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Smartphones and PDAs
Samsung and Apple are at it again. In another round of the battle for mobile dominance, Samsung has filed a preliminary injunction against the new iPhone 4S and is requesting the source code for the device. This comes after Apple won a preliminary injunction against Samsung, effectively blocking the sale of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in several countries, including Australia, where the latest chapter is unfolding.
“Tying two rocks together doesn’t make them float.” That was one industry expert’s comment on Nokia and Microsoft partnering to create Windows phones. But the two can help each other: Nokia has a loyal mobile customer base and Microsoft has a lot of money and clout, though little success thus far in the mobile arena.
Zaarly, a start-up that helps users outsource their errands, announced Tuesday that it had closed a $14.1 million financing round led by Kleiner Perkins and Sands Capital Ventures. The company has now raised a total of $15.1 million over two rounds of financing, and says it will use the money for technical development and to expand operations.
This week Google and Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Nexus, the first phone to use Android 4.0 (aka Ice Cream Sandwich). The new operating system has several notable changes such as the ability to use facial recognition to unlock a screen, as well as NFC (near field communication) technology that lets users share apps, Web sites, YouTube videos, maps, directions, and more by simply tapping two Android 4.0 phones together.
According to an unnamed source cited in the Wall Street Journal, Samsung Electronics topped Apple in smartphone shipments this quarter, moving more than 20 million units. Samsung also raced ahead of Nokia, the world’s largest cellphone manufacturer. Nokia shipped 16.8 million smartphones in the last quarter.
Motorola hopes techy nostalgia can save its slipping market share. It announced its newest smartphone Thursday, the Droid Razr. Of course, the original Razr, a thin, sleek device, was a must-have about eight years ago. “This brand has a lot of recognition,” said Alain Mutricy, Motorola portfolio and product management senior vice president. “Because of what this brand means in the minds of consumers, we decided to relaunch it.”