HTC devices to be banned in Germany

It could be a bleak mid-winter for HTC as it its smartphones and tablets look likely to be banned from sale in Germany.Having dropped objections to a patent lawsuit and sales injunction won by a Germany company, IPCom, in 2009, the company’s devices could be withdrawn from German stores.IPCom threatened in a statement, “IPCom now intends to execute this injunction in the shortest possible time.”Bad SantaIPCom’s MD, Bernhard Frohwitter, added, “Apparently, HTC has accepted it had no realistic chance of winning this case – the courts have clearly ...

Android 2.3 Gingerbread update headed to Samsung DROID Charge “soon”

Verizon Wireless has revealed that the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the Samsung DROID Charge smartphone will be released in the near future, or “soon” as the carrier puts it. The update will add security fixes and performance enhancements along with all of the other goodies that come with Android 2.3. Verizon typically rolls these updates out slowly, so users will have to sit back and wait for the notification on their phones alerting them that the update is ready to download and install. ...

Nokia announces software updates to fix Lumia 800 battery life

It seems that Apple’s iPhone 4S isn’t the only new smartphone on the market with reports of battery life issues, as Nokia has announced that a software update is coming for the Lumia 800 that will address battery life and charging issues that have been reported by users. In fact, the company plans to release two software updates in the coming months to address the problems. Tweet Vote on HN ...

Samsung Wave 3 brings bada 2.0

Samsung is officially making available its new Wave 3 bada-powered smartphone in markets across the world today. The Wave 3 is Samsung’s flagship bada device, and it is powered by a 1.4GHz single-core processor and has a WVGA resolution, 4-inch Super AMOLED screen. The Wave 3 includes a 5 megapixel camera with 720p video recording and a front-facing camera for video chats. The Wave 3 runs bada 2.0, which offers a number of improvements over its predecessor. The Wave 3 is available today in France, Germany, Italy, and Russia, and will hit other markets across the world in the near ...

HTC to Reevaluate Pending S3 Graphics

HTC has said that it is going to reconsider its planned purchase of S3 Graphics now that S3 has lost a patent case against Apple in court. S3 makes graphics visualization technologies used in PCs, game consoles, and mobile devices. It sued Apple over patent rights and was handed a defeat by the U.S. International Trade Commission this week. HTC planned to purchase S3 Graphics, in part, due to its patents, with which it hoped to better defend itself against litigation. HTC didn’t say when a final decision will be made on the purchase, which will cost HTC $300 million if it ...

ZTE Chorus

Cricket Wireless today announced the availability of the ZTE Chorus with Muve Music. The Chorus is based on Android and includes Cricket’s streaming music service. The full retail cost of the Chorus is $199.99, but Cricket is selling it for $49.99 via its web site today. Cricket’s Muve Music voice, text, web, and music plans cost $55 per month and do no require an annual contract. Tweet Vote on HN ...

Nokia Siemens Networks to Slash 17,000 Jobs Amid Re-Org

Nokia Siemens Networks today said that it is restructuring its business to better focus on the mobile broadband and services markets. As part of the broad reorganization, NSN plans to cut 17,000 employees from its global workforce by the end of 2013. Nokia Siemens has about 74,000 employees today, and the cuts amount to a massive 23% of its total employee base. In order to accomplish this workforce reduction, NSN said it will consolidate facilities and functions, simplify processes, eliminate the company’s matrix organizational structure, as well as realize certain synergies with the ...

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