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Sunday, October 20, 2013

Sony Cell Phones Wireless Charging Coming

 
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Future Sony
​ cell phones and​ Xperia
 smartphones 
​will 
recharge wirelessly in just 
​1
 hour

Yes, it's futuristic, but that 
​slow
 energy
​ recharge
 isn't great for impatient types. Sony
​ has a plan to resolve the problem of​
 slow wireless charging with its latest 
​wireless charging ​
invention
​ for cell phones.​
 The new unit, based on a forthcoming version of the Qi standard, promises to pump 10 to 15 watts of energy into your device 
​allowing you to charge your cell phone in just 1 hour.
 
​Using that much power would usually cause 
your smartphone to overheat
​, but ​
chip and power company Rohm promises that its new 
​cell phone charging chips
 can handle the temperature issues. 
​We expect the technology to be release mid
 2014
​.


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Lenovo 
​Considers buying
 BlackBerry 
​the​
 Canadian Smartphone 
​Company​


Lenovo
​ (China)​
 is considering a bid for all of BlackBerry according to people 
​involved
 with the matter, 
​Lenovo
 has signed a non
​-​
disclosure agreement with 
​the Blackberry cell phones company​. 
A Lenovo purchase of BlackBerry would be one of the biggest and most noteworthy Chinese acquisitions of a Western company
​. ​
Lenovo, a late comer to the smartphone market, has gained traction in its home market and now ships more smartphones than BlackBerry. 
​T​
he proposed deal would be certain to face government scrutiny in both Canada and the U.S.

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O2 United Kingdom
​'s​
 18-carat gold HTC One


O2 
​announced today
 that one lucky customer who buys a HTC One from an O2 store between Thursday 17 and Sunday 20 October will get more than just a multi-award winning phone – they'll get a HTC One made out of 18 carat gold. The 18 carat Gold HTC One, one of only five in the country, is worth over £2000 and is the most exclusive and expensive phone ever made by HTC. To win the device each HTC One sold in an O2 shop between Thursday and Sunday will come with a Golden Ticket – entering that code online will give customers a chance of winning the golden phone. They'll also keep the HTC One they purchased in the O2 store, meaning they can share the HTC One love with another person too.

AT&T Announces $5 Tablet Day Passes, Deal to Power Tesla’s In-Car Wireless

While consumers are clearly buying tablets in droves, getting them to fork over to connect them to cellular networks has been another story. Buyers have overwhelmingly chosen Wi-Fi-only models, and, even when buying cellular-capable devices, they aren’t always connecting them to the network. AT&T is hoping that a new $5-per-day option will convince more customers to try out cellular, perhaps going with that option over hotel Wi-Fi when traveling. Another plan aimed at less-frequent users allows customers to pay $25 for 1 gigabyte of data that can be used any time in a three-month period.  Separately, the company is also announcing that electric-car maker Tesla is using AT&T’s wireless network to power in-car diagnostics, infotainment and other services. The deal, though only now being talked about, has been in place for a while. Earlier this year, GM said it was using AT&T for the next generation of its OnStar service, replacing Verizon.

Samsung's Galaxy S4 Zoom leaked

Samsung's Galaxy S4 Zoom appears to be coming, Images of the smart camera appeared on Twitter today, hinting that the device could be forthcoming. The 16-megapixel Zoom is an intriguing mash up between the Galaxy Camera and the Galaxy S4 Mini.

Friday, March 1, 2013

Wholesale Cell Phones Samsung, Nokia, Apple, i-Watch



 

We wish you a very successful & refreshing weekend!

Industry News Updates Below...


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APPLE TO RELEASE IOS 6.1.2 ‘EARLY NEXT WEEK’ TO PATCH MAJOR SECURITY HOLE

Apple fans worried about someone breaking into their iPhones may only have to sweat it out for a few more days. Unnamed sources have told German iPhone fan siteiFun that Apple will “likely” release a major security patch for iOS 6.1 sometime next week. As9to5Mac notes, these same sources had previously told iFun the correct release date of iOS 6.1.1, so the website has accurately reported information on iOS updates in the past. A user on Wednesday uncovered a major security hole in iOS 6.1 that makes it incredibly easy to bypass the iPhone’s unlock screen pass code. Apple acknowledged the problem and said it was working to patch the vulnerability as quickly as it could.


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SAMSUNG TO REPORTEDLY TAKE ON BLACKBERRY WITH NEW ENTERPRISE PLATFORM

More bad news for struggling vendor BlackBerry emerged on Friday as a report surfaced suggesting Samsung (005930) is planning to enter the enterprise space. Boston-based brokerage firm Detwiler Fenton said in a note on Friday morning that Samsung plans to unveil a new enterprise platform at the Mobile World Congress trade show later this month that will compete with BlackBerry’s next-generation BlackBerry 10 operating system. No other details were provided, but the news comes as a huge blow to BlackBerry considering its reliance on the enterprise market. BlackBerry shares were trading down more than 2.5% on the news.


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NOKIA MAY FOLLOW APPLE AND DUMP SAMSUNG AS SUPPLIER

Samsung’s rise as a top smartphone vendor may be costing it business as a component supplier. An unnamed hardware industry source told AppleInsider that Nokia may be planning to follow Apple’s lead in dropping Samsung as a supplier for smartphone parts to avoid boosting a company that has become a top competitor. While Samsung seems capable of surviving the loss of Apple’s business, losing Nokia could put a squeeze on the company since Nokia is still the second-largest mobile phone vendor in the world. On the other hand, Samsung seems to think it can make up for lost business simply by supplying parts for its own Galaxy S and Galaxy Note devices, both of which have become premier smartphone brands and are some of the best-selling devices of the past year.


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APPLE IWATCH

Technology news sites are set aflutter any time they catch a whiff of a potential new product from Apple (AAPL), but the latest rumors might not be exciting for the reasons you think. Reports this week from The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg have renewed chatter surrounding a possible “iWatch” in development at Apple, and some industry watchers think it might be just what the company needs to remind investors that it can still innovate. As Sector & Sovereign Research analyst Paul Sagawa notes, however, even a very 
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successful iWatch launch would barely be a blip on Apple’s revenue radar. 

Sagawa believes that the most likely explanation for Apple and Google’s newfound interest in smartwatches and wearable devices is simply experimentation. “Building an attractive smartwatch will take innovations to make the electronics small enough, power efficient enough and flexible enough to fit comfortably on a wrist, run familiar apps and relay information from a smartphone for at least a full day,” the analyst wrote. “In this context, a connected smartwatch need not be a multi-billion-dollar business to be valuable.”

Wholesale Cell Phones Samsung, Nokia, NYPD, DMCA



 


We wish you a very successful & refreshing weekend!

Industry News Updates Below...

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NOKIA TO COMPETE WITH RIVALS WITH MORE CHEAPER MODELS

Nokia is shifting the focus of its turnaround strategy to regaining domination of cheaper handsets after a stuttering campaign to catch up with Apple and Samsung in high-end smartphones. Company sources said it would introduce cut-price basic phones to compete with the likes of Huawei and ZTE and a new, lower-price model of its Lumia smartphone on Monday at the Mobile World Congress convention in Barcelona. Nokia, once the industry's undisputed leader, is struggling to close the yawning gap with Apple's iPhones and Samsung's Galaxy smartphones and is also losing share in the low-end market which still accounts for the bulk of its sales. While some media reports have said that Nokia will announce a tablet in Barcelona, the company is not yet ready to unveil one, one of the sources said.


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APPLE-SAMSUNG JUDGE SAYS COMPANIES MUST NARROW LAWSUIT

Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. must narrow their patent-infringement lawsuit case scheduled for trial in 2014, a judge ruled. U.S. District Judge Lucy H. Koh in San Jose, California, today told lawyers from both companies that they must “focus and streamline” their cases to 25 patent claims, or elements of the patents at issue, and 25 accused products. Koh made the request from the bench today in the latest of two related patent cases. The lawsuit was filed last year and covers technology in newer smartphones made by both companies, including Samsung’s Galaxy S III and Apple’s iPhone 5
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. “We’ll keep narrowing and narrowing,” Koh said. “You’ve already been litigating this thing for a year; you must know something about what’s your best case.” In a filing last week, Cupertino, California-based Apple included Samsung’s Galaxy Note smartphones and tablet computer in the case. Samsung claimed “all generations” of Apple’s iPhone and iPads infringe at least three of its patents, according to its filing. Koh last month rejected Apple’s request to add additional damages to the first patent-infringement case between the two companies in San Jose. In that case, a jury awarded Apple $1.05 billion, finding the Suwon, South Korea-based company infringed six of the iPhone maker’s mobile-device patents.


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PETITION AGAINST UNLOCKED PHONES DMCA RULING WILL FORCE WHITE HOUSE RESPONSE

A petition asking the White House to rescind a government ruling restricting consumers from unlocking their cell phones crossed the 100,000-signature threshold Thursday, meaning the Obama administration will need to formally respond to the petition. The pet
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ition, started Jan. 25 by OpenSignal co-founder Sina Khanifar, asked that "the White House ask the Librarian of Congress to rescind this decision, and failing that, champion a bill that makes unlocking permanently legal." Currently, if U.S. mobile customers want to unlock their handset and bring it to another carrier, they now need express permission from their current carrier to do so, according to a government ruling that went into effect Jan. 26. CTIA has pushed for the new rules, in part because it protects wireless carriers that pay to subsidize handsets in exchange for customers agreeing to two-year contracts. "According to the Librarian of Congress, who agreed with CTIA, the exemption for unlocking was not necessary because 'the largest nationwide carriers have liberal, publicly available unlocking policies,' and because unlocked phones are 'freely available from third party providers--many at low prices,'" CTIA wrote in a blog post last month.


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NYPD FORMS DEDICATED TEAM TO CATCH THIEVES WHO STEAL CELL PHONES

The theft of Mobile devices is so rampant in New York that a team of cops has been assigned to work with the tech giants to get the stolen gadgets back, Every time a wholesale mobile phone device is stolen, detectives attempt to get tracking numbers from the victim or online records. That number, known as the International Mobile Station Equipment Identity, is then shared with the officers in Police Headquarters who pass it on to the mobile company's who then informs the NYPD of the device’s current location — and it can track it even if it was re-registered with a different wireless provider. “We’re looking for ways to find individuals who have stolen wholesale cell phones and return the products to their original owners,” said NYPD spokesman Paul Browne. “It is being done to learn the pattern who is stealing.” Cops also hope the partnership helps catch the crooks who are taking and reselling the devices. One stolen iPad was tracked to the Dominican Republic and recovered with the help of an NYPD intelligence cop assigned to Santo Domingo. In another case, it busted a man suspected of selling stolen iPads at a city bus stop by tracking them with Apple’s help.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Wholesale Cell Phones Industry News 02/08/2103



 

We wish you a very successful & refreshing weekend!

Industry News Updates Below...


UBUNTU SMARTPHONES WILL BEGIN LAUNCHING IN OCTOBER

There are already smartphones powered by Android, iOS, Windows Phone, BlackBerry, Bada and Tizen, and soon Ubuntu will be added to that long list. In an interview withThe Wall Street Journal, Mark Shuttleworth, the founder and CEO of Canonical, said that smartphones running the company’s Linux-based Ubuntu operating system will be available to customers starting in October 2013. He also said that application developers will be granted early access to a version of the operating system that has been optimized for the Galaxy Nexus later this month. One of the smartphone’s unique features will allow it to be docked to a larger display for use with a keyboard and mouse. The operating system can also support Windows-based applications streamed to devices from corporate servers, giving business users access to all corporate data through a single device.

7 MILLION IPHONES AND IPADS HAVE BEEN JAILBROKEN IN JUST FOUR DAYS

The Evad3rs Jailbreak Team on Monday released their evasi0n jailbreak tool for Apple’s wholesale iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices running iOS 6.0 or iOS 6.1. Jay Freeman, the man behind the jailbroken app store known as Cydia, announced that nearly seven million iOS devices have been freed from Apple’s walled garden in only four days, Forbes reported. The astonishing number makes evasi0n the fastest-adopted jailbreaking solution of all time. As of Thursday night, numbers from Freeman’s alternative app store revealed that 5.15 million iPhones, 1.35 million iPads, and 400,000 iPod touches were jailbroken with evasi0n. Jailbreaking an Apple device is similar to rooting an Android smartphone or tablet, and allows greater customization and opens the door to features such as wireless tethering.

TABLETS ACCOUNTED FOR OVER A THIRD OF PC SHIPMENTS IN Q4

Tablets have continued to bleed the traditional PC market dry. The latest numbers from research firm Canalys revealed that wholesale tablets accounted for over a third of PC shipments in the fourth quarter of 2012. Worldwide PC shipments were found to have increased 12% year-over-year to 134 million units with 46.2 million units qualifying as tablets, a 75% year-over-year increase. Apple continued to lead the industry thanks to strong iPad sales, shipping 27 million units and taking a 20% share of the market for the first time. The iPad mini was a hit for the company and accounted for more than half of Apple’s total iPad shipments. Due to supply issues and cannibalization of the larger iPad, however, Apple’s tablet share dropped below 49% and for the first time the company did not control over half the tablet market.

BLACKBERRY Q10 WITH PHYSICAL KEYBOARD GIVEN MAY-JUNE RELEASE WINDOW FOR USA

If you thought March was far away, be prepared to thumb your calendar to an even further date for the BlackBerry Q10. According to AP, CEO Thorsten Heins has said that the physical keyboard iteration of BlackBerry's new OS will arrive around 8-10 weeks after the Z10 makes its eventual appearance on American shores. Heins added that release dates would vary between the major carriers, but the company maintains that the Q10 will arrive in other markets (likely including parts of Europe) some time in April. Guess we'll hold onto our aging Bold until then.

ANDROID POWERED A THIRD OF ALL MOBILE PHONES SHIPPED IN Q4 2012

Canalys has published its final mobile phone shipment estimates across the 50+ countries that it tracks. The total mobile phone market, at 438.1 million units, was flat year-on-year, while the worldwide smart phone market grew 37%. Android smart phones accounted for 34% of all phone shipments and iOS phones 11%. Smart phones now represent almost 50% of all the phones that shipped in Q4 2012. In the smart phone market, Android handsets accounted for 69% of the 216.5 million shipped. Samsung had a very strong quarter, growing 78%, while the vendors Huawei, ZTE, Lenovo and Yulong all grew by triple-digit percentages. Android’s share did, however, dip sequentially from 74% as Apple’s share grew from 15% to 22% on the strength of the iPhone 5. BlackBerry and Windows Phone shares remained unchanged sequentially at 4% and 2% respectively.

‘BlackBerry, Microsoft and Nokia, as well as other Android vendors, have strategies and devices in place to attack, but the task is daunting to say the least,’ said Pete Cunningham, Principal Analyst. ‘When we look at the whole of 2012, Nokia remained the number three smart phone vendor, shipping 35 million units, but Apple in second place shipped 101 million more handsets. First-placed Samsung shipped 74 million more than Apple – the gaps are colossal. But there is still a big opportunity as smart phone penetration increases around the world. Vendors left in the wake of the top vendors must at the very least improve their portfolios, time-to-market and marketing, as well as communicate their differentiation  Microsoft, BlackBerry and other new OS entrants, such as Mozilla, must make the OS switch as simple as possible and drive and localize their respective app and content ecosystems.’