smartphones

Android scored record 81% market share in 2013 Q3

Android scored record 81% market share in 2013 Q3

Strategy Analytics has released its third quarter Android smartphone shipment numbers, and in them we see a new victory for Google's mobile OS: a record 81-percent global market share, something it has scored in light of BlackBerry and Apple failings. Microsoft has also had a strong third quarter, with the numbers showing a doubling of Windows Phone market share, making it the fastest growing big-name smartphone platform in the world.

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Nexus 5 subsidized pricing marches with mid-tier

Nexus 5 subsidized pricing marches with mid-tier

The Nexus 5 pricing has been the subject of many rumors, all of which can be put to rest now that Google has made the handset official. The handset is listed now in the Google Play Store, where we see that many of the rumors has the price spot-on or very nearly so, and now word is beginning to surface from carriers regarding their Nexus 5 plans and how much of a subsidization discount can be expected with a two-year contract.

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Android 4.4 KitKat release starts November: Nexus first

Android 4.4 KitKat release starts November: Nexus first

Last night, a long bit of details on Android 4.4 KitKat appeared online via a confidential document that has leaked, and a few hours later on this fine Halloween Google rolled out the red carpet for the Nexus 5 running the next OS iteration. We'll be seeing the Nexus 5 on November 1, and not too long after, those with certain devices will be seeing Android 4.4 rolling their way, followed by a larger wave in due time.

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Motorola’s Project Ara joins Phonebloks in modular smartphone ambitions

Motorola’s Project Ara joins Phonebloks in modular smartphone ambitions

We've discussed the relatively new initiative Phonebloks a couple times this year, a project kicked off by creator Dave Hakkens that has taken to social media to garner mass support for its mission. As it turns out, Motorola has had a similar project in mind -- a modular mobile phone with removable parts -- which it announced today as Project Ara, a sort of update to its Sticky endeavors that have taken place over the last few months.

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Huawei ban upheld in Australia following government review

Huawei ban upheld in Australia following government review

Huawei, alongside with ZTE, has been the subject of concerns and scrutiny by the United States government and others, with fears revolving around possible spying that could be taking place on behalf of the Chinese government. The maker has previously been banned from use on Australia's National Broadband Network, something that was recently reviewed with the anticipation that the block would be ended. Such was not the case, however.

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Blackberry Z30 to arrive at Verizon in November

Blackberry Z30 to arrive at Verizon in November

Blackberry introduced its new Z30 smartphone back in September, and starting next month enthusiasts will be able to grab it exclusively from Verizon. With the handset comes a 5-inch HD display, as well as options for those who want to go with monthly device payments over a typical two-year contract. Verizon doesn't specify what day it will launch on, but we've the rest of the details after the jump.

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LG G Flex announced, claims self-healing properties

LG G Flex announced, claims self-healing properties

LG has officially released specs for G Flex, the company's long-rumored curved-screen smartphone. The phone is curved along the horizontal axis, features an unusual lockscreen with direct-to-app pinching, and in an homage to X-Men's Wolverine "self-heals" scratches in its outer casing. The phone joins Samsung's Galaxy Round among the first curved-screen smartphones that will reach consumers.

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Sony Xperia Z1S and Xperia Tianchi rumored for November 12 launch

Sony Xperia Z1S and Xperia Tianchi rumored for November 12 launch

Word has it that Sony is preparing a media event in Shanghai next month, something that is expected to be the unveiling point for two new Xperia handsets, the Xperia Z1S and the Xperia Tianchi. Though nothing is official yet, the phones are likely heading to China first, after which point their other destinations -- if any are planned -- are unknown. More information will likely surface in the coming weeks, but until then, we have some specs on both phones after the jump.

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