Smartphone makers are seeking to emulate and put their own spin on Apple's success as more than just a device maker but as a services provider and maybe even a lifestyle brand. The question is whether device companies can provide services and products to consumers beyond smartphones that actually make their lives better.
BARCELONA, Spain--AT&T Mobility jumped headfirst into the mobile healthcare market with its new ForHealth service, which promises to aggregate and analyze users' health data from a variety of sources, and to provide health alerts and suggestions based on that data. The service, which is centered on the forthcoming ForHealth mobile app, offers many of the same feature and functions as Apple's HealthKit service, which the iPhone vendor launched last year in conjunction with its iOS 8 operating system.
While the open-source Android operating system dominates the mobile device market--holding an 80 percent share--Apple's iOS is far and away the preferred device for online video streaming. According to data provided by Verizon Digital Media Services, 64 percent of mobile viewers use iOS to stream video.
When Apple last updated iOS, I saw a lot of comments on Twitter that went along the lines of, "Is it safe to install?" and "So. Many. Bugs." This could explain why, according to 9to5Mac and others, Apple is considering its first public beta for the operating system with version 8.3.
BARCELONA, Spain--Samsung got the ball rolling on Mobile World Congress device announcements, unveiling the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge on the eve of the event, here.
Ericsson is escalating its legal battle with Apple over patent royalties Ericsson believes Apple owes it for using its wireless technologies in the iPhone and iPad.
Google is working to make its Android operating system more salient for business users with its new Android for Work program. Initially unveiled last year at its annual I/O developer conference, Google this week took the wraps off the program, promising Android enterprise users more security and flexibility.
Google's Android and Apple's iOS continued to thoroughly dominate the global smartphone market in the fourth quarter, according to research firm IDC, with Apple's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus driving Apple to gain share at Android's expense. Meanwhile, Microsoft's Windows Phone platform continues to be an also-ran in the market, though the company as vowed to introduce a range of new phones this year running its new Windows 10 software.
Apple's iOS and Google's Android operating systems inched closer to total dominance of the worldwide smartphone market in 2014, as alternative smartphone operating systems failed to take significant market share from the duo.
Apple detailed plans to heat Danish homes as part of a €1.7 billion ($1.9 billion) investment in two new European data centres.