Google reported first-quarter revenue that missed analysts' expectations, as the company's core advertising business continues to grapple with a decline in how much advertisers pay per click amid a shift in computing from desktop PCs to smartphones and tablets.
The first-quarter earnings season is already underway, and FierceWireless will be covering all of the reports on profit, revenue and industry trends from across the wireless market. Special report
Google aims to have the first smartphone designed as part of its Project Ara modular smartphone program on sale in January 2015. The so-called "gray phone" will cost around $50 to make and will be an entry-level phone, with prices determined by commerce partners.
Intel reported overall first-quarter results that slightly beat analysts' expectation, but the company also laid bare its current financial weakness in the mobile market. Intel CEO Brian Krzanich and other executives said the company has a solid roadmap and path to profitability, but that it will take time to make money from chips it puts into smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices.
Samsung Electronics plans to release at least two Tizen-based smartphones in the months ahead, even though it is banking heavily on strong sales from its flagship Android Galaxy S5 smartphone, according to a Samsung executive.
The nation's largest wireless carriers and device makers banded together to support voluntary anti-theft measures for smartphones released starting next year. The action comes amid mounting efforts by state lawmaker to mandate so-called "kill switches" in smartphones and tablets that would render the devices useless if stolen.
Apple is contemplating charging $100 extra for the iPhone 6, according to a financial analyst.
Tablets are expected to make up a large majority of all mobile broadband connections in the U.S. over the next two years, according to a new report from the NPD Group.
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.
Samsung Electronics called witnesses in its patent-infringement trial against Apple who testified that it was an intensive and significant shift in marketing and hardware innovation that helped Samsung become the world's largest smartphone maker. The witnesses were seeking to rebut claims by Apple's lawyers that it was only through copying Apple's innovations that Samsung was able to secure its strong place in the market.