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February 25, 2013
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  • Samsung, Nokia, Huawei trot out new smartphones
    Samsung Electronics, Nokia and Huawei Technologies unveiled smartphones at an industry event in Spain with Samsung showing off its 8-inch Galaxy Note "phablet" that it plans to roll out in the second quarter in North America and elsewhere. The South Korean electronics firm, which did not reveal the Galaxy Note price, will also reportedly release its first smartphone based on the open-source Tizen platform this summer. Nokia announced a pair of Lumia models, the mid-range 720 and the budget-line 520, but offered no information on a U.S. release for the 720. T-Mobile USA is set to ship the 520 in the second quarter. And Huawei introduced its Android-based Ascend P2, which it termed the "world's fastest smartphone." News Service (2/23), CNET (2/24), Mashable (2/24), The Wall Street Journal (2/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • NSN sees major industry shake-up as Siemens signals exit
    Germany's Siemens is accelerating its efforts to cut its ties or reduce its 50% stake in telecom network vendor Nokia Siemens Networks, according to a published report. The news broke just as an NSN executive predicted Sunday that consolidation will reduce the telecom gear maker roster to three companies. "The players who make it will need to be focused and lean," NSN CEO Rajeev Suri said. One of those players, China's Huawei Technologies, has unnerved some carriers by pouring enormous resources into becoming one of the world's most powerful vendors. "We need more than one vendor. We don't want to give 100% of our business to Huawei," said Joachim Horn of Sweden's Tele2. Bloomberg Businessweek (2/25), Reuters (2/24), The Wall Street Journal (2/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Visa, MasterCard unveil efforts to simplify mobile-payment systems
    Visa has launched the Visa Ready Partner Program, which is designed to make it easier for its mobile partners to integrate their wireless devices, hardware and software with the credit-card company's technology. And Sunday, MasterCard introduced MasterPass, its effort to make it simpler for retailers to introduce mobile-wallet services. "There's no e-commerce or m-commerce, there's just commerce," MasterCard's Ed McLaughlin said of his company's goal of unifying payment technology. TechCrunch (2/22), CNET (2/24), ReadWrite (2/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • GM, AT&T will build LTE systems into 2015 models
    AT&T has joined with General Motors' OnStar unit to install Long-Term Evolution technology into a broad range of models starting this year with the 2015 fleet, the automaker announced in a major win for the carrier that has aggressively wooed the connected car business. "The excitement is you're taking a car and turning it into a smartphone with four wheels," said AT&T's Glenn Lurie. Embedding LTE into vehicles opens up new options for center console screens and backseat-video watching. CNET (2/24), The Wall Street Journal (2/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Qualcomm sees 802.11ac mobile devices emerging in mid-year
    Qualcomm said that mobile devices based on the new 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard will arrive in mid-summer, an executive said Sunday, adding that first in line will be smartphones and tablets that run on the chipmaker's Snapdragon 800 series processors. Murthy Renduchintala also said the new technology will not only improve data transfer speeds, but also the battery life of wireless devices. Computerworld/IDG News Service (2/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Consumers still find Wi-Fi too complex to use outside the home
    Wireless-device users continue to struggle with connecting their smartphones and tablets to Wi-Fi networks outside the home, a problem that has prevented carriers from leveraging the technology enough to take the load off their cellular networks, the Wireless Broadband Alliance found in a survey conducted in November. The biggest user complaints involved the need for multiple passwords, mediocre coverage, fees and other technical issues. Bloomberg Businessweek (2/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Mozilla touts broad global support for mobile Firefox OS
    Mozilla named global supporters of its open-source Firefox operating system Sunday -- including 18 carriers -- and predicted that the HTML5-powered system will provide carriers with greater leverage in dealing with Apple and Google. Carriers such as Telefonica, Deutsche Telekom and Telenor have agreed to market handsets priced at below $150 in a number of European and South American countries. "It's going to provide a lot of flexibility for the operators," said Paul Jacobs, CEO of Qualcomm, the platform's chip provider. Mozilla also joined with AT&T and Ericsson on Sunday to demonstrate WebPhone, which provides Firefox users with a way to sync up and provide services to their existing phone numbers without the need to download plug-ins or applications. TechCrunch (2/24), Total Telecom Magazine (U.K.) (2/25), GigaOm (2/25), The Wall Street Journal/Digits blog (2/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Intel details new smartphone chips, greater Android focus
    Intel is putting the final touches on Merrifield, an Atom smartphone chip boasting 3D transistors, which the chipmaker says will extend battery life. It will mark the first time Intel has applied its advanced production technology for PCs to mobile devices. Intel is shifting its tablet focus to Windows devices after an early focus on Android. The new chip will reportedly support Asustek's upcoming 7-inch Fonepad, an Android tablet and phone combination. CNET (2/24), News Service (2/25), The Wall Street Journal/Digits blog (2/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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