BlackBerry is aiming its forthcoming Passport smartphone squarely at the enterprise market, but has plans for enterprise-focused devices beyond that.
Huawei said its smartphone shipments jumped 62 percent year-over-year in the first half of 2014 and that it is on pace to reach its goal of shipping 80 million smartphones for the full year.
The wait for the first commercial Tizen-based smartphone will go on. Samsung Electronics said it would delay sales in Russia of the Samsung Z, the first Tizen smartphone, presumably because there are not yet enough apps on the platform.
The House on Friday passed legislation that makes it legal for consumers to unlock their cell phone and take it to another carrier, and President Obama indicated he will sign the bill into law.
LG Electronics reported a return to growth in its mobile unit in the second quarter after a string of financial losses. The company posted a new record in terms of smartphone shipments for the period thanks in large part to the launch of its latest flagship device, the G3.
Amazon unveiled its first smartphone last month with much fanfare, promising to shake up a market that it argued has grown stale by introducing new technologies and ways of interacting with mobile devices. Based on early reviews of the Fire phone though, Amazon has a long way to go in convincing consumers that it's worth it to switch from another smartphone platform.
Apple sold 35.2 million iPhones in its fiscal third quarter, just below analysts' expectations but not too far off. Analysts had forecast around 35.9 million iPhone sales, according to the Wall Street Journal. Attention is now turning to the next iterations of the iPhone and whether Apple will introduce a wearable device dubbed the iWatch, as many industry watchers expect it will.
Huawei reported that its first half-revenue jumped 19 percent thanks to growth in its LTE network infrastructure and smartphone businesses outside China.
Active LTE connections are expected to cross the 1 billion mark in 2017 and reach 1.8 billion by 2019.
Microsoft is going to wind down Nokia's Asha and Series 40 feature-phone businesses over the next 18 months to focus solely on devices running Microsoft's Windows Phone platform, according to an internal company memo. The decisions come as part of Microsoft's decision to cut 18,000 jobs, including 12,500 former Nokia workers, the largest restructuring in the company's history.