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IDC crowns Samsung the biggest phone maker by shipments for Q1 2012

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

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Research firm IDC is reporting that Nokia has been dethroned as the world’s biggest phone maker by Samsung. In the first quarter of the year, Samsung shipped 98.3 million mobile phones, with Nokia and Apple in second and third place. In the smartphone-only charts, the Korean company shipped 42.2 million of its Android and Windows Phone handsets, while Cupertino shipped 35.1 million and Nokia shipped a paltry-by-comparison 11.9 million.

Samsung, Apple and companies outside the top 5 all made big gains in the smartphone space, while Nokia, RIM and HTC all felt their numbers drop. Unsurprisingly, companies with big stakes in dumb phones suffered, with Nokia and LG losing big chunks of their market share to the big two and stalking horse ZTE, which has bested LG for fourth place. After the break, we’ve got the official tallies that you can pore over.

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IDC crowns Samsung the biggest phone maker by shipments for Q1 2012 originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 01 May 2012 05:07:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Leaked Verizon document details Android updates

Saturday, April 28th, 2012

Verizon Android update schedule leaked

A Reddit user by the name of DroidTosser claims to have the inside scoop on Verizon’s Android update schedule, and has posted the images to back their story up. According the photos, the HTC Rezound is slated receive an update to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich on May 9th, followed by the DROID RAZR and RAZR MAXX on May 21st. Verizon’s first Honeycomb tablet, the Motorola XOOM is currently awaiting “technical approval” and will be updated directly by Google. The DROID Bionic, HTC Thunderbolt, LG Revolution, Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, and Sony Xperia Play are all in testing, however the updates aren’t labeled as Ice Cream Sandwich builds and may just refer to bug fixes. Additional images can be found after the break. 


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Leaked T-Mobile roadmap outlines Ice Cream Sandwich updates, new myTouch devices

Friday, April 27th, 2012

Leaked T-Mobile roadmap outlines Ice Cream Sandwich updates, new myTouch devices

Looks like our friends over at TMoNews have unearthed a roadmap with some tasty morsels of info about what’s coming down the pipe from T-Mobile USA in the next few months. Of course, none of this is set in stone or even confirmed, so take it with a grain of salt.

Most interesting is a pair of dates for Ice Cream sandwich updates, with Magenta’s Galaxy S II slated to receive Android 4.0 on May 14th, followed by the Sensation 4G and Amaze 4G getting ICS (with Sense 3.6, presumably) on June 16th.

A bunch of device launches from Samsung and Huawei round up the list of dates, with no sign of HTC’s One X, Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S III, or T-Mobile’s rumored Galaxy Note variant. Sadness. Check out the entire bounty below.

  • May 9th: Huawei Astor (low-end phone for 7-Eleven)
  • July 11th: Huawei Buddy and Phoenix (myTouch QWERTY and slate, respectively)
  • July 11th: Samsung Gravity TXT (new color)
  • Aug 1st: Samsung T159 Cacao (low-end handset)
  • Aug 15th: Samsung Apex Q (mystery device)

Leaked T-Mobile roadmap outlines Ice Cream Sandwich updates, new myTouch devices originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 27 Apr 2012 22:14:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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China Times: HTC wants to develop its own processors for low-end phones

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

China Times: HTC wants to develop its own processors for low-end phones

Encroaching into the semiconductor business might not seem the most obvious move for a phone manufacturer that’s trying to unify its efforts. Nevertheless, China Times reports that HTC has signed a “memorandum of cooperation” with ST-Ericsson to co-develop a new dedicated chip for low-end handsets coming out next year. Since ST-Ericsson is a fabless chip designer, HTC won’t risk getting silicon between its fingernails. Instead, if this agreement is what it seems, the Taiwanese manufacturer may simply want more direct control over its supply chains and to reduce its current reliance on ready-made designs from Qualcomm or NVIDIA. After all, it can’t be easy for HTC’s new CFO, looking on while others gobbles up those margins.

China Times: HTC wants to develop its own processors for low-end phones originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 23 Apr 2012 05:03:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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T-Mobile’s HTC One S event on April 18th suggests imminent launch

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

T-Mobile on Wednesday sent out invitations to a special event that will allow attendees to “be amongst the first to experience the HTC One S,” suggesting the carrier will soon launch its flagship Android phone for the first half of 2012. The event is scheduled for Wednesday, April 18th, about a week before the handset is rumored to launch on April 25th. HTC unveiled the One S alongside the One X at the Mobile World Congress trade show in February. The device features a 4.3-inch qHD Super LCD display, a dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor clocked at 1.5GHz, 16GB of internal storage, the same stunning 8-megapixel camera found on the One X and Sense 4.0 atop Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

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Verizon’s upcoming Incredible 4G revealed in leaked images

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

The first images of Verizon and HTC’s upcoming Incredible 4G were leaked on Wednesday. The images were published by Android Police, and they reveal a handful of previously unknown information. The Incredible 4G will reportedly feature a 4-inch qHD display, a dual-core Snapdragon processor clocked at 1.2GHz, 1GB of RAM, an 8-megapixel rear camera with zero shutter lag, a microSD slot and run Sense 4.0 atop Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The handset is also reportedly equipped with an NFC chip, LTE connectivity and Beats Audio. HTC’s upcoming device is said to be “very light” and it seems to resemble a cross between the HTC Rezound and HTC’s One series of smartphones. The blog’s sources suggested a price tag between $99.99 and $149.99 with a two-year agreement, though details regarding a possible launch date were revealed. Read on for two additional images.


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Mobile Miscellany: week of April 2nd, 2012

Saturday, April 7th, 2012
Mobile Miscellany: week of April 2nd, 2012

Not all mobile news is destined for the front page, but if you’re like us and really want to know what’s going on, then you’ve come to the right place. This past week, CyanogenMod gained a new logo, Google acquired a mobile payments company and we learned that the HTC EVO 4G LTE for Sprint will include an embedded SIM card. These stories and more await after the break. So buy the ticket and take the ride as we explore the “best of the rest” for this week of April 2nd, 2012.

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Mobile Miscellany: week of April 2nd, 2012 originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 07 Apr 2012 19:17:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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LG plans to launch a ‘thinking smartphone’

Friday, April 6th, 2012

LG has yet to find the same success in the smartphone market that Samsung, HTC and Motorola have seen, but the company’s managing director Kwon Bong-suk told a Korean news website that LG will soon introduce a game-changing “thinking smartphone.” The executive confidently stated that the next mobile innovation doesn’t necessarily have to come from Apple, saying that LG can identify with the “universal value” that all consumers seek. Unlike its competitors, LG will refrain from adding more features and entertainment options to its devices, instead looking to build a product that will be responsive to a user’s particular needs. Bong-suk also noted the importance of the low-end market and said the company is interested in releasing a smartphone for $100. Despite the low price, Bong-suk says LG won’t compromise on the quality of the user experience. The director concluded by saying that “preparations for the development of the thinking smartphone are underway.”

[Via The Verge]

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HTC’s behind the scenes video suggests EVO 3D successor in the works [video]

Thursday, April 5th, 2012

Sprint and HTC on Wednesday held a joint press conference during which the companies showed off the new EVO 4G LTE. During the presentation, the companies played a brief behind the scenes video starring their latest handset. As it turns out, the video features a brief cameo of a prototype handset equipped with dual cameras and dual-LED flash. The unannounced device features a similar design to the EVO 4G LTE, leading many to suspect that it could be the follow up to HTC’s EVO 3D — perhaps the HTC EVO 3D 4G LTE. Then again, this could simply be a prototype in one of HTC’s labs that may never see the light of day. HTC’s video can be found after the break.

[Via The Verge]

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Is that a 3D prototype in HTC’s EVO 4G LTE making of video?

Thursday, April 5th, 2012
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An HTC Evo 4G LTE with dual cameras could only mean one thing, right? It’s unclear whether the 3D rig in the company’s intro video is simply a design mock-up, or a functional prototype of a model to come, but there’s definitely something of the sort floating around HTC’s labs. The device in question looks identical to the Evo we saw at yesterday’s Sprint launch event — kickstand and all — save for that unique dual-lens design. And if such a smartphone did come to fruition, what could we expect for a name? Sprint HTC EVO 4G 3D LTE? We sure hope not. We’ve reached out to HTC to get a better idea of what we’re looking at, but for now, this clip will have to do. You’ll find the video in its entirety just past the break, but you’ll want to skip to the 25 second mark for the 3D proto.

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Is that a 3D prototype in HTC’s EVO 4G LTE making of video? originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 05 Apr 2012 15:09:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Unannounced LG Windows Phone for Sprint revealed by FCC

Thursday, April 5th, 2012

The Federal Communications Commission recently published documents that reveal information about an unannounced Windows Phone device from LG. According to the documents, the LG LS831 supports CDMA in the 800 MHz and 1900 MHz bands, indicating that the handset will land on Sprint’s 3G network. Images reveal that the smartphone features a 5-megapixel rear camera, a front-facing camera, a headphone jack and a microUSB port. Sprint hasn’t launched a Windows Phone device since the HTC Arrive was released in early 2011, however the carrier is rumored to be prepping an LTE-equipped Windows Phone for a fall launch.

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Live from Sprint and HTC’s EVO event!

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

Summer is fast approaching and if the past two years have taught smartphone fans anything, it’s that Sprint and HTC are preparing to launch a new flagship smartphone. The EVO 4G burst onto the scene in 2010 and raised the bar for Android smartphones around the world. While the handset’s successor, the EVO 3D, was unable to recapture the magic brought about by the original model, it was still a cutting-edge smartphone worthy of the EVO brand. Now it’s 2012, and rumors suggest one of the most impressive smartphones ever to be produced is coming soon to Sprint. Based on the HTC One X, Sprint’s new flagship smartphone will seemingly be chocked full of technology including a 4.7-inch high-definition display, a 1.5GHz dual-core CPU, Android 4.0, Sense 4.0, 4G LTE and a gigantic battery. Will Sprint and HTC’s new EVO-branded device rock the industry like the original did two years ago? Hit the break for our live coverage of Sprint and HTC’s press conference, which is set to kick off at 5:30 p.m. EDT / 2:30 p.m. PDT.


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iPhone 4S remains best-selling U.S. smartphone in March, Samsung gains share

Monday, April 2nd, 2012

Apple’s wildly popular iPhone 4S retained its position atop the smartphone ranks in the United States last month according to new data analyst data. Checks performed by Canaccord Genuity analyst Mike Walkley and his team found that Apple’s latest iPhone was the best-selling smartphone at Verizon Wireless, AT&T and Sprint in March, continuing a trend that began when the device first launched last October. “Our March channel checks indicated stronger sell-through trends versus February levels with sales rebounding after a slow start to 2012,” Walkley wrote in his report. “During March, our checks indicated the iPhone 4S remained the top smartphone in the U.S. market and Samsung gained share as smartphone penetration grows in U.S. prepaid channels.” Samsung’s Galaxy S II smartphone was ranked No.2 at AT&T and Sprint once again, and the device was the best-selling smartphone at T-Mobile, which still doesn’t offer Apple’s popular phone. Motorola’s DROID RAZR and DROID RAZR MAXX took the No.2 spot at Verizon, and the HTC Amaze was No.2 at T-Mobile. A table outlining Canaccord’s numbers follows below.


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Verizon’s Droid RAZR and RAZR MAXX to get Android 4.0 on April 4th, Rezound to follow on the 6th

Friday, March 30th, 2012
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Color us surprised to find that Best Buy is so deeply entwined with carrier / OEM plans that it would actually receive a notification that Ice Cream Sandwich is coming to select handsets, but we guess it makes sense to notify those hard-working BB Mobile representatives to what’s coming down the pike. Both Android Police and TechnoBuffalo have received separate leaks confirming the news, suggesting that April 4th will be the day that the Motorola Droid RAZR and RAZR MAXX get a taste of Android 4.0, and that April 6th will bring the update to HTC’s Rezound. Hard to say how the rollout will be staged, but if you’re considering one of Verizon’s fastest and finest, at least you know when ICS is coming.

Verizon’s Droid RAZR and RAZR MAXX to get Android 4.0 on April 4th, Rezound to follow on the 6th originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 30 Mar 2012 18:28:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Apple, Samsung, HTC and Sony sued over graphics rendering patents

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

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Sometimes, you have to go all-in. Why not sue all the leading smartphone makers at once? That’s what Graphics Properties Holdings is doing, channeling the ghost (and intellectual back-catalogue) of Silicon Graphics. Filing six cases against Apple, Samsung, RIM, HTC, Sony and LG, the lawsuits reference floating point calculations for rendering graphics, something that the company received patent approval for only yesterday. GPH claims that several phones, including the iPhone, Galaxy S II and BlackBerry Torch, infringe on its intellectual property. Layman legal types can sniff around the patent in question at the source below.

Apple, Samsung, HTC and Sony sued over graphics rendering patents originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 28 Mar 2012 12:59:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Engadget Mobile Podcast 131 – 03.25.2012

Sunday, March 25th, 2012

This week, the Engadget Mobile Podcast is freer than free 4G and now features 1000% more Sascha Segan. So what are you waiting for, really?

Hosts: Myriam Joire (tnkgrl), Brad Molen, Joseph Volpe
Guest: Sascha Segan
Producer: Trent Wolbe
Music: TychoCoastal Brake (Ghostly International)

00:01:40 – The iPad Wins Because Android Tablet Apps Suck: An Illustrated Guide
00:10:23 – Android Lacks Focus, and It’s a Problem
00:29:42 – New iPad’s Screen Hogs Battery Power
00:45:10 – AT&T rolls out Android 4.0 to HTC Vivid, other devices getting ICS in the ‘coming months’
00:56:53 – FreedomPop rumored to introduce iPhone case with free WiMAX service
00:58:30 – NetZero launches ’4G’ wireless service, we go hands-on
01:04:10 – Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 review (Verizon Wireless LTE)
01:15:30 – Verizon updates Revolution with Remote Diagnostics, HTC turns to LogMeIn
01:25:30 – HTC and Sprint ready to show off a new ‘collaboration’ April 4th, might be the One X
01:32:05 – Nokia to Apple: don’t cha wish your nano-SIM was hot like ours?
01:43:00 – Apple’s nano-SIM proposal draws fire from Motorola, Nokia, RIM
01:44:50 – Galaxy Note ICS upgrade pushed back to Q2, adds exclusive set of stylus-ready apps (video)
01:49:00 – FCC weighs Dish 4G network and 700MHz interoperability (updated)

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Engadget Mobile Podcast 131 – 03.25.2012 originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 25 Mar 2012 22:13:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Mobile Miscellany: week of March 19th, 2012

Saturday, March 24th, 2012
Mobile Miscellany: week of March 19th, 2012

Not all mobile news is destined for the front page, but if you’re like us and really want to know what’s going on, then you’ve come to the right place. This past week, we’ve spotted the Lumia 610 in two new colors, and the open source community received new goodies from the likes of HTC, Qualcomm and Samsung. These stories and more await after the break. So buy the ticket and take the ride as we explore the “best of the rest” for this week of March 19th, 2012.

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Mobile Miscellany: week of March 19th, 2012 originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 24 Mar 2012 19:27:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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