Verizon Wireless is testing a service that lets customer uninstall unwanted applications that are pre-installed on devices. However, for now the service only works on one phone: LG Electronics' G3.
Apple is getting close to launching a mobile wallet for the iPhone and it may come out as soon as this fall with the introduction of the iPhone 6, according to a report from The Information. The report, citing unnamed sources, said that Apple has told some of its partners its system would use the iPhone's so-called secured element, which is a piece of hardware where sensitive information such as a user's financial credentials can be stored.
China's antitrust regulator has concluded that Qualcomm commands a monopoly in the Chinese chipset market, according to a report from the state-run Securities Times newspaper that cited unnamed sources close to China's antitrust regulator. However, it's unclear whether the country's regulator has decided that Qualcomm has abused that position for its own gain.
LG Electronics reported a return to growth in its mobile unit in the second quarter after a string of financial losses. The company posted a new record in terms of smartphone shipments for the period thanks in large part to the launch of its latest flagship device, the G3.
Amazon unveiled its first smartphone last month with much fanfare, promising to shake up a market that it argued has grown stale by introducing new technologies and ways of interacting with mobile devices. Based on early reviews of the Fire phone though, Amazon has a long way to go in convincing consumers that it's worth it to switch from another smartphone platform.
Broadcom said it will cut 2,500 jobs, about one-fifth of its total workforce, as part of a winding down of its cellular baseband chipset unit. The company made the announcement Tuesday in conjunction with its second-quarter earnings.
Verizon Wireless is quietly building a major business around tablets, one that could help the carrier maintain its leading position as rivals undercut its prices and overcome its LTE coverage advantage. Verizon's tablet strategy has become significantly clearer during the past several months, and it's definitely an important strategy.
Microsoft reported a 7 percent decline in its quarterly profit, largely due to the effects of incorporating Nokia's handset business. But the company's revenue increased with the addition of the $1.99 billion in revenues the company scored from Nokia's handset operations. Importantly, Microsoft sold 5.8 million Lumia-branded Windows Phones between April 25 and June 30. During the full second quarter of last year, Nokia sold 7.4 million Lumia smartphones.
Apple sold 35.2 million iPhones in its fiscal third quarter, just below analysts' expectations but not too far off. Analysts had forecast around 35.9 million iPhone sales, according to the Wall Street Journal. Attention is now turning to the next iterations of the iPhone and whether Apple will introduce a wearable device dubbed the iWatch, as many industry watchers expect it will.
Google's Android Wear is still a nascent platform and built for now entirely around smart watches. Developers are weighing whether they will use their resources to build new apps for the platform, but there are early indications that some app categories could be more ripe than others to exploit wearables. Special report