T-Mobile US, along with its MetroPCS prepaid brand, surpassed Sprint and Sprint's MVNOs as the third-largest U.S. carrier in terms of smartphone volumes in the first quarter, according to a new research report.
Cable operator Comcast, which recently signed a peering deal with Netflix to increase the amount of bandwidth the online video provider can use to reach subscribers on its network, has launched its own content delivery network without fanfare. Meanwhile, Apple is moving forward with a CDN buildout of its own and is negotiating paid interconnect deals with a number of unnamed ISPs.
The high-tech world is constantly awash with rumors, and many these days revolve around the wireless industry. Will Sprint and T-Mobile US merge? Is Google planning an MVNO? Will we see an iWatch from Apple? FierceWireless is taking a look at some high-profile rumors to assess the evidence behind them and determine how likely it is that a particular rumor will become reality.
Apple, Google, Amazon and French games developer Gameloft face fines of up to €5 million ($6.8 million) each if they are found guilty of the alleged mis-selling of mobile apps in Italy.
Total global shipments of branded tablets reached 41.3 million in the first quarter of 2014, as Samsung continued to close the gap with Apple.
Apple is in the process of finalizing a $3.2 billion deal for Beats Electronics, in what would be its biggest deal ever, according to multiple reports. The overriding question analysts have at this point is: Why? The answer is not entirely clear, but Apple could be inking the deal to get access not only to Beats' sleek headphones but also its fledgling streaming music service on the cheap.
Apple is quietly building a team of biomedical and sensor experts, a move that could telegraph how the company might want to play in the wearable computing market, according to a Reuters report. The report, citing unnamed sources, said that Apple is actively recruiting medical professionals and hardware experts. Over the past year, Apple has hired at least half a dozen prominent experts in biomedicine, according to LinkedIn profile changes, the report said.
Apple's damage award of $119.6 million in its patent-infringement trial against Samsung Electronics was a far cry from the $2.2 billion in damages Apple had sought. More importantly, according to legal experts, the jury's verdict indicates that Apple's legal strategy of suing Samsung has not slowed down Samsung's sales or the momentum of Google's Android operating system.
Nokia gave further details on its post-device strategy by revealing it is establishing a $100 million (€72 million) investment fund for companies developing connected car technology.
Worldwide tablet and 2-in-1 shipments slipped to 50.4 million units in the first calendar quarter of 2014. The total represents a sequential decline of 35.7 per cent from the high-volume holiday quarter and just 3.9 per cent growth over the same period a year ago.