Research In Motion is about to enter the battle of its life, and as you'll see in my review of its new flagship, the BlackBerry Z10, it's using everything in its arsenal to win. Maybe win is the wrong word; perhaps victory for BlackBerry right now is something more like not losing everything. Because if you've been following this story, you know that everything is what's at stake.The company is coming back into the game with force, that much is clear. Its new touchscreen smartphone is the serious contender BlackBerry has been claiming it would be, packing in the specs, software prowess, and services to take on even the most entrenched players
As already teased and promised, today Canonical is taking the wraps off the mobile version of Ubuntu, which is built around the existing Android kernel and drivers, but doesn't use a Java Virtual Machine and promises to use "the full power of the phone." Supporting both ARM and x86 processors, the Ubuntu phone OS will be compatible enough to let Android phone makers run it on their devices with minimal adaptation.Ubuntu for Android, announced in February of last year, will be the first step to getting this new ecosystem out to shipping devices, which Canonical chief Mark Shuttleworth says will definitely arrive at some point during this year.
When Motorola updated its Ice Cream Sandwich timeline, some users were upset that the Droid 3 and X2 would forever remain on Android 2.3. In response, Motorola has detailed its process for deciding whether or not a given phone or tablet will be getting an upgrade. "We work very closely with Google and cell phone carriers for every
The age of the low-end Android handset is here: AT&T has unceremoniously announced that a new prepaid slider smartphone, the Galaxy Appeal, will debut with Android 2.3 on the carrier's GoPhone service starting on June 5th. AT&T provided no photos or pricing
Microsoft's biggest upgrade of the Windows Phone operating system is coming up at some point later this year. Rumored to be codenamed Apollo and likely to bear the branding of Windows Phone 8, it's hoped to be the shot in the arm Microsoft's mobile ecosystem needs to compete with the incumbent leaders from Apple and Google. Keep track of all the official and unofficial developments ahead of the launch of WP8 right here.
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The introduction of a new iPhone every year is a given, but the details of what that device will look like and the new features it'll bring are rarely so straightforward. So far this year, Reuters and The Wall Street Journal have come out strongly in support of the idea that we'll see a new 4-inch (or even larger) form factor, plus there's all the usual SoC speculation, invited by the introduction of
Soon after Saunders took over the developer relations team, he asked Research In Motion's then co-CEO Mike Lazaridis in October 2011 for 25,000 BlackBerry PlayBook tablets. When Lazaridis asked why, Saunders said he intended to give them away. Lazaridis ultimately agreed, and Saunders began giving PlayBooks out to developers. He followed that up by giving away more than 8,000 units of RIM's Dev Alpha devices, which ran an early version of BlackBerry 10. Saunders knew he needed to get the long-ignored BlackBerry developer base excited again. In 48 out of the last 52 weeks, he has been on a plane circling the globe in an effort to drum up interest
HP's Slate 7 is just the beginning. The company sees the writing on the wall: if you add in all the iPad sales, Apple — not HP — is selling the most computers these days. So, faced with declining PC sales and the growing popularity of Apple's slate, HP has decided to build an entire portfolio of tablets, both Android and Windows, to maintain its position in personal computing."HP is the number one PC manufacturer in the world, and we want to be the number one computer vendor in the world. That means we need to be in the tablet space."That's Alberto Torres, the man tasked with making it happen. Eighteen months ago, HP's tablet and smartphone business
Every day, like thousands of other men and women, Ippei Tambata and Shigeaki Suzuki head in to work in one of Tokyo’s most crowded business districts. But unlike most of the others streaming in on the city’s crowded trains, the product of their work is seen and held by millions around the world. The two men work in the Creative Design Department of Sony Mobile Communications (formerly Sony Ericsson), building the kinds of devices that CEO Kazuo Hirai hopes will propel the company back to profitability.Tambata is the head of the Tokyo design office, in charge of the overall design for Sony’s mobile products. He’s the older of the two, by how much
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LG's new Motion 4G Android phone is set to arrive on MetroPCS's LTE network in the near future, if a blurry picture leaked by the @evleaks Twitter account on Friday is to be believed. Running Android 4.0, the phone is reportedly powered by a Snapdragon S4 processor, featuring a 5-megapixel rear-
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