The Middle East and Africa (MEA) handset market grew to its largest size in 10 quarters in the second quarter of 2014, expanding 27 per cent year on year to total 64 million units.
Time Warner Cable Business Class is looking to appeal to medium and large multi-site business customers by serving up a number of new features for its Ethernet services suite.
Worldwide phablet shipments will reach 175 million units worldwide in 2014, passing the 170 million portable PCs expected to ship during the same period.
IDC has lowered its forecast for worldwide tablet and 2-in-1 (computers that can function as tablets) shipments to 233.1 million units. This represents 6.5 per cent year-over-year growth rate, which is well below the 12.1 per cent growth rate previously forecast.
According to new data from research firm IDC, users in Asian emerging markets are increasingly turning to tablets to make voice calls. The firm said that close to 50 percent of all tablets (touchscreen gadgets with screens bigger than 7 inches) in some markets are shipping with voice-calling capabilities.
It's been clear for years that Google's Android and Apple's iOS are the two dominant smartphone platforms around the world, but a new report form research firm IDC on second-quarter smartphone shipments makes clear there almost isn't any breathing space for any competitors.
Lenovo reported booming sales and profit for the second quarter and the Chinese vendor is looking beyond its homeland to emerging markets for future smartphone growth, according to CEO Yang Yuanqing. The Lenovo chief is eagerly awaiting the finalization of its purchase of Motorola Mobility, which he said will give Lenovo a leg up in North America and Latin America.
Samsung remained the dominant force in smartphones in the second quarter, with an average of 74.6 million units shipped according to figures from three research companies.
Continuing a trend that analysts have been tracking for several quarters, several Chinese smartphone vendors grew market share in the second quarter at the expense of Samsung Electronics and Apple, which continue to lead the market, according to a report from research firm IDC.
IDC predicted quarterly smartphone shipments will break the 300 million unit mark for the first time in the third quarter of 2014, following strong growth in the April to June period.