Apple is close to maxing out the number of carrier partners it will reach, with most major operators around the globe already selling the iPhone, according to a report from analysts at Wells Fargo. Furthermore, the upcoming "S-cycle" product launch for the new iPhone expected to be released this fall likely will mean fewer sales to carriers than the bonanza iPhone 6 and 6 Plus launch from the last holiday shopping season.
Gimbal, the location- and proximity-based mobile engagement that was spun out of Qualcomm last year, says it is making its beacon firmware available to enable virtually any Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) device to act as a Gimbal beacon.
Samsung Electronics' sales of its Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge flagship smartphones are off to a solid start and performing better than last year's Galaxy S5 model, according to a report from Counterpoint Technology Market Research. According to Counterpoint, its channel surveys show that Samsung sold a total of 6 million combined S6 and S6 Edge units by the end of April.
Samsung's Galaxy S6 smartphones are outselling the company's previous Galaxy S5 flagship despite being available in fewer countries and receiving a lower marketing budget, a research director at Counterpoint Research said.
Apple stores are going to change how they sell iPhones to AT&T Mobility customers, according to a 9to5 Mac report. According to the report, which cited unnamed sources, AT&T customers will only be able to buy iPhones through Apple's online and physical stores using AT&T's Next equipment installment plan option.
HBO has extended its new over-the-top service, HBO Now, beyond the Apple constellation of IP devices, with Google announcing at its developers conference Thursday that the product will soon be available for Android devices and Chromecast.
Apple has acquired augmented-reality firm Metaio, a Munich, Germany-based company that was the winner of a 2012 FierceWireless Fierce 15 award. According to The Wall Street Journal, Apple has had a small team exploring augmented-reality technology for a while. In addition, Senior Research Analyst Gene Munster has said that Apple could help develop AR products for consumers.
Android Pay, a new mobile payment system introduced by Google as part of its latest smartphone operating system, is not a game changer for the sector a senior Ovum analyst said.
Google used its opening keynote of its I/O developer conference to unveil a new, polished version of its Android mobile operating system, a new mobile payments app called Android Pay and updates to its Google Now proactive personal assistant.
Apple has sold "a lot" of Apple Watches, but it is not giving out a specific sales figure so far, according to a senior Apple executive.