Google's Android and Apple's iOS continued to thoroughly dominate the global smartphone market in the fourth quarter, according to research firm IDC, with Apple's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus driving Apple to gain share at Android's expense. Meanwhile, Microsoft's Windows Phone platform continues to be an also-ran in the market, though the company as vowed to introduce a range of new phones this year running its new Windows 10 software.
Motorola Mobility President Rick Osterloh blasted Apple's prices as "outrageous" and said that Motorola and Apple have different design philosophies and strategies. The comments appear to be a slap back against Apple executive Jony Ive, who appears to have issued veiled insults against Motorola in a recent magazine article.
Apple CEO Tim Cook said the company's blockbuster holiday quarter proved that the company did not need to make a cheaper iPhone in order to continue to grow its smartphone business. He reiterated that Apple will not make a less expensive iPhone for the sake of making one, and will continue to focus on making great products.
Apple is going to rely on rival Samsung Electronics to produce the processor for its next iPhone models, according to a Re/code report, which would be a major coup for Samsung's semiconductor unit.
Apple's share of smartphone sales grew across Europe, the U.S. and China during the last three months of 2014 due to a strong portfolio of devices based on the iOS operating system (OS), according to smartphone sales data from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech for the fourth quarter.
Certified Android shipments fell from 217 million in the third quarter of 2014 to 206 million in the fourth quarter of 2014.
If you look around on social media, the most common consumer response to Apple's latest platform upgrade is something like, "Is it safe to install iOS 8.1.3?" For app developers, though, the reaction tends to be a little different.
Apple posted a blowout holiday quarter with sales of 74.5 million iPhones and $18 billion in net profit. The results were way above forecasts from most Wall Street analysts. "We'd like to thank our customers for an incredible quarter, which saw demand for Apple products soar to an all-time high," said Tim Cook, Apple's CEO. "Our revenue grew 30 percent over last year to $74.6 billion, and the execution by our teams to achieve these results was simply phenomenal."
Apple likely sold more iPhone units in China in its most recent quarter than it did in the United States, according to a Financial Times report. If the report proves accurate, this would be the first time iPhone sales in China have outpaced those in the U.S. market.
U.S. Cellular will begin testing Voice over LTE service with users in a handful of markets this year. Speaking at the Citi 2015 Internet, Media and Telecommunications Conference on Tuesday, CEO Ken Meyers said that in 2015 the company will focus on finishing its LTE rollout and will begin a VoLTE user trial in "two or three" markets.