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December 4, 2013 | By Geoffrey Mohan
NASA's extraterrestrial smartphone has phoned home. The 4-inch-square satellite, PhoneSat 2.4, which uses an off-the-shelf Samsung Nexus S phone running Google's Android operating system, transmitted data back to its Santa Clara University ground station, the space agency announced Wednesday. As the number implies, this is not the first smartphone NASA has hurled into orbit. The first, in April, proved the concept of using commercially available electronics for satellites in low-Earth orbit.
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BUSINESS
January 10, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Samsung has been rumored to be readying flexible, high-resolution displays for its smartphones, and this week at CES the South Korean tech giant somewhat confirmed those rumors by showing off several prototypes. At its keynote the company announced Youm, a new line of flexible OLED displays. OLED technology allows companies to create thinner and lighter displays that also provide even more vivid images than other HD technologies. Brian Berkeley, senior vice president of Samsung's San Jose Display Lab, said that with Youm the company can make displays on ultra-thin and unbreakable plastic.
BUSINESS
February 7, 2012 | By Nathan Olivarez-Giles, Los Angeles Times
Global smartphone shipments grew sharply last year as mobile handsets increased in capability and were made available at lower prices, according to International Data Corp.'s latest Worldwide Mobile Phone Tracker quarterly report. In 2011, smartphone shipments rose to 491.4 million units, up 61.3% from 304.7 million in 2010, the report said. This growth was higher than IDC's estimate of 54.7% but still below 2010's year-over-year growth of 75.7%, the research firm said. "Although this marks a slowdown from 2010, IDC still fully expects continued double-digit growth for the foreseeable future," it said.
BUSINESS
February 27, 2012 | By Nathan Olivarez-Giles
There's a saying among photographers that "the best camera is the one that's with you," and for many of us nowadays, that camera happens to be a smartphone too. That's where Nokia's 808 PureView  smartphone and its 41-megapixel/1080p camera plans to come in. The Finnish phone-maker is looking to raise the bar in smartphone photography far past what currently passes for a good camera-phone. Most high-end smartphones are currently packing 8-megapixel cameras or 5-megapixel cameras, which has resulted in millions of fantastic, detailed shots taken and uploaded to the likes of Facebook, Flickr and Instagram.
BUSINESS
July 18, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
HTC on Thursday formally unveiled the HTC One mini, a slightly smaller version of its flagship smartphone. The Taiwanese company teased the announcement Wednesday, tweeting "we have a 'little' bit of news tomorrow," and releasing a picture of a device inside a small pocket. Rumors of the smaller smartphone had been floating around the Internet for quite some time.  The new device will essentially come with the same features as its larger variant. The main difference is the size of its screen.
BUSINESS
May 24, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Six out of every 10 smartphones shipped in the first part of 2012 ran Android, two ran iOS and the other two were a tossup, according to a new report released Thursday. Android, Google's smartphone operating system, held a 59% market share during the first quarter of this year, which gave it a year-to-year growth of 145%, according to the International Data Corp. During the first few months of 2012, nearly 90 million Android phones were shipped -- more than twice as many as those by Google's closest competitor, Apple.
BUSINESS
December 3, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
The Google Nexus 4 smartphone has once again sold out, and it looks like you won't be able to get it until after Christmas. The 8 GB model of the flagship Android phone is now listed as sold out in bright red all-cap letters on the Google Play store. Its 16 GB counterpart, meanwhile, can still be purchased, but shipping wait times are listed as five to six weeks from now -- putting the earliest possible arrival time as the second week of January. QUIZ: What set the Internet on fire in 2012?
BUSINESS
April 8, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
After posting record-low quarterly profits , HTC is hoping for a big hit with the "One. " The Taiwanese phone maker is set to release the HTC One later this month on AT&T and Sprint. The smartphone is slated to be HTC's flagship device, and early reviews of its hardware have been generally positive. We just received a package containing our review unit and we'll be unboxing it live during a Web video chat. Join us at 11 a.m. with your questions as The Times' Michelle Maltais and I check out the HTC One. PHOTOS: The top smartphones of 2013 HTC was initially hoping to release the One in March, but a shortage of camera parts forced the company to delay its launch to April.
BUSINESS
January 15, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Privacy-minded users may want to keep an eye on Blackphone, a device that promises to deliver privacy like no smartphone before it. Blackphone is a device that claims it will be able to keep users' phone calls, text messages, video chats and Web browsing private using a modified version of Android called PrivatOS. "There has never been a time in the world where privacy has become such a commodity, and none of the other devices in the world have been built around giving privacy back to the user," said Mike Janke, Silent Circle chief executive, in a video introducing Blackphone.
BUSINESS
February 19, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
HTC introduced its next flagship smartphone Tuesday, formally unveiling the new HTC One, which will make its global debut in late March. The HTC One is made of aluminum and features a high-resolution 4.7-inch screen with a full HD 1080p resolution. Its screen has a 468-pixel density -- possibly the greatest of any current smartphone. HTC, however, is trying to set its phone apart from the crowd with top-of-the-line features in areas other than the screen. PHOTOS: Tech we want to see in 2013 For starters, the HTC One will include HTC BoomSound, which means it will have two dual front-facing speakers.
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