It's no secret that a Wi-Fi-enabled BlackBerry Tour will be making its way to Sprint and (most likely) Verizon Wireless, but one question remains: When? Well, we still don't have an exact date for you but it seems the device's release is imminent. RIM posted an update on its Facebook page on Wednesday that read, "The BlackBerry Tour 9650 is coming! Check back soon for official news!" The wall post has since been removed (hey, no take-backs RIM!) but obviously not before BlackBerry fans caught wind of it.
In addition to a release date, it'… Read more
Nokia, the biggest mobile phone maker in the world, could be making a comeback in the smartphone market. The company reported Thursday that it gained worldwide marketshare in this sector during the fourth quarter of 2009.
The company, based in Finland, said Thursday that during the quarter it saw a 60 percent increase in profits, mostly due to cost-cutting and layoffs. For the fourth quarter, Nokia said profits rose to 882 million euros, or $626 million, compared with 551 euros for the year-ago period.
Sales at the company dipped about 5 percent to 11.99 billion euros from 12.7 … Read more
Motorola ended 2009 on a mixed note, with a profit but drooping sales.
For the fourth quarter, the mobile phone maker turned a profit of $143 million, compared with a loss of $3.7 billion in the same quarter of 2008. The 2008 quarterly loss was largely attributed to nonrecurring charges that Motorola was forced to take.
Sales for the fourth quarter were a disappointment, though, falling 20 percent to $5.7 billion, versus $7.1 billion from the year-ago quarter. Analysts polled by Thomson Reuters had forecast revenue of $5.9 billion.
For the full year, Motorola lost $51 … Read more
Apparently, there was something called the Apple iPad announced today. We're not really sure what all the hubbub is about, but we share a few thoughts on the device and take a couple of jabs at its unfortunate name. Also, though there was no mention of iPhone 4.0, there was plenty of other cell phone and smartphone news. The FCC goes after Google and the carriers about their ETFs; Motorola teases a new handset that will be revealed during the Super Bowl; and Microsoft begins its push for Windows Mobile 7. All this and more on this week'… Read more
After struggling throughout 2009, mobile phone maker HTC is eyeing an upturn in sales this year, though profit margins are still likely to be down.
Earlier this month, HTC announced a 31 percent drop in fourth quarter 2009 earnings to 5.6 billion Taiwan dollars ($175 million) from 8 billion ($250 million) in 2008's final quarter. Sales fell 13.2 percent to 41 billion Taiwan dollars ($1.28 billion) from 47.3 billion ($1.48 billion) the same quarter in 2008. Results were reportedly hurt by heavy spending on marketing as HTC aggressively tried to promote itself and its … Read more
Smartphone customers and the bandwidth-hungry applications they're using have forced wireless carriers to accelerate their plans for big upgrades as they move toward the next iteration of their networks.
The biggest challenge these wireless operators will face is making sure they have enough capacity in a part of their networks known as backhaul to feed the hungry appetites of wireless data customers.
In short, this ongoing effort is meant to ensure smartphone customers, today and in the future, aren't as routinely annoyed as some iPhone customers say they have been over the past year.
"Backhaul is at … Read more
Google's Android is expected to take the smartphone market by storm in the next few years, growing faster than all its competitors, according to an IDC report published Monday.
Android is expected to be the fastest growing wireless operating system from now until 2013, when the software will be the second most used smartphone operating system throughout the world, the report said.
Today, the Symbian operating system, used mostly on Nokia phones, dominates the smartphone operating system market worldwide. BlackBerry maker Research In Motion holds the No.2 spot currently, with Apple in the No.3 spot globally.
The … Read more
Back in December, I did roundup of the most notable tech products for 2009. Well, looking back is nostalgic and all, but looking forward is more fun.
Since many companies like to keep future new releases under tight wraps so they don't short-circuit sales of their current products, we can't predict what all the new hot gadgets will be this year. But we did see a fair amount of intriguing stuff at this year's CES in Vegas and we know that plenty of sequels to today's popular products are on the way--whether the company wants you … Read more
Sony Ericsson is finally stepping into the Android smartphone market.
The company announced Thursday that it will launch its first Android smartphone in April in Japan. Sold through the large Japanese carrier NTT DoCoMo, the Xperia X10--or SO-O1B as it will be known in Japan--will sport a 4-inch WVGA touchscreen and 8.1-megapixel camera. It will include both entertainment and social networking features.
The X10 is set for release in other regions, including the U.S., later this year.
Despite any hopes that the X10 might take advantage of the latest 2.0 version of Android, the phone will … Read more