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Teardown: Galaxy S5 parts cost 21% more than for iPhone 5S

The Samsung Galaxy S5 comes with an "astronomical" cost for materials of $251.52 for the 32 GB version, according to a teardown estimate by IHS Technology.
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BlackBerry pushes BBM Protected for end-to-end encrypted messaging

BlackBerry is promoting an upcoming end-to-end encrypted messaging service called BBM Protected for industries that need the highest levels of security.

Can Microsoft's Windows Phone OS surge in market share?

Microsoft on Wednesday is expected to launch Version 8.1 of its Windows Phone platform at its annual Build developers conference, and that move will be followed later in the day by a separate Nokia event where two new phones running the new OS are expected to be announced.

HTC One M8 called a good looker and genuine rival to the Galaxy S5

HTC announced its One M8 smartphone on Tuesday, boasting its premium styling and asserting that it offers the world's best innovations. Those include a dual rear camera for adding depth to photos and a battery with 40% longer life than last year's HTC One M7.

QuickPoll: Which features should smartphone makers focus on next?

Over the past year or so, smartphone innovation has hit a plateau. What do you think phone makers should focus on to next?

Smartphone innovation is slowing, so what's next?

In the last year or so, there has been a noticeable slowdown in innovations in new smartphones -- with both hardware and software. The next direction seems to be making the smartphone the hub for connecting technologies in the Internet of Things scenario.

Samsung Galaxy S5 to cost $200 at AT&T; Gear devices start at $199

AT&T announced it will sell the Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone for $200 with a two-year contract starting April 11.

Wearables fit perfectly into Google's smart strategy

Google's Android Wear mobile operating system is about powering smartwatches and wearables, but it also fits neatly into the company's overall smart strategy.

Snowden revelations raise interest in smartphone spyware for business

As the world still reels over reports of U.S. government surveillance of privately owned smartphones, a spyware industry is growing that's focused on helping employers monitor the ways smartphones and tablets are used by their workers. Parents are also interested in the service to track their children's smartphone use.

Studies show Sprint and T-Mobile need to expand U.S. coverage

Two major studies released this week of the nation's largest wireless networks put Verizon on top in nearly every technical network measurement, with AT&T close behind and Sprint and T-Mobile trailing.

Smartphones In Depth

Brace yourself, here comes the mobile appsplosion

Companies are engaged in a kind of arms race with competitors to see how many apps they can get everyone to use. But this aggressive push for more apps is going to end up giving users app fatigue.

Jonny Evans: Wearable computing means the death of the smartphone

For wearables to really take off, they will have to cannibalize the smartphone, just as mobile devices have cannibalized the PC.

Secure smartphones are nice, but not enough

In the past week, two new ultra secure smartphones have been in the news. One is called the Blackphone. The other is called the Black phone. The difference in their names is a space. Here's what we know about the two most secure smartphones ever created.

Mobile World Congress 2014

Get the latest from Mobile World Congress 2014 in Barcelona: News, reviews and more

How apps are changing fast food

The world of fast food is getting faster -- and redefining the future of mobile payments. Just look at what Taco Bell and Chipotle are doing.

How 'Lenovorola' changes the mobile world

Google is selling Motorola to Lenovo. The deal makes Google better, Lenovo bigger and Motorola gets a new lease on life.

Digital nomad survival tips you can use anywhere

Mike Elgan traveled over three continents in the past 18 months and has these tips for staying connected, keeping powered up and protecting your valuable gadgets from theft.

Does your phone need a phone of its own?

Phablets -- those smartphones almost as big a tablet -- are great, but it can be hard to get them out of a pocket or purse. Help is on the way in the form of tiny, phone-like devices that use Bluetooth to let you talk on the phone without holding a phablet up to your ear.

So what's wrong with being tracked by advertisers?

Companies are getting more aggressive about using your phone to track you and then send you location-based mobile ads. So what?

Why the new 'superphones' really are super

These phones have features that radically exceed not only those of other phones but also those of other consumer devices. That's why Mike Elgan calls them 'superphones.'

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