Another research firm, this time the NPD Group, has predicted that shipments of smartphones will overtake those of basic and feature phones for the first time this year, as adoption of smartphones accelerates.
The jury is still out on the future of Nokia. The company still has a lot of support in its home market from domestic investors and that will be crucial in the months ahead, but patience is clearly running out.
Nokia's Lumia Windows Phone business often gets most of the attention when it comes to discussing the company's strategy, but the Finnish handset maker recently shifted the focus back to its low-cost Asha phones.
As enterprise "bring your own device" (BYOD) programmes continue to become more commonplace, 38 per cent of companies expect to stop providing devices to workers by 2016, according to a global survey of CIOs by research firm Gartner.
LG Electronics shipped a record 10.8 million smartphones in the first quarter and its total handset sales, including feature phones and smartphones, were up nearly 31 percent from the year-ago period.
Smartphones costing $250 or less before carrier subsidies will make up 46 percent of all global smartphone shipments by 2018, up from 28 percent in 2012, according to a new report form ABI Research.
Nokia appears to be planning to announce a new phone with a Qwerty keyboard on Wednesday, though it is not clear whether it will be a Lumia Windows Phone or some other class of device.
Nokia reported a year-over-year and sequential drop in device sales in North America, but CEO Stephen Elop also hinted that the company will soon bring a "hero" Lumia Windows Phone smartphone to a top U.S. carrier, likely Verizon Wireless.
Verizon Wireless confirmed that tomorrow the carrier will launch a prepaid plan that includes 500 minutes and unlimited mobile web and texting. The plan will go for $35 per month and will only be available on basic phones.
Chinese computer maker Lenovo was the No. 8 handset maker in the world in the fourth quarter of 2012, marking the first time the company cracked the top 10, according to ABI Research. The course of Lenovo's rise is part of ABI's ranking of the top 12 handset makers globally. Though most research firms only list the market's top five handset makers, ABI lists a full top 12 (and the firm is providing shipment numbers for all of the vendors listed). For a complete look at ABI's report, click here .