Momentum for Wi-Fi calling among wireless operators continues to build, and it's making players in the Wi-Fi market more bullish than ever.
Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi is holding talks on a funding round that would value the company at around $40 billion to $50 billion, according to a Bloomberg report, the latest sign of the firm's rapid ascendance in the smartphone market.
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.
Apple is going to start selling its Apple Watch in the spring of 2015, according to an internal company communication leaked to 9to5Mac. The report, citing an unnamed source's transcript of a video message sent by Apple retail chief Angela Ahrendts, said the launch will come after the Chinese New Year and in the spring, which is a little later than some had expected.
The recent developments in mobile payments are a classic example of a rising tide lifting all boats. As soon as Apple Pay became active, the curiosity factor drove more than 1 million iPhone users to launch their long-neglected Passbook app, download their credit card onto their device, and try out the service. Then, all of the sudden, CurrentC (the brand of Merchant Customer Exchange), and SoftCard (the brand of the AT&T/Verizon/T-Mobile JV), from whom we'd heard zilch in about a year, sprung to life. That you couldn't ring up your Huggies purchase at CVS with your iPhone became this week's #firstworldproblem.
Telenor is jumping on the mobile payments train with a service called Valyou that it said is already accepted by 400 retailers in its domestic market.
Google faces a fight to maintain the dominance of its Android smartphone operating system (OS) even though the platform increased its grip on the global market during the third quarter.
The worldwide tablet market grew 11.5 per cent year over year in the third quarter of 2014 with shipments reaching 53.8 million units.
Xiaomi became the world's third-largest smartphone maker by market share for the first time during the third quarter, although it stands to immediately lose that status after Chinese rival Lenovo completed its acquisition of Motorola Mobility.
The Merchant Customer Exchange (MCX) is willing to use Near Field Communications technology like its rivals, its CEO said. MCX is a consortium of some of the country's largest retailers that is setting up a mobile payments program that will stand as a rival to Apple Pay, Softcard and other mobile payment offerings.