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.
Qualcomm is working with the U.S. Department of Commerce and others on a proposed 3GPP study to explore ways to improve indoor location accuracy through the use of beacon technology.
Qualcomm is spinning off the unit that houses its Gimbal geolocation beacon technology into a separate company just a few months after it started selling the beacons commercially. The technology behind Gimbal is both a competitor to Apple's iBeacon technology but also compatible with it.
Qualcomm's Zeroth neuromorphic chip program is focused on signing up researchers this year to test its technology as the company eyes the commercial introduction of brain-mimicking chips as soon as 2015. But early robotics applications show how far Qualcomm's technology development has already come.