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Global smartphone sales passed one billion in 2013

Smartphones priced at less than $150 helped fuel record year, analysts at IDC say.

Big fat zero: BlackBerry U.S. market share hits rock bottom, survey says

BlackBerry may still have a presence in the enterprise, but among consumers it's a non-starter. At least there's nowhere to go but up.

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Lenovo faces rare chance to succeed with PCs and phones

Lenovo is buying Motorola Mobility to shield itself from patent lawsuits, according to analyst

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Separate the sound from the fury: 5 in-ear headphones for your smartphone

We found lots of things to like, and some things to dislike in popular new in-ear headphones from Beats, Bose, Bowers & Wilkins, Harman/Kardon and Shure.

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With Motorola sale to Lenovo, Google is unloading a headache

Buying a handset maker caused tension with partners and never delivered profits, analysts say

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Android 4.4 OS inbound for HTC One, may follow for Galaxy S4

While there's no word on exact release timing, HTC says certification should be complete this week.

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1 billion smartphones shipped worldwide in 2013

That's a whole lot of pocket computers.

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T-Mobile offers G-Flex for no-money down, throws in six months of Netflix

LG's Gumby phones are now available on three major carriers (sorry, Verizon).

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Report: Samsung will unleash Galaxy Gear 2 and 'Galaxy Glass' on the world in 2014

2014 may be Samsung's year of bendy transparent displays.

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Report: Apple planning a move into mobile payments service

The company would compete against Google, PayPal, Square and others if it enters this zone.

Profits stall at Samsung's mobile division

The company spent more on marketing during the holidays, keeping smartphone and tablet profits flat despite an uptick in sales.

Nokia sales plummet ahead of Microsoft takeover

Windows Phone sales dropped despite the holiday shopping season.