September 18th, 2012 09:51
New submitter lookatmyhorse writes “As promised, Google’s Motorola unit has released its first Intel-powered smartphone. The Razr i is based on a mid-range model sold in the U.S. that features an ARM-based Snapdragon processor. Motorola said the change of chip meant improved camera performance. However, it has also meant Google’s Chrome browser is not installed on the device. Intel recently cut its sales forecasts citing weaker demand. Although it dominates PC chip sales, it is a niche player in the smart device sector. The handset is Motorola’s first to feature an Intel processor; its existing smartphone partners — ZTE, Lenovo, Lava, and Gigabyte — are all relatively minor smartphone forces in Western markets. So, Intel’s tie-up with Google — which also makes the Android system — is widely seen as its most significant effort to crack the market to date. The handset will be offered in the UK, France, Germany and Latin America.”
Source: Motorola’s First Intel-Based Handset Launches In UK
Categories: slashdot camera performance, France, Germany, google, handset, intel processor, Latin America, mdash, Motorola, niche player, range model, smart device, smartphone, U.S., UK
zacharye writes “RIM was expected to deliver a nightmarish, -30% year-on-year revenue decline into the May quarter — the company issued its latest profit warning just four weeks ago. Yet it ended up missing the lowered consensus estimate by 10%, generating just $2.8 billion in sales. The reasons for RIM’s decline are well-known and will be rehashed again over the next 24 hours. But the size of the F1Q13 sales miss raises another question: apart from Apple and Samsung, is the handset industry drifting into serious trouble?”
Source: Does RIM’s “Huge Loss” Signal Wider Handset Market Deterioration?
Categories: slashdot Apple, consensus estimate, Decline, deterioration, handset, revenue, revenue decline, rim, Samsung, serious trouble, trouble source, zacharye
An anonymous reader writes with this excerpt from ZDNet: “The launch of the Orange San Diego, the first handset using an Intel Atom processor, marks a big milestone for the chipmaker: it’s finally in the smartphone market. But does the market need Intel at all? … Intel’s scale and the reach of its other divisions gives [Mike] Bell’s smartphone unit a boost; for example, it can reuse code optimizations for Atom done by the desktop team. … Even so, the smartphone team has got a tough job on its hands — but it’s one Intel has to tackle, according to Carolina Milanesi, mobile analyst at Gartner. ‘This is certainly an attack strategy for Intel. The smartphone market is so large now that they need a piece of the pie,’ she said. But will consumers care whether their handset runs on an Intel chip? Bell conceded that aside from the tech-savvy, most people probably don’t know which chip is inside their phone. It’s likely, given the lack of advertising on this, that most probably don’t care — making Intel’s job even harder.”
Source: Why Intel Needs Smartphones More Than They Need Intel
Categories: slashdot atom, attack strategy, Carolina Milanesi, chip bell, code optimizations, handset, Intel, intel chip, market, Mike, Mike Bell, smartphone, Than
An anonymous reader writes “I guess is was inevitable, now that BMW is letting you view and make tweets from behind the wheel, but is it really a good idea to let people run smartphone apps from their dashboard monitor? I guess for navigation you could run your favorite map-app there, but there is nothing to stop people from running other apps on their dashboard too. It might be better than texting from the handset, but I’m not sure I want people playing Angry Birds while they drive.”
Source: Running Apps From Your Car’s Dashboard
aesoteric writes “The combustion of an Apple iPhone 4 after a regional flight in Australia was likely caused by a botched repair of the handset by an unauthorized repairer, according to air safety investigators in the U.S. and Australia. A small metal screw had been misplaced in the battery bay of the handset. The screw punctured the battery casing and caused an internal short circuit, making the iPhone emit dense smoke (PDF).”
Source: Botched Repair Likely Cause of Combusting iPhone After Flight
Categories: slashdot air safety investigators, Apple iPhone, Australia, battery, battery bay, flight, handset, metal screw, regional flight, repair, screw, U.S.
daveschroeder writes “In the wake of previous coverage alleging that Apple, Nokia, RIM, and others have provided Indian government with backdoors into their mobile handsets — which itself spawned a US investigation and questions about handset security — it turns out the memo which ignited the controversy is probably a fake designed to draw attention to the “Lords of Dharmaraja.” According to Reuters, “Military and cyber-security experts in India say the hackers may have created the purported military intelligence memo simply to draw attention to their work, or to taint relations between close allies India and the United States.” Apple has already denied providing access to the Indian government.”
Source: India Mobile Handset Backdoor Memo Probably a Fake
Categories: slashdot Apple, cyber security experts, Government, government source, handset, India, indian government, mdash, memo, military intelligence, mobile handsets, United States, US
Chinese smartphone manufacturer ZTE jumped ahead of Apple worldwide last year, according to IDG. ZTE doubled its shipped products in the fourth quarter of 2011 over the third and increased year-over-year by almost 60%. They now own just under 5% of global market share.
Now, ZTE has announced an anticipating doubling of its sales over the next year, with the United States becoming its primary market by 2015, according to Bloomberg.
ZTE, which is China’s second-largest handset maker, believes its growth will also rise precipitously in Europe, Japan and Brazil.
It was only last year, according to PO’s Rick Martin, that ZTE released its first handset to the American market, the ZTE Score, in partnership with Cricket.
The growth claims seem startling, but given ZTE’s progress over the last year, they do not seem out of the realm of possibility.
Source: Chinese Smartphone Maker Passes Apple Globally, Targets U.S.
Categories: readwriteweb Apple Globally, Brazil, China, Europe, fourth quarter, global market share, handset, Japan, market, Rick Martin, smartphone, U.S., United States, year, ZTE
December 23rd, 2011 12:06
writes “At this point we have a fairly good idea of what Carrier IQ is, and which manufacturers and carriers see fit to install it on their phones, but the Electronic Frontier Foundation — the preeminent protector of your digital rights — has taken it one step further and reverse engineered some of the program’s code to work out what’s actually going on. There are three parts to a Carrier IQ installation on your phone: The program itself, which captures your keystrokes and other ‘metrics’; a configuration file, which varies from handset to handset and carrier to carrier; and a database that stores your actions until it can be transmitted to the carrier. It turns out that that the config profiles are completely unencrypted, and thus very easy to crack.”
Source: EFF Reverse Engineers Carrier IQ
December 19th, 2011 12:53
writes “British Telecom is claiming billions of dollars of damages from Google in a lawsuit filed in the US which says that the Android mobile operating system infringes a number of the telecoms company’s key patents. The lawsuit, filed in the state of Delaware in the US, relates to six patents which BT says are infringed by the Google Maps, Google Music, location-based advertising and Android Market products on Android. If successful, the suit could mean that Google or mobile handset makers will have to pay BT royalties on each Android handset in use and which they produce.”
Source: BT Sues Google Over Android
Categories: slashdot Android, british telecom, Delaware, google, google maps, handset, handset makers, lawsuit, music location, phonewebcam, state of delaware, US
CWmike writes “With recent news of a possible link between cell phone radiation and risk of brain cancer, you may have a new-found interest in knowing how much radiation your mobile handset is giving off — or, more importantly, how much your body might be absorbing. The FCC’s legal limit for mobile phones is 1.6 Watts of radiofrequency energy per kilogram, using a measure called Specific Absorption Rate (SAR). The Environmental Working Group, which tracks SAR data for more than 1,300 cell phone and smartphone models, notes that several factors besides your handset affect your actual level of exposure. Look up your phone’s SAR; or see a full chart of phones.”
And relax — have a coffee
Source: Brain Cancer Worries? Look Up Your Phone’s SAR