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.
HTC is not going to unveil a smart watch anytime in the immediate future, according to company executives. However that doesn't mean the smartphone maker is abandoning an eventual entrance into the wearables market.
The smartphone revolution has greatly expanded the size of the handset market with global revenues doubling in the last six years, as consumers substitute more expensive smartphones for their feature phones and basic phones. Yet changes have devastated most of the leading incumbent handset vendors.
HTC is still working on a smart watch and plans to release it in early 2015, according to a CNET report, which cited unnamed sources.
HTC unveiled a variant of its flagship One M8 smartphone running Microsoft's Windows Phone software, giving the platform the same kind of high-end hardware HTC and other phone makers have usually reserved for flagship Android devices. HTC hopes it can fill what it sees as a gap in the premium Windows Phone segment.
HTC reported a sharp uptick in profit for the second quarter thanks in part to sales of its flagship One M8 smartphone, the release of mid-range devices and cost cutting measures. Although the Taiwanese smartphone maker still has a steep hill to climb, the results could point to signs of a turnaround after its struggles in recent years.
Qualcomm gained an ally in Microsoft in its efforts to develop common standards for connected home equipment, but faces a challenge convincing rival chip makers to follow its path.