Qualcomm is spinning off the unit that houses its Gimbal geolocation beacon technology into a separate company just a few months after it started selling the beacons commercially. The technology behind Gimbal is both a competitor to Apple's iBeacon technology but also compatible with it.
It would take a major reversal of fortunes for Samsung Electronics and Apple to lose their places as the No. 1 and 2 smartphone market vendors, respectively, but according to industry analysts competitors Huawei, Lenovo and LG Electronics are grabbing more market share and are starting to loosen the grip the leaders have on the market.
Google plans to scrap its four-year-old Nexus Android device program in favor of a program called "Android Silver" aimed at delivering high-end smartphones attuned to Google's specifications to better compete with Apple's iPhones in the premium smartphone segment, according to a report from The Information.
Samsung agreed not to pursue injunctions against companies it believes infringe its essential 3G smart device patents in the European Union for the next five years to appease EU antitrust officials, as the European Commission moved to bring an end to smartphone patent wars in the region.
Samsung reported flagging profits and smartphone market share in the first quarter of this year, but the company promised improvements throughout the rest of 2014 on the strength of its Galaxy S5 smartphone, interest in the World Cup soccer match and improvements in its display panel and home appliances businesses.
It has finally come to pass: no longer will Nokia make mobile phones, and for those of us who have watched and monitored the company over past decades it really is the end of an era. The Nokia we knew is no more now that the deal to sell its devices unit has finally gone through. Microsoft also appears to have little intention of keeping the famous phone brand, according to recent remarks by former Nokia CEO Stephen Elop.
Facebook will unveil a mobile advertising network this week at its f8 developer conference called Facebook Audience Network, according to TechCrunch. The conference starts April 30.
Apple CEO Tim Cook continued to play coy about future new product categories the company might be breaking into later this year. He also indicated he thinks the mobile payments market hasn't been "figured out" yet.
Apple easily beat analysts' expectations for iPhone sales in its most recent quarter, delivering 43.7 million iPhone unit sales. However, the company's iPad sales fell below analysts' expectations, and were lower than Apple's iPad sales in the year-ago period.
About a year after its launch, Fan TV has snared a big cable operator to push out its live TV and streaming content service--at least for the time being. Time Warner Cable said that it will launch Fan TV to its video subscribers starting in the second quarter of this year. As with all things TWC, however, that could be subject to change if and when Comcast acquires the nation's second biggest MSO for $45.2 billion.