Smartphone makers are seeking to emulate and put their own spin on Apple's success as more than just a device maker but as a services provider and maybe even a lifestyle brand. The question is whether device companies can provide services and products to consumers beyond smartphones that actually make their lives better.
BARCELONA, Spain-- Jolla, the Finland-based developer of the Sailfish mobile operating system (OS) talked up its potential as a viable alternative to Google's Android as it announced Snapdeal.com--India's largest e-commerce marketplace provider--has become the first company to sign up to its partner programme.
BARCELONA, Spain--Orange is taking a chance by launching a new $40 (€35) smartphone and data package for the Middle East and Africa markets, according to Marc Rennard, the operator's EVP International for Africa, the Middle East and Asia.
BARCELONA, Spain--BlackBerry introduced a new touchscreen device and promised to release a new phone later this year with a dual-curved screen and slideout keyboard.
BARCELONA, Spain--Mobile World Congress kicked off with a bang this year, with a plethora of device announcements. Dozens of OEMs are on hand to offer their wares and meet with carriers. Here is a small sampling of some of the high-profile device launches thus far at the conference.
BARCELONA, Spain--Qualcomm, the world's biggest supplier of processors for smartphones, offered a glimpse at the features of its next-generation flagship processor, the Snapdragon 820. The company also announced two major new products, an ultrasonic-based fingerprint-scanning technology and a "cognitive computing" platform the company said will give users' phones the ability to learn.
BARCELONA, Spain--Samsung got the ball rolling on Mobile World Congress device announcements, unveiling the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge on the eve of the event, here.
BARCELONA, Spain--Orange detailed plans to deploy a $40 (€35) smartphone package in 13 markets in Africa and the Middle East, as the operator seeks to expand mobile Internet access and usage in the region
BARCELONA, Spain--BlackBerry is going to flesh out its future device strategy tomorrow here at Mobile World Congress, but in the meantime the company is offering more of its core software and services to larger smartphone platforms, including Google's Android, Apple's iOS and Microsoft's Windows.
BARCELONA, Spain--Microsoft reiterated that it will release at least one flagship Windows phone when it rolls out Windows 10 later this year, even as the company unveiled new mid-range Windows smartphones, the Lumia 640 and 640 XL, here at Mobile World Congress.