A new report from Germany-based research firm GfK found that smartphone sales growth in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) contributed to the strongest global smartphone sales on record for a third-quarter period, although sales stagnated at best in European markets.
FirstNet said it is taking steps to develop and implement an effective bring-your-own device (BYOD) policy for the nationwide public safety broadband network it is building.
Finnish handset maker Jolla, the company behind the alternative smartphone platform Sailfish OS, is going to lay off half of its workforce and try to restructure its debt after it failed to close a $10.6 million (€10 million) Series C round quickly enough. The company hopes the measures will only be temporary, but is going to start laying off workers in December.
Hot on the heels of Sprint's promotional offer cut the rate plans in half of customers who switch to Sprint from Verizon, AT&T Mobility and T-Mobile US, Verizon and T-Mobile's MetroPCS prepaid brand are rolling out their own promotions ahead of Black Friday. Verizon is offering 1 GB of free data to customers on qualifying plans, and MetroPCS is rolling out a "Buy One Get One" smartphone offer for Black Friday shoppers.
Apple may have missed slightly Wall Street analysts' expectations for iPhone sales in the third quarter and may still account for a small minority of smartphone sales worldwide, but it is still the king when it comes to another important metric: smartphone profits.
Ericsson expects average smartphone data usage in North America to grow nearly six-fold in the next six years, jumping from 3.8 GB per month in 2015 to 22 GB per month by the end of 2021. That growth will be driven by an increasing usage of streaming video as well as the advent of 5G networks. There will be 150 million 5G subscriptions globally by the end of 2021, according to a new report from the Swedish network vendor.
Even as BlackBerry rolls out its first smartphone running a version of Google's Android platform, the Priv, the company remains focused on bulking up its software prowess and may pursue more acquisitions, according to CEO John Chen.
Qualcomm reported quarterly earnings that beat analysts' expectations, even as its sales and profit fell sharply from a year ago. However, Qualcomm's expectations for its current quarter fell below analysts' forecasts, as the chipset giant is facing headwinds in negotiating new patent licensing deals with Chinese smartphone makers.
BlackBerry is betting big on the Priv, its new smartphone that runs a modified version of Google's Android platform. However, analysts are skeptical about whether the security-focused phone can help deliver a hit for BlackBerry and keep the company's hardware business afloat.
Huawei said it hired a former Apple creative director as the head of its user experience design team, a signal that the company is becoming more serious about its smartphone ambitions. Analysts said last week that Huawei captured the global No. 3 smartphone vendor spot in the third quarter, behind Samsung Electronics and Apple.