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Matt Hamblen

Samsung, Apple still dominate smartphones, but their shares slip

Samsung and Apple, in the second quarter, sunk to their lowest shares of the global smartphone market in recent years as Chinese smartphone vendors came on strong, market research firm IDC said.

Amazon Fire teardown pegs parts cost just below 32GB iPhone 5S

Parts for the 32GB Amazon Fire smartphone cost $201, just shy of the cost of parts of a similarly configured Apple iPhone 5S and well below the Samsung Galaxy S5, both with the same 32GB storage tally.

Is the Samsung Z smartphone just delayed -- or doomed?

The launch of the Samsung Z, the first smartphone to run the Tizen OS, has been delayed indefinitely.

How Microsoft's CEO sees growth for Windows Phone and Lumia

During an earnings call this week, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella repeatedly promoted Lumia smartphones running on the Windows Phone platform. The call was just five days after the company announced a record 18,000 layoffs that raised concerns about Microsoft's long-term commitment to its phones.

Deep-dive review: The Lumia 635 smartphone -- a study in contrasts

Nokia's new low-cost Lumia 635 smartphone makes some unfortunate hardware compromises, but on the plus side it comes with the excellent Windows Phone 8.1.

Sprint to resell Google Apps for Business cloud service

Sprint announced a partnership with Google to offer the Google Apps for Business cloud service, adding that customers of the service won't be required to use Sprint's wireless network or Android devices.

Small cell device tech set to connect workplace Wi-Fi with 3G and LTE

Cisco says small cell technology is primed for explosive growth as it plans to connect 3G and LTE cellular networks to Wi-Fi access points that are already widely deployed in many enterprise facilities.

Red Alert app warns of imminent missile attacks in Israel

Red Alert: Israel is a free app for both iOS and Android that provides real-time alerts when missiles or rockets are fired into Israel. It's also become a specialized kind of social network.

As it lays off workers, Microsoft also kills its low-end Nokia X smartphones

In addition to announcing its largest job cuts ever, Microsoft today also signaled a retreat from its low-end Nokia X line of Android phones.

Visa launches 'Checkout' for quick and easy payments from any device

Visa announced a new simplified digital payment service called Visa Checkout, which is designed to allow customers to pay quickly for goods online on any connected device.

Apple-IBM deal threatens Android's enterprise push

The new Apple-IBM partnership seems sure to help Apple sell more iPads to businesses, but it may also be setting off alarm bells at mobile device management companies large and small.

Motorola unveils speech input tool for warehouse workers

Motorola Solutions on Tuesday unveiled a speech technology upgrade targeting mobile device workers in warehouses and distribution centers.

Wi-Fi, like ice cream, is coming in many flavors

Wi-Fi technology continues to evolve as wireless devices proliferate and demand for video and other data explodes.

Why Samsung needs to move beyond Android -- and Google

Samsung depends on Google's Android OS, but needs to find a way to differentiate itself from rivals who also use Android if it's to grow and thrive.

Verizon gets top ranking for network performance in U.S. cities

RootMetrics gives Verizon Wireless a big thumbs-up in its latest biannual ranking of wireless network performance in U.S. cities.

Sprint to exclusively sell ZTE mini Android projector

Gone, at least potentially, are the days of salespeople having to lug around a 4-pound projector to make presentations to potential customers.

Smartwatches at work: Boon or bane for IT?

It's hard to assess how popular smartwatches will be for business users, or how much of a pain they'll be for IT to support. But don't surprised when they start showing up in the office.

Google gets into the weeds of Android Work

Google has revealed more about how its new enterprise security and management framework -- otherwise known as Android Work -- will function when the next version of Android rolls out.

Samsung Gear Live unveiled as latest Android Wear smartwatch

Google gave about 6,000 developers attending its I/O conference on Wednesday two Android Wear smartwatches -- one for now and one for later -- as a not-so-subtle invitation to get developers to build more apps for those devices and their connected smartphones.

With Android L, Google makes pitch for enterprise users

Google will provide enterprise-focused security and management features to its entire Android showcase of mobile devices, including features reserved only for Samsung devices running Samsung security software called Knox, a Google executive announced during the Google I/O keynote address Wednesday.

Author Bio

Matt Hamblen Matt Hamblen covers mobile and wireless, smartphones and other handhelds, and wireless networking for Computerworld. Read his blog at blogs.computerworld.com/hamblen.