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Friday, June 22, 2012

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Nokia working on lower end Windows Phones to better compete with Android

Nokia CEO spoke about his long term confidence in the Windows Phone platform during a call with investors, and blamed the company’s weak sales on the sellers. “The challenge in all of this is breaking through the strength Android and Apple have in a retail environment,” he said. The executive noted, however, that Nokia needs to “compete with Android aggressively,” and pointed to the lower-end smartphone market. “The low-end price point war is an important part of that,” he said, adding that Nokia plans to offer Windows Phones at lower prices.
T-Mobile, which is the last major carrier in the United States to launch 4G LTE services has provided updates on its progress through its official blog. The basic highlights: T-Mobile will be conducting trials of LTE Release 10 equipment this summer and is still on track to launch its LTE network next year. T-Mobile is upgrading 37,000 cell sites to LTE and has already secured zoning approval for 19,500 sites. The carrier expects to have 400 sites upgraded to LTE by the end of June and 2,500 sites upgraded by the end of July.

More Americans choosing prepaid wireless

More wireless subscribers are opting out of contract service agreements and switching over to prepaid wireless. Data released by Chetan Sharma Consulting shows that US wireless carriers actually lost subscribers for the first time, as the top seven carriers in the United States lost a combined 52,000 postpaid subscribers. The drop in contract wireless s has coincided with a surge in pay-as-you-go prepaid wireless accounts, which have risen 15% year-over-year while postpaid subscriptions have risen just 1%.

Huawei building Windows Phone 8 handsets & tablets

Windows Phone 8 has both consumers and vendors excited. Microsoft's upcoming operating system will join mobile and desktop computing & it's looking to bring new partners into the Redmond-based company’s windows phone ecosystem. Huawei announced that it is now partnered with Microsoft to offer a Window Phone handset later this year. “2012 is building up to be a great year for Huawei. “We’re very excited about this relationship with Microsoft which will enable us to provide our customers with a bigger array of Huawei smartphone choices.”

Apple fined $2.29 million over misleading ’4G iPad’ claims

Justice Mordy Bromberg on Thursday found that Apple lied to customers with the capabilities of its third-generation iPad, Agence France-Presse reported. The Cupertino-based company was fined for “deliberately” misleading Australian consumers about the local 4G capability of its latest iPad and will be forced to pay $2.29 million. “The conduct concerned was deliberate and very serious,”. “It exposed a significant proportion of Australian consumers of tablet devices to a misleading representation.” While the slate features 4G LTE, the technology does not work with Australia’s wireless networks.

No keyboard to be found on first BlackBerry 10 mobile phone

RIM’s keyboards have been one of the key features of its BlackBerry phones, but the company is going all-touchscreen with the first device with it's new BlackBerry 10 operating system. As reported by CBCNews, RIM spokeswoman Rebecca Freiburger said that the initial BlackBerry 10 smartphone will not feature a physical keyboard, although she added that there would be BlackBerry 10 devices with physical keyboards coming in the future. This is the first time a RIM spokesperson has confirmed it.

Cell Phones on track to overtake Computers in Asia

Mobile phone sales in Asia-Pacific are on track to overtake PC computer sales, a top Google executive Aliza Knox, managing director of commerce for Google Asia Pacific said smartphones and tablets were becoming the primary tool for individuals to work & access the Internet, & that the Mountain View-based company is preparing to address that, “Asia has an insatiable appetite for mobile,” the executive said during a forum at the CommunicAsia telecom fair in Singapore, adding that Singapore, Hong Kong, Australia and South Korea already have higher smartphone penetration rates than the United States.

LG working on a Apple’s Siri, Samsung’s S Voice competitor with ‘Quick Voice’

Samsung saw Apple’s Siri voice assistant on the iPhone 4S (which does not work well due to network capacity issues) as a threat and was quick to respond. Now LG announced that it too will bring a Siri competitor to Android devices. Dubbed “Quick Voice,” LG’s solution will launch later this month with somewhat limited functionality. It will only have access to 11 apps including email, phone and calendar, though it will also be able to search the web for weather, stock quotes and other information.

Dutch court rules in against Apple in Samsung’s favor, Apple to pay damages

A Judge on Wednesday ruled in favor of Samsung in its 3G patent case against Apple, All About Phones reported. A District Court in the Hague, Holland, ruled that the Cupertino-based company’s first- and second-generation iPads, along with the iPhone 3G, 3GS and 4, infringe upon one of the South Korean vendor’s 3G patents. The patent in question, known as EP1188269, involves an “apparatus for encoding a transport format combination indicator for a communications system.” Apple will be forced to pay compensation for infringing on Samsung’s technology, however because the patent is classified as a FRAND patent, Samsung is not entitled to a sales ban. “Samsung welcomes the decision of the court in The Hague, which again confirms that Apple makes free use of our technological innovations,” a company spokesperson said. “In accordance with this statement, we will recover adequate damages that Apple and its products have caused.”

Windows Phone sales on the rise, T-Mobile says

At least one major U.S. carrier is reporting strong customer interest in Windows Phone devices, as T-Mobile says that the Nokia Lumia 710 has been one of its five most popular smartphones since its launch earlier this year. In all, T-Mobile says that “the mix of Windows Phone sales among our product portfolio has more than doubled in the past eight months” with the Lumia 710 and the HTC Radar 4G leading the charge. The carrier also reports that it has “seen a large number of first-time smartphone users select a Windows Phone as their device of choice with 55% of all upgrades to the Lumia 710 coming from a messaging or feature phone” and that “Lumia 710 users have some of the highest handset satisfaction scores among all of our customers.”

Galaxy Note II rumored to feature a unbreakable display

Following the success of the original “phablet,” Samsung is reportedly readying a sucessor for its Galaxy Note smartphone. The South Korea manufacturer will release the handset in October to compete directly against Apple’s next-generation iPhone, according to MK Business News. The smartphone’s display will be larger than 5.3-inches and will reportedly feature an unbreakable plane (UBP), which is a precursor to the flexible display. The Note II will also be equipped with a slimmer design and a quad-core processor according to the report, and it will run the upcoming Android Jelly Bean operating system.

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