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BlackBerry remains official Washington's smartphone even as its maker's forutnes decline
Washington Post
Outside Washington, the world is moving at warp speed away from the BlackBerry. At its maker, profits are declining and executives are leaving, and the BlackBerry has even conceded its perch as the top smartphone in its native Canada. Inside the Beltway, time stands still. A half million federal workers — President Obama and his staff among them — are still thumbing little black keyboards on little black devices. And that number hasn’t dipped over the past few years while Research in Motion, BlackBerry’s maker, has recorded plummeting sales everywhere else. . . 

Instagram Makes its Android Debut
Until today, Android users had to watch their iOS counterparts with envy or settle for an alternative. By Daniel Ionescu, PCWorld Instagram, the popular iPhone camera app that allows you to add funky filters to photos, has finally arrived on Google's ...

Instagram finally lands on Android
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Why Apple, Samsung's phones sit atop piles of cash (FAQ)
CNET (blog)
When it comes to making money in the smartphone business, Apple and Samsung have a license to print money, while everyone else is holding a hat out for handouts. Apple and Samsung accounted for 95 percent of the industry's profits in the fourth quarter ...

Motorola, Google face probes in Europe, Australia
Washington Post
Foreign regulators are taking a close look at Google and Motorola Mobility as federal regulators in the United States continue to work on their own antitrust probe into the tech giant. Officials in the European Union are looking at Motorola patents and ...

Is the AT&T iPhone 4S a 4G phone or not?
CNET (blog)
After an upgrade to iOS 5.1, the iPhone 4S on AT&T now sports a 4G network indicator. But it's still way slower than the 4G LTE network that the new iPad uses. It's also considerably slower than even more advanced versions of HSPA+.

Instagram for Android hands-on
Sure, you may have never used the app, which until mere minutes ago had yet to make its way beyond iOS, but you've surely seen the results, in tweets, emails or littering your Facebook feed. And beginning this very moment, you can join in on the fun, ...

EU investigates Motorola after Apple, Microsoft complaints
Los Angeles Times
By Michelle Maltais European regulators are investigating whether phone maker Motorola Mobility overcharged Apple and Microsoft for use of its patents in products such as the iPhone and Xbox, in violation of antitrust laws. The European Commission ...

RIM launches software to accommodate Apple, Android users
Chicago Tribune
Research In Motion on Tuesday launched software that enables its large "enterprise" customers to manage Apple and other rival devices through the same servers as they use for the BlackBerrysmartphone and Playbook tablet. The new Mobile Fusion software ...

Motorola targeted by European regulators over patent issues
The Commission is specifically aiming to see if Motorola used its patents to hurt competition in violation of European Union antitrust laws. The investigation is based largely on complaints from Apple and Microsoft, which have alleged that Motorola's ...

EU launches 2 antitrust probes against Motorola
The Associated Press
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's competition watchdog on Tuesday opened two investigations into whether Motorola Mobility, which is being bought by Google, is unfairly restricting competitors from licensing essential patents.

Instagram for Android is now available
by Jason Cipriani April 3, 2012 10:07 AM PDT Follow @MrCippy Instagram has been around since 2010, available only to iOS devices. Android users have been waiting patiently, with repeated promises of an Android version arriving soon.

Europe Opens Patent Investigations Into Motorola Mobility
New York Times
BRUSSELS — The European Union's competition office on Tuesday opened two antitrust cases against Motorola Mobility for possible patent abuses following complaints by two rivals, Microsoft and Apple. The cases mark the latest stage in what has become a ...

EU probes Motorola after Microsoft, Apple complaints
BRUSSELS — EU regulators are investigating whether phone maker Motorola Mobilitybreached antitrust rules by allegedly over-charging Microsoft and Apple for use of its patents in their products, the European Commission said on Tuesday.

EU to Investigate Motorola Patents
Wall Street Journal
By FRANCES ROBINSON The European Union delved deeper into the patent wars between mobile-phone companies as it opened two investigations into the way Motorola MobilityHoldings Inc. licenses its intellectual property following complaints from Apple ...

EU Opens Patent Abuse Investigation Into Motorola
PC Magazine
By Chloe Albanesius "The Commission will assess whether Motorola has abusively, and in contravention of commitments it gave to standard setting organisations, used certain of its standard essential patents to distort competition in the Internal Market ...

European Commission Opens Antitrust Investigation of Motorola Mobility
By Jennifer Baker, IDG News Following complaints by Apple and Microsoft, the European Commission will assess whether Motorola Mobility has failed to license standards-essential patents on fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory (FRAND) terms as ...

The Circuit: Privacy in the UK; Motorola faces probes; Google AdWords
Washington Post (blog)
Google, Motorola under scrutiny: Foreign regulators are taking a close look at Google andMotorola Mobility. Officials in the European Union are looking at Motorola's policies on patent licensing. “The Commission will assess whether Motorola has ...

Motorola Mobility Faces EU Antitrust Probes on Patents
By Aoife White on April 03, 2012 Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc. (MMI) (MMI) faces European Union investigations over the licensing of its patents, following a similar probe into Samsung Electronics Co. (005930) The European Commission opened two ...

Instagram for Android Now Available
PC Magazine
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Android 4.0 Forces Samsung To Delay Galaxy Tablets
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iPhone users rely on Wi-Fi more than Android users
CNET (blog)
According to market research firm ComScore, iPhone owners in both the US and the UK consumed more of their data over Wi-Fi and their carrier's wireless signal than smartphoneusers on Google's Android platform during the month of February.

EU launches investigation into Motorola over patents
The Seattle Times
The European Commission has opened two antitrust investigations against Motorola Mobility, after complaints from Microsoft and Apple that Motorola is breaching its agreement to provide use of its industry-standard patented technologies at reasonable ...

BlackBerry Mobile Fusion Lets IT Manage RIM, iOS, Android Devices
PC Magazine
Mobile Fusion lets business IT administrators manage BlackBerry smartphones and tablets - as well as iOS and Android devices - from a single, central interface. The offering was first announced in late November. It's now available as a free download, ...

iPad tops Consumer Reports ratings, rumors surround iOS game controllers
Washington Post
There's a rumor floating around that Apple is working on a game controller for its iOS devices, The Verge reports : Ever since the introduction of the iPhone over five years ago, Apple has scoffed at the notion that users need anything other than their ...

Samsung to Outsell Apple in First Quarter, Despite iPhone's Hot Sales
By Matt Peckham, PCWorld Apr 3, 2012 8:36 AM Apple's iPhone 4S may be top sales dog at AT&T, Sprint and Verizon, but the company is still expected to lag significantly behind rival Samsung in first-quarter smartphone sales.

Google isn't trying to save Android tablets but kill Kindle Fire
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Motorola officially in EU antitrust crosshairs over standards-essential patents
Ars Technica
By Chris Foresman | Published April 3, 2012 10:15 AM Motorola Mobility has found itself on the receiving end of an antitrust investigation by the European Commission due to its alleged abuse of standards-essential patents related to WiFi, H.264, ...

Motorola Hit with 2 EU Antitrust Investigations
The Mac Observer
The European Union has opened two investigations into potential antitrust violations against Motorola Mobility based on complaints from Apple and Microsoft. In both cases, Motorola is accused of using its FRAND-based patents as tools to block ...

The Mac Observer

ICS reaches 2.9 percent of active Android devices, 63.7 percent still ...
By Richard Lawler
As we check back in on Android's Platform Versions dashboard for the first time since January, we can finally see notable growth in the percentage of. ... 1 · What makes a smartphone essential to you? Get better answers and support from ...

Motorola RAZR Maxx Making Debut in Europe and Middle East this ...
By Quentyn Kennemer
However its 1GB RAM combined with a dual-core 1.2GHz processor and Android™ operating system will ensure you are always entertained, delivering a lightning-fast user interface and the power to multi-task like never before. You can rock your ... Smart Actions, the remarkably intelligent application exclusive to Motorola Mobility, pushes the limits even further by automating everyday tasks based on triggers like time of day, location, battery levels and more. Never forget to put your ...
Android Phone Fans

Oh snap: Instagram for Android is here! — Mobile Technology News
By Kevin C. Tofel
The long wait for Instagram on Android is over. The popular free photo sharing application that launched on Apple iOS devices (and stayed there) is available in Google Play for smartphones running Android 2.2 or better. So get to it, Android ...

Sharp's Evangelion Android phone is fan service done right ...
By Michael Crider
... real people don't have to use them. The AQUOS SH-06D is an otherwise typical high-endAndroid smartphone, with a 4.5-inch 720p display, 1.2Ghz dual-core processor and Android 2.3. There's still no concrete release date or price for the Evangelion version, but the odds of it getting out of Japan are very slim indeed. Dear HTC/Samsung/Motorola/ASUS: build me a Star Trek-licensed PADD with a functional LCARS interface that looks this good, and you may have all of my monies .
Android Community

Android fragmentation rears its ugly head once again
By Zach Epstein
Google updated its Android version tracker on Monday, revealing that the latest version of its mobile operating system — Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich — has more than doubled its installed base over the past month. Unfortunately, that ...
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Google reportedly makes more per iOS device than Android device ...
By Kelly Hodgkins
According to Horace Dediu of Asymco, Google's smartphone revenue per year is on the rise. On the surface, this appears to be good news for Android, but a closer look at the source of the revenue shows that most of this increase is from iOS.
TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog

Best Android apps for coffee lovers
By Gene Briones
This Android app will help you manage your own gift cards, help you find the best coffee shops, allow you to pay using your smartphone or tablet, and track the corresponding rewards with your every purchase. That means that you can literally ...
Android Authority

Instagram Android Release: New App Now Available At Google Play ...
By The Huffington Post News Editors
"We've put an incredible amount of effort into this app to make a first-class experience forAndroid users everywhere," Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom said in an emailed statement. Lauched in 2010, Instagram's iPhone app has been a ...
The Full Feed from HuffingtonPost.com

Wealthy smartphone users more likely to own an iPhone, study finds
By Dan Graziano
According to research from The Luxury Institute, 62% of U.S. consumers earning at least $150000 per year own a smartphone. 45% of people falling to that category own an iPhone, 35% use an Android-powered device and 25% have a ...
BGR: The Three Biggest Letters In Tech

30M users later, Instagram arrives on Android | VentureBeat
By Jennifer Van Grove
Seventeen months and 30 million users after Instagram first swept away iPhone owners with its artistic and social photo-perfecting application, the startup is finally releasing a version forAndroid users.

RIM announces Blackberry Mobile Fusion for iOS and Android ...
By Tyler Lee
Heads up enterprise owners, it looks like RIM's BlackBerry Mobile Fusion is now available. Basically what this does is that it allows for IT departments to manage Blackberry, iOS andAndroid devices. This would also allow companies to let ...

SHOCKING: 68% Of US Android Owners Never Use Wi-Fi
By Dylan Love
Attempting to explain the difference in numbers between the two countries, Serge Matta, President of Operator and Mobile Solutions at ComScore, said, "In the UK the scarcity of unlimited data plans and higher incidence of smartphone .... 4G can match the wifi and hence people using android phones which support 4G tend to ignore the upside of wifi ... IOS has its' ancient transfer size limits on data connection, which are forcing to use Wi-Fi and LTE-thing is already mentioned here.
Business Insider

Instagram is Now Available for Android
By Rusty Blazenhoff
We've been meticulous about translating the Instagram experience to the Android platform. TheAndroid app offers an extremely familiar Instagram experience when compared to the iOS app. You'll find all the same exact filters and community ...
Laughing Squid

Stay Unplugged for Longer with Motorola RAZR™ MAXX from ...
With its impossibly thin and lightweight design, Motorola RAZR MAXX boasts ... a dual-core 1 ...

Instagram - Android Apps on Google Play
This could have been a beautiful app that feels at home on android, & instead we got the iOSapp on an Android device. All that said, it works wonderfully.

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