We are now entering a new phase of competition in the global smartphone market and the likes of Lenovo and Xiaomi are poised to make life a lot more difficult for market leaders Samsung Electronics and Apple. How Samsung and Apple respond will go a long way to determining whether they can maintain their status as market leaders, though I think Samsung has a lot more to worry about right now than Apple does.
Telenor has increased its stake in Indian unit Uninor to 100 per cent from 74 per cent, following a similar move by Vodafone in April that saw the UK-based operator increase its stake in Vodafone India to 100 per cent.
Google is reportedly planning to use India as a testing ground for a new over-the-top mobile messaging app that will likely launch in 2015.
Cyanogen, which makes software based on Google's Android operating system, is pursuing a Series C round of financing with late-stage investors and major tech firms after reportedly rejecting an overture from Google to acquire the startup.
Mozilla's announcement that it would bring to market a smartphone costing around $25 running the Firefox OS is coming to fruition. Intex Technologies released the Cloud FX smartphone as the first Firefox OS smartphone available in India, costing 1,999 rupees, or around $33.
Vodafone has taken a further step in the development of its machine-to-machine (M2M) activities by teaming up with UK-based Cyan Holdings to address the smart metering market in India.
Telenor plans to raise its ownership of Indian unit Uninor to 100 per cent from 74 per cent at present, following a similar move by Vodafone in April that saw the UK-based operator increase its stake in Vodafone India to 100 per cent.
Samsung Electronics is aiming to release its first smartphone running the Tizen operating system in Russia and India, according to a Wall Street Journal report.
Nokia said its €5.4 billion ($7.4 billion) deal to sell its devices and services unit to Microsoft is now expected to close in April, missing the previous deadline of the first quarter of the year.
Microsoft will waive license fees for its Windows Phone software for two Indian handset vendors, Karbonn and Lava, according to a Times of India report. The report, which cited unnamed sources, made clear that Microsoft was pursuing the move to bolster its market share in the fast-growing Indian market.