Google acquisition of Motorola to close this week

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After finally getting approved by China, Google’s purchase of Motorola Mobility should close within two business days, Motorola said in a filing. This nearly $13 billion dollar deal will take about nine full months to close as regulators had to take a close look at if the maker of Android buying a handset company was…

What’s your favorite phone?

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With so many good old and new phones out there, sometimes it’s tough to keep track of what’s popular. That’s why we took to Twitter (@IntoMobile) and asked a simple question: What’s your favorite phone? The answers were varied, as some took it as their favorite phone of all time (Nokia 3589) and others chose…

AT&T wants lower phone subsidies

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AT&T is looking to pick up smartphones that will require it to provide lower subsidies, according to comments from AT&T Mobility CEO Ralph de la Vega. Speaking at a conference, de la Vega said that subsides are eating into margins. This is one of the reasons that Sprint will not be turning a profit on…

Sprint iPhone won’t be profitable until 2015

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The iPhone has kind of been a double-edged sword for carriers, as you need it to attract customers but the subsidies can really eat into margins. Sprint’s CEO Dan Hesse recently took a pay cut to offset the iPhone costs but he’s confident it will pay off. It may take a little while though. In…

Verizon to kill unlimited data plans for all [Update]

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I can’t say it’s surprising but it looks like Verizon Wireless will be killing its unlimited data plan option – even for grandfathered customers – in favor of a data-shared plan, according to comments Verizon executives said. Verizon had already killed off unlimited data plans last year for tiered data or “usage-based model” but those…

HTC Sensation, Amaze 4G get Android 4.0 update

Amaze, Sensation get Android 4.0

Good news if you’ve got an Amaze 4G or an HTC Sensation, you can now go and download Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Interestingly enough, these phones don’t appear to be getting the Sense 4 that debuted on the One X. Instead, the documentation says that the Amaze 4G and the Sensation will get Android…

Sonic 4: Episode II lands with 720p thanks to Tegra 3

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Everyone’s favorite hedgehog is back on Android with Sonic 4: Episode II and the speed demon has been optimized for the quad-core Tegra 3 chipset including HD gameplay. We’d previously heard that Sonic would be able to collect rings with the Tegra 3 chip and now that it’s available, it’s easy to say that it…

HTC One X, EVO 4G LTE held at customs over Apple patents

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Whoa. The super-cool HTC One X and EVO 4G LTE are facing import delays by U.S. Customs due to potential infringements of Apple’s patents, The Verge reports. The report does a good job of explaining what the dispute is about but HTC is confident that the move shouldn’t impact the long-term availability of these devices.…

Android 5.0 may have five Nexus devices

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Remember when Google was trying to really disrupt the cell phone world with the release of the Nexus One? Well, look for it to make another major push, as the Wall Street Journal is reporting that Google will have up to five Nexus smartphones and tablets later this year and it will be selling these…

Facebook buys photo-app maker Lightbox

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If you thought Facebook was good on mobile photo sharing after it bought Instagram for $1 billion, you’re wrong. Facebook has just acquired Lightbox and it’s another company which specializes in making mobile photo-sharing apps. Back in the dark old days, there was no Instagram for Android but we were very intrigued by Lightbox because…

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