In the next few weeks Google and its partners will expand the search giant's Android One phone initiative beyond India to the neighboring countries of Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka. The world's first Android One phone was unveiled in September for around $105, and the wider program represents Google's most intensive effort yet to not only expand Android to entry-level phones in emerging markets also to control the user experience.
Sprint is making good on its promise to support Microsoft's Windows Phone platform, and today announced it will sell the mid-range Lumia 635.
Cisco is finding new fortunes in the cloud infrastructure equipment segment by taking what Synergy Research said was a 15 percent market share during the third quarter, but that dominant spot is facing a formidable challenger from HP, which saw its share rise to nearly 13 percent.
Ford Motor Co. took the wraps off the latest version of its in-car technology platform, Sync 3, and though it has a bevy of new features, one of the biggest changes is behind the scenes: the platform is powered by BlackBerry subsidiary QNX's technology and not Microsoft.
Sprint is still committed to supporting Microsoft's Windows Phone platform despite the fact that its website does not show any Windows Phones for sale.
Research firm IDC expects total smartphone shipments of nearly 1.3 billion units in 2014, which would indicate a 26.3 percent increase over 2013. However, IDC thinks growth will slow in 2015 down to 1.4 billion units, or a 12.2 percent year-over-year growth rate.
Google has settled patent litigation with a consortium of companies backed by Apple, Microsoft and other tech giants, according to a court filing. Financial terms of the settlement were not disclosed.
Nokia is jumping back into the consumer device market by licensing its brand to Foxconn to create a tablet called the N1 running Google's Android platform.
Nokia is set to re-enter the mobile devices market in the first quarter of 2015 with a new tablet PC running the Android operating system.
Microsoft released its first Lumia-branded smartphone without the Nokia name on it, the Lumia 535, and is clearly pushing the entry-level phone toward emerging markets. The Lumia 535, which will debut for $137 (€110) before taxes and subsidies, is not the cheapest Lumia phone Microsoft has introduced but it is among them. It also boasts improved specifications compared with similarly priced Windows Phones.