The smartphone revolution has greatly expanded the size of the handset market with global revenues doubling in the last six years, as consumers substitute more expensive smartphones for their feature phones and basic phones. Yet changes have devastated most of the leading incumbent handset vendors.
Samsung Electronics expects its mobile business to bounce back in the months ahead, a top company executive said, especially with the launch of its latest flagship phablet device, the Galaxy Note 4. Meanwhile, even as the conglomerate shifts software engineers from its mobile unit to other parts of the company, the world's largest smartphone maker is gearing up for its second annual developer conference this fall.
The number of smartphone shipments will approach 1.2 billion this year, an increase of 19 per cent from 985 million in 2013, according to latest forecasts by Juniper Research.
O2 is on the brink of agreeing a deal to become the exclusive seller of Amazon's Fire smartphone in the UK, while separately signalling its intention to sell Motorola's Moto 360 smart watch by opening a registration page for the device.
The IFA electronics trade show in Berlin kicked off with a bang, with Samsung Electronics announcing two new versions of its Galaxy Note phablet as well as the Gear VR virtual reality headset. Meanwhile, Sony also unveiled a slew of new devices in its Xperia line.
Low-cost LTE smartphones, smart wearables and connected home innovations are set to dominate the forthcoming IFA consumer show in Germany, according to latest research from CCS Insight.
Nokia said it will bring its HERE mapping platform to devices that run Google's Android software starting with Samsung Electronics' Galaxy smartphones. The deal represents a major win for Nokia since the company sold its devices business to Microsoft in April.
Samsung is readying a new smart watch that it claims will redefine the meaning of the term 'wearable device' by offering wireless connectivity without being tethered to a smartphone.
Rivals LG Electronics and Samsung Electronics announced new wearable devices ahead of the IFA trade show next week in Berlin, intensifying competition as smartphone companies vie for consumer attention--and their wallets--in what some see as the next frontier of computing.
A clear pattern is emerging among the world's top smartphones makers as September comes into view: Almost none of them are going to use CTIA's Super Mobility Week trade show as the official launch vehicle for their latest phones and wearable devices.