What's behind Apple's reported decision to press its suppliers to manufacture between 85 million and 90 million units combined of two new iPhone models by the end of the year? China could be a major factor.
Huawei is working with Google to develop a new Nexus-branded smartphone that showcases Google's new Android M software, according to a report from The Information.
Samsung Electronics plans to unveil its latest Galaxy Note phablet a few weeks earlier than usual, moving it to mid-August, according to multiple reports. Samsung appears to be breaking with tradition in order to give the new device more breathing room ahead of Apple's expected release of its latest iPhones in September.
Apple apparently didn't get the memo that this year will be a yawn in terms of a new iPhone model, since it is expected to come without a major redesign. The company is preparing for another blowout iPhone release this fall, according to a new Wall Street Journal report, and it expects demand for this year's models to outpace those of last year.
Samsung Electronics intends to focus Tizen development efforts on opportunities in the Internet of Things and wearables, at least based on the keynote speakers and a partial agenda set for a developer conference taking place later this month in Bangalore, India. The conference comes amid rumors of a new Tizen-based smartphone Samsung is said to be prepping for later this year.
Microsoft said it will cut around 7,800 jobs, mostly from its phone business, and record an impairment charge of around $7.6 billion related to its purchase of Nokia's devices and services business. The layoffs and restructuring charges are the latest indication that Microsoft has not been able to gain traction in the smartphone market following its $7.2 billion deal for Nokia's handset business, which closed in April 2014.
Sony knows that smartphones are integral parts of modern life and connect to many other consumer electronics and other connected devices, and for that reason alone, it is not going to get out of the smartphone business, according to a senior company executive.
Samsung Electronics said it expects operating profit to drop in the second quarter, which would represent the seventh consecutive quarter of year-over-year declines in profit. The world's largest smartphone maker by volume likely underestimated how strong demand would be for its Galaxy S6 Edge smartphone, analysts said. Although Samsung has taken steps to shore up supply of the phone, it appears to have been too late to improve the company's second-quarter figures.
CTIA said that a group of wireless carriers and smartphone makers had implemented a set of voluntary principles aimed at stopping smartphone theft. The announcement came just as a California law requiring smartphones sold in the state to have a "kill switch" went into effect.
The FCC reached a settlement with América Móvil's U.S. MVNO, TracFone Wireless, which will force TracFone to unlock its customers' handsets.