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.
Until recently, the best most app developers could do when someone writes a bad review was take a deep breath and count to 10. If their app or mobile game was created for Windows Phone, however, Microsoft is now offering them other ways to respond.
Chief financial officers at major media and entertainment companies like Disney, Liberty Media, Microsoft and Time Warner are downplaying economic uncertainty and are setting themselves into the starting blocks for new growth. The focus this time: digital, an Ernst & Young report says.
Microsoft is not planning on abandoning the entry-level phone market, according to a company executive, and to prove it the software giant has released a new basic phone under the Nokia brand.
Microsoft may need to abandon being in the devices market altogether and focus more on services, according to industry analyst Chetan Sharma. Microsoft's Windows Phone platform continues to struggle for market share globally, and though it has gained traction in some markets in Europe, Sharma wrote in a recent research report that Microsoft may need to cuts its losses given the lack of return on investment it has made in mobile.
Microsoft confirmed that it hired longtime Qualcomm executive Peggy Johnson as its new executive vice president of business development. The hiring, which was first rumored last week, is the first major executive appointment for Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella since he took over the software giant in February.
Microsoft sued Samsung Electronics for violating an agreement the two companies struck in 2011 to cross license each other's patents. According to Microsoft, Samsung has been using Microsoft's $7.3 billion deal to acquire Nokia's devices and services business as an "excuse" to break their contract.
Strategy Analytics added its voice to warnings that smart device shipment growth is slowing, noting that increases in smartphone shipments in the current quarter are at their lowest level for five years.
Rockstar, a patent consortium owned by Apple, Microsoft, Ericsson, Sony, EMC and BlackBerry, paid $4.5 billion for the 6,000 patents that bankrupt Nortel Networks offered up for auction in 2011. And while the majority of the portfolio's patents have still not expired, there will be a surge in patent expirations starting in 2017, according to a new independent analysis of Rockstar's patents.
Over the past month or so Microsoft, Qualcomm, Apple and others have had to deal with pushback from Chinese regulators or Chinese state-run media. To me, it's clear that the cost of doing business in China is going up--but the cost of missing out on a growing smartphone market as large as China is even higher.