One of the biggest announcements at Google I/O is likely to be the introduction of the long-awaited Google X Phone, rumored to be manufactured by Motorola Mobility and scheduled to launch in the second half of 2013. How could the Google X Phone affect Google's relationship with leading Android smartphone makers?
Sony swung to an annual profit for the first time in five years and said it expects smartphone sales to jump by more than a quarter to 42 million units this fiscal year, as the once-venerable electronics maker leans more on its mobile business to help revive its fortunes.
Apple and Samsung Electronics once again gobbled up all of the operating profits in the global smartphone industry in the first quarter, according to a new report from investment research firm Canaccord Genuity, as has been the case the past several quarters.
Sony wants its Sony Mobile Communication unit to grow into the world's third largest smartphone maker behind Samsung Electronics and Apple, according to a senior executive. The comments indicate Sony is one of a large and growing number of manufacturers looking to grab share behind the industry's leaders.
Sony Mobile Communications may abandon the low-end smartphone market and focus primarily on high-end devices as it seeks to reestablish its mobile brand. The company is putting a great deal of emphasis on the "premium" experience aspect of its devices, as exemplified by the Xperia Z, the new flagship smartphone Sony unveiled this week at the Consumer Electronics Show.
LAS VEGAS--The annual Consumer Electronics Show here is typically used by the world's gadget makers to show off their latest and greatest hardware innovations. This is the place you'll see giant TVs, car stereos that could seriously damage your hearing, and smartphones that will set the tone for the next 12 months. But at this year's CES, there isn't much new in the world of smartphones.
Next week in Las Vegas tens of thousands of technology and mobile executives, professionals and enthusiasts will gather for the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show. As in recent years, the wireless industry will have a significant presence at the show, but from what I'm hearing from analysts and insiders there may be less of a bang at this show than in years past.
Samsung Electronics and Apple thoroughly dominated the smartphone market in 2012, so much so that, according to analysts, they ended 2012 as the only two companies with double-digit global market share.
Despite high-profile movie endorsements, Sony Mobile's smartphones have yet to break through, much as the former Sony Ericsson struggled. Still, the company is not giving up, and plans to boost smartphone sales 51 percent to 34 million units in the year ending March 31.
The market for cheap smartphones costing under $150 will explode over the next few years, according to a new study from Informa Telecoms & Media, with low-end smartphones making up 52 percent of all smartphones sales in 2017.