As expected, Microsoft unveiled new Lumia-branded smartphones at an event in New York City today, though it did not announce any carrier partnerships for the new phones. Microsoft executives used the event less as a platform to unveil new phones and other Microsoft-made hardware (like a new fitness Band and Surface Pro tablet) and more as a way to explain their vision for the company's Windows 10 platform, which is already powering 110 million devices.
Samsung Electronics is still seen as struggling to reverse declines in its smartphone market share and margins, and investors are getting antsy.
Microsoft is expected to announce new flagship Windows smartphones at an event in New York City tomorrow which will likely be dubbed the Lumia 950 and 950 XL. While the device names and their specifications have largely leaked, what's unclear is how Microsoft is going to position the phones as part of its broader mobile strategy. According to the Wall Street Journal, after years of floundering in the mass-market smartphone wars, Microsoft is likely going to try and redefine success by focusing on market niches.
IDC said new opportunities are emerging for enterprise mobility vendors in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) as more companies are embracing mobility as a tool for increasing productivity and gaining a competitive edge.
The Federal Trade Commission is investigating whether Google has restricted its competitors' access to its Android operating system and favored its own services, according to a Bloomberg report.
Sales of Apple's new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus kicked off today around the world as U.S. carriers sought to one-up each other with new offers and promotions designed to get customers to upgrade to the latest smartphones or switch carriers.
At a time when BlackBerry's smartphone hardware business is shrinking, the company confirmed it will release a security and privacy-focused phone later this year called the "Priv" running on a modified version of Google's Android platform. BlackBerry CEO John Chen said the firm is working "with all of the major carriers" on the launch of the phone and thinks the company's security heritage will set it apart. However, BlackBerry reported revenue for its fiscal second quarter that missed analysts' expectations and a wider-than-expected loss.
Gartner issued a somewhat gloomier forecast for the mobile devices market in 2015, revising downwards its previous prediction of 1.5 per cent growth this year to a 1 per cent decline from 2014 to 2.4 billion units.
Startup Cyanogen (a 2015 Fierce 15 winner) is adding support for several Huawei, Motorola Mobility and Xiaomi smartphones for its CyanogenMod, an open-source custom Android-based operating system, which it says offers OEMs and carriers more flexibility than stock Android software.
BlackBerry reports results for its second fiscal quarter tomorrow, and the company's progress on growing its software revenue will again be in focus, as it was last quarter, with some analysts skeptical that BlackBerry can grow enterprise software sales as much as it hopes this year. Meanwhile, a new photo and details of BlackBerry's rumored phone running Google's Android platform leaked online.