Apple and Samsung are fuelling growth in the sales of sensors for mobile devices that will see the value of the market grow threefold between 2012 and 2018, analysts predict.
Fundamental changes in demand will be very disruptive to smartphone suppliers. Smartphone vendors that want to succeed will need to make significant cost reductions while also adapting with new product offerings, changes in supply chains, and product distribution.
Apple CEO Tim Cook on Wednesday met in Beijing with Ma Kai, China's vice premier, according to Chinese state news agency Xinhua, and "exchanged views on protection of users' information." The meeting came just days after a report emerged that indicated Chinese-based hackers had attacked users of Apple's iCloud cloud storage service in the country.
Telefónica Deutschland is ready to take a leading role in Europe as one of the first operators to deploy a commercial voice over LTE (VoLTE) service.
Chromebook shipments (referring to shipments of laptops based on Google's Chrome operating system) increased sequentially by 67 per cent globally in the second quarter of 2014.
Whether it's traditional consumer apps or even business-oriented apps, experts say thinking "wrist-first" may take a while to become a priority for the mobile industry as a whole. Some developers think that because of app development cycles it will be two years or more before wearables become mainstream. Special report
Microsoft will put its own brand in place of the Nokia brand for new Lumia devices, according to The Verge.
Verizon Wireless added more postpaid subscribers in the third quarter than financial analysts had expected, and the growth was again largely driven by tablet activations, not phones. Just as it did in the second quarter, in the third quarter Verizon relied heavily on tablet activations for the vast majority of its subscriber additions.
According to a handful of new reports, it appears that Google is discontinuing a plan dubbed Android Silver that would have created a line of devices that featured a pure and unaltered version of Android, with the Android brand--and not the brand of the phone's manufacturer--front and center. Instead, now it appears Google is moving forward with efforts to combine its Android operating system for smartphones with its Chrome operating system for laptops.
More than 100 million smart watches will be in use worldwide by 2019, with a host of premium brand launches over the next 12-18 months bringing the category into mainstream consumer consciousness.