Worldwide smartphone shipments increased 38 percent annually in the fourth quarter of 2012 to 217 million units, fueled by surging demand for devices running Google's Android and Apple's iOS, research firm Strategy Analytics reports.
Chinese vendors Huawei and ZTE in the fourth quarter displaced the likes of HTC, LG Electronics, Nokia and Research In Motion in the rankings of the world's largest smartphone vendors.
Research In Motion said its new BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 platform is now available for enterprise and government customers to download, one of the final preludes to the company's launch of BlackBerry 10 next week. RIM's BES 10 platform not only will support device management and security for BlackBerry smartphones and tablets but also for gadgets running Apple's iOS and Google's Android.
Apple's iOS powered 51.2 percent of all smartphones sold in the U.S. during the 12 weeks ending Dec. 23, 2012, up from 44.9 percent in the year-ago period, according to new data published by Kantar Worldpanel ComTech.
With its updated BlackBerry 10 operating system slated to launch January 30, Research In Motion unveiled an overhauled version of its BlackBerry App World storefront, rebranded simply "BlackBerry World."
Research In Motion has registered more than 1,600 North American businesses through its BlackBerry 10 Ready Program, an early indicator that RIM is getting its core enterprise users to buy into its new platform. The announcement from RIM is the latest tidbit of news the company is dripping out ahead of its Jan. 30 formal unveiling of BB10.
Research In Motion is reportedly planning to unveil the BlackBerry Z10 smartphone during its Jan. 30 press event, according to reports, and is also working to educate its carrier partners of the device's capabilities.
Visa has approved Research In Motion's Secure Element Manager technology for Near Field Communications-enabled mobile payments.
Not everyone will embrace T-Mobile's decision to do away with device subsidies. But I'm glad T-Mobile is making the switch, and at CES many industry players seem to agree.
LAS VEGAS--Verizon Wireless, AT&T Mobility, Sprint Nextel and T-Mobile USA each confirmed they will support Research In Motion's BlackBerry 10 platform this year, giving RIM a shot in the arm three weeks ahead of its Jan. 30 BB10 unveiling.