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3 years ago

Motorola found in breach of EU competition law, but escapes fine

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The European Commission has found Motorola Mobility guilty of breaching EU competition law over its use of standards-essential patents (SEPs), according to reports. PC World and Reuters are reporting that the Google-owned smartphone maker was found to have broken the law by bringing injunctions against Apple in Germany over SEPs it had agreed to license.

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3 years ago

Sprint continues with LTE rollout, launches enhanced 4G speeds in 6 new cities

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Sprint has today announced that its new 4G LTE network is available in 41 more cities, now covering more than 225 million people in total. Sprint Spark, the carrier's enhanced LTE service delivering peak wireless speeds of up to 60Mbps, has launched in 6 new cities and is expected to reach 100 million customers by the end of 2014. The exciting part about Sprint's enhanced LTE is the company boasts that speeds of up to three times as fast can be achieved in the future.

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3 years ago

Sony's next 'Compact' could launch as Xperia A2 in Japan

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Around a month ago we got the first hint of an updated Sony "Compact" smartphone heading to the Japanese market, as a handset codenamed "Atlair" passed through the FCC. And now we're seeing more on the physical form of the handset, which might launch on local carrier Docomo as the "Sony Xperia A2." Japanese blog ATRPG has published images from a Japanese brochure showing the Xperia A2 name alongside a device that looks very similar to the existing Xperia Z1 Compact.

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3 years ago

LG G3 name confirmed as LG targets Q2 release for new flagship

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LG

Tucked away in today's LG Q1 2014 financial results is confirmation of the branding for its upcoming flagship phone, the G3, along with hints of a launch before the end of June. From today's press release —

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3 years ago

LG ships 12.3 million smartphones in Q1 2014

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Korean electronics firm LG has announced its first-quarter financial results, revealing that it shipped 12.3 million smartphones in the first three months of 2014, a 19 percent increase year-on-year. That figure includes 5 million LTE phones, the most the company has shipped in a single quarter, up 79 percent from the same quarter in 2013. Revenues from LG's mobile business reached 3.41 trillion Korean won ($3.19 billion), up 6 percent year-on-year. Higher revenues are expected in the second quarter with the launch of the LG G3 and L III series.

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy K Zoom camera is official

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Samsung Galaxy K Zoom

Part Galaxy smartphone, with a whole lot of camera (and 10x optical zoom!) added on

Samsung Electronics UK today has announced the Galaxy K Zoom, a new "Camera-Specialized Smartphone" that sports a 20-megapixel sensor on a 4.8-inch smartphone body.

This is an Android-based system, running Android 4.4 KitKat. Samsung's got a suite of custom software on board as well, including a "lite" version of its excellent S-Health app, and the new Ultra Power Saving Mode. It's powered by a hexacore system, with a quad-core processor running at 1.3 GHz alongside a dual-core processor at 1.7 GHz. It's got 2 gigabytes of RAM, 8GB of onboard storage (actual useable space will be less), and can take a microSD card for external storage. The Galaxy K Zoom has a 2,430 mAh battery.

[Read this: Complete Galaxy K Zoom specs]

The camera is a 20.7MP backside illuminated CMOS sensor. It's got a 10x optical zoom and xenon flash. There's some sort of "Selfie Alarm" (presumably that helps you take selfies and not avoid them), and object tracking for when the subject's not standing still.

And, yes, this is a smartphone, with full 3G and 4G LTE data. For Wifi, you've got 802.11 a/b/g/n.

Pricing and specific availability were not announced.

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy K Zoom specs

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Samsung Galaxy K Zoom specs

The Samsung Galaxy K Zoom is part smartphone, part camera — and one hell of an interesting product. It's got a 20.7-megapixel sensor sitting atop a 4.8-inch smartphone running Android 4.4 KitKat. It's got all the connectivity you'd expect in a modern device. And while it departs a bit from your typical smartphone design — mainly because it's got a rather large (by most smartphone standards, anyway) camera on the back, it's still a sexy looking device.

And here we have the complete Galaxy K Zoom specs.

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3 years ago

Samsung posts $51.8 billion in revenues, $7.3 billion net profit in Q1 2014

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Samsung Galaxy S5

Korean manufacturer rightfully expects Galaxy S5 sales to surpass that of the Galaxy S4

Samsung has just released its earnings report for the first quarter of 2014, ending a relatively flat three months with either modest gains or declines for most areas of its business. The company as a whole ended Q1 with $51.8 billion in revenue, up slightly year-over-year, leading to $8.2 billion in operating profit and $7.3 billion in net profit. The mobile side of Samsung's business alone made up $30.29 billion of that revenue and $6.2 billion in operating profit — a huge portion of the company's overall earnings.

Though market demand is naturally lower in Q1 than it is in Q4 each year, Samsung saw mobile operating profits jump 18 percent from the end of 2013. It naturally called out strong sales of the Galaxy S4 and Note 3 as being big sales drivers in the quarter, making way for the Galaxy S5 which didn't actually launch until after the quarter ended. Samsung expectedly says that the Galaxy S5 is set to sell more than its predecessor, the Galaxy S4, over time. Tablet sales remained "solid," with total shipments reaching nearly 13 million in the quarter.

Source: Samsung

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3 years ago

Sense 6 update for HTC One (M7) and One Max variants reach 'certification' status on HTC website

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HTC Sense 6 updates

In the name of transparency, HTC has just updated its software update support page to indicate that several variants of the HTC One (M7) and One Max are one step closer to a Sense 6 software update. Coming up just a week after HTC let everyone know that the Sense 6 update was on its way and in "integration" (that's step 2 of 4), the page has been updated to reflect that nearly every version is now up to the next step, "certification."

Across the U.S. and Canada, every version of the HTC One (M7) is bumped up to certification aside from the T-Mobile version, which is still in "development" (step 1). The One Max from both Sprint and Verizon is in certification, but the One Mini on both Rogers and AT&T is still stuck on integration.

The next step, if you look at HTC's handy chart, will be "push to customer," although that doesn't mean that the updates are necessarily going to hit another week from now. HTC has previously claimed that all One (M7) variants will get the update by the end of May, and it looks like they will hit that goal at this rate.

Source: HTC U.S.; HTC Canada

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3 years ago

AT&T to launch in-flight Wifi service with air-to-ground LTE in 2015

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Airline partners and specific launch plans have yet to be announced

AT&T is set to take on the likes of Gogo in a battle for in-flight Wifi, as the carrier announced its plans to offer a service based on its current LTE network. Starting in late 2015, AT&T will begin to implement a new air-to-ground communication between planes and its existing LTE network to provide in-flight Wifi and entertainment to passengers flying in the U.S. (notably omitting international flights). The service will utilize spectrum that AT&T already owns, and the carrier will be partnering with Honeywell to make sure everything goes according to plan.

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3 years ago

How to remove BlinkFeed from your home screen in Sense 6.0

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BlinkFeed

BlinkFeed has become quite the hit for HTC and its Sense user interface, giving you an easy way to snack on information from your social networks, or news, or even upcoming events in your calendar. Just swipe over from the main home screen, and there it is. But if you don't want it there, it's easy to remove.

There are, however, a couple of ways to do it.

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3 years ago

Welcome, Connectedly, to Mobile Nations!

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Connectedly

So long, Smartwatch Fans. We hardly knew ya. And while we loved the idea of dedicated smartwatch site, it became quickly apparent that we were simply thinking too small. There's an entire world of connected devices out there. It's growing every day, and it's going to be a huge part of our lives, both as Android users and human beings in general.

And so today all of us here at Mobile Nations are stoked to announce our latest community, Connectedly!

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3 years ago

KitKat update arriving on Verizon's Galaxy Note 10.1 - 2014 Edition, too

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Following on the heals of it's more terrestrial brother, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 - 2014 Edition on Verizon is getting an update to Android 4.4 KitKat. It was just five days ago that the Wi-Fi-only version was updated, and today Verizon has released that same update for their cellular radio-equipped version of the tablet.

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3 years ago

More HTC 'M8 Ace' details emerge, indicating plastic build and lower price

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The HTC One M8 hasn't been out for all that long, but that doesn't mean it's not too early for the variants to start coming. The "M8 Ace" leaked out in pictographic style in early April, but haven't learned much about it since then. Until now.

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3 years ago

Google's self-driving cars are hitting the city streets, handling the chaos well

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With a post on its official blog today, Google is giving an update on its self-driving car initiative, showing that the latest goal is to improve driving on city streets. Google's self-driving car project has already driven thousands of miles without a hitch, but until recently has primarily focused on simple highway driving. As anyone who has driven through a busy city core before knows, there are new and drastically more difficult to handle situations in the city than on an open road.

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