Motorola’s ATAP team plans to make modular phones as well as cartoons – we’re just not sure why

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We’re not quite sure which of  Motorola’s Advanced Technology And Products (ATAP) team projects seems less likely: a cartoon mouse and sombrero, or teaming up with PhoneBloks to explore the possibility of a modular smartphone. Motorola’s version of the concept is called Ara.

Project Ara is developing a free, open hardware platform for creating highly modular smartphones. We want to do for hardware what the Android platform has done for software [...]

To give you the power to decide what your phone does, how it looks, where and what it’s made of, how much it costs, and how long you’ll keep it …  Read more

Report: Samsung ships 120m mobile phones in Q3, more than Apple, Nokia, & LG combined

Strategy Analytics is out today with its latest report covering mobile phone shipments globally during Q3 2013. According to the report, Samsung continues its lead as among mobile phone shipments as total shipments grew 7 percent to approximately 418 million units during the quarter. With Apple reporting 33.8m iPhone units during its earning call yesterday, the report estimates that Samsung was able to ship a record 120.1 million units, up around 17% since last year. That would mean it shipped more units than Nokia, Apple, and LG combined for a record 29 percent of the market during the quarter:

Solid demand for the new Note 3 phablet and for mass-market devices like the Galaxy Y helped to lift Samsung’s volumes. Nokia shipped a slightly better-than-expected 64.6 million mobile phones worldwide in Q3 2013. Nokia’s 15 percent global mobile phone marketshare is showing signs of stabilizing sequentially as demand for the Microsoft Lumia smartphone range is improving. However, Nokia’s feature phone unit remains a problem-child as global volumes dipped -27% year-over-year.”

Keep in mind that these estimates include feature phones, which currently make up around 40% of all shipments. Compare Samsung’s 120.1 million units with 64.6 million mobile phones shipped by Nokia, 33.8m by Apple, and 18.3 million by LG, which of course includes feature phones in addition to smartphones for every company except Apple.

Coming in fifth was Huawei with 14.6 million units, but the report doesn’t take into account shipped vs sold or share any break down of feature phones vs smartphone sales.  In comparison, IDC put out its report today of smartphone market share globally with Samsung on top at 80.2 million units in Q3, Apple with its 33.8M, Huawei in third with 12.5M units, Lenovo with 12.3M, and LG with 12M: Read more

Watch the full Samsung Developer Conference keynote (Video)

Yesterday the first day of Samsung’s first annual developer conference was held in San Francisco and now the full video of the company’s opening keynote is available to stream. The company showed off a number of new products and tools for developers, including an enhanced mobile SDK, new features for its Smart TV SDK 5.0 beta, a new Enterprise SDK beta, as well as a new Multiscreen SDK and Multiscreen Gaming SDK. The full keynote presentation is embedded above, but you can also check out Samsung’s YouTube channel and the playlist embedded below for a number of videos from the various developer sessions held during day one yesterday.  Read more

Motorola hires Pixar moviemakers to allow Moto X owners to peek into virtual world

After teasing something called Windy Day for a few days, Motorola launched it this morning exclusively on Moto X handsets, under a red sombrero icon.

A mouse, a red hat, a windy day and a smile. This is a new kind of story. Made by Motorola and [Oscar-winning Pixar movie director] Jan Pinkava. Brought to life only on the Moto X.

Described as the ability to tell interactive stories in real-time, Windy Day effectively turns the phone’s display into a pair of binoculars, peering into a cartoon world. To follow the action in the cartoon, you move your phone left, right, up and down …  Read more

WSJ repeats Google Watch: Now integration, focus on battery life, coming soon

Two weeks ago, we ran a report titled: ‘Google Watch is happening soon, heavy into Kit Kat/Google Now functionality

Google is focusing on longer battery life and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity.

The WSJ is now “hearing the same things” (video below)

  •  Google Inc.’s smartwatch is in late-stage development and the company is in talks with Asian suppliers to begin mass production of the device
  • The smartwatch will be able to communicate with other devices such as a smartphone, and draw information such as travel schedules from a user’s email through Google Now
  • With its wristwatch, Google is aiming to address two criticisms of smartwatches that skeptics have long made: usefulness and battery life.

Uncanny. Read more

Nexus 5 boxes filling up LG Canada’s warehouse [images]

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Nexus 5 shipments arrive in LG’s Canada warehouse according to this forum via Reddit via phandroid. According to the poster, there will be over 30,000 devices available at launch.

Could this thing possibly leak any harder? The saga, below: