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Google responds to antitrust investigations opened by EC

As has been long mooted, the European Commission has officially announced a Statement of Objections against Google on its comparison shopping service, while also opening a separate formal investigation on Android. Google, predictably, has come out with its view of the matter.

Google Softcard Mobile Payments

Google & Samsung move to counter Apple Pay debut

Google has stoked the fire burning underneath the mobile payments industry by announcing its acquisition of “some exciting technology and intellectual property from Softcard to make Google Wallet better.” The payment software will come pre-installed as standard on Android phones running KitKat or higher with three of the big four carriers across the USA, AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon.

Meizu smartphone

Alibaba buys $590m stake in Meizu to boost Aliyun mobile OS

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba has announced it is investing $590 million to grab a minority stake in Chinese smartphone maker Meizu with the apparent aim of giving a boost to Aliyun OS – its own smartphone OS derived from Android that has so far failed to gain significant traction.

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Microsoft set to unify PC and mobile code base – report

Microsoft is set to unveil its new mobile strategy tomorrow, aiming to better establish itself in the mobile computing market. The software giant is about to release Windows 10, the operating system designed to work across all hardware platforms, which Microsoft reckons will make life easier to consumers and app developers alike.

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Smartphone OS share: Apple iPhone gets US boost

Smartphone sales data covering the three months to the end of November 2014 from Kantar show the iPhone’s iOS platform gained share in nearly all regions covered. Britain and Australia experienced especially strong iPhone growth, with Japan continuing to be the only market tracked where iPhone share is declining.

Kodak set to enter the smartphone market

Kodak to launch branded smartphone and tablet range

Imaging company Kodak is to launch a branded smartphone and tablet range in a partnership with UK-based mobile device manufacturer Bullitt Group. The devices, which will run on the Android platform, will come pre-loaded with bespoke image capture, management and sharing features.

HERE for Android now available on Google Play

Nokia HERE to power maps for Baidu outside China

It has been announced Nokia’s HERE mapping solutions will be powering search engine Baidu outside its home country China. Nokia said the search giant, which already uses HERE for its desktop version of its location and mapping services, will add the solution to its map apps for Android and iOS.

LG G3

Q3 smartphones – Android still dominant but Samsung feeling the heat

As the Q3 earnings season unfolds, the quarterly smartphone vendor shipment numbers are trickling out. Market trackers such as Strategy Analytics and IDC have yet to release their preliminary numbers, but there’s already enough information out there to form some early conclusions.

Twitter is getting musical

Twitter Audio cards set to shake up mobile music

Twitter and SoundCloud have teamed up to bring music to tweeters through Audio Cards, a feature that allows streaming audio and podcasts to the social network’s Android and iOS apps. The app, which is already present in iTunes and SoundCloud, works by a single tap and listeners can continue to use Twitter while streaming.

security threat

Report: mobile malware infection rate accelerating

A report by Alcatel-Lucent’s Kindsight Security Labs shows that mobile infections are growing at an alarming rate, with an increase of 17% in the first half of 2014 compared to a 20% increase for the whole of 2013.

Samsung Galaxy S5

Samsung arrives at its smartphone moment of truth

By its recent lofty standards, Samsung’s Q2 2014 smartphone shipments were a disappointment. In spite of the launch of the flagship Galaxy S5 in the middle of the quarter, shipments declined annually and it seems the strategy that has served Samsung so well may have run its course.

Why should we buy the Amazon Fire instead of another flagship smartphone?

Amazon has made its Fire smartphone too expensive

Almost three years after Amazon got into the Android device game with the Kindle Fire, the giant etailer has finally decided to take the plunge into handsets with a smartphone simply named Fire. The Fire has many novel features but the main point of it, surely, is to encourage as many people to conduct as much m-commerce as possible through Amazon. So the decision to position it as a high-end device is a strange one.

Security vendors claim Regin comes from either the US or UK governments

99% of mobile security threats target Android

A study published this week by F-Secure has found that 99 per cent of mobile security threats that emerged in the first quarter of the year are targeted towards the Android platform.

Unauthorised in-app purchases have been in the FTCs crosshairs

Google faces lawsuit for unauthorised in-app purchases

Web giant Google is facing a lawsuit in the US over in-app purchases made without the bill payer’s permission. The case is similar in scope to charges filed against Apple in January, in which the company agreed to pay $32.5m in refunds to consumers to settle a complaint made by the US Fair Trade Commission (FTC).

Microsoft has announced that its acquisition of Nokia’s devices and services business is complete

Windows Phone share climbs in Europe

Smartphone operating system Windows Phone has seen its most successful quarter in five major European markets, according to research published this week. The platform won 9.2 per cent smartphone market share across Great Britain, Germany, France, Italy and Spain for the three months ended August 2013, according to Kantar Worldpanel ComTech.

Jolla's firest Sailfish device

Sailfish OS to run Android apps

Finnish start up handset manufacturer Jolla has announced that its Sailfish mobile operating system is now compatible with the Android ecosystem, in terms of application and hardware compatibility. Android applications can now run directly on Sailfish OS without any modifications, the firm said.

Ubuntu on smartphones

Canonical announces Telco steering group for Ubuntu

Open source software developer Canonical has established a Carrier Advisory Group for its Ubuntu smartphone OS. The group is to be led by David Wood, a former Psion engineer and one of the founder members of the original Symbian collaboration.

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