According to new data from research firm IDC, users in Asian emerging markets are increasingly turning to tablets to make voice calls. The firm said that close to 50 percent of all tablets (touchscreen gadgets with screens bigger than 7 inches) in some markets are shipping with voice-calling capabilities.
It's been clear for years that Google's Android and Apple's iOS are the two dominant smartphone platforms around the world, but a new report form research firm IDC on second-quarter smartphone shipments makes clear there almost isn't any breathing space for any competitors.
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.
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.
Continuing a trend that analysts have been tracking for several quarters, several Chinese smartphone vendors grew market share in the second quarter at the expense of Samsung Electronics and Apple, which continue to lead the market, according to a report from research firm IDC.
IDC predicted quarterly smartphone shipments will break the 300 million unit mark for the first time in the third quarter of 2014, following strong growth in the April to June period.
The worldwide tablet grew 11 per cent year over year in the second quarter of 2014 with shipments reaching 49.3 million units, according to preliminary data from IDC.
Amazon failed to convince industry experts it can compete against Apple and Samsung in the smartphone space after it unveiled its first device--the Fire--on Wednesday.
Apple fans have long suffered from large-screen envy as the smartphone maker has resisted the urge to increase the screen-size of its iconic iPhone. But rumors are that the Cupertino, Calif., company is close to giving in to temptation with plans for an iPhone 6 whose screen could run as large as 5.5 inches, with a smaller variant that might be offered simultaneously coming in at 4.7 inches. But along with larger screens could come higher wireless data consumption, which mobile operators, depending upon their network's capabilities, may meet with cheers or jeers.
The Technology Partnership (TTP), a European technology development company, said it is moving the internet of things (IoT) market forward with a smart lighting control system that cuts power consumption in half.