This Week in Mobile June 10th to June 16th – Our weekly post on mobile news. You can expect a new post every Monday morning giving a brief summary of what happened the previous week in the mobile space along with links for more information. If you think we missed anything important, leave a comment or send us a tweet @willowtreeapps. Here is what happened this week…

 

– Independent of what carrier consumers are using, any calls routed along NSA-cooperating US networks could be recorded and included in NSA reports.

Apple:

Apple’s new iOS7 UI looks strikingly similar to existing designs from other platforms.

– If you didn’t get a chance to watch Apple’s WWDC 2013 Keynote, check out this live blog for more details.

– Phablets may be a thing of the future for iPhones.

– Office Mobile is now available for US iPhone users, with a subscription to Office 365.

Google:

– Crowdsourcing traffic data company Waze has been acquired by Google.

Facebook:

Instagram may soon be getting video, a response to the growing popularity of other video sharing apps.

Windows Phone:

– Nokia has commenced sales for the Nokia Lumia 925 in Europe, and will soon roll-out sales to the U.S. market.

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This Week in Mobile May 20th to May 28th  – Our weekly post on mobile news. You can expect a new post every Monday morning giving a brief summary of what happened the previous week in the mobile space along with links for more information. If you think we missed anything important, leave a comment or send us a tweet @willowtreeapps. Hope you enjoyed the long Memorial Day Weekend, here is what happened this week…

 

– Cross platform development tool Unity announced that users can now deploy to iOS and Android platforms free of charge, previously only available to paid customers.

The FDA has sent an inquiry to a iOS urinalysis app developer, prompting speculation that certain medical apps may soon need to get FDA approval.

– AT&T, which has historically blocked video calling on its network, will allow all video calling on its network by the end of the year.

Android:

Samsung is announcing new phones June 20th.

Samsung Galaxy S 4 phones will have smartphone recovery software built in, an attempt to boost Samsung and Android security features.

– The EU is asking carriers if Apple’s distribution terms may be unfairly non competitive.

– HTC may be considering a stock Android version of the HTC One.

Google may be bidding on Waze, a mobile mapping service, who has also received bids from Facebook.

Samsung topped mobile sales in China this quarter, beating out Apple and other competitors.

Apple:

iOS 7 could feature an all flat black and white design, according to 9to5Mac.

New and Notable Apps:

Rhapsody released a completely revamped version its iOS app this week in an attempt to stand out in the crowded music app space.

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This Week in Mobile May 13th to May 20th  – Our weekly post on mobile news. You can expect a new post every Monday morning giving a brief summary of what happened the previous week in the mobile space along with links for more information. If you think we missed anything important, leave a comment or send us a tweet @willowtreeapps. Here’s what happened this week…

 

Sprint purchased additional wireless spectrum from US Cellular.

Rovio announced it will start publishing mobile games under its “Rovio Stars” program.

Apple:

iOS mobile devices were approved for use on US Military networks this week.

Apple App Store passed 50 billion app downloads this week, while Google is only slightly behind at 48 billion.

Google:

– Android video Hangouts don’t work on AT&T, here’s why.

– The Verge has a hands on with the newest stock Android phone.

– Google IO was this week, and Engadget has a good recap of what was announced.

– Google showed off a new version of Glass with prescription lenses.

Windows Phone:

Google asked Microsoft to remove the Windows Phone 8 YouTube app for a lack of ads, and Microsoft responds.

Windows Phone outshipped BlackBerry for the first time this month.

BlackBerry:

BlackBerry announced the Q5, an entry level BB OS 10 device.

– BlackBerry also announced a stand alone BBM app for iOS and Android.

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This Week in Mobile  April 22nd – April 29th  – Our weekly post on mobile news. You can expect a new post every Monday morning giving a brief summary of what happened the previous week in the mobile space along with links for more information. If you think we missed anything important, leave a comment or send us a tweet @willowtreeapps. It was a slow week for Android news, but here’s what happened elsewhere this week…

 

– According to the IDC, Smartphones out shipped feature phones worldwide for the first time ever.

Samsung posted record profits this quarter.

Nokia is inviting the press to an event May 14th to show its next gen product lineup.

- Chat Apps such as WhatsApp have officially passed SMS messaging in daily usage.

Apple:

– Apple CEO Tim Cook answered questions during Apple’s quarterly earning call, where he outlined the cons of a larger screen and said, “[Apple] would not ship a larger display iPhone while these trade offs exist.”

Tickets for WWDC went on sale this week, and sold out in less than 2 minutes.

The logo for Apple's 2013 WWDC, possibly hinting at a  new UI for iOS.

The logo for Apple’s 2013 WWDC, possibly hinting at a new UI for iOS.

Android:

Google revised its Play Store content policy to include new language preventing Facebook from updating apps outside of the store.

BlackBerry:

- Skype released a native app for BB OS 10 this week, and Facebook increased support for older devices with it’s BB app.

Facebook for the older BlackBerry OS 5 and 6.

Facebook for the older BlackBerry OS 5 and 6.

– Early reports suggest BlackBerry 10 devices may be selling at a rapid rate in the…

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This Week in Mobile  April 8th to April 15th  – Our weekly post on mobile news. You can expect a new post every Monday morning giving a brief summary of what happened the previous week in the mobile space along with links for more information. If you think we missed anything important, leave a comment or send us a tweet @willowtreeapps. Here’s what happened…

 

 

– The Verge has a great article on how cell phone carriers are using your location data.

New York City police have begun using Android smartphones to assist themselves in the field.

HTC posts record low profits after latest round of Android devices were delayed.

The new HTC One, which is releasing soon after a long delay

The new HTC One, which is releasing soon after a long delay

Apple:

– Bloomberg reports that Foxconn is hiring in preparation for the iPhone.

T-Mobile is offering large discounts to customers trading in old iPhones for new iPhone 5s.

Verizon CEO claims he convinced Steve Jobs to add 4G LTE to the iPhone, video streaming was the killer feature.

Android:

– The Galaxy 4 launch dates may have leaked through an internal Staples training sheet.

Leaked training text with supposed launch dates. Image Source: Engadget

Leaked training text with supposed launch dates. Image Source: Engadget

HTC released the Android source for some of its phones, including the HTC One, allowing developers to tweak the software on the devices.

– Korean news company IT News claims Samsung is planning to release a larger 6.3 inch smart phone tablet.

Facebook released Chat Heads, the new Facebook chat application for Android, this week alongside the launch of Facebook Home.

This Week in Mobile March 18th to March 25th  – Our weekly post on mobile news. You can expect a new post every Monday morning giving a brief summary of what happened the previous week in the mobile space along with links for more information. If you think we missed anything important, leave a comment or send us a tweet @willowtreeapps. Here’s what happened this week…

 

– A J.D. Power smartphone survey for customer satisfaction showed Apple leading, but a very close race for 2nd between Nokia, Motorola, HTC and Samsung.

J. D. Power survey on customer satisfaction.

J. D. Power survey on customer satisfaction.

– T-mobile began offering contract free plans this week.

– After releasing a fix for the last iPhone lock screen bypass, a new workaround has been found for iOS 6.1.3 lock screen and another bypass was found for Samsung Android phones.

– Bloomberg is reporting that Samsung is working on a smart watch.

Verizon is releasing its own messaging service to compete with SMS.

Apple:

– The EU is investigating reports that Apple’s carrier agreements might be violating antitrust laws.

Apple acquired indoor mapping company WifiSLAM, suggesting they may be working on indoor features to rival current offerings from Google Maps.

Google:

Nokia is resisting Google’s push for a VP8 video codec, which is Google’s proposal for an open HTML5 video option.

Windows Phone:

Pandora released an official app for Windows Phone 8 this week, with ad-free listening through the end of the year.

– Microsoft Senior manager revealed in an interview that Microsoft may have had some say over the design of Nokia’s Lumia line of phones.

BlackBerry:

– The Guardian initially reported that the British government concluded BlackBerry 10 isn’t secure enough for the their use, but the article has now been pulled, and the government denies…

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This Week in Mobile March 11th – March 18th  – Our weekly post on mobile news. You can expect a new post every Monday morning giving a brief summary of what happened the previous week in the mobile space along with links for more information. If you think we missed anything important, leave a comment or send us a tweet @willowtreeapps. Here’s what happened this week…

 

-DropBox acquired Mailbox, a new email startup with a 6 figure wait list for its iOS app, for an estimated 100 million this week.

– The newest Android update for Facebook side steps the Google Play store for about 1% of users, which could be a violation of Google Plays terms of service.

Apple:

– Apple’s head of marketing Phil Schiller attacked Google for its fragmented devices, along with other Android companies on the eve of the Samsung Galaxy S IV launch.

– Apple has launched a new iPhone ad campaign with a website outlining why consumers should choose the iPhone.

The leaked ad for Google Now for iOS.

The leaked ad for Google Now for iOS.

– A video of Google Now for the iPhone and iPad leaked onto YouTube, only to be quickly removed.

Android:

– Samsung released the Galaxy S IV this week. Engadget has a hardware overview, and The Verge goes into more detail.

The new Galaxy S IV in front of the old S III. Source: Engadget

The new Galaxy S IV in front of the old S III. Source: Engadget

Google removed all ad-blocking apps from the App Store, citing violation of Play Store policy.

Microsoft:

– Wall Street Journal had a QA with Samsung Chief of Mobile, who explained Samsung’s use of Android saying Microsoft tablets and phones have had lackluster…

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This Week in Mobile March 4th – March 11th  – Our weekly post on mobile news. You can expect a new post every Monday morning giving a brief summary of what happened the previous week in the mobile space along with links for more information. If you think we missed anything important, leave a comment or send us a tweet @willowtreeapps. Here’s what happened this week…

 

– The Wall Street Journal published two articles about app developers this week. One mentioned the do’s and don’ts of app creation, and the other about the new jobs mobile apps are adding to the workplace.

Flurry published a report about fragmentation among mobile platforms. Creating native apps for multiple platforms is getting harder.

Source: Flurry

– The Whitehouse Petition website responded to a petition allowing users to unlock mobile phones.

Android:

- Pictures leaked out of China are supposedly snapshots of the unreleased Samsung Galaxy S IV.

– According to the New York Times, the Samsung Galaxy S IV will track users eyes in order to scroll pages and control other systems.

– Android 4.x finally controls more market-share than Gingerbread.

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– The Chinese Ministry released a statement that Android controls too much of the Chinese mobile market-share.

Microsoft:

– Nokia acknowledges that Microsoft might be making a Surface phone.

Blackberry:

– Blackberry CEO Thorston Heins said in an interview this week, “You will not see us getting into the 50-, 60-buck phone segment. This is not BlackBerry.”

– AT&T will offer the Z10 for the first time in the US on March 22nd.

New and Noteworthy Apps:

– Opera has started using the WebKit engine for its browser, which resulted in an Android release of the browser this week.

Nokia released a photo sharing app putting pressure…

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This Week in Mobile February 25th – March 4th  – Our weekly post on mobile news. You can expect a new post every Monday morning giving a brief summary of what happened the previous week in the mobile space along with links for more information. If you think we missed anything important, leave a comment or send us a tweet @willowtreeapps. Here’s what happened this week…

 

– Pandora is back to throttling its mobile users. High licensing costs will cap free listeners at 40 hours of music per week.

– Sony is interested in developing phones for Firefox OS, and hopes to have them available by early 2014. This comes after a statement that they are striving to be #3 in the smartphone world.

– Google’s Sergey Brin made some strong statements against touch-screens while showing off Google’s new Glass product.screen-shot-2013-02-26-at-5-34-19-pm1

The FCC is investigating the legality of unlocked phones according to TechCrunch.

Apple:

– According to the Wall Street Journal, Apple is overhauling its operations in India to become more competitive with lower end devices from Samsung.

Passbook is expanding into 13 MLB ballparks this year.

– Bloomberg claims Apple’s rumored wearable computer could launch this year.

Samsung penalties to Apple from the Samsung Apple trial have been cut in half.

Android:

– Samsung released its own competitor to Apple’s Passbook, called Samsung Wallet.

– An insider reports that Google is concerned with Samsung’s success using Android, fearing they will renegotiate rates with Google.

– Samsung reportedly not interested in using Firefox’s new OS.

LG has released new low-end hardware in a new race to the bottom between many smartphone manufacturers.

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Shot of new HTC smartphone from The Verge

Windows Phone:

– Nokia has released two new phones, the Lumia 520 and 720, both aimed…

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This Week in Mobile February 18th – February 25th  – Our weekly post on mobile news. You can expect a new post every Monday morning giving a brief summary of what happened the previous week in the mobile space along with links for more information. If you think we missed anything important, leave a comment or send us a tweet @willowtreeapps. Here’s what happened this week…

 

– Nokia has released its Here mapping app to other platforms, no longer making it a Lumia exclusive.

– A new report suggests that there are less newcomers to the Google Play and iOS Marketplaces. Only 2% and 3% respectively of apps this year were by first time publishers. (Warning: source requires signup)

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– China has surpassed the US as the world’s biggest smartphone market according to analytics company Flurry.

– The first Mozilla OS phone will arrive this year in Europe.

– LG purchased HP’s Web OS this week, resurrecting it for use with its smart TVs.

Apple:

– More industry insiders are predicting a low cost iPhone to release this year.

– According to one analyst, the iPhone 5 outsold the Samsung Galaxy S III in Q4.

Android:

– The Verge is reporting that Google will sell Google Glass to consumers this year for under $1,500.

– Samsung will unveil the newest Galaxy S phone March 14th in New York City.

HTC launched a new flagship device for Android, the HTC One.

The new HTC One

The new HTC One

Windows:

- Nokia released two new Windows Phones this week, and Tech Crunch has an interview with Steve Elop explaining Nokia’s new direction.

New and Notable Apps:

– TestFlight is opening up a beta Android version of it’s popular iPhone app distribution tool.

– Facebook has worked with 18 carriers to offer discounted data for…

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This Week in Mobile February 11th – February 18th  – Our weekly post on mobile news. You can expect a new post every Monday morning giving a brief summary of what happened the previous week in the mobile space along with links for more information. If you think we missed anything important, leave a comment or send us a tweet @willowtreeapps. Here’s what happened this week…

 

– The IDC’s annual statistics on mobile OS adoption was released this week. Android market share grew from 49.2% to 68.8% from 2011 to 2012. iOS held mostly steady at 21%.

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– Canonical’s new Ubuntu mobile OS will release its developer preview on February 21st.

Apple:

– As rumored last week, Apple officially lost its copyright on “iPhone” in Brazil. A company that makes Android phones registered it in 2000.

– A clever user found a way to bypass the iPhone lock screen in the new 6.1 OS update. Apple is working on a fix.

Android:

– Samsung launched a new series of smartphones this week. The Rex brand is a lower end smartphone, set to compete with low end sets from Nokia and other companies.

One of the new smartphones Samsung is launching to compete in emerging markets

One of the new smartphones Samsung is launching to compete in emerging markets

– Google released a Google Now widget this week, allowing users to see Google Now’s suggestions quickly from their home screen.

Google released Android 4.2.2 over the air late in the week, but the update will only effect a few select devices running Android 4.2.

New and Notable Apps:

– KickStarter finally released a mobile app.

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This Week in Mobile February 4th – February 11th  – Our weekly post on mobile news. You can expect a new post every Monday morning giving a brief summary of what happened the previous week in the mobile space along with links for more information. If you think we missed anything important, leave a comment or send us a tweet @willowtreeapps. Here’s what happened this week…

 

– Business Insider posted a slideshow detailing where mobile is heading for 2013.

– The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the new Ubuntu phones will be available in early October.

BlackBerry

– The BlackBerry Q10 with a physical keyboard might not launch in the US until May or June.

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The new BlackBerry G10, the newest device with a physical keyboard.

BlackBerry is discontinuing its phones in Japan, citing the high cost of adding Japanese language options to its new OS.

 – Skype is working to get its Android app working in BB 10, showing an industry precedence of porting Android apps instead of writing native ones.

Apple:

– Apple patented a new identification model this week, asking users to identify people or places in images to unlock their device.

– Apple may soon lose its trademark to “iPhone” in Brazil according to a “source familiar to the situation”.

– The New York Times reports that Apple is experimenting with a curved glass watch smart watch.

Windows Phone:

– One of the apps promised at launch for Windows Phone 8 released this week. Spotify is now available in Beta to download from the Windows Phone store.

– A now deleted job posting suggests that Microsoft may be working to unify apps for Windows 8 and Window Phone. Apps written once could be able to run on any Microsoft Platform.

Microsoft’s new Surface Tablet seems to have sold out across the country, but many people are complaining supplies were low to start the launch.

Android

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