Biography for Mike Dano
Mike Dano is the executive editor for the Telecom Group for FierceMarkets, which includes FierceWireless, FierceTelecom, FierceMobileContent, FierceBroadbandWireless and other publications. In his role, Mike oversees all editorial content for the publications, and acts as a point of contact for such content. Mike has covered the wireless industry as a journalist for the better part of a decade, and remembers writing a story about the transition from black and white to color screens on cell phones. Mike is based in Denver and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow @FierceWireless or @mikeddano on Twitter and find him on LinkedIn.
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In his first quarterly conference call with investors as Microsoft's new CEO, Satya Nadella promised the company would work to innovate more quickly in an effort to redefine itself as a mobile-first, cloud-first company. Nadella also explained Microsoft's recent decision to eliminate licensing fees for Windows device makers that are building smartphones and tablets with screens smaller than nine inches.
AT&T announced a new, $500 million joint venture with The Chernin Group, a Hollywood production company for TV shows and movies, to target the over-the-top online video space--and AT&T specifically mentioned mobile as a key element in its efforts to expand into OTT online video.
According to a detailed report from the Wall Street Journal, Apple and Google are battling each other for the most popular mobile games. Each company wants to offer its respective users the latest and greatest mobile games, and both are offering mobile gaming developers promotional incentives to encourage them to focus only on iOS (for Apple) or Android (for Google) with their game launches.
Apple is scheduled to report its quarterly earnings later this week, and analysts generally expect the iPhone and iPad vendor to post relatively stable results as it gears up for the release of new products later this year.
Facebook will reportedly launch its own mobile advertising network later this month, according to multiple reports. The action will put Facebook in direct competition with Google's AdMob, Millennial Media, Apple's iAd and other mobile ad networks.
Verizon Wireless is expanding the reach of its LTE network in California and Hawaii via new deals with two small carriers, Golden State Cellular in California and Mobi PCS in Hawaii. Under the terms of the two separate deals, which both still require FCC approval, Verizon will essentially buy the small carriers.
"You have to see this!" was one of the messages sent out last year by Glide, the video messaging app that quickly climbed to the top of the app store charts.
Microsoft is in the process of rolling out its latest smartphone operating system, Windows Phone 8.1, and reviewers have been almost universally positive of the latest version of the platform. Importantly, Windows Phone 8.1 stands up well against its larger rivals, Apple's iOS and Google's Android, according to the reviews.
During a recent presentation at the Electronic Transaction Association's tradeshow in Las Vegas, Google Wallet chief Ariel Bardin conceded that customers have been slow to embrace the company's mobile payments service. However, he said that Google plans to remain in the mobile payments space for the long haul, and will continue to tweak the technology in hopes it will take off.
Samsung battered by sluggish stock, labor issues, sales ban and indifference on Galaxy S5 launch day
Samsung, the world's largest manufacturer of smartphones and mobile devices, today launched its flagship Android smartphone, the Galaxy S5, in 125 countries in Europe, Middle East, North America, Latin America, and most of Asia. The Tier 1 U.S. carriers are also launching the device today. But the launch coincides with significant declines in Samsung's stock price following profit warnings from the company, along with rising concerns about worker conditions in its Korea factories as well as a temporary ban on sales of its Galaxy S5 in its home market of South Korea.