Xiaomi Mi Note

Xiaomi launches new flagship smartphones, Apple comparisons abound

Surging Chinese smartphone vendor Xiaomi has unveiled a couple of new flagship smartphones – the Mi Note and Mi Note Pro. While the Note branding seems more geared towards competing with Samsung’s Galaxy Note family, the main comparisons have been made with the Apple iPhone 6 Plus.

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Samsung finally releases Tizen phone for sale in India

At long last, Samsung has released the first Tizen smartphone, Z1, for sale in India over six months after its initial launch. Until now, the device hasn’t been available as Samsung cancelled the previously intended first release in Russia during Q3 2014.

NGMN Alliance seeks patent pool manager

Microsoft sues Samsung over Android non-payment

Microsoft has filed suit against Samsung after the Korean electronics giant stopped paying the US company for access to IP essential to the use of the Android operating system.

Songza curates music playlists

Google snaps up Songza

A battle of the beats is brewing after it emerged that Google has acquired curated mobile music service Songza for an undisclosed sum. According to various sources on the web, Google has splashed out anything between $15m and $49m on the three year old startup.

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Google Play sees strong growth driven by freemium model

As the Google I/O developer conference kicks off, a report has emerged charting the stellar growth of the Google Play app store over the past year. According to research and analytics firm App Annie, Google Play has steadily made gains as one of the largest app stores and app publishers are taking note, with the Google app store recently reaching over 1.5 million apps after adding 200,000 more in just six months.

Android users can charge direct to their O2 bill

O2UK brings carrier billing to Android

Telefónica’s UK mobile operation, O2, on Tuesday said that its customers can now pay for items in the Google Play store through direct carrier billing —adding the cost of apps and content into their monthly bill or deducting it from their prepay credit.

Firefox OS apps now run on Android

Mozilla makes Firefox apps available on Android

Software developer Mozilla began repackaging Firefox OS applications for the Android OS this week as it continues to champion open web technologies. Android users can now install apps designed and built for Firefox OS from the Firefox Marketplace and have them behave as they would on Mozilla’s platform.

3 Austria has rolled out carrier billing

3 Austria gets Android carrier billing

Hutchison Whampoa’s 3 group has successfully integrated Google Play direct carrier billing into the network of its Austrian subsidiary, 3 Austria. The company has already rolled out the system in Sweden, Ireland and Hong Kong, allowing apps and other digital goods such as books, music, games as well as the music streaming service Music All Access to be paid for via the mobile bill.

Cloudberry is pushing the small-cells-as-a-service model

Telefónica partners with Samsung on mobile security, BYOD

Telefónica Digital, the digital services wing of Spanish operator Telefónica announced a deal with Samsung on Monday that will see the Korean vendor’s recently revamped mobile application containerisation platform Knox made available to Telefónica Digital’s global enterprise and public sector customers.

Android is rocking the tablet world

Android dominates tablet market

Android is on a roll, capturing 62 per cent of the global tablet market in 2013, according to statistics released by analyst house Gartner this week.

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Apple struggles with demand for iOS7; handset ecosystems target OTA updates

On Wednesday Apple released iOS 7, the biggest update to the mobile operating system since it first launched, to an expectant public. Users attempting to update can expect frustration as Apple’s delivery mechanisms are hammered for the first few days. When iOS6 was released last year, more than 100 million users attempted to download the update within the first week.

HTC has warned that it is expecting to make a loss in 3Q13

HTC warns of quarterly loss

Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC has warned that it is expecting to make a loss in 3Q13. It said in a statement that operating margin for the forthcoming quarter is expected to be in the range of zero per cent to negative eight per cent.

Using Libon, Orange customers using Android will be able make free HD quality voice calls over 3G or wifi, and use instant messaging, cloud backup services and personalised visual voicemail.

Orange to make its OTT comms app Joyn-compatible

Operator group France Telecom’s own OTT communications app has now been made available for Android devices. The service, called Libon, was launched for iOS devices in November 2012.

Virgin Media Business has extended its service offering to include 4G mobile services

Mobile device price drop sees tablets outsell PCs

The number of tablets sold globally will surpass the number of PCs sold by 2017, according to analyst firm Gartner. Sales of Android smartphones are also expected to triple between 2012 and 2017, the firm forecasted.

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Facebook Homes in on Android users

Social networking site Facebook has unveiled an Android launcher application designed to encourage consumers to become more reliant on its services for their mobile communication needs.

Andy Rubin, formerly Google’s senior VP of mobile and digital content

Rubin steps down from Android

Co-founder and architect of the Android platform Andy Rubin has stepped down from his role as Google’s senior VP of mobile and digital content. Rubin will remain at Google, where he will “start a new chapter”, according to the firm’s CEO.

Samsung's Galaxy brand is "nearly a synonym for Android", Gartner said

Samsung Q4 profits leap 76 per cent

Korean handset vendor Samsung has announced net profits of 7.04tn won ($6.5bn) for the fourth quarter of 2012, with strong sales from its mobile division making a significant contribution. The firm’s profit was up 76 per cent on the same period in 2011, when the firm netted 4.01tn won.

China is by far Google's largest market for Android devices, according to Informa

China crucial to Android

Almost two-thirds of the handsets sold in China in 2012 run on the Android OS and China is Google’s largest market for Android devices, according to the latest research from Informa Telecoms & Media. A third of Android handsets sold in 2012 were sold in China, figures from the research firm show.

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