HTC's Vive virtual reality headset will not have a widespread commercial launch in 2015, as initially planned, with the launch slipping into 2016. HTC had previously said the Vive would be commercially released by year-end.
Samsung Electronics opened up a public beta for its mobile payments service, Samsung Pay, ahead of its wider rollout next month. Meanwhile, Apple is expanding the number of locations that will accept its own mobile payments service, which has a significant head start.
Samsung Electronics ran out of Galaxy devices it had set aside for iPhone customers to "test drive" for a month on the first day of the promotion, which Samsung attributed to strong demand.
Samsung Electronics is hoping to entice Apple iPhone users to switch over to its latest Android-based high-end phones with a free 30-day trial. The promotion is kicking off just as sales at U.S. carriers are getting under way.
Samsung lost 4.3 percentage points in market share year-on-year and declined 5.3 percent in unit sales in the second quarter of 2015.
Smartphone sales growth was its weakest in the second quarter since 2013, according to research firm Gartner. That's mainly due to the first-ever slowdown in the Chinese market, the world's largest for smartphones, and while Apple had a strong quarter in China, OEMs that rely on Google's Android software saw their fortunes slide, and Android overall recorded its weakest growth ever in the quarter, Gartner said.
UK smartphone users rate ease of use, call reception and battery life as more important than new designs or features including mobile wallets according to uSwitch, a UK broadband and phone price comparison and switching service.
Samsung Electronics' newest phablet smartphones, the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+, got a major media unveiling yesterday and carriers fell over themselves to offer promotions to entice customers to buy them. However, Samsung's biggest challenge may be that there are more smartphones, including phablets, coming out from rivals that offer similar specifications for much less money.
Samsung prompted speculation that it won't launch its forthcoming Note 5 high-end smartphone in Europe after omitting the device from a launch event in London.
As expected, Samsung Electronics unveiled two new phablets, the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+, and also got strong support from all of the major U.S. carriers. However, each carrier is rolling out its own promotions to entice customers to switch or upgrade when they buy the new smartphones, which are largely identical in terms of their specifications.