smartphones

BLU unleashes Quattro series with NVIDIA Tegra 3

BLU has some big plans to shake up the smartphone space, today introducing a new line of smartphones that come complete with NVIDIA Tegra 3 processors. The new series is called Quattro, and though it may not sound like anything special, one of the big draws of the line will be that the phones are offered unlocked at a rather inexpensive price. There are three devices in all: the Quattro 4.5, Quattro 4.5 HD, and Quattro 5.7 HD.

Dell waves goodbye to smartphone business

We don't see too much of Dell in the smartphone space these days, and it looks like that's only going to continue. The company has announced that it will be exiting the smartphone market entirely, as it wants to focus on its Windows PC and laptop business. Little surprise there, considering that Dell is a PC maker first, but it has dabbled in the smartphone space a few times in the past.

HTC partners with UEFA until 2015

HTC has been struggling a bit of lately, but the company has just signed a new partnership deal that's bound to bring in at least a few new customers. HTC has signed a three-year partnership deal with the Union of European Football Associations, making HTC "the official phone and tablet" of the UEFA. This partnership is schedule to run until the end of the 2014/2015 season.

MobileMount+ now seeking funding on Kickstarter

If you've ever wished you could attach your phone to a tripod or have a simple-yet-effective stand for your tablet, then you might want to head over to Kickstarter and toss a few dollars at the MobileMount+. We've heard of the MobileMount before, with the original netting more than $100,000 in a Kickstarter campaign, but now it's time for the MobileMount+ to shine. MobileMount+ is comprised of two suction cups and one threaded 1/4" 20 ball joint, meaning that simplicity is key here.

5-inch HTC M7 rumored for Q1 2013 with Snapdragon S4 Pro

HTC has made a pretty big push for the high-end market with the DROID DNA, but if new rumors are to be believed, the company isn't stopping there. Apparently HTC is planning to launch another high-end device called the HTC M7, which comes equipped with a 5-inch screen. That's the same screen size as the one on the DROID DNA, so it seems that five is the magic number for HTC.

Pioneer AV receivers get support for HTC Connect

If you happen to own both a Pioneer AV receiver from 2012 and a HTC smartphone, then starting today there's a chance you can use both of them together. Today Pioneer announced a firmware update for "all Pioneer 2012 networked audio video receiver models," that adds support for HTC Connect. This means that you can now use your HTC smartphone to stream music to your receiver.

Samsung projected to ship 61.5 million smartphones in Q4

The next few months will be big for a lot of companies, with Black Friday kicking off the holiday shopping season today. A lot of companies stand to make a lot of money from customers ready to hand over their cash, and it looks like Samsung will be one of these businesses benefiting from the holiday rush. A new projection from UBS pegs the Android manufacturer with a potential 61.5 million smartphone shipments during Q4.

AT&T hits 4G LTE deployment plan for 2012 early

Verizon may be rolling out its 4G LTE network at an alarming rate, but today AT&T is showing us that it can play ball too. The company announced today that it doubled the size of its 4G LTE network during 2012, and the year isn't over yet. AT&T will continue rolling out 4G LTE through the end of the year and into 2013, so AT&T customers are only going to see their coverage get better.

Samsung hits Apple with mobile processor price increase

With Samsung and Apple currently waging a patent battle across the globe, it's easy to understand that the business deals between the two companies are a little shaky at the moment. Apple has been slowly trying to replace Samsung as a supplier of its parts for iDevices, but now Samsung is fighting back. A new report from MarketWatch claims that Samsung is charging Apple a 20% premium for its mobile processor chips these days.

Google is shifting towards a “mobile first” mentality

The folks from Mountain View clearly have a huge foot in the mobile game, not to mention they've been stepping up that game over the past 6 months with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and their new Nexus line. According to a note to investors Google's been talking more and more about mobile, and multiple employees have stated they are shifting towards a “mobile first” mentality.
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