The U.S. Department of Justice has cleared Softbank's acquisition of 70 percent of Sprint Nextel for $20 billion.
Google's Android continues to dominate U.S. smartphone sales but the platform is experiencing slower growth than both Apple's iOS and Microsoft's Windows Phone, research firm Kantar Worldpanel ComTech reports.
Sprint Nextel has acquired mobile software development and distribution firm Handmark, along with its social media apps and ad unit, OneLouder. The deal officially closed last month. Financial terms were not disclosed.
AT&T Mobility is welcoming rival nationwide operators Verizon Wireless, Sprint Nextel and T-Mobile US to the ranks of its 'It Can Wait' campaign to end texting while driving. More than 200 other organizations are also throwing their weight behind the It Can Wait effort, AT&T said.
Sprint Nextel will preload branded content from Time Inc. on select devices, offering subscribers access to entertainment, lifestyle, sports and business news.
Microsoft's Windows Phone fueled 5.6 percent of smartphones sold in the U.S. during the first quarter of 2013, up from 3.7 percent in the year-ago quarter, narrowing the gap on Google's Android and Apple's iOS, research firm Kantar Worldpanel ComTech reports.
The Wall Street Journal examined on Thursday the competing bids for Sprint Nextel: one from Japan's Softbank, which is offering $20.1 billion for 70 percent of Sprint, and another from United States satellite TV firm Dish Network, which is offering $25.5 billion for all of Sprint through a merger of the two firms.
Motorola Mobility's Photon Q is the latest Sprint Nextel smartphone upgraded to Google's Android 4.1 mobile operating system, a.k.a. Jelly Bean. The automatic download began rolling out to subscribers Thursday.
Sprint Nextel has formed a special committee of independent directors to examine Dish Network's offer to buy the United States wireless carrier for $25.5 billion.
The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission, urging the agency to investigate carrier efforts to offer secure consumer experiences across devices running Google's open-source Android mobile operating system.