GfK said smartphone shipments in Western Europe shrank by 6 per cent year-on-year to 30 million units in the first quarter of the year, marking the first time that demand has fallen in the region on an annual basis.
Google has hired former Motorola chief Rick Osterloh to lead the company's effort to unify its hardware line.
Strategy Analytics said global smartphone shipments fell by 3 per cent year-on-year to reach 335 million units in the first quarter of 2016, marking the first time in history that this market has shrunk on an annualised basis.
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.
Worldwide semiconductor revenue totalled $334.8 billion (€294 billion) in 2015, a 2.3 per cent decline from 2014.
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.
CCS Insight predicted smartphone sales will increase from 1.5 billion units in 2016 to 2 billion units in 2020, representing a compound growth rate of 7.2 per cent.
Huawei posted a 33 percent increase in net profit in 2015 over the previous year thanks to soaring smartphone sales and increasing demand for 4G network gear.
Gartner predicted that global smartphone sales will for the first time experience single-digit growth in 2016, rising 7 per cent from 2015 to reach 1.5 billion units.
Microsoft kicked off its annual Build developer conference yesterday by touting bots, artificial intelligence and Windows 10, among other things. Mobile, however, was almost entirely absent.