Samsung Electronics is still seen as struggling to reverse declines in its smartphone market share and margins, and investors are getting antsy.
Samsung announced it will discontinue its Milk Video mobile service in November. The service launched around a year ago offering short video clips to Samsung smartphone users.
Under a new promotion, Samsung said it will pay up to $120 to customers who purchase one of the company's new Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, S6 Edge+, or Galaxy Note 5 smartphones. The new promotion appears timed to coincide with the launch of Apple's new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus and Google's rumored Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X.
Samsung Electronics plans to launch its own direct-to-consumer device leasing program in the U.S. for its Galaxy smartphones, according to a Forbes report, following Apple's introduction of such an initiative.
AT&T and Verizon Wireless will have dedicated showcase areas manned by trained Best Buy employees in 250 Best Buy stores nationwide by the end of the year.
As CTIA's Super Mobility conference is winding down, it's worth taking a look at the lighter side of the second-annual confab the trade group put on, which brought together several different conferences and co-located events.
This week at the IFA show in Berlin, Samsung, Motorola, Huawei and others announced new smart watches aimed at growing the market and combating Apple's position with its Apple Watch. However, the smart watch opportunity for wireless carriers appears to remain relatively small-- research firm CCS Insight predicts that cellular-enabled smart watches and other smartphone companions will account for only 13 percent of the category's volume in 2019.
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.