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N8 flicks budget-price spitballs at iPhone

Nokia has already unveiled its first smartphone running the upcoming Symbian^3 operating system, the N8, but will not ship it until later in the summer. It is keeping interest high, though, by making its most aggressive ever move against the iPhone, pricing the N8 well below the Apple icon and touting all the added value that …
Wireless Watch, 23 Jun 2010
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Palm still designing new phones, despite HP's doubts,

Since the announcement that it would be acquired by Hewlett-Packard, Palm has scarcely figured in any discussions of the smartphone landscape. HP wants the operating system, but is mainly focused on emerging device formats such as web-enabled printers and tablets, is the message from within the larger firm. But until the deal …
Wireless Watch, 21 Jun 2010
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Google risks OEM wrath for unified Android UI plan

Conflicts of interest with Android supporters helped kill Google's Nexus One project, but that is not stopping the search giant embarking on another bid to keep Apple-style control of the Android platform. Google is reported to be planning a unified user interface that will be imposed across Android products, ending the …
Wireless Watch, 20 Jun 2010
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Developers twitchy as wait for Symbian^3 goes on and on

Nokia's forthcoming N8 smartphone will certainly have market leading hardware specs, but the real challenge for the firm is to convince developers of its software credentials. It is promising improved developer tools, Ovi Store experience and user experience for the N8, drawing on the new open source release of Symbian. But …
Wireless Watch, 16 Jun 2010
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RIM readies next BlackBerry, AT&T airs Aria

RIM is readying a new touchscreen BlackBerry, according to reports, while Android is slowly but surely getting its hooks into Apple's strongest bastion, AT&T. The US carrier will launch its first Android phone from HTC - currently leading the charge against the iPhone's US leadership - next week. According to The Wall Street …
Wireless Watch, 15 Jun 2010
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New wave of superphones poised to challenge iPhone 4

We have already pointed out that the iPhone 4 faces far more credible competition than its predecessors in terms of smartphones integrating advanced hardware design with a distinctive user experience. As we wait for Symbian^3 and Windows Phone 7, the challenge focuses on Android, and its supporters are certainly rising to the …
Wireless Watch, 13 Jun 2010
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Superslim iPhone 4 enough to fend off Android?

Apple CEO Steve Jobs duly stood up at the company's World Wide Developers Conference in San Francisco this week to introduce the long-awaited iPhone 4. This has become almost as much of a June tradition as Wimbledon tennis, but there was a clear difference this time around. To a far greater extent than on the previous three …
Wireless Watch, 09 Jun 2010
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Microsoft pushes WP7 plans for enterprise

Microsoft was always going to struggle to get coverage of its TechEd developer conference, and particularly its Windows Phone 7 plans, in the week of iPhone 4. But it is trying its best, outlining the WP7 strategy for its most natural market, the mobile enterprise. In addition, details of one of the first WP7 handsets likely to …
Wireless Watch, 08 Jun 2010
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Can Windows Phone 7 gain momentum with all eyes on Apple?

Today will see the long-awaited start of the Apple World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC), and the expected announcement of the fourth iPhone. Amid all the hype that is sure to surround the event and the keynote of CEO Steve Jobs, it will be difficult for Microsoft to gain much attention for its own annual developer event, …
Wireless Watch, 07 Jun 2010
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TD-LTE sounds death knell for WiMAX

"The rumours of my death have been greatly exaggerated." Was it Mark Twain who said that, or WiMAX? News of the poor 4G technology's imminent death have surfaced again with some vigour, with blame squarely aimed at the growing support for the unpaired flavour of LTE - known as TD-LTE - which offers holders of unpaired spectrum a …
Wireless Watch, 04 Jun 2010

Qualcomm spits out 3rd gen Snapdragon

In an almost one line release this week, US chip vendor Qualcomm says that it has begun shipping the chips that will line up against the Apple A4 - its Snapdragon dual core chips. One of the keys to this chip is that Qualcomm has always preached that phones and portable devices will run on a single core in order to keep battery …
Wireless Watch, 02 Jun 2010
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Orange outlines cheap Android roadmap

Following through on a promise made in April, Orange is leading the charge to put Android smartphones into the hands of budget users. It plans a range of affordable devices, including its so-called 'Boston' device, which will cost only $2 upfront with a low end contract, and will be targeted at the carrier's growing presence in …
Wireless Watch, 31 May 2010
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Microsoft projects aim to rival Chrome OS

The reorganization of Microsoft's mobile unit disappointed many with its conservatism, putting a division that needs radical thinking more directly under the control of CEO Steve Ballmer, who remains firmly grounded in the traditional Windows business norms. There was scarcely any mention of the projects that could drag …
Wireless Watch, 28 May 2010
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New iPhone to land in US on 7 June

June 7 is now a near-certainty to be the launch date for the latest iPhone, with Apple CEO Steve Jobs kicking off the firm's Worldwide Developers' Conference on that day (and with US retailer Wal-Mart halving the prices of the current iPhone 3GS in readiness). That would suggest that the new handset would hit the shelves in …
Wireless Watch, 25 May 2010
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T-Mobile nixes US developer program

Operators have recently scored some key points in the battle to control the mobile apps experience, but T-Mobile USA is letting the side down, closing down its two-year-old developer program, Partner Network. Many large carriers are trying to create their own applications platforms and stores, hoping to remain the primary point …
Wireless Watch, 24 May 2010
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Nokia reorganizes for second time in six months

Nokia CEO Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo has announced his second reorganization in six months, indicating the intense pressure he is under to get the firm's smartphone strategy right. The new structure, effective from July 1, is heavily focused on tight integration between software and hardware, especially at the high end but also in …
Wireless Watch, 12 May 2010
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Google buys BumpTop, could target 3D interface at iPad

After the US launch of the 3G/Wi-Fi version of the Apple iPad, the tablet has passed the one million sales mark, prompting the firm's co-founder Steve Wozniak to say the PC-Mac war was over as the new formats took Apple well beyond its traditional user base. But other players will bid for the upper hand in the hybrid PC/mobile …
Wireless Watch, 04 May 2010
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RIM's BlackBerry OS 6 may be too late to fend off Apple

RIM has been under rising pressure to deliver a significant update to its ageing operating system, so it came as no surprise that BlackBerry OS 6.0 was unveiled at its Wireless Enterprise Symposium this week. The upgraded OS will be officially launched in the third quarter and claims to be the biggest refresh in several years, …
Wireless Watch, 29 Apr 2010
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Atom runs Android, Google plans tablet

With the iPad in the market and a host of Linux or Windows tablets to follow, all eyes are on Google's response. Its upcoming Chrome OS, which is entirely geared to mobile browsers, will be important in the new hybrid formats between phone and PC. But before those 'cloudbooks' debut later this year, Android is also expected to …
Wireless Watch, 14 Apr 2010
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Palm makes eyes at possible purchasers

Palm's CEO Jon Rubinstein hinted, when the firm announced a poor outlook during its last quarterly results, that he would be open to acquisition offers. Now the Pre maker is courting buyers more actively, hiring Goldman Sachs and Qatalyst Partners to seek offers as early as this week, according to Bloomberg. The news service …
Wireless Watch, 12 Apr 2010
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Election delays UK spectrum plans once again

Once expected to be in the vanguard of 4G services, the UK's plans to open up new spectrum have been dogged by repeated delays. Legal challenges, cellco mergers and the decision to bundle 2.6GHz and digital dividend auctions together - all these have pushed the UK from the front of the EU's spectrum race to the rear, and now the …
Wireless Watch, 11 Apr 2010
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Taiwanese chip co asks ITC to ban iPad imports

After its lawsuits against Nokia and HTC, it's Apple's turn to be on the receiving end. Elan Microelectronics, a Taiwanese chip designer which sued the iPhone maker last year, has stepped up its actions, asking the US International Trade Commission for an injunction barring imports of the iPod Touch, iPhone and iPad. The smaller …
Wireless Watch, 31 Mar 2010
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After Sony PSP phone, a 3G Nintendo DS?

Mobile gaming lies at the heart of all the best smartphone rumors this quarter, so it's no surprise that talk of a Nintendo handset have resurfaced. The Japanese firm is reported to be preparing a complete revamp of its DS handheld console for launch at June's E3 show, which would come with embedded 3G and ship in time for the …
Wireless Watch, 16 Mar 2010
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Nokia cuts own market share forecast to 34%

Forecasts and market share estimates in the handset industry are increasingly skewed by the rising importance of counterfeit and grey market devices. Such products find their main markets in emerging economies, which are accounting for an increasing proportion of total shipments. Now Nokia has broken the conspiracy of silence …
Wireless Watch, 15 Mar 2010
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Carrier apathy depresses Google Phone outlook

Google is discovering just how dangerous it is to ruffle the feathers of the major cellcos. Its Nexus One handset may be one of the most advanced on the market and bear the magical brand, but half-hearted marketing efforts by carriers have led to disappointing sales. Now, analysts at Goldman Sachs have slashed their estimates …
Wireless Watch, 11 Mar 2010
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Cisco promises to 'forever change the internet'

Today will see Cisco making an announcement that it claims will "forever change the internet". The stock market certainly believed it, sending the IP giant's shares to their highest level in more than a year ($26.34) yesterday. Given Cisco's heritage and product strategy it has more likelihood than most of delivering on its …
Wireless Watch, 09 Mar 2010
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Could Vodafone nab 3 UK after T-Orange merger?

With the merger of Orange UK and T-Mobile UK approved by the European Union, the current UK leaders, O2 and Vodafone, will be mulling their competitive responses. So far, Vodafone has mainly focused on revamping its software brands and its higher-value services, but it could also move to acquire the country's smallest cellco, 3 …
Wireless Watch, 05 Mar 2010
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Pocketgear, Handango join to create app store giant

Independent application stores are usually overshadowed by the vendor-owned ones, but two of them have merged to create a mobile storefront that is larger than any of them, except the Apple App Store and Android Market. PocketGear has acquired Handango, forming a combined content marketplace with more than 140,000 premium and …
Wireless Watch, 24 Feb 2010

ARM strengthens low power hand, targets smart grid

As Intel moves into its heartland territory in smartphones, processor firm ARM is extending its reach in turn. With Intel's efforts to reduce power consumption dramatically in Atom as yet unproven, ARM hangs on to its power advantage, and is moving more aggressively into embedded wireless and the 'internet of things'. A future …
Wireless Watch, 23 Feb 2010
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HTC Smart: A smartphone for the rest of us?

Last week's Mobile World Congress reinforced the trend for smartphone capabilities to migrate down the food chain in to low cost handsets, spreading the mobile internet to wider user bases. Phones like the HTC Smart are leading the way, and the operators are coming up with consumer propositions to match - often involving their …
Wireless Watch, 22 Feb 2010
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Femtocells in spotlight as new route to LTE

As expected, femtocells are one of the big themes of this year's Mobile World Congress. Operators like Vodafone UK, its joint venture SFR in France, Softbank in Japan and AT&T in the US are getting serious about their HSPA femto deployments in the home, and the industry is looking ahead to 'greater femtocells' - the ones that …
Wireless Watch, 18 Feb 2010
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Nokia's free Ovi Maps scores a download every second

Nokia is on a roll after its stagnant 2009, with strong quarterly results and rising smartphone share. Now it says its recent decision to make its Ovi Maps navigation service entirely free, in an aggressive shot at Google, has already been fully justified, with downloads hitting over 1.4m in just a couple of weeks. "We're …
Wireless Watch, 05 Feb 2010
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Nokia slashes prices to up market share ante

After a year almost in the shadows, Nokia is back in the cellphone limelight and is showing its aggressive face to those seeking its crown. It has already thrown down the gauntlet to Google with its free mapping and navigation promise, a move that is already shaking up the personal navigation space. In the first weeks of this …
Wireless Watch, 02 Feb 2010
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Vodafone revs up UK femtocell program

Last June, Vodafone UK became the first European operator to go live with femtocells, though the indoor base stations remained somewhat shadowy in the carrier's portfolio. Now it is bringing them out into the marketing daylight with a rebranding and a price cut. The device, originally called the Vodafone Access Gateway, is now …
Wireless Watch, 19 Jan 2010
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Nokia reckons its Symbian^4 UI will leapfrog the rest

Last week, the Symbian Foundation looked to steal some of Android's bright limelight by outlining its 2010 roadmap. The first fully open source release of the platform is due around midyear, with two updates to the OS also planned this year - Symbian^3 within weeks, and Symbian^4 by the end of 2010. Now Symbian's largest …
Wireless Watch, 18 Jan 2010
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AWOL SDK kicks off Nexus One backlash

After the hype comes the backlash - and in the fast moving world of smartphones, the whole cycle only takes a day. So on Thursday the new Google Nexus One smartphone was going to turn the mobile business model on its head, and some ardent Google fans even thought it was a groundbreaking handset design. By Friday, there was …
Wireless Watch, 11 Jan 2010
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HTC rises to challenge after Android struggles in Europe

HTC's handset roadmap for 2010 has been leaked, as usual. Predictably, it is heavy on Android, where the Taiwanese vendor has blazed the trail, but it now needs to defend its early lead from the launches by Samsung, Motorola and others. However, even as excitement about the Android race mounts in north America, the Google OS is …
Wireless Watch, 10 Dec 2009
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Sprint and Hearst launch Skiff ereader

If touchscreen phones were the new buzz gadgets of 2008, this has certainly been the year of the ereader. This is especially true in the US, where operators have spotted the opportunity to adopt the integrated device/content model beloved of Apple, and build a new revenue stream. The latest contender comes from a partnership …
Wireless Watch, 07 Dec 2009
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Nokia to halve its smartphone portfolio in 2010

Handset competition used to be all about releasing hundreds of models, many just slight variations on one another. Now, at the high end at least, it is all about cutting R&D and production costs by focusing on a smaller number of (hopefully) high impact smartphones. If Apple can get a 3% global share with, effectively, just one …
Wireless Watch, 04 Dec 2009
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Google Phone: What's it gonna be?

Rumors of a 'Google phone' are almost as frequent as those of an Apple iTablet, but the search giant may indeed release some form of hardware platform in January. Despite blog speculation, and even 'leaked photos', of full-blown Google smartphones, it is unlikely that the company will compete with its own licensees. Instead, we …
Wireless Watch, 30 Nov 2009
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Qualcomm proffers first smartbook platform

At the Computek show in Taiwan six months ago, Qualcomm and Freescale coined a new phrase, 'smartbook', to describe a mobile internet device that would come somewhere between a smartphone and a netbook. Now the chip giant says it will show its first commercial design at its analyst day to be held in New York on Thursday. …
Wireless Watch, 11 Nov 2009
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BT squares up to Google Voice with Ribbit Mobile

Carriers may be watching Google Voice with trepidation, especially as it goes mobile, but one unlikely telco is determined to make sure the search giant does not have it all its own way. British Telecom has extended its Ribbit internet telephony platform to cellphones (despite having no mobile network of its own) with the …
Wireless Watch, 04 Nov 2009
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Mobile web polarizes as duellists pick their seconds

The two largest US cellcos went on the warpath this week with contrasting statements about their web strategies. Verizon Wireless formed a far reaching partnership with Google, echoing the search giant's existing alliance with Sprint and pointing to Android dominance of the CDMA carriers' own-branded web services platforms, …
Wireless Watch, 09 Oct 2009
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Google wriggles in open voice and browser debates

Google's run-ins with the Apple/AT&T double ac over its Voice application are becoming symbols of the whole broad debates over open web models and net neutrality, and igniting debate over how carriers can survive amidst the rise of open browser-based services and mobile VoIP. Google may be a flag waver for browser usage versus …
Wireless Watch, 01 Oct 2009
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Why should the US stimulus rules change for the big carriers?

Now that the US broadband stimulus funding applications are in, there is rising debate over whether the rules should be changed for subsequent rounds of financing. Many of the applicants are putting forward highly innovative plans that go far beyond simple best effort access to underserved communities and look forward to a wide …
Wireless Watch, 15 Sep 2009
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Android set for score of handsets, but risks fragmentation

This week's Computex show in Taiwan has thrown the spotlight on new device formats such as netbooks, and the role that Linux hopes to take in those, which suggests Android could ride that wave soon. And on the other side of the world - at Google's annual developer conference in California - the message was rammed home, though …
Wireless Watch, 07 Jun 2009
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Virtualization moves to centre of mobile agenda

Six months after VMware announced plans for a mobile version of its virtualization platform – used to manage data center resources and PCs more efficiently – it says the technology will be seen in handsets next year, as it seeks to see off competition from mobile specialists such as VirtualLogix. Virtualization would enable …
Wireless Watch, 01 Jun 2009
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Cisco stakes out 30 markets for IP world domination

In 2003, Cisco selected six key emerging markets on which to focus to drive growth and new revenue streams. Recently, it has increased that number to a huge 30, all unified by the common theme that they are driven by the explosion of data traffic over wired and wireless IP networks. Cisco’s new markets Last week Cisco CEO John …
Wireless Watch, 21 May 2009
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Will Cisco go into the smartphone business this year?

High end users do not just want attractive smartphones, but phones that perform at least one task really well. Hence the appearance of location-optimized phones from Garmin/Asus, social networking phones from INQ and other and the host of handsets that claim to be as good a music or camera experience as a dedicated MP3 player or …
Wireless Watch, 19 Apr 2009
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Rebuffed by western cellcos, Dell turns to China and retailers

Although it failed to impress US and European operators with its smartphone prototypes, Dell is certainly not giving up, and is reported to be pursuing deals with retailers and with China Mobile. Chinese news sources report that the giant operator is likely to launch two Dell handsets later this year. Analyst Zhang Jun of China' …
Wireless Watch, 16 Apr 2009