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.
Microsoft is in the process of rolling out its latest smartphone operating system, Windows Phone 8.1, and reviewers have been almost universally positive of the latest version of the platform. Importantly, Windows Phone 8.1 stands up well against its larger rivals, Apple's iOS and Google's Android, according to the reviews.
In a two-part interview with ZDNet, Terry Myerson, Microsoft's executive vice president of operating systems, wouldn't directly address rumors that the company was looking to get Android apps on Windows Phone, but he said the company was keeping an eye on third parties that are enabling Android on Windows.
Over-the-top (OTT) voice over IP services are increasingly popular among mobile customers, who consider them less-expensive alternatives to standard cellular voice. But these services have significant performance shortcomings in comparison to voice over LTE (VoLTE) offerings that mobile operators can provide, according to Nokia Solutions and Networks.
Microsoft's $7.5 billion deal to buy Nokia's devices and services business and license its patents received regulatory approval from China, bringing the agreement one step closer to closing. The companies continue expect to finish the deal this month after regulatory delays pushed the closing of the transaction past the end of the first quarter.
Moving away from a costly licensing model is definitely a major step for Microsoft. It should finally make it more attractive than ever before for handset makers to support Windows Phone. Ultimately, it was a quiet announcement here, but it could shake the world.
SAN FRANCISCO--Microsoft is making Windows Phone, and Windows software for phones and tablets with screens of less than nine inches free for handset makers to use in their devices. The move represents a radical shift for Microsoft as it seeks to expand market share for devices running its software, especially Windows Phones.
SAN FRANCISCO--Microsoft announced its new, voice-activated personal digital assistant for Windows Phone, called Cortana, a move that brings Windows Phone on par with--and in some cases ahead of--Google's Android and Apple's iOS.
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella named Nokia executive Stephen Elop as the head of Microsoft's devices division as part of a restructuring of Microsoft's executive team. The changes come just ahead of Microsoft's Build developer conference, which it will kick off Wednesday in San Francisco.
Microsoft's $7.5 billion deal to buy Nokia's devices and services business and license its patents is now expected to close in April, later than the companies had hoped. The companies said regulators in Asia still need to approve the deal.