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.
The axe is falling for former Nokia handset workers. In its largest round of layoffs to date, Microsoft said it will cut up to 18,000 jobs this year, or 14 percent of its workforce. It is expected that many of those cuts will be to employees the company acquired when it bought Nokia's devices and services business for around $7.4 billion.
Some 941 new LTE user devices were launched in the past year, representing virtually 100 per cent annual growth, according to latest figures from the Global mobile Suppliers Association (GSA).
Google argued that an antitrust lawsuit against its Android operating system should be dismissed in part because Android device makers can use the platform without also installing Google's apps and services.
CCS Insight said a slowdown in the tablet market in 2014 has been more dramatic than expected, with latest forecasts saying that growth is now expected to drop to just 14 per cent worldwide compared to increases of 71 per cent in 2013 and 79 per cent in 2012.
Samsung Electronics' efforts to get the first smartphone running the open-source Tizen platform into the market suffered another setback when the company had to backtrack on its promise to show off a commercial version of its first Tizen phone at a developer conference in Moscow on Thursday.