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Apple loses US market share despite record sales
By Luke Jones on Thursday October 30, 2014

Apple operates in a unique way inside the smartphone market and that has been proven as the company's market share fell in the United States during September, but iPhone sales broke records. Over 39 million iPhone units sold through the last quarter helped Apple to bumper financial results while the company's shares have been trading at all-time highs.

True cost of Verizon device trials
By Luke Jones on Thursday October 30, 2014

Ever wanted to take advantage of a trial period? These carrier deals let you test a device and network for a limited amount of time before deciding whether to jump on board and buy the handset or join the carrier. Sounds like a pretty good deal doesn't it, but a MobileBurn investigation shows that it is actually a very costly thing to do; so much for a free trial.

Xiaomi chews in Samsung, now the third biggest smartphone seller
By Luke Jones on Thursday October 30, 2014

Lenovo tied up the acquisition of Motorola today and the Chinese giant said the partnership would be the third biggest smartphone brand in the world and will shift 100 million units in 2015. For the time being though third place as been occupied by another Chinese company, Xiaomi, passing LG for the first time to become the third biggest handset seller in the world.

Motorola is now a Lenovo company
By Luke Jones on Thursday October 30, 2014

Despite recently becoming more closely linked than ever, Motorola has finally been sold off by Google to Lenovo, months after the deal was first announced. In the deal, Google will retain Motorola's patents, although the company can license them even though it is now under Chinese company Lenovo's wing.

Microsoft Band is the company's first wearable
By Luke Jones on Thursday October 30, 2014

No big press event, no showbiz style launch, but Microsoft has entered the wearable market today, although don't call its "Microsoft Band" a smartwatch. Interestingly, Redmond has avoided the urge to compete with Android Wear and the Apple Watch with a full wrist accessory and is instead targeting the fitness crowd with the Microsoft Band.

Asus confirmed a number of devices for Android 5.0
By Luke Jones on Wednesday October 29, 2014

Asus is the latest company to come out and reveal its plans for Android 5.0 Lollipop with the news that several of its smartphones are in line for the update to Google's latest and greatest software.

Blackberry Passport is all yours for $1800
By Luke Jones on Wednesday October 29, 2014

With a bit of careful strategic management, a very good device, and some renewed buzz, Blackberry seems to have a hit on its hands with the Passport, the company's newest (all square) smartphone. Getting hold of a Passport is impossible at the moment as they have sold out, but if you are willing to go to the excesses you can pick one up on eBay.

Vivo working on bonkers 3.8mm smartphone
By Luke Jones on Wednesday October 29, 2014

Oppo announced the R5 today, the thinnest smartphone in the world. However, that is an accolade the device will only be keeping for a short time as reports today suggest Vivo is working on a handset that will be even thinner, measuring in at just 3.8mm.

OnePlus apologizes for pre-order mess
By Luke Jones on Wednesday October 29, 2014

The OnePlus One has had its fair share of problems since being announced last year, so we shouldn't be surprised that there have been issues with the pre-order system for the device. The affordable flagship has yet to have a serious roll out despite being on the market for months, along the way there have been marketing missteps, failed launches, and delays to production. OnePlus has now had to apologize for the latest setback.

LG posts massive profit surge in Q3
By Luke Jones on Wednesday October 29, 2014

LG's arrival as one of the main players in the smartphone world continued through the third quarter as the company posted stellar financial results. LG has risen through the ranks over the last 18 months and has used several strategies to place itself among the elite handset manufacturers on the planet.