• Where in the world are Apple's 78 million handsets?

    Mostly in the U.S., but Japan, France, Australia and China are coming on fast, says AdMob

    By the end of December, according to Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster, Apple (AAPL) will have sold nearly 78 million iPhones and iPod touches worldwide.

    So where, exactly, are those devices?

    A report issued Friday by AdMob, the world's leading supplier of mobile ads, tries to map the location of Apple's handsets country by country based on the MORE

    - Dec 18, 2009 8:00 AM ET
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  • Nine ways of looking at a Google phone

    The long-rumored gPhone has surfaced, but no one can agree on what it means

    Google (GOOG) announced on its mobile blog Saturday what dozens of staffers had already leaked: the company has given employees around the world free handsets running its Android mobile operating system. The idea, according to the official report, is to have Google's own people test various advanced features and offer feedback to the company's designers -- a MORE

    - Dec 13, 2009 7:55 AM ET
  • Ad wars: Droid manly; iPhone girly

    Motorola targets young men with its most testosterone-heavy TV commercial yet

    Someone had fun writing this ad copy:

    Droid. Should a phone be pretty? Should it be a tiara-wearing digitally clueless beauty pageant queen? Or should it be fast? Racehorse duct-taped to a Scud missile fast. We say the latter. So we built the phone that does. Does rip through the Web like a circular saw through a ripe banana. Is it MORE

    - Dec 4, 2009 8:32 AM ET
  • Verizon's ad spending: $100 per Droid?

    Going after AT&T's network and Apple's iPhone could prove an expensive proposition

    Broadpoint AmTech analyst Mark McKechnie's estimate that Motorola (MOT) sold 100,000 Droid smartphones last weekend has been getting a lot of attention, although nobody's quite sure what to make of it. McKechnie called the number "encouraging." Nielsen's Roger Entner found it "a little troubling." IDC's Ramon Llama said it was "nothing to shrug off."

    Part of the problem is that everybody MORE

    - Nov 11, 2009 7:53 AM ET
  • Droid vs. iPhone: The reviews are in

    Motorola and Verizon invited comparisons, and that's what they got

    The Droid lands in stores Friday, and on Thursday the heavyweight reviewers -- which is to say the Wall Street Journal's Walt Mossberg and the New York Times' David Pogue -- weighed in.

    Given that Motorola (MOT) and Verizon (VZ) pitched the Droid in its first TV ad as everything Apple's (AAPL) and AT&T's (T) iPhone was not, it was perhaps inevitable MORE

    - Nov 5, 2009 8:15 AM ET
  • Five things we like about Droid

    And a few things we don't love about Motorola's forthcoming Google-powered phone.

    The Droid is a fierce phone. Motorola's newest smartphone has a number of features that match and even best its biggest competitor, Apple's (AAPL) iPhone. It has a fast processor. It's got a large display with almost double the resolution of the iPhone as well as a slide-out keyboard. And it's got a five megapixel camera with flash and MORE

    - Nov 3, 2009 6:00 AM ET
  • The Droid vs. the iPhone: Let's count the apps

    Apple has 93,000 to Android's 11,300. But how many applications do you really need?

    In the flurry of quickie reviews that appeared overnight after Wednesday's unveiling of Motorola's (MOT) Droid -- Google (GOOG) and Verizon's (VZ) latest answer to Apple's (AAPL) iPhone -- little has been said about how the two platforms stack up in terms of apps.

    At first glance, it seems an unfair comparison. Apple has spent a small fortune MORE

    - Oct 29, 2009 12:58 PM ET
  • AT&T Mobility is nipping at Verizon's heels

    Verizon Wireless' subscriber rolls are growing, but not as fast as AT&T's

    In the quarterly report that Verizon (VZ) issued Monday, the number that's getting the most attention is 1.2 million.

    That's how many new wireless subscribers Verizon added over the past three months. And it's being compared unfavorably with the 2 million that AT&T Mobility (T) gained in the same period.

    Verizon, with a new total of 88.8 million subscribers, still has MORE

    - Oct 26, 2009 11:03 AM ET
  • The Droid: Serious iPhone competition

    Just in time to rain on Apple's (AAPL) 2009 earnings report, a prime-time TV ad and a series of well-timed leaks have put the spotlight on Motorola's (MOT) Droid -- a yet-unreleased smartphone that is being described by sources who have played with a prototype as the iPhone's first serious competitor.

    The ad, which premiered Saturday during the Yankees-Angels pennant game, is pasted below the fold. The challenge to Apple couldn't MORE

    - Oct 19, 2009 7:13 AM ET
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