Mobile Phones

Samsung’s mobile chief keeps job despite S5 slump

Samsung’s mobile chief keeps job despite S5 slump

Many technology firms shuffle up their top-level executives frequently in a never-ending search for increasing profits and better sales. One of the firms that annually shakes up the top level executives is Samsung. Samsung perhaps had more reason this year to shake up its executive mix than it has in years past with some reports indicating that it sold 40% less Galaxy S5 smartphones than it predicted.

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Android squeezes out rivals, takes 84% of smartphone shipments

Android squeezes out rivals, takes 84% of smartphone shipments

As we settle into the middle of the fourth quarter, figures from the previous quarter are starting to pour in. Last week, we got a peek at the IDC's smartphone shipment numbers, showing Xiaomi's surprising rise to the top 5 of the world's smartphone makers. This time, we're taking another look at the market but drilling down our focus on shipments by platforms. Unsurprisingly, Android takes the lead, with shipments in the three digits. Naturally, this means that other mobile platforms have taken a hit last quarter because of it.

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Microsoft dumps low-end browser dev duties

Microsoft dumps low-end browser dev duties

Microsoft is washing its hands of developing the browser for affordable ex-Nokia phones, cutting a deal with Opera that will make Opera Mini the default route for web access. New Series 30+, Series 40, and Asha handsets will all come with Opera Mini preinstalled, while existing users will be prodded to ditch the existing Xpress browser and switch over if they want the most up-to-date software.

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Microsoft isn’t giving up on ridiculously cheap Nokias

Microsoft isn’t giving up on ridiculously cheap Nokias

Microsoft may have decimated its Nokia Devices division, but it's not letting go of the budget end of the range entirely, revealing a new ultra-low-cost model targeting emerging markets. The new Nokia 130 is just €19 ($25) SIM-free and unlocked, though unsurprisingly you miss out on more than a few features to hit that price - including Microsoft's cloud.

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Nokia 220 hands-on

Nokia 220 hands-on

What does €29 get you in a phone? If it's the Nokia 220 you're looking at, it gets you Nokia's cheapest ever data-capable handset, though don't get too excited: this dual-SIM candybar is 2G-only. Still, with the promise of social networking preloaded, Nokia's Xpress Browser, and even a camera, could this be the ideal handset for the festival-goer or the perpetually clumsy?

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Nokia Asha 230 hands-on

Nokia Asha 230 hands-on

We've always had a soft-spot for Nokia's Asha range here at SlashGear, and the Asha 230 is no different, an even smaller, more affordable point of entry to the Finnish company's well-designed touchscreen handsets. Paring back the pricing even more, thanks to skipping 3G and WiFi, the Asha 230 (and its dual-SIM variant) is the smallest Asha touch model yet, fronted by a compact 2.8-inch QVGA touchscreen.

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Nokia Asha 230 and Nokia 220 push OneDrive to next billion

Nokia Asha 230 and Nokia 220 push OneDrive to next billion

Nokia keeps hacking away at the so-called next billion mobile users, and now the Finnish company wants to get them hooked up to the cloud with the new Asha 230 and Nokia 220. Fresh to MWC 2014, the Asha 230 brings features familiar from the existing Asha touchscreen line to an even lower point of entry, price-wise, while the Nokia 220 has a more traditional form-factor but is also the company's cheapest ever device to include cellular data.

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Apple, Samsung only companies to claim mobile phone profits in Q3 2013

Apple, Samsung only companies to claim mobile phone profits in Q3 2013

Apple and Samsung were the only profitable companies in the feature phone and smartphone space for the third quarter, according to a Canaccord Genuity report released this week. Apple took 56% of the mobile phone profits while Samsung took 53% (more on that peculiar sum of 109% after the jump.) The rest--Nokia, BlackBerry, Motorola, Sony Ericsson, LG and HTC all either broke even or lost money on their handset offerings.

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