The military has apparently opted to deploy Samsung Galaxy smartphones along with Apple's iPhone and iPad tablet, according to a published report, which notes that the move will not likely lead to an immediately noticeable bump in sales in a small network dominated by BlackBerry devices. The Department of Defense's stamp of security approval is still considered an important step for Apple and Samsung, which have lobbied to win more defense agency contracts.
An IDC report says more tablets were shipped in the first quarter than were shipped in the first six months of 2012, and Apple wasn't the only maker pulling big numbers. "Every major tablet maker saw large gains in shipments during the first quarter -- and one of the notable results of that is that Apple's overall share of the tablet market is decreasing," Erica Ogg writes. Apple still shipped the most tablets in the quarter, 19.5 million, an increase of 64% from the year before. However, Samsung, Microsoft and others gained, with Samsung seeing 8.8 million shipments, up from 2.3 million in the same quarter in 2012.
T-Mobile USA will take a couple of years to move MetroPCS subscribers onto its network as the Deutsche Telekom company absorbs its new unit, but there will be some immediate changes for MetroPCS customers. T-Mobile will "very shortly" allow roaming MetroPCS users access to T-Mobile's Long-Term Evolution network, said Chief Technology Officer Neville Ray. MetroPCS outlets will begin selling T-Mobile-compatible phones by June with the goal of moving MetroPCS customers off their network as quickly as possible. Also, CEO John Legere said there are no "imminent" plans for MetroPCS to sell the iPhone.
Wireless carrier groups praised President Barack Obama's choice of Tom Wheeler to head the Federal Communications Commission. Wheeler, who ran what was then called the Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Association from 1992 to 2003, was lauded as an "inspired pick" by AT&T Senior Executive Vice President Jim Cicconi. CTIA-The Wireless Association® President and CEO Steve Largent said Wheeler has "a keen understanding of how mobile wireless broadband can drive our economy."
Google has partnered with iRobot -- maker of the Roomba home vacuum cleaners -- to embed Android applications on the company's Ava mobile robotics system. At a demonstration Wednesday, iRobot deployed a Motorola Xoom tablet as the head, face and interface, while the robot sported a camera and microphone. The company said the partnership was aimed at fostering new mobile robotic applications.