T-Mobile US shed some additional light on its launch of Rich Communication Services (RCS) technology, noting that Samsung upgraded its native messaging app to include support for T-Mobile's new RCS-based Advanced Messaging service. "Generally, T-Mobile Advanced Messaging replaces the existing messaging app on RCS-capable phones and offers enhanced messaging features right out of the box, without the need to download and configure an over-the-top application," explained a T-Mobile representative.
Sprint has not yet announced its final plans for its "Next Generation Network" (NGN) network densification, but elements of it are starting to take shape. According to financial analysts who follow the carrier, the NGN program will include around 70,000 small cells, some unknown number of additional macro cell sites and will likely involve wireless backhaul technology using the 2.5 GHz band.
There is clearly still a market for flagship smartphones. They excite fans of the brands that make them and often serve as the reference point for the company's design language that filters down to mid-range and lower-end phones. But the days of the flagship smartphone as the be-all, end-all product for smartphone companies are over.
Qualcomm plans to announce thousands of job cuts this week as the chipset giant faces declining prices for smartphones and rising competition from Chinese vendors, according to a report from The Information.
Apple is a notable absentee from the worldwide dual-SIM smartphone market.
How did the wireless industry perform in the second quarter of 2015? In this earnings summary, we list results from the wireless industry's carriers, handset makers, equipment suppliers and others.
Despite the introduction of Samsung Electronics' Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge smartphones in the second quarter, U.S. smartphone demand actually dropped steadily in the quarter and was down 8 percent year-over-year compared to June 2014, according to a new report from research firm Argus Insights.
mmMAGIC, one of the newest consortia to be co-funded by the European Commission's 5G PPP programme, said it plans to develop new technologies that can operate in frequency bands between 6 GHz and 100 GHz and accelerate the standardisation of millimeter wave technologies for 5G as part of a two-year research programme.
Apple may have captured around just 18 percent of the global smartphone market in the first quarter, according to research firm IDC. Yet according to investment bank Canaccord Genuity Apple grabbed nearly all of the smartphone profits that quarter.
IDC said smartphone shipments in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) increased 66 per cent year-on-year to reach more than 36 million units in the first quarter of 2015, and is forecasting shipments of 155 million units in the region for the year as a whole.