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How Makers of Phones and Tablets Are Faring

How Makers of Phones and Tablets Are Faring

How Makers of Phones and Tablets Are Faring
News from ABC News:

Makers of phones and tablet computers have begun releasing results for the latest quarter. Many companies including Nokia and Research in Motion have been struggling to compete with Apple and manufacturers of devices running Google’s Android software. Here’s a look at how makers of phones and tablet computers are doing.

— Oct. 18: Google Inc. says its Motorola Mobility device-making business suffered an operating loss of $ 527 million, more than tripling from the same time last year, when it was still an independent company. Google is planning job cuts at Motorola, but says it still could take a few years for Google to turn that business around.

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The iPad mini, at left, is shown next to the… View Full Caption
The iPad mini, at left, is shown next to the 4th generation iPad in San Jose, Calif., Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012. The device has a screen that’s about two-thirds the size of the full-size model, and Apple says it will cost $ 329 and up. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

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Motorola offers phone deal due to Jelly Bean
News from TG Daily:

Because Motorola has been slow to roll out its Jelly Bean updates, the company is now offering a pretty good deal.

It’s giving customers a $ 100 rebate if they buy a new Motorola phone that does not yet have the Android 4.1, or Jelly Bean, update.

Motorola said that a lot of devices will be getting the upgrade. “We have a lot of ground to cover though, so we won’t be getting to all devices,” it wrote in a blog post.

Among the devices included in the deal are the Atrix HD, Droid Razr M, Droid Razr HD, Droid Razr Maxx HD, Electrify 2, and Photon Q.

For some of these devices, Motorola promised to have the update available in 2012. It will have to break those promises.

The Jelly Bean upgrade could be considered a minor update for the Android platform, which is why it only brings the version number up to 4.1 instead of 5.0.

The most functional aspect of the update is that it looks different depending on the kind of device, so 7-inch tablets have a different presentation of Jelly Bean than 10-inch tablets or smartphones.

Among the updates are increased enhancements to the speed and performance of Android, new and sleeker widgets for the home screen, expandable notifications, and a more user-friendly app for viewing and deleting photos.

It also offers a new touchscreen keyboard for even more seamless text input, as well a…………… continues on TG Daily

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