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Microsoft transforms business model for Windows Phone with new version

Microsoft has unveiled Windows Phone 8.1 at its 2014 Build conference. The update brings some features missing from Windows Phone compared to iOS or Android. Two new Windows Phone manufacturers were announced at the event, Micromax and Prestigo. Microsoft also announced that it will be dropping all Windows licence fees for phones and for tablets with screens smaller than 9 inches. This applies to all versions of Windows; not just Windows Phone.

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Enhancing user experience in tablets for entertainment: Sony Xperia Z2 and Huawei’s MediaPad X1 and MediaPad M1

A new line of tablets for consumers has been released including Sony's Xperia 10.1 inch tablet and two tablets with smartphone capability by Huawei, the MediaPad X1 and the MediaPad M1.

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New developments in productivity tablets: HP Pavilion 11t x360 and Samsung Galaxy NotePRO 12.2

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HTC needs more than One device to turn around its fortunes

HTC is hoping to build on the well-received HTC One with its new flagship smartphone, the HTC One M8 which shares the same industrial design as the previous flagship. The new One does come with a range of hardware and software improvements, mostly notably a dual camera arrangement for capturing depth of field information, as well as introducing a new version of its Android UI, Sense.

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With Android Wear, Google kickstarts its wearable portfolio using its smartphone developer base

Android Wear is a new version of Android aimed at wearable devices. LG and Motorola will be among the first to launch smartwatches for the platform. Google is already seeding the market with an app development kit for Android Wear. Shrewdly, Google is leveraging Google Now as a key part of its wearable content and services. Unlike other wearable device makers, Google is able to leverage its extensive search capabilities which already provides bite-sized contextual content to Android smartphone owners.

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Bouygues to conditionally sell its mobile infrastructure to Free

Bouygues has confirmed it has made an offer to conditionally sell its mobile infrastructure to Free.

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Microsoft Tabs Foursquare for User Generated LBS Content – Invests in Startup as well

Foursquare announced updated user metrics and a new $15m investment from Microsoft. Foursquare now has a location data base with 60 million places and five billion user check-ins have been posted to the location sharing social network, enabling the company to provide users with localized recommendations for places to eat, shop, stay and explore. As part of its investment, Microsoft will license Foursquare content for applications and services on Windows, Windows Phone and Bing. Local search results will now be enhanced with real-time recommendations and reviews from Foursquare.

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Mobile operators and handset OEMs should fear Samsung's retail expansion

Samsung plans to open sixty Samsung-branded stores across seven countries in partnership with technology retailer Carphone Warehouse. Operators will be disappointed to see an already dominant mobile handset maker become even stronger in retail. By having a one stop shop for all Samsung device sales and crucially repairs and other trouble shooting, Samsung stores could steer more consumers into its stores and not into operators' stores.

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Google's Motorola Mobility sale will boost Lenovo in the US Mobile Market

The deal with Lenovo confirms that Google's main interest in buying Motorola was its patent and IP portfolio. Also, Google removes the channel conflict with other Android smartphone makers but has made a significant loss on its investment. Lenovo's $2.91bn barely covers the cash acquired as part of Motorola Mobility. It's happening now because Google has settled intellectual property cross licensing with Samsung. Lenovo benefits in four key areas through the acquisition: Entry to the US mobile market; brand assets; mobile engineering expertise; and a stronger Google relationship. IHS believes Lenovo is right to plan to use the Motorola brand in the US, but its own brand in China and emerging markets because of Motorola's very weak footprint outside the Americas.

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Apple's record iPhone results include warning signs for the future

Apple yet again posted record results for the final quarter of 2013, but still managed to fall short of the media's expectations. Apple shipped 51m iPhones globally; the first time Apple exceeded 50m in a quarter. But this modest rise of 3.2m shipments compared with the same quarter in 2012 followed Apple's deals to add Japan's NTT DoCoMo and China Mobile as iPhone distributors, and increasing the size of the operator channel for the iPhone.

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