Apple and Samsung are fuelling growth in the sales of sensors for mobile devices that will see the value of the market grow threefold between 2012 and 2018, analysts predict.
Fundamental changes in demand will be very disruptive to smartphone suppliers. Smartphone vendors that want to succeed will need to make significant cost reductions while also adapting with new product offerings, changes in supply chains, and product distribution.
Android's dominance of the smart watch market will come to an end in 2015 when the operating system's (OS) share of the sector will fall to under 50 per cent for the first time as it succumbs to pressure from Apple.
Samsung Electronics said it has developed Wi-Fi technology using the 60 GHz WiGig standard that can transmit data at 4.6 Gbps. That is around five times faster than existing peak 802.11ac Wi-Fi speeds of around 866 Mbps.
Apple maintained its dominance in the U.S. smartphone market over the summer, according to the latest figures from research firm comScore. Given the boffo opening sales weekend Apple had for its new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, that lead is likely to swell through the fall.
Nokia's HERE mapping platform is now available for download on Samsung Electronics' Galaxy smartphones, marking the first time Nokia is bringing its core mapping software to devices that run on Google's Android. Nokia announced a licensing deal with Samsung for HERE at the end of August.
Samsung Electronics forecasted that its operating profit in the third quarter fell by as much as 60 percent year-over-year amid stagnating smartphone sales. However, the company is hopeful that sales will pick up in the fourth quarter and said it is readying new phones in the low-to-midrange market to help it recover ground.
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Samsung Electronics paid Microsoft $1 billion last year to use Microsoft's technology in its mobile devices as part of a patent-licensing agreement, according to court documents filed by Microsoft. As part of a lawsuit Microsoft initiated against Samsung, Microsoft is claiming Samsung owes it $6.9 million in unpaid interest from last year.
The race for third place in the tablet market is up for grabs and competition is heating up between Lenovo, Amazon, ASUS and other emerging vendors.