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  After rumors of Verizon introducing XLTE popped up last week, it’s now official. XLTE is actually Verizon’s AWS spectrum, which allows them to have more bandwidth available for customers to get faster data speeds on their devices. Of course, you need a compatible device to take advantage of the new network. It looks like you’ll need a device from either 2013 or 2014, so if you’ve upgraded in the last year you are probably set: Phones: Moto X DROID ULTRA DROID MAXX DROID MINI HTC One (M8) HTC One Max LG...

While Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean might have taken over more than 50 percent of all devices running Android, the hard and cold truth is that there are still a considerable amount of phones running on Gingerbread. For BlackBerry, not having the BBM app support that old-but-still-active version of Android has allowed competing apps like WhatsApp and Line to continue to lead, but now, it’s a lead that could be noticeably shortened.  ...

Look, there’s nothing wrong with competition. In fact, we all welcome it, regardless of personal preferences. Android geeks, Apple fanatics, Windows Phone aficionados, surviving BlackBerry supporters, we may argue all the time and each feel like we’re in possession of the universal truth, which we want bestowed on our clueless “enemies”. But when all is said and done, you need little more than common sense to realize Android would be nothing without iOS. And vice versa. Windows Phone, BlackBerry? They look pretty pointless right...

Android news has been interesting this week. First, there’s the surprising announcement that Google has sold its Motorola Mobility division to Lenovo. Prior to that, there’s the news that BlackBerry’s latest OS update now allows users to install Android apps straight from the .APK file, or through application marketplaces, without having to convert to a BlackBerry app installer, as previously necessary. The Droid Guy has discussed the motivations behind the Motorola Mobility sale in a recent editorial. In gist, this...

BlackBerry (formerly Research-in-Motion) seems to be serious in its efforts to relive its glory days at the top of the smartphone ecosystem. Newly-appointed CEO John Chen expects the company to be profitable again by 2016, and the new management is aggressive at pursuing partnerships with device makers in bundling its instant messaging app and network, BlackBerry Messenger. Chen says the work will not be easy, but BlackBerry is taking things a step at a time. “My step one was to have the company financially out of harm’s way,”...

BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) is about get more users, if people use the app. BlackBerry has announced a deal with LG that BBM will come pre-installed on LG smartphones. The LG Pro Lite will be the first phone to have BBM built-in. It seems that emerging markets are being targeted by both companies, as the Pro Lite is an entry-level 5.5″ handset sold in Russia, China, India, and the Middle East. That’s an interesting market to target, but it will hopefully help BlackBerry in the long run. In some emerging markets, BlackBerry...

This table shows Samsung market share in the US as of October 2013 as well as the individual shares of other major players in the US Smartphone industry. (Source: comScore) comScore, an Internet technology company dedicated in studying the current trends in the digital world, recently released the key trends in the US Smartphone industry based on their study conducted last October. The report revealed a continuous growth in Samsung market share which increased to 1.3 percent in contrast to comScore’s previous survey in July. The...

The popularity of supersized smartphones is increasing, according to the figures of the phablet shipments recorded in IDC’s research which covers the third quarter of 2013. These phablets, which measure between 5 inches and above, accounted for 21 percent of the 261.1 million total smartphone sales during the aforementioned quarter. The number marks a 3 percent increase when compared to the figures recorded in same quarter last year. Phablet shipments are on the rise: IDC IDC says that the fact that many of the popular Android smartphone...