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HTC September 15th smartphone launch could be Android or WP7

HTC September 15th smartphone launch could be Android or WP7

HTC has scheduled a press event for mid-September, presumably to launch their latest smartphone.  The invite - which features a wisp of smoke covering what looks to be the faint outline of a handset - makes no reference to whether the launch is from HTC's Windows Phone 7 or Android divisions, leaving us in the dark as to the exact identity of the device.

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BlackBerry Torch 9800 Review

BlackBerry Torch 9800 Review

We've been waiting for the BlackBerry Torch 9800 for months now. RIM's double-whammy of new touch-and-QWERTY hardware and the latest iteration of their software, the much-anticipated BlackBerry 6, the Torch promises usability, functionality and all-round appeal on a par with high-end smartphones from rivals like Apple and HTC. Not just for the jacket pocket, this one; RIM has set its sights on the mainstream, a far more fickle - and demanding - audience. Will the Torch light RIM's way into the lucrative consumer market? Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut.

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Notion Ink Adam: Pricing and more

Notion Ink Adam: Pricing and more

In part one of our Notion Ink feature, we looked at the reasons for the delay in production of the Adam slate. Happily the company didn't rest on their laurels while investor and ODM issues were ironed out. After the cut, details of hardware and software changes - including Notion Ink's take on iTunes - plans for Adam's launch and pricing for all four versions, and what's down the line in terms of follow-up hardware.

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Competing in a Heated Android Market

Competing in a Heated Android Market

As an analyst, I’m frequently asked for advice on buying different phones. I’m happy to give it, but when I “review” phones I am typically looking at it from more of a strategic angle. In other words, I’m trying to determine “how does this help/hurt the vendor/carrier,” not “is this a good phone, per se.” You’d be surprised at how many terrible phones sell well, and how many fine phones falter. It’s my job to help vendors and carriers navigate these dynamics. With that in mind, here’s my mid-year update on Android and the challenges vendors face when licensing it.

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