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Global smartphone growth flat for 2016 as mature markets see declines, according to IDC

Global smartphone growth flat for 2016 as mature markets see declines, according to IDC. Worldwide smartphone shipments are expected to reach 1.46 billion units with a year-over-year growth rate of 1.6% in 2016 according to the latest forecast from the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker.

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Burg and Walmart launch 1st smartwatch that’s a phone

The $199 “Dick Tracy”-LIKE Burg 12 smartwarch works as a standalone phone and pairs with all iPhones & Android smartphones. The smartwatch was created by Hermen van den Burg, world-renowned lifestyle designer to Ikea and Target. The Burg 12 also features interchangeable bezels & straps, cutting-edge design & function. It also includes free SIM card with $25 worth of Free Calls and is available in black and purple.

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ASUS, Lenovo and Amazon race for tablet 3rd place

ASUS, Lenovo and Amazon race for tablet 3rd place as Apple and Samsung loosening grip int he market. Apple and Samsung have led the market substantially since the inception of media tablets. However, the race for third is up for grabs and competition is heating up between Lenovo, Amazon, ASUS, and other emerging vendors. The aggressive nature of the market and substantial increase in emerging vendors has created a stall for leaders in the market giving PC OEMs the opportunity to close the gap between leaders and followers. According to market intelligence firm ABI Research, emerging vendors are forecasted to experience a CAGR of 22.8% between 2014 and 2019. With third place up for grabs, Lenovo is working to gain ground in the market, and in 2019 is expected to ship 21 million tablets, attaining 7.3% of the overall market. This forecasted momentum and growth would land it solidly in third place.

Over 55 million smartphones were shipped 1st quarter of 2010

The world’s smartphone markets continued to build on their strong 4Q-2009 performance in the first three months of 2010. According to the latest ABI Research data, a little more than 55 million smartphones shipped during the quarter.

Goober Networks offering free iphone apps for the iPhone and iPod touch

Goober Networks announces goober VoIP and goober, an Instant Messenger, both free iphone apps for the iPhone and iPod touch. Goober VoIP for the iPhone calims to save up to 90% on mobile VoIP calls and runs over WiFi and 3G Networks; a separate iPhone app called ‘goober,’ provides free Instant Messaging and Chatting.

iPhone and Android mobile products from Opera coming to CTIA Wireless Show

Opera to showcase their latest mobile phone and device products for the iPhone and Android at CTIA Wireless in Las Vegas. Final versions of Opera Mini 5 and Opera Mobile 10 will also be on display on many of today’s most popular handset platforms, including Symbian S60, Windows Mobile 6.5, J2ME and RIM Blackberry. Both products were released earlier this week, bringing Opera’s new user interface and feature set to market.

Jerky Boys Prank Calls now on new iPod Touch and iPhone Apps

Never-before-heard content, “Prank Calls” now available on the new iPod Touch and iPhone as an iPhone applications. Jerky Boys creator Johnny Brennan and Inner Four bring the classic comedy act to mobile devices though without Kamal who left the act in 2000. Two new iPod Touch and iPhone apps will feature all-new content from Jerky Boys creator Johnny Brennan. One app features never-before-heard prank calls and content, while the other features a fun pinball application. Too bad Kamal isn’t involved, we think he added flavor to the act.

Android ahead of iPhone in Smaato mobile advertising metrics while Symbian still top dog

Google’s Android mobile OS moves ahead of iPhone in new Smaato mobile advertising metrics. Nokia’s Symbian still number one. Google Nexus One and Motorola Droid effect? Smaato Metrics for January suggest that new Android devices are revolutionizing mobile advertising performance measured by CTR (click-through-rate).

m-Wise Inc. and Malaco bring pay-as-you-go ringtones

m-wiselogoMobile content technology vendor, m-Wise (OTCBB: MWIS) announces its newly formed relationship with Malaco Music Group. Malaco currently has an impressive 2,000 hits on their website each day, and forecasts a significant lift in this number with the launch of their ringtone offering. This feature will be promoted virtually through their website, blogspot, Twitter and on physical CDs.

Ringtones.com finally tunes up for US launch

mobilestreams-logoThe global mobile phone content retailer, Mobile Streams (strategic partner of Liberty Media), announces the off-portal launch of its popular mobile internet store, www.Ringtones.com.

Ringtones.com is powered by Mobile Streams’ technology platform, MultiMobi. Designed and built by Mobile Streams, MultiMobi ensures that customers have an uncomplicated shopping experience with advanced features such as: arrival reactivity, storefront personalization, dynamic content generation and one-click purchasing.