Smartphones News – China Mobile Ltd, TORONTO, Samsung, Google Inc.

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For China Mobile, 4G and next iPhone key to unlocking Apple demand
By Lee Chyen Yee HONG KONG (Reuters) – China Mobile Ltd said it plans to spend 41.7 billion yuan ($6.7 billion) developing 4G technology this year, hoping to tap pent-up demand for Apple Inc smartphones as it gets an iPhone model that will finally run on its network. …–finance.html

BlackBerry shares surge on huge order for new devices
TORONTO (Reuters) – BlackBerry shares surged on Wednesday after the smartphone maker said one of its established partners has placed an order for 1 million BlackBerry 10 smartphones, with shipments starting immediately. The Waterloo, Ontario-based company said this order marks the largest ever single purchase order in BlackBerry’s history, indicating strong demand for its Z10 smartphones powered by its new BlackBerry 10 operating system. The company’s Nasdaq-listed shares jumped 8 percent to $15.62 in afternoon trading, while its Toronto-listed stock rose 8.3 percent to C$16.06. …–finance.html

Samsung said to have no ‘interest in seeing the Windows Phone platform succeed’
If it looks as though Samsung (005930) isn’t putting that much effort into selling Windows-based devices, that might be because it isn’t. Per Barron’s, a new research note from Detwiler Fenton analyst Jeff Johnston contends that “there is no evidence that Samsung has any interest in seeing the Windows Phone platform succeed,” and that the company is simply biding its time until it can release its own Tizen platform to act as an insurance policy for Android. Johnston further notes that Samsung’s “Windows Phone roadmap is limited to a small number of smartphones, none of which appear to be all that exciting,” and that the company has given no indication that it will use some of its enormous marketing budget to help

Google replaces exec in charge of Android software
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google says the executive in charge of its popular Android software for smartphones and tablet computers is stepping down from the job.–finance.html


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