If you're on the fence about which subscription-based streaming music service to cozy up with, Microsoft has an offer it hopes you'll find too good to refuse. That offer is a free Nokia Lumia 520 or 521 handset when you purchase a 12-month pass to Xbox Music. That's not a bad deal on a couple of levels, the first being that you're essentially receiving two months free by paying for a year in advance -- Xbox Music typically runs $9.99 per month.
Microsoft on Monday announced that its third Windows Phone 8 update will allow for physically bigger displays with more real estate to play with courtesy of Full HD 1080p (1920x1080) support. It's one of a handful of improvements being introduced in the newest Windows Phone 8 update, which will enable smartphone makers to launch Windows Phone devices with 5-inch and 6-inch displays.
Desperate times call for desperate measures, or at least for some outside the box thinking. Microsoft, for example, is struggling to promote its Windows Phone platform as a viable alternative to Android and iOS, but so far its market share (3.7 percent) is barely a blip on the radar (though Windows Phone did surpass BlackBerry for third place). Meanwhile, HTC just posted its first quarterly loss and there's little reason to think it will reverse course. Maybe the two can help each other out.
IHS iSupply tears down the Galaxy S4 from Samsung.
Barring a sale price or a promotion, you're liklely to pay $200 for a Samsung Galaxy S4 handset, not including the overall cost of a two-year service agreement to qualify for subsidized pricing. Data fees notwithstanding, that's $29 less than the bill of materials (BOM). Manufacturing costs add another $8.50 per device, so on paper, Samsung is paying $237.50 for every Galaxy S4 device it builds.
Blackberry CEO Thorsten Heins shared his vision of the future with ABC’s Joanna Stern, and surprise surprise, the future looks bright for Blackberry. Heins claims that ten years from now the phone will be the only device we carry, and accessories to compensate for the form factor of the device will be commonplace. "We are talking about a mobile computing experience that makes sure that for you as a user, you only have to carry one computing device... then you get peripherals around it that make your life much more easy than it is today carrying a tablet, carrying a smartphone, carrying a laptop, going to your office and having a desktop."
BlackBerry's future may hinge on the success of its flagship Z10 handset.
Verizon Wireless is the latest carrier to announce plans to sell BlackBerry's new Z10 smartphone, and in fact you can place your pre-order right now. Big Red is charging $200 for the device, provided you lock yourself into a 2-year service agreement with a qualifying data plan -- standard stuff for a high-end smartphone. But unlike other wireless carriers, Verizon is offering the Z10 is both white and black color options.
It’s no secret that the number of minutes the average American spends talking on his or her home phone has been in steep decline in the last few years. The truth is that for most of us, the landline is more neglected than one of Octomom’s children.
Despite that trend, many of us still cling to the comfort of a dial tone at home. That’s where Ooma’s Telo comes in. Offering a stand-alone VoIP service that’s essentially free (other than the taxes to the Man), this sleek device is a home phone alternative that lets you flip the bird at Ma Bell.
When 2010 comes to a close, HTC can officially celebrate its greatest year ever, which is thanks in large part to the popularity of Google's Android platform. But as good as 2010 was to HTC, the handset maker expects to ship even more mobile devices in 2011.
According to a DigiTimes report, HTC has told its suppliers to ready parts and components for up to 60 million handsets next year. If HTC manages to ship 60 million devices, that would represent a three-fold increase over 2010, industry sources say.
We have little reason to doubt HTC's prediction. Not only does Android continue to woo smartphone buyers -- Google says it's seeing over 300,000 activations every day -- but Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 platform is shaping up to be a viable contender, too.
So what if Asus and Garmin recently broke up, at least it was amicable and the two sides can still remain friends, right? Apparently so, as Asus managed to sweet talk Garmin into giving it sole rights to distribute Garmin navigation software on Android handsets. All Asus has do in return is slap the Garmin Navigation trademark on the back of said handsets.
These devices will be bear Asus' own branding and will launch sometime in January of next year. And while Garmin has agreed not to cooperate with other Android smartphone makers, it does plan to launch free software on Apple's Appe Store and RIM's BlackBerry App World, Asus said.
One thing HTC doesn't seem to struggle with is staying self motivated. Earlier this year, the handset maker set a goal to ship 6.5 million smartphones in the third quarter, and now the company wants to up the ante by shooting for 8.5 shipments for the fourth quarter.
Using our abacus and an advanced algorithm, we confirmed that number to be 2 million higher than before. Perhaps more importantly, however, is the potential for HTC to grab a 10 percent market share if it meets its goal.
Much of HTC's success is due to Google's Android platform, a point of focus for HTC since the OS first debuted. But looking ahead, HTC is also preparing itself to ride any waves of success Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 platform might create by offering four WP7 phones from the get-go, including the Surround, Mozart, Trophy, and HD7.
These are conservative numbers HTC is putting out, too. Some analysts predict HTC will ship between 9 million to 10 million devices in the fourth quarter, but due to component shortages, HTC is keeping its goals a little more cautious.
HTC Mozart, one of four Windows Phone 7 devices HTC is putting out.