ATLANTA--AT&T will be in a much better position to renegotiate content licensing deals with content owners once it closes its $49 billion acquisition of DirecTV, according to AT&T executive Ralph de la Vega. AT&T's goal is make it much easier for consumers to get TV content on their smartphones and tablets without having to worry about whether or not they will be able to do so because of content rights, he said.
Microsoft is expanding its partnership with Samsung Electronics to pre-load some of its software and services on Samsung's Android devices. Further, Microsoft struck deals with several lesser-known Android device makers to do the same thing, continuing a strategy of getting its services key real estate on phones and tablets running Google's Android platform.
Mobile startup Cyanogen, which aims to cut into Google's control over the Android platform by offering a modified version of the software, raised $80 million in fresh funding.
BlackBerry is an afterthought in the device market, but the company wants to become much more of a software player in the next few years. However, the open question is whether the company has the wherewithal to achieve its goals.
By 2019, 80 percent of smartphones will be shipped to emerging markets and 35 per cent will be priced below $100.
HTC named Chairwoman and co-founder Cher Wang as its new CEO, replacing longtime CEO Peter Chou. However, Chou is not leaving the company. Instead, he will lead HTC's "Future Development Lab," where he will be focused on future product development and growth opportunities for the firm. The shakeup is in many ways the culmination of a process that began in October 2013 when Wang took over some of Chou's day-to-day duties running the company so he could focus more on products.
Gartner predicted that a growing number of Android smartphone users will migrate to Apple's iOS in 2015, as it forecast that mobile phones and tablets will lead growth in global device shipments during the year.
In Africa, LTE deployment and usage is accelerating across a continent that faces considerable challenges in terms of its terrain, economic prosperity, and political and regulatory stability. While the number and breadth of network rollouts are clearly still far behind those in Europe, North America and Asia, Africa is providing a fertile breeding ground not only for different types of LTE players but also for different LTE service propositions and the role of mobile connectivity as an alternative to fixed-line services.
Mario, Luigi, Link, Zelda, Donkey Kong and the stable of classic Nintendo video game characters are finally coming to smartphones. The gaming company dropped its long-held aversion to mobile games via a new deal with DeNA Co., a fellow Japanese game provider. The companies will exchange ownership stakes and create a new mobile game platform.
Apple will soon start accepting Google's Android smartphones as part of an iPhone trade-in program, according to multiple reports, in an effort to juice sales of its latest iPhones and cut into Android's market share.