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6 billion people now using mobile phones around the world

The smartphone industry may still be in its infancy, but the mobile phone market as a whole is not. Some of us have been using mobile phones since the early '80s, and the 30th anniversary of the first commercially available cell phone is actually coming up next year. Knowing that, it's no surprise that today, the International Telecommunications Union is reporting that six billion people around the world are using mobile phones.

Twitter and Nielsen team up to offer new brand surveys

Advertising, as they say, makes the world go round. If you use Twitter frequently, you've probably seen more than few promoted tweets in your timeline, and now the company is looking to expand on that idea a little bit. Twitter has teamed up with Nielsen to deliver brand surveys to users in the same way it shows promoted tweets, allowing companies to get a better idea of how its Twitter ad campaigns are working.

Google employee Punit Soni named Motorola VP of Product

Google is slowly but surely making some changes and transitions over at Motorola Mobility. After snatching the company and all their patents up last year for about $12.5 billion we've been waiting to see some actual results from the purchase. Back in May the deal was finalized and they replaced the CEO with their own Dennis Woodside, and today another Googler is taking on VP of Products.

NASA PhoneSat sending Nexus One, Nexus S into space

It's been a big summer for NASA. A few weeks back, it landed the Curiosity rover on the surface Mars, and it announced earlier this week that we'll be going back to Mars in 2016 - this time to find out how the Red Planet evolved. But NASA's upcoming plans don't all have something to do with Mars as some of them, like PhoneSat, will be playing out much closer to home.

HTC announces $35 million investment in Magnet Systems

Despite the fact that HTC is currently going through some financial difficulties, it has made a $35.4 million investment in Magnet Systems. The investment in the US-based start-up is also apparently bringing a shift in strategy for HTC, as it will likely begin to focus on the enterprise market after this deal. The investment was revealed in Taiwan Stock Exchange filing made by HTC.

Black Galaxy S III reportedly slated for October release

It looks we might be closing in on the release of the black Galaxy S III, as UK retailer Clove has given it an October release window. Of course, we don't have a solid release date yet, but with Clove saying that it'll be out in October, we're closer than ever to locking one down. Aside from the new black color, this version of the Galaxy S III also comes with a pretty major improvement: there's reportedly a variation that comes with 64GB of storage, something the international version of the phone lacks.

Samsung training documents reveal Galaxy S Relay 4G

We've been hearing rumors that the Samsung Galaxy S Blaze Q was undergoing a name change, but today we may have just received confirmation. TmoNews has unearthed some Samsung training documents that show the Galaxy S Blaze Q, but this time around it has a different name: the Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G. It would appear that the Blaze Q has indeed been re-branded, but Samsung has yet to make an official announcement on the switch.

Motorola PHOTON Q 4G LTE confirmed for August 19 launch

We previously heard that the Motorola PHOTON Q 4G LTE might be launching on August 19, and today the company confirmed it. The Motorola PHOTON Q 4G LTE will be available starting on Sunday, August 19, and will set you back $200. Of course, that $200 price tag requires a two-year contract with your carrier, so be prepared to sign one of those if you want the PHOTON Q for that price.

Google introduces Handwrite search for smartphones and tablets

If you're like me and you have fat fingers that don't do well when presented with a tiny touchscreen keyboard, then Google's new Handwrite search might just be what you're looking for. Google has officially rolled out the beta for its new Handwrite search functionality, and it allows you to write your search term with your finger instead of typing it into the search field. As with regular Google Search, you can write-in only a partial phrase and then pick from a list of common search terms, which should come in handy when using Handwrite on a smaller screen, such as a smartphone.
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