Low-cost LTE smartphones, smart wearables and connected home innovations are set to dominate the forthcoming IFA consumer show in Germany, according to latest research from CCS Insight.
A clear pattern is emerging among the world's top smartphones makers as September comes into view: Almost none of them are going to use CTIA's Super Mobility Week trade show as the official launch vehicle for their latest phones and wearable devices.
Huawei does not plan on building a smartphone running on the open-source Tizen platform, according to a senior company executive, dealing yet another blow to the fledgling smartphone platform. Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei's consumer business group, also said Huawei is putting on pause plans to introduce new phones running Microsoft's Windows Phone platform.
Its backers no longer call it LTE Unlicensed (LTE-U), though that is an apt description. Regardless, the technology now referred to as Licensed-Assisted Access (LAA) has won kudos for its performance in the 5 GHz band, with tests conducted by Huawei and NTT DoCoMo showing the approach delivers better performance in both coverage and capacity compared with current widely deployed Wi-Fi equipment based on the 802.11n standard.
Cisco might still be the dominant router vendor in terms of units sold, but its influence appears to be slipping.
Lenovo reported booming sales and profit for the second quarter and the Chinese vendor is looking beyond its homeland to emerging markets for future smartphone growth, according to CEO Yang Yuanqing. The Lenovo chief is eagerly awaiting the finalization of its purchase of Motorola Mobility, which he said will give Lenovo a leg up in North America and Latin America.
A collaboration between Huawei and South Korean operator LG Uplus could indirectly benefit development of fifth generation mobile technology in Europe by leveraging existing ties between the Chinese vendor and the region, as well as a joint development deal between the European Commission and South Korea.
Huawei and LG Uplus signed a memorandum of understanding under which they will create a joint Mobile Innovation Center (MIC) in Seoul, South Korea, where the companies will work on LTE Advanced carrier aggregation, small cells and 5G technologies.
Huawei is essentially persona non grata in the U.S. network infrastructure market, at least for major deals with Tier 1 carriers. That's because U.S. lawmakers and government agencies think the company could be used as a front for Chinese espionage, an allegation the vendor has always vehemently denied. However, north of the border in Canada, Huawei has found more favor for its network gear business.
Samsung remained the dominant force in smartphones in the second quarter, with an average of 74.6 million units shipped according to figures from three research companies.