MOBILE NEWS

April 11th, 2012, 1:57 PM

Is Microsoft Trying to Roll up the Patents of RIM?

As RIM’s decline continues, rumors that rivals are waiting to pick apart the company for patents – like vultures on dead prey – continue to get more fervent. First, in December, the Wall Street Journal reported that a joint Microsoft-Nokia-RIM deal could possibly be in the works. Then, in January, reports emerged that Samsung was [...]

March 30th, 2012, 12:07 PM

As RIM Posts First Quarterly Loss, CEO Weighs Options

After Research in Motion (RIM) posted its first quarterly loss on Thursday, and saw co-founder Jim Balsillie resign from its board, the company’s new CEO, Thorsten Heins, acknowledged that “strategic opportunities” needed to be explored. “I have assessed many aspects of RIM’s business during my first 10 weeks as CEO. I have confirmed that the [...]

March 29th, 2012, 10:18 AM

Research Firm Thinks Android Will Eclipse Windows by 2016

2016 will be the dawn of the post-PC world, according to a report by market research firm IDC. If IDC’s report holds true the number of Android-based devices running on ARM CPUs will reach a 31.1% market share in 2016, whereas Windows devices on the x86 platform will slip from a current 35.9% to 25.1% market share. [...]

March 28th, 2012, 1:59 PM

Despite Early Critics, Samsung’s Galaxy Note a Strong Seller

Samsung reported today that it has sold 5 million units of its half phone, half tablet – or “phablet” – device, the Galaxy Note. This comes as a surprise to many critics, who projected the device would flop due to its unorthodox size and reliance on a stylus. According to a statement from Samsung, in [...]

March 22nd, 2012, 4:13 PM

Hiring at RIM: iOS Developers

In a play that many saw as a mark of a beginning of an exit from the hardware market, Research in Motion (RIM) released the Blackberry Mobile Fusion – a hardware agnostic evolution of their current Blackberry Enterprise Server (BES) technology – in late November. Now, it appears that the company is doubling-down on their efforts to [...]

March 22nd, 2012, 3:31 PM

Acer Launches Acer Iconia A510 Tablet

Acer today debuts its first quad-core tablet in North America, the Acer Iconia Tab A510 with an NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor.  It is designed to deliver outstanding performance and a visually rich experience for mobile game playing and entertainment such as enjoying video and lifestyle apps. In addition, the new 10.1-inch tablet Acer Iconia Tab [...]

March 15th, 2012, 5:28 PM

Analyst Firm Claims Android to Overtake iPad by 2015

Market research firm IDC believes that the proliferation of cheap Android tablets, namely the Kindle Fire, will allow the ecosystem to overtake the iPad’s market share by 2015. “As the sole vendor shipping iOS products, Apple will remain dominant in terms of worldwide vendor unit shipments,” Tom Mainelli, director of mobile connected device research for [...]

March 13th, 2012, 5:11 PM

To Save a Failing Tablet, RIM Releases a Keyboard

RIM’s Playbook has been an unmitigated disaster for the company, but the announcement this morning of a keyboard dock for the tablet may stop the Playbook from worsening into a catastrophe. The keyboard retails for $119.99, and can be ordered from http://www.shopblackberry.com. It includes a touchpad, and comes in at only 6mm thick. Curiously, the [...]

March 13th, 2012, 10:26 AM

Nokia may Manufacture Windows 8 Tablet

Nokia will launch their first tablet – a Windows on ARM device – in the fourth quarter of 2012, according to a report by Digitimes. Digitimes’ sources, the usual “upstream component suppliers”, claim that Nokia is working on a 10-inch Qualcomm based tablet with Compal Electronics. Initial shipments are expected to be in the 200,000 [...]

March 8th, 2012, 3:41 PM

Can Dell Slay the Leviathan With a Windows Tablet?

Citing his company’s belief that there is “a lot of demand” for a Windows 8 tablet, Dell CEO Michael Dell told the business talk show Bloomberg West that his company is prepping a Windows 8 tablet for release the day the OS becomes available. “Having a secure Windows tablet that works with all the Windows [...]