New Symbian smartphone to join Samsung lineup after all

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Samsung is a huge company and it seems like they’re always looking to diversify. You’ll find the Samsung name on all sorts of consumer electronics, ranging from HDTVs and Blu-ray players to multifunction printers and digital cameras. Even within the cell phone range, they’re being pretty darn diverse.

While Research in Motion sticks to BlackBerry OS and Apple does nothing but iPhone, Samsung is different. Even so, we thought that the Korean giant was done with Symbian. Apparently not.

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AT&T launches Pantech Link QWERTY phone for ten bucks

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You don’t see too many Pantech phones around these parts anymore, but the Korean electronics maker is still around and it’s got a new handset for all the budget-minded texters in the audience. It has just been announced that the Pantech Link will be heading to AT&T and it’s going to be a bargain.
While its outward appearance may lead you to believe that it’s a smartphone of some kind, the Pantech Link is probably better classified as a feature or messaging phone. There’s a full QWERTY keyboard on this “quick messaging phone” and it measures under 10mm in thickness.

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Google Nexus One smartphone struggles

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The results of the smartphone sales race are in. Running the numbers and looking at the charts with Nexus One’s sales figures, things do look a little “slow” off the start for Google. But CEOEric Schmidt’s reports back in February show otherwise.

The Google HTC Nexus One has sold 135,000 units directly from Google since the phone was first launched. During this time period, Verizon sold 1.05 million Android phones while Apple continues to keep pace in the market by selling 1 million units of their original iPhone. The iPhone 3GS continued its market dominance by selling 1.6 million devices in just one week. Apple’s superstar has no reason to slow down and with a new revamped iPhone 4G on the horizon for its loyal customers, one can only assume a continued bright future.

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Message to iPhone owners, will you buy the next 4G version?

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The jury is in, and the verdict is iPhone owners are loyal to their master. If you currently own an iPhone, Strategy Analytics believes you are very satisfied with it and you are also very likely to buy the next-generation model. According to their recent research which found a strong correlation between satisfaction and repeat purchase intentions.

Mobile Magazine’s poll completed by over 2000 readers has shown the most requested enhancement for the iPhone 4G (4th generation) would be improved battery life.

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Freescale tablet reference design “smartbook” supports 3 OSes

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It is a reference design, so contrary to the blogosphere’s reports, Freescale will not release this device. It will allow OEMs to quickly and easily manufacture a devices similar with these specifications at a very economical price. At seven inches in size at an OEM cost of $200, it should set Freescale clearly apart from the iPad.

The key is support for three flavors of operating systems. Google’s open source Chromium operating system, the mobile Android operating system, and variants of Linux: ThunderSoft’s Millos Linux and Ubuntu. No Windows 7?

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Microsoft Courier video “leaked,” the iPad killer?

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Nothing is more capable of keeping us on the edge of our seats than the development of major Tablet computers coming from every Steve, Bill and Asghar. We are witnessing the revolution of mobile computing right before our eyes, and the best part about it, no one knows who will be the big player in the end. Will the iPad be another iPhone? Will Microsoft’s Courier be a flopping Zune? Can content providers and application developers shape the way Tablet computing evolves, taking control away from hardware providers? Only time will tell, but until now, here are more details on Microsoft’s latest “leaked” achievements.

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MOTOBLUR comes to Telus with Motorola BackFlip

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The Android evolution continues north of the border. You can already get your hands on such handsets as the HTC Hero, but you will soon have access to the winner of the 2010 CNET Best of Consumer Electronics Show award. The Motorola BackFlip is indeed enroute to Telus Mobility.

This isn’t the first Google Android phone to be sold through Telus, of course, nor is it the first Motorola-sourced Android phone. In addition to the Motorola Milestone, you will be able to flip out with the Motorola BackFlip.

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Handango acquired by PocketGear, creates giant cross-platform app store

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When most people think about downloading apps to smartphones, the first thing that probably comes to mind is the App Store for the iPhone. Well, there’s going to be another giant in the room after today’s announcement. PocketGear has officially acquired Handango, creating the world’s largest cross platform, open app store and content marketplace.

How big? Unlike the App Store, which only works on the Apple platform, this combined app store from PocketGear and Handango will have a catalog of more than 140,000 paid and free titles, available for download by more than 4 billion consumers worldwide.

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MeeGo created by Intel Moblin and Nokia Maemo merger

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A merger between Intel’s Moblin and Nokia’s Maemo has created MeeGo, a Linux-based software platform for almost everything; pocketable mobile computers, netbooks, tablets, mediaphones, connected TVs and in-vehicle infotainment systems. Their aim is so large in fact, that it is targeted to any Internet connected device.

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Windows Phone 7 Series first look, HTC on-board, not enough cowbell

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Microsoft’s CEO Steve Ballmer unveiled the companies next-generation of Windows for smartphones today: Windows Phone 7 Series. Microsoft is adapting to consumer demand and tailoring the new OS to have a “smart design” and integrated experiences between web and other applications. The have also have managed to bring Xbox Live games and Zune music and video to the mobile phone.

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Marvell Pantheon 800MHz chipset to create the $99 smartphone market

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As it turns out, you won’t need to break the bank if you want to get your hands on a surprisingly powerful smartphone. Yesterday, we heard about the ST-Ericsson U6715 mobile chipset that would bring smartphones down to about $135, but today it’s even cheaper with the $99 Marvell Pantheon smartphone platform.

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HTC Legend spotted; Hero 2.1 update next month

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Not wanting to be over shadowed by the news that Motorola CLIQ will be running Android 2.1 next month, HTC has announced that their Hero phone will also be getting the Android OS. And although there were previous rumors that the HTC Hero will be getting Android 2.1 it was always just speculation.

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Ultimate Sub-$100 “Webphones” from Rogers Fight Back

Rogers has been able to enjoy quite the healthy GSM monopoly in Canada for a number of years, but some heavy competition is just around the corner. Naturally, the suits at Rogers need to come up with sommething to respond to these new entrants and they’re doing it with “webphones” priced at under $100 each. […]

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