BlackBerry completed an acquisition of German encryption specialist Secusmart, as the Canadian smartphone company continues to play to its remaining core strength in providing secure communications to businesses and governments.
While shipments of Android tablets in MEA increased 47 per cent year on year in the third quarter of 2014, iOS and Windows OS both suffered declines over the same period.
Samsung Electronics plans to combine its two U.S. sales units into one in order to more efficiently address the market. The shakeup is part of a broader reorganization, especially for the company's mobile business.
The smartphone segment was boosted in the third quarter of 2014 by the launch of Apple's iPhone 6 combined with the continual adoption of lower-cost, entry-level smartphones that enable new users to become mobile broadband subscribers for the first time.
BlackBerry is taking the concept of mobile health a step further than rival smartphone makers with plans to launch apps specifically for healthcare professionals.
Samsung Group decided to keep J.K. Shin as one of the three co-CEOs of Samsung Electronics and maintain his role as the head of the company's important mobile division. There had been rumors that Shin might lose his position as a result of weakness in the company's smartphone business, but Samsung appears to be staying the course as it works to revitalize sales and profits.
Verizon Wireless), AT&T Mobility, Sprint, T-Mobile US and U.S. Cellular have unleashed a bevy of deals on smartphones, tablets, wearable devices and accessories this week to drive store traffic and online sales ahead of Black Friday, the traditional start of the holiday shopping season after Thanksgiving.
Sony can enjoy greater success as a supplier of smartphone components than a manufacturer in its own right, analysts say.
Samsung Electronics may remove co-CEO J.K. Shin as the head of the company's key mobile division, according to a Wall Street Journal article, a move that would strip him of the co-CEO title.
Lenovo continued to increase its share of worldwide branded tablet shipments during the third quarter of 2014, although Apple is expected to reverse a nine-month slide in the fourth quarter.