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January 26, 2009, 7:42 PM
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Are cell phones no longer a growth business? At least in the fourth quarter, cell phone shipments actually declined. According to Deutsche Bank analyst Brian Modoff, shipments from the top five cell phone manufacturers (Nokia, Samsung, LG, Sony Ericsson, and Motorola) dropped 13 percent year-over-year in the fourth quarter of 2008. Unit shipments decelerated from 14 percent growth in the second quarter to 2 percent growth in the third quarter, and then finally went into negative territory in the fourth quarter. (http://www.mobilecrunch.com/2009/01/26/cell-phone-shipments-no-longer-growing 1/26)

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December 9, 2008, 7:59 PM
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Android just got stronger. The industry consortium behind the Google-developed mobile operating system, the Open Handset Alliance, just added 14 new members, including ARM, Garmin International, Sony Ericsson and Vodafone. (http://www.mobilecrunch.com/2008/12/09/android-rising-sony-ericsson-vodafone-and-14-others-join-open-handset-alliance 12/9)

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Google is now formatting AdWords text and image ads for Android and iPhone mobile browsers. The ads can include mobile-only calls to action, and can be created from standard Google ads run on the Web. The ads will also work on other phones with full HTML browsers in the future as they become available. (Both the iPhone and the Android G1 have full browsers based on Webkit). (http://www.techcrunch.com/2008/12/08/google-introduces-mobile-ads-for-android-and-the-iphone 12/8)

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Apple iPhone users now can control their home security and automation systems through the device thanks to a new application developed for Elk Products. The eKeypad controls a variety of home functions, including alarms, lighting and thermostats. CEPro.com (12/8)

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November 7, 2008, 10:55 PM
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New applications designed to help smartphone users shop could save consumers money and offset some of the costs of the expensive devices. The G1, or “Google phone,” includes an application that transforms the phone’s camera into a bar-code scanner that connects to the Internet to compare prices on the Web and at local retailers. The New York Times (11/5)g1code1

The iPhone is twice as reliable as the Blackberry after one year of ownership, a new study by SquareTrade finds. SquareTrade, which sells extra warranties for cell phones and other devices, looked at the failure rates of 15,000 phones covered under its plans. The malfunction rate for iPhones after one year is 5.6 percent, compared to 11.2 percent for the Blackberry and 16.2 percent for the Treo. (http://www.mobilecrunch.com/2008/11/07/study-iphones-twice-as-reliable-as-blackberries 11/7)

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Sony Ericsson on Thursday debuted its W705 Walkman phone, which will allow users to download music and popular YouTube videos, as well as stream songs to the accompanying MBS-900 wireless speakers via Bluetooth when it hits shelves in the U.K. early next year. Like Nokia’s “Comes With Music” service, Sony Ericsson will limit users to downloading through Wi-Fi networks as phone makers try to carve out a business model of sending content directly to their customers. I4U News (11/6) , mocoNews.net (11/6)

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Fresh out of Nokia Beta Labs comes Friend View, an experimental location and micro-blogging service which works both on mobile phones as well as on the web.  To show your location, the Friend View application is using the built-in GPS or the network if there is no signal available (you can also set your location manually). When you turn on Friend View, it locates you as an avatar on a map and shows you all your friends as well.  (http://www.techcrunch.com/2008/11/07/nokia-debuts-friend-view-beta-a-location-aware-microblogging-application 11/7)

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As new research suggests drivers are turning to smartphones equipped with GPS technology for navigational advice, Nokia will launch a project in San Francisco next week in which GPS data culled from handsets will help point drivers armed with smartphones away from traffic jams. Nokia is working with the University of California on the project, dubbed Mobile Millennium, in which devices loaded with Java software will transmit a car’s location and movement to servers that will use algorithms to plot the flow of traffic on a map. PCWorld (11/6) , Network World/IDG News Service (11/6)

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Research in Motion‘s BlackBerry Storm smartphone will hit the market in the U.S. and Europe next month with exclusive rights belonging to Verizon Wireless and Vodafone, respectively, RIM is expected to announce today. The Storm, which signals RIM’s intent to crash the consumer market, features: a 3.25-inch screen, which is slightly smaller than the iPhone‘s; the BlackBerry’s first touch-screen interface; and 3G network support — but it lacks Wi-Fi access and weighs 16% more than the iPhone. The Wall Street Journal (10/8) , Financial Times (10/8)

Sprint Nextel’s Boost Mobile has rolled out a GPS-enabled Motorola flip phone that is compatible with its walkie-talkie service. The i776 comes with a range of multimedia features and is Boost’s smallest flip phone to date that is equipped with a camera. TMCnet.com (10/7)

Sony Ericsson’s new partnership with Saab will give users of the new Xperia X1 smartphone remote control inside the Saab 9-X Air that will allow them to make hands-free calls, lock the doors, work the lights, adjust the seats and open the rear compartment from the handset. Observers say Sony Ericsson hopes that by displaying the X1′s versatility in the Saab arrangement, developers will be encouraged to make applications for its new flagship device. InformationWeek (10/7)

News Corp. will pay VeriSign $200 million for its share of Jamba, which provides ringtones and games for mobile phones. Variety reports that VeriSign wants to focus on its core business of Internet infrastructure. Reuters (10/7) , Variety (10/7)

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Sony Ericsson has unveiled an upgrade to its PlayNow online music service called PlayNow Arena, which features about 1 million music tracks from major music labels. Separately, the company debuted the TM506 mobile phone, a slim clamshell handset designed for T-Mobile USA that will be able to tap into the carrier’s new 3G network. mocoNews.net (8/22) , InformationWeek (8/21)

After hinting that it would do so last June, Google’s mobile team has released a Geolocation API for Google Gears. This works both on mobile phones and laptops running Gears, but developers will find it most useful for mobile applications. Unfortunately, they will be limited in that regard because Google Gears Mobile still only works on Windows Mobile phones, even though an Android phone is about to launch. (http://www.techcrunch.com/2008/08/22/google-offers-a-geolocation-api-for-gears-but-it-only-works-on-windows-mobile 8/22)

Google is nearing an agreement with Verizon to become the default search provider on the wireless provider’s devices and give it a share of advertising revenue. Both carriers and Internet companies view mobile search advertising as an area of rapid growth for the future. (Iwantmedia 8/22,  http://online.wsj.com/article/SB121937308672462691.html 8/22)

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Copy and Paste has long been one of the most requested features on the iPhone, and its continued absence has been both frustrating and confusing for many. How can it be that the iPhone – running a finely tuned version of Mac OS X – is unable to perform functions that have been included in text editors since the 80’s? (http://www.techcrunch.com/2008/07/28/copy-and-paste-finally-coming-to-the-iphone-sort-of 7/28)

A deep slump at its Sony Ericsson cell phone partnership played a heavy part in driving Sony’s net income down 47% as the company also sliced its full-year forecast in releasing quarterly earnings today. Earlier, the unit reported a 98% crash in pretax income as consumers have opted for less pricey models from rivals over Sony Ericsson’s high-end handsets. Bloomberg (7/29) , The Wall Street Journal (subscription required) (7/29) , Financial Times (7/29)

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July 23, 2008, 11:10 PM
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Sony Ericsson is expanding its line of Walkman phones with the addition of three new models designed to provide a high-quality sound. The W902 top-of-the-line Walkman features a 2.2-inch screen and the ability to hook into a carrier’s 3G network to browse the Web at speeds advertised at up to 3.6 Mbps, the handset maker said. InformationWeek (7/22)

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