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Google’s Android now No. 1 smartphone platform

Google’s Android dethroned Nokia’s Symbian as the most popular smartphone platform in the last quarter of 2010, ending a reign that began with the birth of the industry 10 years ago.

Research firm Canalys said on Monday phonemakers sold 32.9 million Android-equipped phones in the last quarter, roughly seven times more than a year ago, compared with Symbian’s sales of 31 million.

The phones are produced by manufacturers that include Libertyville-based Motorola Mobility, Samsung and HTC. Get the full story »

Microsoft shares fall on tablet worries

Microsoft shares fell 3.5 percent on Friday as its better-than-expected profit was overshadowed by worries it is failing to cope with threats from hot areas like tablet computing. Get the full story »

With earnings glow over, Motorola Mobility shares fall

Shares in Motorola Mobility Holdings were down more than 11 percent, to $30.67, Thursday, a day after strong smart phone launches boosted the handset maker’s results in the fourth quarter.

Bloomberg reported Thursday that the imminent arrival of Apple Inc.’s iPhone at Verizon Wireless had slowed sales at Motorola’s biggest carrier.

To blunt the effect, Bloomberg reported, Chief Executive Officer Sanjay Jha said the company is introducing new phones including the Atrix, trying to sell more handsets through other U.S. carriers and bulk up sales in China and Latin America.

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Motorola, RIM may ship 6.5M fewer phones

From Bloomberg | Libertyville-based Motorola Mobility Holdings and Research In Motion may lose more than 6.5 million in combined phone shipments this year as Verizon Wireless begins to offer Apple’s iPhone, according to JPMorgan Chase & Co.

The Verizon iPhone could lead to a 55 percent drop in Motorola’s earnings per share, Rod Hall, an analyst at JPMorgan in San Francisco, wrote in a research note.

Motorola unveils tablet, ‘most powerful’ phone

The world’s most powerful smart phone.

Such a claim is a bold one, but Motorola Mobility is making it at the Consumer Electronics Show, the annual industry confab where companies try to one-up each other with the newest technology and flashiest product releases. Get the full story »

Motorola launches Atrix 4G smartphone on AT&T

From Engadget | At the Consumer Electronics Show’s AT&T Developer Summit today, AT&T and Motorola introduced a smartphone that Motorola claims is currently the world’s most powerful. The phone features the first dual-core processor on AT&T’s network.

Smart phone market up 96% in third quarter

Global smart phone sales nearly doubled in the third quarter, and Apple is now one of the top five bestselling manufacturers.

Research firm Gartner says cell phone manufacturers sold 80.5 million smart phones in the third quarter. It says nearly 1 in 5 of all phones sold is a smart phone. Get the full story »

Windows 7 smartphones hit market

Smartphones running Microsoft Corp.’s new software are now available for AT&T Inc. and T-Mobile USA customers. Get the full story »

Apple sues Motorola over smartphone software

Apple Inc. sued Motorola Inc., alleging that the company’s smartphone lineup and the operating software it uses infringe on the iPhone-maker’s intellectual property.

The two lawsuits came after Motorola sued Apple in October for patent infringement and were the latest skirmish in a long-running series of disputes in the fiercely competitive smartphone industry. Get the full story »

Retiring software chief to Microsoft: Move on

Ray Ozzie, Microsoft Corp.’s departing software chief, has asked the company to move on from its roots as a computer-oriented company to imagine a “post-PC world” that relies on wireless devices and the Internet to function.

The call from Ozzie, who announced his retirement from Microsoft last week, is meant to galvanize the company, which has fallen behind Apple Inc. and Google Inc. in the rapidly growing phone and tablet computer sector that many now see as key to the future. Get the full story »

HP unveils $799 tablet with a PC feel

Hewlett-Packard unveiled its first product for the fast-growing tablet market, a $799 device running Microsoft Windows that is aimed at business customers.

HP’s Slate 500 attempts to replicate the PC experience in a tablet form, providing a contrast to rivals who have brought more of a smartphone feel to their devices. The Slate runs the same version of Windows 7 used by many companies on their standard PCs. Get the full story »

Verizon to offer $15 smartphone data plans

Verizon Wireless plans to introduce a less expensive–but restricted–data plan for smartphone customers next week, according to a person familiar with the plans, in a move that follows AT&T Inc.’s own offer of two tiers of pricing.

The nation’s largest wireless carrier by subscribers will offer a $15 monthly plan that gives customers 150 megabytes of data starting Oct. 28. But unlike AT&T, it will keep available its $29.99 monthly unlimited data plan. The change was first reported by technology news Web site Engadget. Get the full story »

Motorola shares slip after Citi downgrade

Motorola Inc. shares slipped Friday after a downgrade from Citi Investment Research on fears of increasing competition in the smart phone market.

Motorola to offer new Android phones for AT&T‎

AT&T Inc., the No. 2 U.S. mobile service, plans to sell three smartphones from Motorola Inc. based on Google Inc.’s Android software, potentially helping the phone maker depend less on Verizon Wireless, its most important U.S. customer.

The new devices, announced Tuesday, are aimed at a more cost-conscious audience than Motorola’s flagship Droid X device, which Verizon Wireless sells for $200. Get the full story »