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Samsung, Google Unveil Slick New Android Phone

New phone is first to run Android 4.0

(Newser) - Only hours after Motorola rolled out its new Razr , Samsung and Google unveiled a new Android smartphone of their own. The high-end Galaxy Nexus—which is set to retail for more than $700—would have launched more than a week ago, but the companies decided to reschedule after the death... More »

Motorola Resurrects Razr as Droid

New high-end Droid phone takes the name of old hit

(Newser) - Motorola has brought back an old name for its new entry into the smartphone market. The Droid Razr takes its name from the company's line of ultrathin flip phones that were produced between 2004 and 2007 and became the world's best-selling handset. The new Razr, which runs on... More »

iPhone Dethrones Razr as Top Seller in US

Apple's sells 6.8M of 3G phones in recent quarter

(Newser) - Apple’s new iPhone model is now the top-selling mobile phone among US adults, Macworld reports, having displaced Motorola’s Razr in the third quarter. The Razr had topped the category—which doesn’t take business purchases into account—for 12 consecutive quarters. Apple says it sold 6.8 million... More »

Moto Slashes Workforce

Cell phone maker cuts more jobs as it readies spin off; takes $104M loss

(Newser) - Troubled cell phone maker Motorola is laying off another 2,600 workers and will take a first quarter pretax charge of some $104 million to cover severance costs, reports the AP. Moto has cut its workforce by more than 10,000 workers since January 2007, as the company's . mobile phone... More »

Motorola May Sell Ailing Cell Phone Division

Company struggling against smart phone competition

(Newser) - Motorola, battered by more innovative competitors in the cell phone industry, is considering spinning off or selling its flagship mobile phone division to concentrate on other parts of its business. Motorola, which once rocked the industry with its innovative StarTAC flip phone and the ultra-slim Razr, now plans to refocus... More »

As Razr Loses Edge, Motorola Could Cut Itself

Top investor wants the struggling company to break up

(Newser) - In an era of rampant telecom convergence, Motorola may be headed the other way. With its once-popular Razr phone leading a money-losing cellphone business, Carl Icahn, the company’s No. 3 shareholder, thinks slicing up the company would create $20 billion in shareholder wealth. The math works, the Wall Street ... More »

Nokia Sees Boom in 2nd Quarter

Phone giant steals share from Motorola

(Newser) - Cellphone leader Nokia’s sales rose 29% in the second quarter, the most in five quarters, and its profit more than doubled as it stole market share from Motorola, Bloomberg reports. The Finnish company’s stock hit a 5-year high today as shares jumped 9.3% to 22.50 euros. More »

Motorola's Razr Cuts Both Ways

Slumping cellphone maker learns a lesson about putting all its eggs in one basket

(Newser) - Riding high on the success of its sleek Razr cellphone, Motorola got cocky and didn't come up with a suitable successor, the Wall Street Journal reports, and the misstep cost the company big bucks. While Motorola struggled to keep up with emerging technology and wrestled with management upheaval, competitors moved... More »

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