Smartphones

  1. UPDATE: Major Shakeup At Xbox

    May 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT It’s official. Microsoft has indeed engineered a major shakeup of its entertainment and devices division, as reported earlier today (below). Out are the two most visible faces of the division: president Robbie Bach—who has led the business unit si ...

  2. BMI Readies Mobile App

    May 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Broadcast Music, Inc. has launched a mobile version of its website for iPhone, Android, Palm, Symbian and the upcoming Blackberry 6.0 phones. It is also readying an app that will allow its members to access the organization's online services ...

  3. Thumbplay Teams With Cellular South

    May 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT To reach true scale services need to partner directly with wireless operators and that’s what Thumbplay has done with its Thumbplay Music streaming service. The company has teamed up with Cellular South to bring the cloud to subscribers using Andr ...

  4. Google’s Major Push Toward The Cloud

    May 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT While the world waits for Apple to unveil its post-Lala acquisition cloud strategy for iTunes, rival Google is already in the mix. A late announcement from the company’s I/O conference yesterday pointed to a major push into cloud-based media deliv ...

  5. Chrome Web Store To Debut This Year

    May 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Add another app store to the mix, this time for Web applications rather than mobile apps. At its I/O developer conference this week, Google revealed details for the Chrome Web Store , designed to make both free and paid Web apps available to those ...

  6. mSpot Turns To The Cloud

    May 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Mobile music company mSpot has been hanging in there for years as one of the first trying to bring music to mobile devices, morphing its offerings and business models to stay on track with changes in both technology and usage. Its latest move is i ...

  7. Free Spotify App Goes Live At Nokia Store

    May 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Spotify mobile app is now available for free at the Nokia Ovi Store. That makes it available for several of Nokia’s s60 TK handsets across Europe where the service is available. Nokia, of course, offers its own music service, albeit under a di ...

  8. Mobile Music Downloads Struggle To Make Headway

    May 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Fewer than 2% of mobile users in the United States and western Europe used their phone to download music in the first quarter, showing the uphill task facing Apple iTunes challengers like Nokia . Although 24% listened to music on their phone, the ...

  9. Global Ad Industry Eyes Boost From Mobile Devices

    May 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The global advertising industry is eager to capitalize on booming use of mobile phones for Internet access as more enhanced devices are coming to the market to get more consumers reachable online. The trend is promising bumper returns in future ye ...

  10. HTC Sues To Block iPhone, iPad, iPod Sales

    May 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT HTC Corp has fired back in its legal battle with Apple Inc , asking the U.S. International Trade Commission to ban sales of iPhones, iPads and iPods in the United States. In a complaint filed with the ITC and obtained by Reuters, HTC accused Apple ...

  11. Deal Opens Play.ME Catalog To Developers

    May 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT More than 75 music applications have been built over the course of the last year using music recommendation, remixing and playlisting tools from the Echo Nest developer platform. The company is now adding licensed music to its range of services th ...

  12. Struggling Nokia Revamps Management Team Again

    May 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Top cellphone maker Nokia Oyj revamped its management team for the second time in seven months, placing veterans in two key roles to revive its core business units and fend off rivals like Apple Inc. Nokia's management has been under increasi ...

  13. Apple Questions Android Smartphone Surge

    May 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Apple Inc questioned recent data showing smartphones using Google's Android operating system surpassing iPhone sales in the United States, and said there are no signs that the competition is gaining in the smartphone market. Smartphones using ...

  14. Google's Android Takes No. 2 Spot From iPhone

    May 11, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Google Inc displaced iPhone maker Apple Inc to become the second most popular provider of smartphone software in the United States during the first quarter, the latest sign of the increasing competition in the fast-growing mobile market. But Googl ...

  15. Nokia Broadens Legal Row With Apple To Include iPad

    May 10, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Nokia, the world's top handset maker, has broadened its patent fight with Apple Inc to include the iPad, deepening the bitter legal disputes between the two smartphone rivals. The firms turned to the courts in the last year as Nokia battles A ...

  16. Thumbplay Now Available On Android Phones

    May 03, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Thumbplay Music cloud-based on-demand mobile streaming service is now available for Android phones, says the company. Launched this January for BlackBerry devices only, this marks the first new mobile platform for the young service, which char ...

  17. Smartphone Shake-up: Hewlett-Packard Acquires Palm

    April 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT With all the focus on the iPhone, Android phones, BlackBerries, and whatever Microsoft is coming out with, it’s sometimes easy to forget about that other smartphone company—Palm. The struggling company today was acquired by computer giant Hewlett- ...

  18. Nokia Unveils New Flagship Phone

    April 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Nokia unveiled details of its first phone with new Symbian 3 software, designed to challenge the iPhone and Blackberry at the high-end of the market. Last week Nokia cut its profit outlook and delayed the sales launch of Symbian 3 phones until the ...

  19. Who's The King Of Smartphones?

    April 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT For the first time, there are more smartphones based on Google’s Android operating system accessing the AdMob mobile advertising network in the U.S. than there are from the iPhone, according to the company’s March data . Here’s the data: Android p ...

  20. How Apple Will Change Music Discovery

    April 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT On the day Apple announced record first-quarter revenue, Phil Leigh, senior analyst at Inside Digital Media, talked with Billboard about how Apple is going to change how music is discovered, shared and experienced - and how record labels have no c ...

  21. Apple Results Smash Street View, Outlook Strong

    April 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Apple Inc's results blew past Wall Street expectations on the back of record iPhone sales, and the company gave a strong revenue forecast, sending its shares up more than 5% to an all-time high. The results and forecast should boost Apple ...

  22. Poor AT&T Service Hurts Smartphone Apps at Coachella

    April 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT iPhone aps are great – except when network gridlock prevents them from working. Coachella’s smartphone app was among those hit by poor AT&T service at the three-day festival in Indio, Calif. Judging from reports coming out of the festival, cal ...

  23. Apple's Concert Ticketing Plans

    April 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT On the same day that MySpace unveiled it’s long-anticipated concert ticketing system, news broke that Apple earlier this month submitted an application to patent a wide-ranging ticketing system for both desktop and iPhone users called “Concert Tic ...

  24. Google Profit Rise Fails To Impress

    April 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Google Inc posted a 23% jump in quarterly revenue on a rebound in Web advertising, but its stock fell 5% as the company disappointed some investors accustomed to blowout results. Investors were also caught off guard by the company's announcem ...

  25. Smule Unveils Glee App

    April 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT iPhone app developers Smule are following up their best-selling I Am T-Pain app with another music-focused one, this time with TV show Glee. Created in conjunction with Fox Digital Entertainment, the app allows users to sing along to the cast to s ...

  26. Billboard Launches Music App Awards

    April 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Attention application developers: Billboard is unveiling the first ever Music App Awards, designed to reward the most innovative music-focused apps created for smartphones such as the iPhone, BlackBerry, and Android and Nokia devices. Submissions ...

  27. List Of Possible Palm Suitors Grows

    April 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Palm Inc may be scooped up by an Asian company with enough cash and manufacturing muscle to turn around the struggling smartphone maker, but analysts warn a deal could prove too rich for any buyer at current prices. Huawei Technologies Co Ltd beca ...

  28. T-Mobile Says Co-Branded Fender Entry Struck a Chord

    April 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT While others in the mobile category are fighting a never-ending battle over features, T-Mobile has taken a different approach. In January, the wireless service provider rolled out its myTouch 3G Fender Limited Edition handset, which was based on a ...

  29. Business Matters: WMG, WaTunes, Beatport and More

    April 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- Warner Music Group has signed up to download store WaTunes . This comes just as WaTunes winds down its digital distribution service in order to focus on its Facebook Music Store , a new download store built into a Facebook app. Universal Music ...

  30. Smartphone Maker Palm Seeking Buyer: Report

    April 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Smartphone maker Palm Inc is looking to sell itself and is seeking bids for the company as early as this week, Bloomberg said, citing three people familiar with the situation. Palm, which makes the Pre and Pixi phones and develops WebOS phone soft ...

  31. China 3G Standard Phone Sales To Surge

    April 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Sales of cellphones using China's own 3G standard (TD-SCDMA) will grow seven-fold this year, boosted by China Mobile's push of new phones and services, said research firm Strategy Analytics. The research firm did not unveil total sales e ...

  32. iPhone Gets Multitasking, New Ad Platform

    April 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT In a move that will please iPhone developers everywhere, Apple introduced the much-anticipated multitasking ability during an event highlighting the features of the iPhone 4.0 operating system. Multitasking refers to the ability for the iPhone to ...

  33. Mobile Apps Make Gains

    April 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Steady growth in apps downloads should continue unabated as mobile technology becomes further entrenched in the digital mainstream. There were more than 150,000 applications available in the Apple App Store as of March 2010, and Apple reported 3 b ...

  34. Apple Fans Eagerly Touch and Swipe First iPads

    April 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Now that the iPad is in the hands of early adopters, the hard work for Apple Inc. begins. Eager customers intent on being among the first owners of this new class of gadgetry stood in long lines across the country Saturday. They seemed willing to ...

  35. Apple Updates iTunes Apps List For New iPad

    April 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Apple has updated iTunes with a list of apps that will be available to buy and download for the iPad, which goes on sale Saturday (April 3). Users logging into the App Store can opt to view apps created for either the iPhone or the iPad. Here are ...

  36. Survey: Consumers Will Pay For Apps

    March 31, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A survey from mobile app distributor Mplayit suggest mobile users are willing to pay for content. The company, which operates a mobile app store on Facebook, says 35% of users say they are interested in paid apps, regardless of which device they o ...

  37. Report: Apple May Be Working On iPhone For Verizon

    March 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Apple Inc appears to be working on a new iPhone model for No. 1 U.S. mobile carrier Verizon Wireless, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday. Apple, which currently has an exclusive agreement with AT&T Inc to sell iPhones in the United Sta ...

  38. @CTIA: TuneWiki, FunMobility Apps, Android Phones Unveiled

    March 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The CTIA International Wireless convention is underway in Las Vegas, bringing together the leaders of the mobile phone industry to talk policy, technology and new devices and services. With smartphone sales skyrocketing worldwide, the music and en ...

  39. Comes With Music To Launch In India

    March 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Nokia's unlimited music service Comes With Music is set to launch in India in the first half of 2010. The move coincides with developments regarding India's upgrade this year to a higher-speed 3G network. Successful bidders in the countr ...

  40. HTC Says Confident Can Defend Against Apple Suit

    March 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Cellphone developer HTC Corp said it is confident it can fight off a recent technology patent infringement lawsuit from iPhone maker Apple Inc and promised to issue a formal response in the next few weeks. The comments released on Thursday (March ...

  41. @SXSW: THE DAILY DIGEST: Mobile Emerges As A Major Music Platform

    March 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The discussion around mobile music no longer mentions ringtones, as both mainstream and indie acts see the advantages of mobile platforms for promotion and distribution. Devices have always been at the center of the digital music experience, most ...

  42. UMG Pushes More Aggressive App Strategy

    March 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group is escalating its already aggressive iPhone strategy with the introduction of its first label-branded iPhone app in the game Six String. This is the first app that allows the label to showcase its entire catalog through its o ...

  43. @SXSW: What Your Biz Can Learn From Pandora

    March 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Panel: 'How Pandora Navigated the Smartphone Seas' Participants: Tom Conrad, CTO at Pandora; Mark Phillip, Are You Watching This?! Competitors and aspiring startups can look to Internet radio station Pandora to see how a company redefine ...

  44. @SXSW: MOG Showcases iPhone, Google Android Apps

    March 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Coming in Q2 will be MOG's apps for the iPhone and Google Android platform, which were debuted at SXSW today. The apps take an excellent product -- the MOG online service -- and put it in an easy-to-use, feature-rich mobile version. CEO David ...

  45. App Faceoff: iPhone Tops Facebook

    March 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A common thread between the popular iPhone mobile device and Facebook social networking services are the apps that can run on either platform. But according to mobile analytics firm Flurry, the iPhone is proving the more popular platform for appli ...

  46. Windows Phone 7 Series: Music, App Details Revealed

    March 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT When Microsoft unveiled the critically-hailed Windows Phone 7 Series operating system at the Mobile World Congress show in Barcelona last month, it promised more details on applications and developer programs would come this month at the MIX devel ...

  47. @SXSW: Mobile Content Sharing App Lokast Unveiled

    March 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A new mobile content sharing app called Lokast launched at the SXSW festival, from parent company NearVerse. The app allows people in the same local area - about 300 feet - to download content from one another so long as they both have the Lokast ...

  48. Nokia, Apple Seek Patent Trial In 2 Years

    March 12, 2010 12:00 AM EST Nokia and Apple will seek a U.S. court hearing in a key patent battle in mid-2012, a court filing showed, raising the specter of a prolonged legal struggle. Handset leader Nokia sued iPhone maker Apple last October, accusing the U.S. firm of using ...

  49. The Future of Mobile Apps

    March 03, 2010 12:00 AM EST Mobile apps, currently in their infancy, are already following trends seen in digital music: a few hits, a ton of filler and lots of potential. The current and future states of apps will be the focus of the "App Observations: A Mobile Drilldo ...

  50. Apple Sues HTC Over Phones With Google Software

    March 03, 2010 12:00 AM EST Apple Inc sued Taiwan's HTC Corp, which makes touchscreen smartphones using Google software, accusing it of infringing 20 hardware and software patents related to the iPhone. Even though the suit did not name Google Inc as a defendant, Apple& ...

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