Google is making a tentative move back to the Chinese mobile market by allowing Chinese developers to develop and sell apps through its Google Play application and media store outside of China.
U.S. LTE subscribers are using almost twice as much data on average than their 3G counterparts, according to a new report from mobile analytics firm Mobidia. The company's research also found that Verizon Wireless and Sprint subscribers are using more LTE data than customers of AT&T Mobility and T-Mobile US.
Nokia is jumping back into the consumer device market by licensing its brand to Foxconn to create a tablet called the N1 running Google's Android platform.
Nokia is set to re-enter the mobile devices market in the first quarter of 2015 with a new tablet PC running the Android operating system.
Thanks to a new partnership between the two companies, BlackBerry said it will work to enhance security on Samsung Electronics' Android phones, and Samsung said it will resell the BlackBerry Enterprise Service 12 platform to its customers. The teaming is just one of several that BlackBerry unveiled as part of the rollout of its new BES12 product, which the company hopes will form the foundation of its comeback into the enterprise market.
The worst may be over, but reports that a bug in Android 5.0, otherwise known as Lollipop, was draining batteries and pushed back the OS release date had developers unhappy on Twitter.
Microsoft is going to let users create and edit Office content on iPhones, iPads, and soon Android tablets using Office apps without an Office 365 subscription. It's another example of Microsoft choosing to forgo some revenue in order to get its software on more devices.
Google and LG Electronics struck a patent cross-licensing deal similar to one Google announced in January with LG's larger rival, Samsung Electronics. The Google/LG agreement is an indication that the companies are working closely together but they were vague on the long-term implications of the deal.
Google's Android platform has long dominated the smartphone market in terms of market share, but research firm Strategy Analytics thinks Android has reached its peak. Android ran 84 percent of smartphones shipped globally in the third quarter, according to the research firm, down from 85 percent in the second quarter. "Android's global smartphone market share is peaking," Strategy Analytics analyst Neil Mawston told the Wall Street Journal.
Samsung Electronics said Microsoft's April purchase of Nokia's devices and services business breached a 2011 business collaboration agreement between Samsung and Microsoft. Under that deal Samsung paid $1 billion in patent royalties to Microsoft in 2013, and Samsung is now arguing in court that the Microsoft/Nokia deal invalidates the agreement because Microsoft became a direct competitor with Samsung in the smartphone market.