Samsung hopes to breathe new life into its languishing Tizen OS with a major new upgrade, PCWorld reported.
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.
Samsung cemented its position as the world's No 1 smartphone vendor in the first quarter, according to fresh data from IDC, and Apple maintained its second-place status. But a couple other names among the top five may surprise you.
Smartphone vendors shipped 292 million units in the first quarter of 2016, according to TrendForce, marking a 1.3 percent dip year over year and an 18.6 percent sequential drop from the typically busy holiday quarter.
Huawei continues to attack the high end of the smartphone market with this week's launch of the P9 device at a high-profile event in London. Huawei executive Richard Yu touted the company's new flagship Android device, comparing its specs favorably with Apple's iPhone 6s and Samsung's Galaxy S7, both top-of-the-line handsets.
The worldwide smartphone market will rebound slightly in 2016, CCS Insight predicted, gaining 2.9 percent over "a weak 2015." And according to new data from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech, the new iPhone SE could account for a respectable chunk of that growth.
HTC said it will unveil its latest smartphone April 12, but the company isn't saying much more.
The U.S. Supreme Court announced this morning that it will take up the long-running patent feud between Apple and Samsung, stepping into a high-profile case that may have significant impact on the patent-litigation landscape.
U.S. consumers are upgrading their handsets less frequently as carriers move away from two-year contracts and toward leasing programs and equipment installment plans. The decoupling of those contracts with the price of the phone itself has provided consumers with added transparency about what they're really paying for their phones, so they're often holding on to them longer. This could create headaches for carriers trying to hold on to their subscribers.
Verizon unveiled an annual upgrade program for customers who buy one of the two new Samsung Galaxy phones on the carrier's Equipment Installment Plan.