Research firm IDC thinks the tablet market will grow in 2014 compared to 2013 but at a slower pace than it previously forecasted, with a maturing market, stabilizing prices and a decline in low-cost tablets all contributing to the weaker growth.
BARCELONA, Spain—On Monday VMWare completed its $1.2 billion acquisition of AirWatch, adding one of the premier mobile device management (MDM) companies and gaining a major foothold in the wireless market to better compete with BlackBerry, IBM, Citrix and others. AirWatch Chairman Alan Dabbiere had harsh words for BlackBerry, and said the company is clinging to the past and business models that no longer work.
BARCELONA, Spain--AT&T Mobility plans to expand its Digital Life home automation service into two new markets: business and healthcare. The action represents the carrier's efforts to expand the platform beyond its current market of individual home security and automation.
BARCELONA, Spain--BlackBerry CEO John Chen officially unveiled the company's next two smartphones, a mid-range touchscreen phone called the Z3 and another mid-tier phone with a physical Qwerty keyboard called the Q20.
Sprint has no intention of bringing back the Nextel brand for enterprise customers, despite recent rumors to the contrary, the company confirmed to FierceWireless.
Cloud software and virtualization firm VMware said it will spend around $1.2 billion to buy AirWatch, which specializes in mobile device management and enterprise mobility. Analysts see the deal as a way for VMWare to expand its mobile presence and get a foothold to better compete against the likes of BlackBerry, IBM, Citrix and others.
BlackBerry said it will divest the majority of its real estate holdings in Canada, though the smartphone maker has said it will continue to have a strong presence in the country that it calls home.
Former Clearwire CEO Erik Prusch said that Sprint, which bought Clearwire last summer, will be able to set itself apart from its rivals thanks to Clearwire's trove of 2.5 GHz spectrum.
BlackBerry CEO John Chen said that his main focus is on building back up the company's legacy enterprise business, and argues that customers using smartphones on other platforms would be welcome to use BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 and the company's enterprise security and services.
Chinese handset and network gear vendor ZTE is creating a separate mobile devices unit as part of an organizational restructuring aimed at beefing up its presence in smartphones and mobile.