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As Nokia takes big hit on NSN, Google says recession is over

Finnish vendor Nokia shook the market on Thursday, announcing a surprise loss of €913m for the third quarter of 2009, compared to a profit of €1bn in the same period last year. The hit was due to a €908m impairment charge against goodwill associated with infrastructure unit Nokia Siemens Networks.

Android wins backing from Verizon

Google’s Android platform won significant support from the operator community late Tuesday, when US carrier Verizon Wireless said it had reached a landmark agreement to use the platform to deliver applications, services and devices.

T-Mobile launches fourth Android handset

T-Mobile continued cheerleading Android this week, with the announcement that it is to launch its fourth device based on the Google-developed platform.

Google, Apple fall out over iPhone app approval process

The simmering row between Apple and Google over the former’s rejection of an application for the iPhone reached new heights over the weekend as the US regulator gave an insight into the debate behind the scenes.

LG unveils first Android handset

Android announcements are coming through by the boatload at the moment, with South Korea’s LG Electronics the latest to join the throng on Monday with the announcement of its first Android-based device.

Vodafone demos augmented reality Android game

Augmented reality is one of the big buzzwords of the moment – using a camera-equipped mobile handset to overlay information on the real world, such as location sensitive data or directions.

Andy Rubin, head of mobile platforms, Google

Google tends to get what it wants, and what it wants from Andy Rubin is a smartphone platform that can rival the likes of Symbian and Apple. Rubin’s Android platform has offered an alternative to handset vendors concerned that, by sticking with Symbian, they will effectively be strengthening Nokia, their number one competitor.

Android set to take over the home

It looks like Google intends to take itself into the heart of home entertainment, using Android as a platform to launch itself into the living room.

Microsoft, Yahoo team up for search and advertising

The long rumoured partnership between Microsoft and Yahoo has finally come to pass, but not as a merger. Instead, the two companies will combine their search and advertising experience to take on the might of Google.

Moto ratchets up Android strategy

Troubled vendor Motorola sank yet more resources into the Android platform on Friday, moving to accelerate the development of apps for Android-based Moto handsets to be released later this year.

Google unveils plans to dominate devices

Web giant Google must have sent the mother of all shivers down Microsoft’s spine on Tuesday, when it announced plans to launch a full fledged operating system in 2010.

Google targets in-app advertising

While mobile advertising has so far proven something of a slow burn, the rise of the app store in 2009 is expected to bring in-application advertising to the forefront of the industry.

Smartphones sales buck credit crunch trend

Throughout 2009, smartphones are expected to buck the downward trend that has beset the rest of the handset market as the majority of consumers cut spending in the face of the global economic downturn.

Acer confirms Android handsets, netbooks

Taiwanese electronics manufacturer Acer has confirmed plans to launch a range of smartphones based on the Android platform in the fourth quarter of this year.

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