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iPhone shows summer sales gains over Android in U.S.

While some analysts are convinced that Apple’s smartphone business is doomed, new sales data would seem to indicate that the iPhone still has fight left in it. According to a report by Kantar Worldpanel ComTech, Apple made significant sales gains over Android during the summer in the U.S., even before the launch of the iPhone… Read More

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Report: Apple’s iOS App Store hits 950,000 apps

Apple announced in its last quarterly statement that the iOS App Store had reached 900,000 apps, and now it looks like it may hit 1 million apps within the next couple months. Appsfire, a company that specializes in user acquisition for iPhone and iPad apps, tweeted today that the App Store has hit 950,000 apps,… Read More

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Google expands reach of Wallet with new iPhone app

Following its update on Tuesday that brought its payment software to all Android phones – not just those with Near Field Communication wireless transmission — Google has now made it possible for iPhone users to get in on Google Wallet. The iPhone app shares features with Wallet’s Android app, including the ability to store loyalty… Read More

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Gartner: Smartphone sales beat feature phones, rising tide lifts Samsung, Microsoft

For the first time in the history of cell phones, smartphone sales have exceeded those of feature phones, according to new quarterly sales numbers released today by Gartner. As it turns out, though, a rising tide does not lift all boats equally, with Android continuing to cement its dominance, carried aloft by Samsung’s sales. Samsung’s… Read More

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Nokia CEO says he picked Windows Phone over fear of Samsung dominating Android

Last week, Nokia CEO Stephen Elop defended his company’s decision two years ago to try to create a “third ecosystem” by throwing its weight behind Windows Phone, competing against iPhone and Android. Now, in a recent roundtable with European media outlets, Elop went into more detail about that logic and shed light on how he feared Samsung would dominate… Read More

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Google revamps Maps for iOS, updates Chrome

It’s the week for new features for Google’s iOS apps. The Mountain View-based search titan released key updates to Google Maps and Chrome for the iPhone and iPad, bringing new features to both products. After a prolonged absence from the iPad, Google Maps is making a triumphant return with version 2.0, which also brings a… Read More

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Apple gaining ground on Android thanks to T-Mobile

The latest U.S. smartphone market share numbers from Kantar show Apple gaining ground on rival Android. While Google still led the way with 52 percent of the market, Apple’s iOS share increased 3.5 percent to 41.9 percent in the three-month period ending in May, compared to just a 0.1 percent growth on Android. Windows Phone,… Read More