Microsoft purchasing Motorola could have added to the software giant's already impressive patent portfolio, and given Google and Android limited legal breathing room. The threat of a tie-up with Microsoft brought Google to the negotiation table, GigaOm said.
That's likely why Google opted to pay a 60 percent premium for Motorola, which had seen its stock steadily decline over the … Read more
RIM clearly intends the Torch 9810 to be the budget-friendly handset in its BlackBerry OS 7 handset lineup. AT&T has just e-mailed us to let us know that the Torch 9810 will retail for a very affordable $49.95 after the usual rebates and two-year contract. It will be on sale on August 21.
The Torch 9810 is essentially a successor to the Torch 9800 from last year. It ships with OS 7 and has improved features like a 1.2GHz processor, a richer display, voice-activated universal search, a 5-megapixel camera with 720p HD video recording, HSPA+ speeds, … Read more
Before we tackle that question, though, we thought it would be good to take a look back at some of the highs and lows of Motorola's Android devices from the past and present, and then see what the company stands to gain or lose in the Google acquisition. … Read more
Answer: the only major Android handset maker whose share of the smartphone market receded in the second quarter.
At a time when the momentum behind Android is exploding, it's telling that Motorola was the only major vendor that couldn't capitalize on the growth. The statistic underscores some of the recent problems that the handset manufacturer has faced, which Google will be inheriting when the deal closes by year's end or early 2012.
After coming back from the brink of bankruptcy and splitting … Read more
Though there was some other news taking the spotlight, Motorola unveiled its Defy+ handset today, confirming recent rumors of a refreshed take on T-Mobile's version of the Android smartphone. Expected to launch in early fall across Asia, Europe, and Latin America, the "life-proof" device is capable of withstanding the incidental scratches, water, and dust that come with carrying a phone everywhere.
The Defy+ runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread and features a 1GHz processor, a 3.7-inch display, a 5-megapixel camera, and 2GB of storage, courtesy of a MicroSD card. Motorola doesn't shy away from mentioning its … Read more
Verizon Wireless announced today that the Bold 9930 will be available for $249.99 after a two-year customer agreement. The phone will be initially offered online starting today, and in stores starting August 25.
Hours later, and Sprint followed suit with a similar announcement that its version of the Bold 9930 will also be priced at $249.99 after a two-year agreement. Sprint also announced it will be selling the BlackBerry Torch 9850 for $149.99 after the usual two-year contract. Both the Bold 9930 and the Torch 9850 will be available on Sprint starting August 21.
Google said today it has agreed to buy Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion, giving the search giant valuable intellectual property and getting it directly into the handset business.
Google will pay $40 a share in cash for Motorola, a 63 percent premium over the company's closing stock price on Friday. The acquisition will "mildly" add to earnings once the deal closes by year's end or early 2012, Google said.
The deal simultaneously lends stability to and shakes up the Android world. With Motorola, Google gets a treasure trove of patents to defend itself and its … Read more
How does a cell phone become a cell phone? More than just processors and plastic, most cell phones in the U.S. owe their existence to the behind-the-scenes collaboration, and sometimes conflict, of the carriers and manufacturers that create a concept and design long before a smartphone or flip phone emerges from the factory.
How do phones wind up in a carrier's lineup, how long does it take to get a phone on the market, how is price determined, and what kinds of problems can delay a launch? In an effort to answer these common questions, I sat down … Read more
For developers looking for that extra leg up, there are few better places to start than with the wireless carriers.
Last week, I wrote about the critical importance of finding the right partners. And for many, getting the blessing of a carrier is like Kobe Bryant getting a clear lane to the hoop: you're all set up for that slam dunk.
There are many potential rewards, including monetary support, an increase in public awareness, possible new relationships, and a stamp of approval from a major player in the wireless industry. But with so many developers angling for the attention of so few carriers, how does one stand out? One way is through developer contests, which are often sponsored by or run by the carriers.
"It's given us a chance to show the world the work we're doing," said Brendan McBride, founder and executive director of Remas, a nonprofit organization developing an app that allows immigrants in the U.S. to more smartly send funds back to their home countries. The app won a contest run by AT&T. "Having won the prize has given us a degree of credibility that would have been difficult to achieve as a start-up organization."
While these contests open some doors, there are some limits. AT&T has been shying away from preloading applications, so that avenue is largely closed to developers. A lot of the success… Read more