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--Mobile World Congress kicked off with a bang this year, with a plethora of device announcements. Dozens of OEMs are on hand to offer their wares and meet with carriers. Here is a small sampling of some of the high-profile device launches thus far at the conference.
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.
BARCELONA, Spain--As expected, HTC debuted its new flagship smartphone, the One M9, which will available in mid-March from AT&T, Verizon Wireless, T-Mobile US and Sprint. The company also revealed a new fitness tracker geared toward serious athletes and surprisingly announced its entrance into the virtual reality market with a VR headset.
LAS VEGAS--HTC thinks it is turning a corner, both financially and in terms of the direction of the company, as the smartphone maker looks to produce unique products in the connected home, health, media and entertainment markets. Additionally, the specter of financial calamity is receding, as the firm posted its first quarterly revenue growth in more than three years and another profit in the fourth quarter.
LAS VEGAS--Wearables are still in version 1.0 and need to be smarter and more connected. Right now they are very much "nice to have," not "need to have." So let's tone down the hype. Wake me up when I can leave my home without my smartphone and just a wearable strapped to my wrist, because we're not there yet.
Verizon Wireless), AT&T Mobility, Sprint, T-Mobile US and U.S. Cellular have unleashed a bevy of deals on smartphones, tablets, wearable devices and accessories this week to drive store traffic and online sales ahead of Black Friday, the traditional start of the holiday shopping season after Thanksgiving.
Google officially unveiled Android 5.0 with the nickname "Lollipop," in keeping with its dessert-themed names for its Android releases, and also announced three new devices in its Nexus device program.
It's not a smart watch, but HTC is making its first foray into wearable devices. The smartphone maker is releasing the RE camera, a small, portable camera that can capture still images or HD video and then sync with Android phones or iPhones to share the content.
Apple maintained its dominance in the U.S. smartphone market over the summer, according to the latest figures from research firm comScore. Given the boffo opening sales weekend Apple had for its new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, that lead is likely to swell through the fall.