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Samsung Z Delay Prompts Tizzy Over Tizen

Samsung has delayed the launch of its Samsung Z smartphone running the Tizen OS, which was scheduled for Q3 release in Russia. The move, just short of two months after the Samsung Z's launch at the Tizen Developers Conference, sparked a death watch for the device. However, Samsung said it needed to ...

Samsung to Try Out Tizen Smartphone in Russia

Samsung this week officially launched its long-anticipated Tizen phone, at the Tizen Developer Conference being held in San Francisco through Wednesday. One description of Tizen is that it's an open source Linux-based operating system from Samsung -- but that might be open to debate. The Samsung Z T...

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Climb Mt. Fuji for the Views, Stay for the 4G

Intrepid hikers and garden-variety Internet addicts now have 4G access on top of Japan's famous Mt. Fuji. Japanese telecom NTT DoCoMo has equipped the 12,388-foot summit with high-speed LTE connectivity. The access will run now through August, the height of the tourist season on the mountain. Fuji h...

The Long Leap to Clear Mobile Payment Hurdles

Coffee shop chain Starbucks this week brought the power of mobile payments via cellphone to new users -- provided those customers happen to have the right kind of device. The company announced that customers at its retail outlets in the United States will be able to pay for purchases using its mobil...

GNOME Bands With LiMo to Build Mobile Linux Inroads

The LiMo Foundation and the GNOME Foundation on Monday announced that they have begun working together as partners to further open source innovation. Starting immediately, LiMo Foundation will become a member of the GNOME Foundation's advisory board and the GNOME Foundation will become an industry l...

The WACky Search for Unified Mobile App Development

A newly formed international consortium has claimed it can be the glue that unites a fragmented mobile applications market. However, if the Wholesale Applications Community can't deliver on its promise of an open platform that will let developers write apps for all devices -- save perhaps Apple's iP...

LiMo Revs Up for R2 Handset Drive

The LiMo Foundation, a consortium dedicated to creating an open, hardware-independent, Linux-based operating system for mobile devices delivered a one- two- punch to the mobile industry Thursday. First, Morgan Gillis, executive director, announced that consortium members are "moving into full commer...

HTC’s Hero Strides Onto Smartphone Playing Field

Taiwan-based HTC, a fast-rising star in the smartphone manufacturing industry, has unveiled its latest model, the Hero, its third offering based on the Android operating system. The Hero comes with a new user interface called "Sense" that makes use the device almost intuitive. The Hero is the first...

HTC Promises at Least 3 More Android Phones in ’09

HTC was the first mobile device maker to introduce a smartphone for the Android platform. Now it might be the second, third and fourth as well. Peter Chou, CEO of the Taiwanese handset manufacturer HTC, told the Wall Street Journal that it will bring out at least three new Google Android smartphones...

Wireless Technology: Worlds Apart

The Asian cellular phone market is something of a paradox. Countries such as Japan and South Korea have invested the equivalent of billions of dollars to develop sophisticated, high-bandwidth wireless services, such as mobile video and mobile commerce technologies. One reason for doing this was so t...

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LiMo Chases Google’s Android

Just a few short months after Google and the Open Handset Alliance announced Android, the LiMo Foundation on Monday began rolling out its own, competing Linux-based software platform for mobile devices. The first release of the LiMo Platform will be available in March, and the application programmin...

Magnificent Seven Band Together for 4G Showdown

In a bid to avoid the bitter battles that have raged around third-generation wireless technology, owners of the patents on which the fourth-generation LTE wireless technology is built have agreed to charge each other "reasonable" license fees. The Magnificent Seven are Nokia, the world's largest han...

LiMo Goes Toe to Toe With Android

Raising the bar a notch or two higher in its rivalry with Android and the Open Handset Alliance, a newly enlarged LiMo Foundation on Monday rolled out the first LiMo-compatible handsets and announced its software development kit strategy. Orange and Access are among nine new members that have just r...

LiMo Foundation Debuts Android Challenger

Just a few short months after Google and the Open Handset Alliance announced Android, the LiMo Foundation on Monday began rolling out its own, competing Linux-based software platform for mobile devices. The first release of the LiMo Platform will be available in March, and the application programmin...

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