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Eric is a freelance writer for InformationWeek specializing in mobile technologies.
Articles by Eric Zeman
posted in June 2011
From March to May, 55% of people who purchased new mobile phones in the U.S. bought a smartphone, according to Nielsen.
A well-placed manager at Research In Motion has published a letter to the company's executives, beseeching them to make the bold decisions needed to save the company. Late Thursday, RIM responded.
Research in Motion is said to have shelved plans for a 10-inch PlayBook, to ship a QNX-based BlackBerry sooner. This is exactly what RIM needs to do.
You can now order the 4G version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, which will ship in four to six weeks and cost only a few dollars more than the Wi-Fi version.
Fring's free video chatting software lets iPad users to chat with up to four different people at once.
Google's Andy Rubin says Android is growing at more than 4% per week, as Strategy Analytics reports that 42% of businesses now support Google's smartphone platform.
In a 21-city test of U.S. 3G and 4G networks, PC Magazine found that Verizon's 4G network performed the fastest overall in major metro areas, but AT&T won in the heartland.
Apple will release a mid-range handset for prepaid users as well as a high-end superphone come the fall, forecasts Deutsche Bank analyst.
Looking to quell user fears, Apple has provided a tidy little help page that outlines much of what will happen as MobileMe transitions to iCloud in the coming months.
Honeycomb-based tablets have been in the market for more than four months now, and there's still a depressing lack of dedicated Android tablet apps. What gives?
Devices that run Google's Android platform have the highest number of technical support calls for hardware problems. RIM's devices have the lowest.
Monthly digital magazine aims to help TouchPad owners peruse new webOS applications at their leisure.
But given the bulk discounts available to business buyers, the price difference between 3G and 4G smartphones is likely to be negligible.
The first--and last--MeeGo handset is a gorgeous piece of hardware that will have little impact on Nokia's smartphone ambitions.
BlackBerry Tablet OS 1.0.6 adds support for Flash Player Mobile 10.3 and Adobe AIR 2.7. Android 3.1 brings improved USB compatibility and boost Wi-Fi performance.
The tablet maker's best partners, AT&T and Verizon Wireless, have offered a distinct lack of support so far. That's holding RIM back from enjoying wider success.
The seven-inch MediaPad tablet hopes to take on the PlayBooks, G-Slates, and EVO View 4Gs of the slate market.
The HTC EVO View 4G and Flyer offer a smaller alternative to the competing models, but without Honeycomb are they really just ridiculously huge phones?
Oracle says in a lawsuit that Google's Android software violates its Java patents and it wants damages in the billions of dollars.
Despite grim quarterly results, Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie maintained that Research In Motion is approaching the final phase of a significant transition and defended their management structure.
The fiscal first quarter wasn't great for Research In Motion, which is losing phone sales to Android phones and iPhones. Worse, some product delays loom.
Sales of Acer tablets will come in below earlier expectations, the company says. Can anybody mount a challenge to the Apple iPad?
Sprint is providing basic security protection for its Android smartphone users by offering Lookout Mobile Security for free.
Apple and Nokia buried the hatchet over a patent feud Tuesday and dropped all the litigation between them. But Nokia has bigger problems.
Google removes more malware from Android market after university researchers identified background spy apps--including one that used Angry Birds frustration as bait.
Apple and Samsung will sell more smartphones this quarter than Nokia, which has lead the worldwide market for 15 years, according to Nomura analysts.
Some iPad 2s show up with duplicate mobile equipment identity numbers, can't connect to Verizon Wireless' CDMA network. Updated with comment from Apple.
U.S. and European tablet buyers will have to wait. Is this a subtle Dell statement on the state of the Android app market?
HP's webOS has not been a blazing success story on smartphones. Will the TouchPad tablet reverse that trend?
Users are voting with their wallets for the unique look and feel of Android phones, IDC's latest forecast for the smartphone market concludes.
The promised free upgrade of the Xoom tablet from 3G to Long Term Evolution 4G is still to come, but coming soon, says Motorola.
Apple's new iOS platform offered at least one surprise feature--integration with Twitter's microblogging platform. An interesting move, and one that has us wondering why not Facebook, instead?
Apple's new iOS 5, unveiled Monday at WWDC, delivers 200 new features to iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch users. But Apple still managed to forget a few key twists.
Research In Motion added a number of new features and smoothed out a few hitches with a PlayBook system update that became available Tuesday.
Apple added hundreds of new features to iOS in a significant update to its iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch platform.
The WP7 platform isn't selling as well as Microsoft or AT&T would like, according to Ralph de la Vega.
Shantanu Narayen said its Flash-based spat with Apple is over, and the iPad isn't unbeatable.
CEO Sanjay Jha said that performance issues with Motorola's Android handsets are caused by crummy third-party applications found in the Android Market.
HP also plans to add webOS to printers, laptops, and other devices, which might let the company collect the critical mass it needs to compete with the big boys.
The Galaxy Tab 10.1 will be among the first tablets to feature Android 3.1 Honeycomb software when it goes on sale.
Rumors are sweeping the wireless industry that Microsoft is buying Nokia's mobile phone business for $19 billion, although Nokia denied those reports.
The iWork productivity suite, introduced this week for the Apple iPhone and iPod Touch, provides document, presentation, and spreadsheet programs for the small screen.