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    Microsoft's efforts in mobile have downsized and downplayed in accordance with its downsized sales of Windows phones. It's a trend that doesn't look to be reversing without major stimuli. As Microsoft reported only 1.2 million Lumia sales for the second calendar quarter, research firm Gartner believes that the company's manufacturer partners have only been able to sell about 750,000 smartphones. Windows phone sales wedged in just under 2 million units for April, May and June. That's an annual drop of 76 percent. Windows mobile OS market share dropped from 2.5 percent to 0.6 percent. The ...

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    Google knows what it wants when it comes to Android hardware. It always could make those machines on its own, but it doesn't as a favor to the manufacturers that it would be cannibalizing. Instead, those OEMs help Google execute its reference designs. But something changed when Mountain View decided to make the Pixel C. The company put in direct orders to the factories. It made its own hardware. And it may be looking to make more. At Re/code's Code Conference, Google CEO Sundar Pichai told Walt Mossberg that the company's Nexus platform is getting "more effort" poured in. "You'll see us ...

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    Ah, Taiwan. For tiny quasi-country not recognized by the UN, it can fit a lot onto an island. Home to great food, extremely varied climate and a ton of techies — semiconductors to original equipment manufacturers to plain 'ol manufacturing in general. HTC has set up shop here along with Acer and ASUS. To make Taiwan feel important. the Ministry of Economic Affairs puts out an annual valuations list of the 20 largest global companies in the country. And for the third year in a row, Asustek has grabbed the top dollar spot on the list, cashing in at US$1.78B. Yeah, we know it's small fries, ...

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    Android 5.0 Lollipop, the latest iteration of Google's mobile operating system, has been rolling out since the beginning of the month. Not everyone has gotten it yet, and some won't get the update at all. Because of the rapid development cycle of consumer electronics these days, OEMs don't have much incentive to update "old" devices with new versions of operating systems, it's much more profitable just to sell you a new device with the new OS already on it. One of the purposes of the Nexus program is so Google can showcase its latest and greatest software on a hardware reference ...

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    My esteemed colleague, Stephen Schenck, wrote yesterday that by the time Windows Phone 9, or whatever it will be called, comes out Nokia may be the only player left at the Windows Phone blackjack table. It got me to thinking – it's not completely crazy and could easily happen. Nokia enjoys a special relationship with Microsoft – a sort of friends with benefits kind of relationship. Microsoft pays Nokia, Nokia pays Microsoft, Nokia puts together a nice little perk package in Windows Phone 8, most notably Here, the artist formerly known as “Maps”. Nokia has also spearheaded major ...

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    I was having one of my rare introspective moments the other day when I suddenly realized something. This is something that has been building for quite some time. It has also been expressed by a number of technology folk I interact with. It’s an uncomfortable feeling, not exactly boredom, but it's definitely a feeling of discontent with the mobile industry. Everywhere you look in the mobile industry in 2013 there is nothing but compromise. Every phone has some sort of trade-off. You can have this, but not this. You can have that, but not that. Pretty much every phone out there has some ...

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