Latest forecasts from IDC paint an increasingly gloomy picture for small- and large-screen mobile devices after the research company revised downwards its smartphone growth forecast for 2016 and predicted a second year of decline for tablets.
IDC predicted worldwide smartphone shipments will grow at a sluggish 3.1 percent clip in 2016, revising a previous forecast that had pegged the market to grow at 5.7 percent this year.
Xiaomi will buy roughly 1,500 patents from Microsoft in a deal that will see the Chinese manufacturer install copies of software such as Office and Skype on its phones and tablets. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
Mobile application installs could exceed 210 billion in 2020, according to International Data Corp (IDC).
Samsung posted the fastest quarterly profit growth in its mobile business in nearly three years, cementing its status as the world's top smartphone vendor following Apple's disappointing quarter. But LG and Sony continued to struggle as growth in the worldwide handset market slows to a crawl.
With SDN already making its mark on the data center to enable cloud computing services, the focus is shifting towards WANs, which can be used to meet the requirements of cloud applications and services.
As operators like AT&T and Verizon deploy more software-defined networking and network functions virtualization, research firm International Data Corporation (IDC) is taking note of the SDN shift from the datacenter networks to the wide area networks.
Huawei, the world's third-largest smartphone maker after Apple and Samsung, announced it will hold a media event April 6 where it is widely expected to raise the curtain on its latest flagship Android smartphone, the P9. According to reports, the phone will likely sport two rear-facing cameras.
IDC said 2015 was likely the last year when global smartphone shipment growth exceeded 10 per cent, with single-digit growth now expected to be the trend until 2020.
Global wearable device sales grew 126.9 per cent year-on-year in the fourth quarter of 2015, as demand for fitness trackers and Apple's Watch device fuelled growth in the sector, IDC said.