Motorola/Google a done deal, dealing with a larger iPhone + a new iPhone 3GS?


Your Monday Mobile Pint: the top mobile stories from the past 24 hours, good to the last drop.

Motorola Mobility Says $12.5B Google Deal To Close Tuesday Or Wednesday. Layoffs Coming? (via TechCrunch)
Google has reached the final regulatory hurdle to its $12.5 billion acquisition of Motorola Mobility, with China approving the transaction over the weekend, and today Motorola Mobility filed an 8-K form that notes that it will close in the next two business days.

IOS developers believe larger iPhone won’t cause big problems (via GigaOM)
There are several theories out there as to how Apple could build a larger-screen iPhone. They include scaling up the screen and just dropping the pixel density a bit; changing the aspect ratio, increasing the screen height, and keeping the pixel density the same; increasing the width and the height; or going bigger than 4 inches and using a standard 16:9 resolution.

3-year-old iPhone 3GS primed for revival (via BGR)
According to Jefferies & Company analyst Peter Misek, Apple has signed a deal with a “major global distributor” that will target emerging markets around the globe by making the iPhone 3GS available as a less expensive prepaid phone. The analyst doesn’t provide much detail surrounding the deal in his note to clients, though he does believe the wholesale cost of Apple’s third-generation iPhone will drop from $375 to the $200 to $250 range.

Open Garden Lets You Crowdsource Your Mobile Connectivity (via TechCrunch)
What if you couldn’t just share your Internet connection with the few WiFi devices tethered to your phone or hotspot, but with pretty much everybody around you? Open Garden, which is launching at TechCrunch Disrupt today, lets you create a mesh network that ties together all the Open Garden-enabled devices around you into one large network that then automatically shares Internet access and bandwidth between all of these devices. Basically, Open Garden wants to become a crowdsourcing platform for mobile connectivity.

“Flipboard for Fashion” iPad Apps Look to Personalize Tablet Shopping (via BetaKit)
According to an infographic published by Richrelevance, iPads alone contribute 89% of mobile shopping revenue. When it comes to online fashion, ecommerce sites like Bluefly and Net-a-Porter, among others, have established strong online presence to market to style-conscious consumers. But increasingly startups are trying to take the online experience one step further, gearing it specifically towards the ever-increasing base of iPad users.

Disassembling Android Part 2: Who Wields the Blowtorch? (via ReadWriteWeb)
You can read part one here.

IBM stung by BYOD pitfalls (via GigaOM)
IBM, according to the story, provides Blackberrys for about 40,000 of its 400,000 workers while 80,000 more use their own smartphones or tablets to access IBM networks. And that’s where the trouble began.

How Android Developers Can Thrive With Google Play (via TechCrunch)
Apple’s planned phase-out of the UDID has introduced considerable angst in the app marketing community. The UDID provides a standard, widely supported method for attributing performance of advertising campaigns. Unfortunately, there’s no single solution to replace the UDID and it appears the iOS market is fragmenting, with multiple technologies vying for developer attention. This is making it difficult for app developers to allocate their resources. With all this uncertainty, some marketers are looking more closely at Google Play to fuel their continued growth in mobile.

About the author

Douglas Soltys

Douglas is the former Editor-In-Chief of Inside BlackBerry, BlackBerry Cool, and QuicklyBored, which he launched as a mobile gaming industry site. His knowledge of mobile and social media led him to a job at RIM (BlackBerry), where he got to travel the world and do lots of cool things. He is often left-handed, but rarely sinister.

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