)
Jan15

Microsoft may pay $2.6 billion to Samsung, Huawei, Sony, others to make Windows Phones (Update: MSFT response)

Update: Microsoft’s communications lead Frank X. Shaw responded to the numbers provided in this post. Scroll down to the bottom to check it out. When Microsoft persuaded Nokia to go Windows Phone, one of key reasons for the  switch was the $1 billion a year in “platform support” payments Ballmer offered to Finns. While the partnership had a very rocky start, by the end of 2013 we could call it a moderate success. At least for...

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