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  • Apple iOS still rules but Windows Phone 7 edges Android in user satisfaction

    Apple's iOS-based iPhone continues to be the preferred smartphone for nearly 50% of consumers, with Android the top choice for about one-third of them. The real surprise is evidence that Windows Phone OS now outstrips Android in user satisfaction.

  • Apple iOS 4.3.4 security fix jailbroken overnight

    Apple’s iOS 4.3.4 PDF vulnerability fix issued Friday didn’t stymie jailbreakers for long -- a beta jailbreak tool for the mobile software update was released on Saturday.

  • The Droid 3 looks nice, but isn't easy to repair

    In its latest phone, the Droid 3 on Verizon, Motorola put considerable thought in the specs of the phone but seems to have overlooked one important aspect: repairability.

  • Google upgrades Android platform

    Google has unveiled an incremental release of the Android platform featuring optimizations for a wider range of tablets and a compatibility enhancement for fixed-size applications.

  • Apple could be next to ride on Android patent gravy train

    Google's free-to-use operating system is increasingly imposing costs on handset developers.

  • Prepaid and cheaper iPhone rumors to take on Android

    Apple may be preparing to assault the prepaid side of Android with a contract-free iPhone of its own.

  • Microsoft staffing secretive Windows Phone project

    Microsoft is working on a secretive new project in its Windows Phone division, according to a job description it posted over the weekend.

  • Acer to boost its smartphone, tablet presence in China

    Acer has created a new mobile devices business group for China, with the aim of tapping the country's growing smartphone and tablet market.

  • T-Mobile myTouch 4G slide review: Best phone camera ever

    Earlier this month, T-Mobile announced the latest addition to its myTouch family, the myTouch 4G Slide. The specs look pretty standard for this summer's slew of high-end smartphones: 4G connectivity, a 3.7-inch Super LCD display, Android 2.3 and a dual-core processor. All of this is great and everything, but what really caught my eye were the camera's specs. In fact, T-Mobile claims that the Slide 4G has the most advanced camera of any smartphone available. So how does the Slide 4G hold up as both a phone and a camera? Read on to find out.

  • Motorola Droid 3 review: Specs aren’t everything

    As an example of the truism that specs don't always matter, the Droid 3 is it. On paper, this heir to Verizon's Motorola Droid line ($200 with a new 2-year contract as of 7/15/2011) sounded extremely promising: It has a dual-core processor, a 960-by-540-pixel qHD display, and a full QWERTY slide-out keyboard (complete with number row). The specs were enough to have me ready to dump my trusty old Droid Incredible and pick up one of these bad boys.

  • Is Android losing appeal with developers?

    Android is a phenomenal success story -- skyrocketing from nothing to surpass both RIM and Apple and become the dominant smartphone platform in only a couple years.

  • HTC loses ITC patent ruling in Apple tussle

    A judge at the U.S. International Trade Commission has made an initial determination that HTC infringed two Apple patents, HTC said Friday.

  • Apple offers App Store seven-day refund policy for Taiwan

    Apple has amended its App Store policy in Taiwan, allowing customers to receive a refund within seven days of buying a product after a demand by Taipei's city government.

  • China Unicom to release new smartphone line this month

    China Unicom's new smartphone line, which is set to rival Apple's iPhone and Android handsets in China, will go on sale in the country later this month, according to a company spokesman.

  • QR codes accuse Hershey of child labor practices

    QR codes have been used by shop owners to offer passersby information, in printed advertisements to offer users coupons and on restaurant menus to show photos of meals. Now, a group of activist organizations are using QR codes to warn shoppers about alleged child labor practices at Hershey.