AMSTERDAM--LTE Cat 6 is providing European operators with an opportunity to close the gap on rivals in Asia Pacific and North America that took a leading role in deploying LTE Cat 4 technology, according to Qualcomm Technologies' senior director of marketing.
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.
According to reports from Korean media, Samsung is planning to release an Android smartphone later this year running on chips from Intel. If the reports prove accurate, the action could represent a significant boost to Intel, which has struggled to break into the market for smartphone silicon. A win with Samsung, the world's largest smartphone maker, would give Intel's profile in the space a substantial boost.
Qualcomm, MediaTek and other chipset companies are increasingly helping their OEM partners and other customers get phone components such as speakers and camera lenses as a way to juice their business.
Qualcomm's latest small-cell system-on-chip (SoC) targets operators that want to extend LTE and Wi-Fi into neighborhoods and small-to-medium-size businesses.
Ericsson is not giving up on the market for smartphone modems, but it will have a steep hill to climb to challenge industry leader Qualcomm.
Artificial intelligence is a new battleground for tech giants, and China's Web search leader Baidu, often termed "China's Google," is getting in on the action via a new research lab in Sunnyvale, Calif. In addition, the company announced it has hired Stanford computer science professor Andrew Ng, who previously worked on deep learning at Google, to head Baidu Research, which also includes labs in Beijing.
Qualcomm is close to finalizing a deal for Israeli Wi-Fi chipset startup Wilocity, according to an Israeli media report, a deal that would bolster Qualcomm's Wi-Fi expertise as the number of Wi-Fi hotspots is set to grow significantly.
KPN has become the second operator in Europe to publicly announce a live trial of LTE Broadcast technology, following the announcement by Vodafone in February that it had conducted Europe's first live test of the technology in Germany.
Nokia gave further details on its post-device strategy by revealing it is establishing a $100 million (€72 million) investment fund for companies developing connected car technology.