Mobile Phone Sales Strong In Q3
Apple, RIM, HTC and Motorola have been unaffected by component shortages, but Nokia has struggled with supplies of AMOLED and semiconductor components for low-cost handsets, according to ABI Research.
Samsung Galaxy Tab Teardown
When Apple introduced the iPad, many were probably disappointed to learn that it would run the same operating system found on Apple's iPhone and iPod Touch devices. "Isn't the iPad just a big iPhone?" people wondered. Samsung has a similar problem to overcome with the Galaxy Tab. Isn't the Tab, which runs Google's Android 2.2 Froyo operating system (the same one found on nearly a dozen smartphones), really just a big Android phone? The answer is yes and no. In this slideshow, we take a look unde
First Impressions: BlackBerry Style 9670
Research In Motion's latest BlackBerry smartphone takes a cue from the feature phone with its flip form factor. Does this non-traditional smartphone still pack a punch?
Apple Leapfrogs RIM Into The Top Five
According to IDC, Apple's most recent quarter vaulted it past Research In Motion, making Apple the world's fourth-largest maker of mobile phones. Nokia still holds the number one spot with an iron grip.
Cell Phones Defy Downturn
Many IT markets have been caught in the doldrums recently, however, cell phones are riding high. Market research firm International Data Corp. found sales grew by 14.6% in the third quarter of 2010, the fourth consecutive period of double-digit growth.
WebOS Wrap Up
There has been both good news and bad news for WebOS fans this week. News has leaked that HP's Asian manufacturers are planning up to six new Palm devices which would all presumably run WebOS 2.0. Speaking of 2.0, if you like the PalmOS 5.x emulator, or MotionApps Classic, they aren't supporting WebOS beyond 1.x. Oh yeah. HP has unveiled a new logo for its mobile platform.
Firefox 4 Delayed
Mozilla will push the release to early 2011 to complete remaining work on the open source browser.
Opera Debuts Native Symbian Browser
Opera Software made a new version of Opera Mini available to the Symbian platform. Opera Mini 5.1 is significant because it is a native -- and not a Java -- application.
Browsers Preferred Over Apps For Many Tasks
Apple has over 300,000 apps, Google over 100,000 and after just one week, Microsoft over 1,000 in its store, yet users often prefer browsers for getting some of the most common things done on their smartphone.
NASA Launches Social Media Campaign
Tweets from Space Shuttle Discovery and a tweetup to celebrate the launch are planned, along with Foursquare mobile app that will let astronauts "check in" from space.
PayPal Banks On Mobile Payments
The payments provider launched a two-click Mobile Express Checkout service and added functionality to its Mobile Payments Library, among other upgrades.
LimeWire Ordered To Shut Down
A N.Y. judge says the music file-sharing site must now disable its software, five months after losing a copyright infringement suit.
Windows Phone 7 Gets Mac Support
Microsoft has released a beta of their synchronization tool that will allow their new Windows Phone 7 platform to connect to a Mac and access its iTunes library. It isn't a full Zune desktop client but is far better than official support for Windows Mobile in the past, which was basically nothing.
Barnes & Noble Introduces Color Nook
The Apple iPad faces a challenge from the bookseller's color touch screen e-reader as a platform for books and periodicals, an industry analyst says.
Apple Won't Push Flash Player Updates
Flash updates will no longer arrive with Apple security updates, and new MacBook Air arrives without Flash installed, one week after the company distanced itself from Java.