Smartphones - Infoworld en Would Amazon dare to make a smartphone? Of course <p>The idea of an Amazon smartphone, reportedly in the works for a September release, may seem far-fetched or foolhardy but isn't that big a stretch for the ambitious shopping, device, and content giant.</p> Mobile Technology Smartphones Mon, 14 Apr 2014 12:14:10 +0000 admin 240396 at BlackBerry CEO: I'll kill off BlackBerry phones if they don't start making money <p>BlackBerry <a href="" target="_blank">yanked its phones from T-Mobile stores</a> after a T-Mobile ad campaign suggested customers should <a href="" target="_blank">trade in their BlackBerry for an iPhone</a>, but on Thursday, new BlackBerry CEO John Chen said he's not averse to snuffing out the iconic handsets completely if BlackBerry phones don't start making money once again.</p> Mobile Technology BlackBerry Smartphones Thu, 10 Apr 2014 19:31:07 +0000 admin 240265 at China obtains patent concessions in return for approving Microsoft-Nokia deal <p>China is requiring Microsoft and Nokia to make promises on fair patent use, fearing that the proposed acquisition between the two companies could spell trouble for the nation's Android device makers.</p> <p>On Tuesday, China's Ministry of Commerce gave conditional regulatory approval to Microsoft's purchase of Nokia's Devices &amp; Services business. The $7.2 billion deal means that Microsoft could very soon produce its own smartphones using the Windows Phone operating system.</p> Mobile Technology The Industry Standard Microsoft Federal Regulations M&A Smartphones Windows Phone Tue, 08 Apr 2014 10:50:30 +0000 admin 240061 at Qualcomm adds fastest ever 64-bit Snapdragon mobile chip <p>Qualcomm is getting high on 64-bit chips with its fastest ever Snapdragon processor, which will render 4K video, support LTE Advanced and could run the 64-bit Android OS.</p> <p>The new Snapdragon 810 is the company's "highest performing" mobile chip for smartphones and tablets, Qualcomm said in a statement. Mobile devices with the 64-bit chip will ship in the first half of next year, and be faster and more power-efficient. Snapdragon chips are used in handsets with Android and Windows Phone operating systems, which are not available in 64-bit form yet.</p> Cloud Computing Mobile Technology Android Processors Smartphones Mon, 07 Apr 2014 12:09:26 +0000 admin 239979 at 3D-printed modules for Google's Ara phone coming early next year <p>Lego-like parts that will form the building blocks for <a href="">Google's Project Ara</a> will be produced on 3D printers and ship in time for the customizable smartphone's release early next year.</p> Mobile Technology Google Printers Smartphones Fri, 04 Apr 2014 12:01:42 +0000 admin 239870 at T-Mobile offers credits to retain BlackBerry customers <p>T-Mobile's CEO John Legere said Thursday he was disappointed with BlackBerry's decision this week to <a href="">split with the carrier</a>, and offered credits to hold on to dedicated BlackBerry users among its customers.</p> Mobile Technology T-Mobile BlackBerry Smartphones Fri, 04 Apr 2014 11:16:00 +0000 admin 239876 at Microsoft's smart strategy to take on Android <div id="blog-edit" style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 243px; height: 182px;"><img src="" alt="Microsoft's smart strategy to take on Android" width="243" height="182" align="right" /></div><p>Windows Phone is <a href="">anything but the monster hit Microsoft hoped for</a> three and a half years ago when the Windows Mobile successor finally came t Mobile Technology Smartphones Windows Phone Fri, 04 Apr 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Galen M. Gruman 239750 at BlackBerry will not renew tie-up with T-Mobile <p>BlackBerry will not renew the license of T-Mobile US to sell its products when it expires later this month, the smartphone maker said.</p> <p>The announcement by the Canadian company comes after a dispute in February with the fourth-largest carrier in the U.S. <a href="" target="_blank">for promoting</a> Apple's iPhone 5s at a discount to its BlackBerry customers.</p> Mobile Technology T-Mobile BlackBerry Data Plan Smartphones Wed, 02 Apr 2014 12:38:20 +0000 admin 239619 at Smartphone kill-switch could save consumers $2.6 billion per year <p>Technology that remotely makes a stolen smartphone useless could save American consumers up to $2.6 billion per year if it is implemented widely and leads to a reduction in theft of phones, according to a new report.</p> <p>Law enforcement officials and politicians are pressuring cellular carriers to make such technology standard on all phones shipped in the U.S. in response to the increasing number of smartphone thefts. They believe the so-called "kill switch" would reduce the number of thefts if stolen phones were routinely locked so they became useless.</p> Mobile Technology Mobile Security Smartphones Mon, 31 Mar 2014 11:36:59 +0000 admin 239467 at Update: BlackBerry revenue plunges 64 percent <p>BlackBerry continued to struggle during the company's fiscal fourth quarter, experiencing a huge drop in revenue and a $423 million net loss.</p> <p>Revenue for the fourth quarter of BlackBerry's fiscal 2014, which ended March 1, was approximately $976 million, down 64 percent from $2.7 billion in the same quarter in 2013.</p> Mobile Technology The Industry Standard BlackBerry Smartphones Technology Business Fri, 28 Mar 2014 13:09:21 +0000 admin 239342 at Huawei won't dual-boot Windows Phone and Android after all <p>Huawei has abandoned plans for a smartphone that dual-boots Android and Windows Phone.</p> <p>The company <a href="" target="_blank">told FierceWireless</a> that "at this stage there are no plans to launch a dual-OS smartphone in the near future," despite earlier statements from a Huawei executive.</p> Mobile Technology Android Smartphones Windows Phone Fri, 21 Mar 2014 11:22:50 +0000 admin 238807 at Stupid user tricks: The most embarrassing flubs yet <div id="blog-edit" style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 243px; height: 172px;"><img src="" alt="Stupid user tricks: The most embarrassing flubs yet" width="243" height="162" align="right" /><br /><em><p align="right">Credit: Andy Dean</p> </em></div><p>Technology has made it easier than ever to communicate with colleagues and customers from all over the world. It's also made it easier than ever to make ourselves look very, very stupid.</p> Applications Mobile Technology Facebook Misadventures Email Software Smartphones Social Networking Mon, 17 Mar 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Jason Snyder 238173 at Samsung says fire at supplier will not delay Galaxy S5 production <p>Samsung Electronics does not expect delays in the production of its upcoming Galaxy S5 smartphone, after a fire broke out at a supplier's factory in South Korea on Sunday.</p> <p>The electronics giant said Tuesday it is working to stabilize operations at the supplier DAP Corporation. "In the meantime, we do not expect any production delays of the Galaxy S5, as we rely on multiple contractors," the company said in an email.</p> Mobile Technology The Industry Standard Android Mobile Development Smartphones Tue, 11 Mar 2014 11:28:59 +0000 admin 238143 at iPhone, Galaxy, iPad, Nexus: Here's how they really rate <div id="blog-edit" style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 243px; height: 182px;"><img src="" alt="iPhone, Galaxy, iPad, Nexus: Here's how they really rate" width="243" height="182" align="right" /></div><p>Your smartphone or tablet is overrated. At least, that's the conclusion InfoWorld came to in assessing our scoring system for mobile devices. Much as changed since we developed our criteria and weightings four years ago.</p> Mobile Technology Android iPad iPhone Smartphones Tablets Tue, 11 Mar 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Galen Gruman 237766 at Ballmer regrets not aping Apple sooner <p>In his first public appearance since he stepped down as Microsoft CEO, Steve Ballmer again acknowledged that the company missed the boat on mobile. But this time he put a different spin on his answer, evoking the business model of Microsoft's arch rival, Apple.</p> <p>"The thing I regret is that we didn't put the hardware and the software together soon enough," Ballmer said, referring to smartphones specifically, but mobile in general.</p> Mobile Technology Microsoft Steve Ballmer Mobile Apps Smartphones Windows Phone Wed, 05 Mar 2014 12:29:06 +0000 admin 237704 at Second federal 'kill switch' bill introduced targeting smartphone theft <p>A second federal bill that proposes "kill switch" technology be made mandatory in smartphones as a means to reduce theft of the devices was introduced Monday.</p> <p>The kill switch would allow consumers to remotely wipe and disable a stolen smartphone and is considered by proponents to be a key tool in combating the increasing number of smartphone robberies.</p> Mobile Technology The Industry Standard Federal Regulations Smartphones Mon, 03 Mar 2014 19:56:03 +0000 admin 237529 at Google to have build-it-yourself smartphone prototype ready 'within weeks' <p>Google's ATAP (Advanced Technology and Projects) group has announced its first developer event for Project Ara, an initiative that is aiming to create a modular smartphone.</p> <p>A total of three Project Ara developer conferences will be held this year, with the first, outlined on the <a href="" target="_blank">Project Ara homepage</a>, taking place at Silicon Valley's Computer History Museum on 15-16 April.</p> Mobile Technology Smartphones Fri, 28 Feb 2014 16:59:45 +0000 admin 237387 at 64-bit smartphones are coming, but Apple's iPhone 5s still stands alone <p>After top smartphone makers announced new products at Mobile World Congress this week, Apple's iPhone 5s remains the only 64-bit handset available. But with new chips announced at the show and 64-bit Android now ready, competitive handsets are only a few months away.</p> Mobile Technology Processors Smartphones Thu, 27 Feb 2014 13:00:22 +0000 admin 237273 at Intel vs. ARM: Two titans' tangled fate <div id="blog-edit" style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 243px; height: 182px;"><img src="" alt="Intel vs. ARM: Two titans' tangled fate" width="243" height="182" align="right" /></div><p>If the PC and Intel are joined at the hip, then Intel is hobbled, with 2013's 10 percent drop in PC sales marking "the worst decline in PC market history," according to Gartner.</p> Computer Hardware ARM Intel Desktop PCs Processors Smartphones Tablets Mobile Technology Thu, 27 Feb 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Eric Knorr 237265 at Smartphones find new ally in war against water <p>Smartphone are technological marvels, but as soon as a bit of liquid gets inside them, it's game over, man. Now, at Mobile World Congress, a company called P2i showed off a new nanotechnology that could save your smartphone from a dreaded watery death.</p> Smartphones Thu, 27 Feb 2014 11:00:00 +0000 InfoTube 237271 at