The global smartphone market keeps on growing, it's just not growing as fast as it once did, according to industry research firms. In fact, thanks in large part to weaker sales growth in the U.S., Europe and China, the market is growing at its slowest rate in years.
Smartphone shipments continued to rise during the second quarter of 2015, but the rate of growth slowed compared to previous years according to separate announcements from analysts at Strategy Analytics and Juniper Research.
The number of tablets with mobile data subscriptions will basically double over the next years to more than 200 million, according to a new report from research firm Strategy Analytics. The forecast comes as many U.S. carriers continue to rely on tablet subscriptions for growth, with a long runway of tablet subscriber additions potentially ahead of them.
LTE networks will become more ubiquitous and popular in the years ahead, with the number of LTE subscriptions ballooning from around 210 million this year to around 387 million in 2020, according to a new report from research firm Strategy Analytics.
According to a new report from research firm Strategy Analytics, global smartphone sales will grow more than 8 percent next year. And iOS and Android will power the vast majority of those phones.
Just 22 percent of U.S. consumers are willing to pay to add a connected car to their shared data plan, down from 28 percent in 2014, according to a survey conducted by research firm Strategy Analytics.
With the first-quarter earnings season drawing to a close, FierceWirelessTech, in partnership with Strategy Analytics, has tracked the U.S. wireless carriers in the first quarter of 2015 by subscriber base.
Despite falling overall U.S. tablet sales, the nation's Tier 1 wireless carriers continued to add cellular-connected tablets to their networks at an impressive clip in the first quarter. Analysts note that carriers have been heavily promoting and discounting tablets, which generate additional revenue streams for carriers while carrying lower subsidy costs.
Nvidia said it will wind down its Icera cellular baseband operations in the second quarter of fiscal 2016, which will end this summer. The company said it is open to a sale of the technology or operations.
Samsung Electronics boosted profitability in its mobile business in the first quarter to its highest level in three quarters and promised stronger sales ahead thanks to the global rollout of its flagship Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge smartphones. According to research firm Strategy Analytics, Samsung also regained its crown as the world's largest smartphone maker by volume in the first quarter.