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EC steps up antitrust inquiry into Google, Android

The European Commission is stepping up its inquiry into Google's alleged anti-competitive behavior in the market for mobile software, making a formal investigation into the company's Android business more likely, according to a report.

Android grabs record 85% smartphone share

Google's dominance of the smartphone market has reached new heights, with its Android operating system now accounting for a record 84.6 percent share of global smartphone shipments, according to research by Strategy Analytics.

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.

Apple is losing its grip as the top tablet company

Apple's grip on the tablet is loosening, with the iPad losing ground during the second quarter this year to Android and Windows tablets.

Hands on with Xiaomi's Mi 4, a high-end handset, with an iPhone look

Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi jokes that its newest handset, built out of stainless steel, is like a "kitchen knife," but iPhone-esque might be the better comparison.

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.

Google's 3D mapping tech flying to space station

After a successful Sunday launch, the Cygnus cargo spacecraft is on its way to the International Space Station, carrying a Google 3D smartphone, along with a flock of tiny satellites.

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.

Apple's CarPlay to dominate infotainment systems, will be in 24M cars by 2019

Apple's API for in-car mobile devices, better known as CarPlay, will outpace both the open API MirrorLink and GENIVI.

Gartner scales back Windows forecast

Gartner today scaled back its forecast of Windows' near future, saying that while Microsoft's OS will power a growing number of devices this year and next, the gains will be smaller than it projected in January.

Samsung's S5 mini: Slimmer and slower than S5, but still scans fingerprints

The Galaxy S5 mini will still have the fingerprint scanner, heart-rate monitor and waterproofing of its bigger brother, but its quad-core processor will run slower and its screen will, of course, be smaller.

Google answers Apple's 'Continuity' with partial measures

Google this week offered a partial answer to Apple's Continuity technology, announcing a system that will let Android-powered smartphones interact with Chrome OS on Chromebooks.

Android Studio heading towards full release

Google's Android Studio development environment is available in a beta version that makes it easier to create apps for smartwatches and TVs.

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.

QuickPoll: What's the most important announcement from this year's Google I/O?

Android Wear, the 'L' operating system and Android auto -- those were just some of the announcements from this year's Google I/O. Which do you think was most important?

Google targets business users with cloud, Docs advances

After focusing on Android during much of today's lengthy keynote, Google officials turned their attention to the enterprise.

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.