The Western European PC and tablet market as a whole contracted by 13.7 per cent year-on-year in the first quarter.
Microsoft today announced it will cut up to 1,350 jobs in Finland and up to 500 jobs globally as part of its further withdrawal from the smartphone business. The company said it would record an impairment and restructuring charge of around $950 million related to the move, of which it said $200 million would relate to severance payments.
Samsung vowed to defend itself after Huawei filed its first patent lawsuits against the South Korean vendor covering alleged infringements in technologies used in Samsung mobile phones.
Apple CEO Tim Cook offered his clearest comments yet on the possibility of the iPhone vendor launching its own MVNO service, explaining that Apple typically operates at a global scale and therefore likely wouldn't launch an MVNO in a specific country.
American mobile users ate through 9.6 trillion MB of data last year, more than doubling the 4.1 trillion MB of data they consumed in 2014, according CTIA's latest annual report on the wireless industry.
AT&T today said that it will reduce the number of equipment installment plans (EIP) it offers from four to two. The two remaining plans, AT&T Next and AT&T Next Every Year, essentially will allow customers to upgrade to a new phone either every two years (Next) or ever year (Next Every Year).
ABI Research said standalone virtual reality (VR) devices are expected to see a 95.4 per cent CAGR through 2021, which is higher than mobile VR devices.
GfK said smartphone shipments in Western Europe shrank by 6 per cent year-on-year to 30 million units in the first quarter of the year, marking the first time that demand has fallen in the region on an annual basis.
Those in the wireless charging business are probably not surprised to hear that Apple has been hiring people with expertise in wireless charging, including two former uBeam staffers. The Verge counts more than a dozen staffers with wireless charging expertise hired in the last two years.
Microsoft said it will sell its feature-phone business to a Foxconn subsidiary in a $350 million deal that will also see Nokia return to the mobile-devices business it once dominated.