Strong growth in LTE smartphones, including TD-LTE phones sold in China, will lead to smartphone sales of 1.24 billion in 2014, according to a forecast from analysts at CCS Insight. However, CCS predicts smartphone growth will slow in the years ahead, largely due to saturation in mature markets.
Samsung Electronics called witnesses in its patent-infringement trial against Apple who testified that it was an intensive and significant shift in marketing and hardware innovation that helped Samsung become the world's largest smartphone maker. The witnesses were seeking to rebut claims by Apple's lawyers that it was only through copying Apple's innovations that Samsung was able to secure its strong place in the market.
Google's Android platform has grown into the world's most popular smartphone operating system, but before Apple introduced the iPhone in 2007 it did not support touchscreen inputs, according to court documents.
The Amazon smartphone rumor mill is churning once again, with the Wall Street Journal reporting that the online retailer will release a smartphone in the second half of 2014.
BlackBerry CEO John Chen said the company is not going to get out of the devices business, despite giving an interview in which he indicated that it might be a possibility.
Chinese smartphone vendor Xiaomi wants to expand internationally, especially in Asian markets like Singapore with large Chinese populations. Xiaomi founder Lei Jun's goal is to boost sales fivefold to 100 million phones in 2015.
The advent of LTE Advanced networks and the further introduction of 64-bit chips and semiconductor process technology improvements are all expected to drive the global smartphone applications processor market to $30 billion in revenue in 2018, according to a new forecast from research firm Strategy Analytics.
Samsung Electronics expects its overall operating profit to slip in the first quarter and for sales to be essentially flat year-over-year, an indication that its mighty smartphone engine, especially at the high end of the market, may be slowing.
Apple's latest patent-infringement trial against Samsung Electronics is underway in California and slides that were revealed during the trial indicate that Apple is indeed thinking about a larger-sized iPhone to capture a piece of a growing market.
Two days after BlackBerry said it will soon cut sales ties with T-Mobile US, the carrier said it is offering its existing BlackBerry customers a $100 credit toward any new device, including the BlackBerry Q10 or the Z10. T-Mobile said the offer is good through the end of the year.