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  • Pixel and Pixel XL phones are taking longer to get to buyers than estimated earlier due to order numbers that exceeded expectations.

  • Apple's new 13- and 15-inch MacBook Pros feature a customizable Touch Bar which reacts to applications, and have Touch ID capabilities.

  • A month after announcing it would no longer build its own phones, BlackBerry unveils its first licensed model, built by TCL in China.

  • Worse, its mobile division operating profit fell 96% to $88M in Q3 from $2.09B a year ago following the Note7 recall due to battery fires.

  • The deal will create a combined vendor with $35 billion in revenue that will be better able to compete with Intel in IoT and automotive technology.

  • AT&T rescheduled the release of its Q3 earnings, originally slated for Oct. 25, to Oct. 22 as the company finalized its bid to buy Time Warner.

  • The 347,000 postpaid net adds for Q2 is double Q1's 173,000 postpaid net adds and five times the 62,000 postpaid net adds of Q2 in 2015.

  • Kodak's first Ektra smartphone is aimed at changing the way you think about the company. Instead of thinking only about cameras and photography, Kodak wants you to see the Ektra's distinctive handset design and style. This is a smartphone that looks like a retro 35mm compact camera, while adding modern smartphone features and functions, such as 4G LTE, WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity, a 10-core processor, 32GB of on-board storage and more. But to Kodak, the Ektra is more about putting a smartphone into an easily transportable camera, which the company hopes will invoke memories of the Kodak of old. Kodak calls the Ektra its "photography-first" smartphone, and packed it with a 21-megapixel fast-focus main rear camera and a 13-megapixel front-facing camera with lots of manual and custom settings for photography enthusiasts. The new phone, which will be available in Europe later this year for about $550, won't initially be sold anywhere else, but could come to the United States in 2017, the company said. Peruse this eWEEK slideshow for more details about the Kodak Ektra smartphone.

  • After weeks of speculation, BlackBerry on Oct. 25 announced a new Android OS smartphone known as the DTEK60, sporting a 5.5-inch screen and a surprisingly impressive rear-facing 21-megapixel camera. Users also will find a fingerprint sensor, built-in support for encryption and a password keeper to boost the phone's security. Unlike so many BlackBerry devices that came before it, the DTEK60 sheds the physical keyboard in favor of a virtual keypad. By nearly all measures, it is the best smartphone the mobile company has launched in years. Although it's not likely to generate massive sales on par with Apple's iPhone and Samsung's Galaxy handset line, the BlackBerry DTEK60 smartphone, which is available now for $499, could find favor with both enterprise and personal users—particularly former BlackBerry customers who want to give the handset maker one more chance to win them back. This eWEEK slide show covers the DTEK60's features and what makes it the best BlackBerry handset in a long time.

  • Sales of iPhones in Q4 fell to 45.5 million from 48 million in 2015, but are up from Q3 when only 40.4 million iPhones were sold.

  • In South Korea, some Note7 owners filed a class action lawsuit over the phones, while some Galaxy S7 Edge fires are being reported elsewhere.

  • Despite a painful decision to discontinue the Galaxy Note7 because of battery fires and explosions, Samsung still isn't willing to give up on its high-end handset that had been a big seller for the mobile device maker. Samsung on Oct. 24 announced an incentive plan in Korea that will give Galaxy Note7 owners a 50 percent discount on next year's Galaxy Note 8. The move, which the company hasn't yet extended to other countries, says two things. It shows that Samsung is determined to rebuild a fractured relationship with customers. It also signals that Samsung believes customers will continue to buy the Galaxy Note if it can deliver a better product next year that permanently solves the overheating battery problem. To do that, Samsung must find a way to not only design an outstanding new smartphone but also to regain customer trust. The Galaxy Note 8 must combine outstanding design with processing power and reliability to win buyers' confidence. It won't be easy for Samsung to achieve these goals, but it might have a chance. Here is what Samsung can do to market a Galaxy Note 8 that restores buyer confidence.

  • With Note7 fires popping up, Samsung guessed on the cause before being certain, dooming the model with a second recall.


  • T-Mobile added 851,000 postpaid phone customers in the quarter, plus 684,000 prepaid customers, bolstering its Q3 results.


  • The new client library makes it easier for Xamarin developers to add cloud storage capabilities to their mobile apps.

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