Pebble sells 1M smart watches; Qualcomm boasts of Snapdragon 810 sales

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> Pebble has sold 1 million smart watches. Article

> Despite its inability to get its Snapdragon 810 chip into an unnamed flagship phone--a situation that has affected its financial outlook--Qualcomm said it continues to rack up sales of its 810 chip. Release. Separately, the Wall Street Journal reported that Samsung's own chips likely played a role in Samsung's decision not to use Qualcomm's chips in its upcoming flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S6. Article

> HTC will miss its self-imposed 90-day deadline to update its One M7 and M8 smartphones to Android version 5.0, dubbed Lollipop. HTC said it has encountered issues with the latest version of Android. Article

> The worldwide tablet market declined for the first time since Apple introduced the iPad in 2010. IDC said the market reached 76.1 million tablet units in the fourth quarter of 2014, a 3.2 percent year-over-year decline. Release

> Huawei appears poised to introduce a new, high-end smartphone called the P8. Article

> Snapchat is launching a new web series starring Steven Spielberg's daughter. Article

> India could become Ericsson's second-largest market in the next few years. Article

Wireless Tech News

> Giving a nod to the enormous number of Internet-connected devices expected to hit the streets by the year 2020, Verizon said it's launching a new enterprise portal for its Managed Certificate Services (MCS) platform that offers digital certificate creation and management capabilities for large-scale Internet of Things (IoT) deployments. And by "large scale," it means in the "tens of millions." Article

> Marriott International, the American Hotel & Lodging Association and Ryman Hospitality Properties on Friday withdrew their petition with the FCC that sought rules and clarity around Wi-Fi networking management tools--also known as the "Wi-Fi blocking" petition. Article

Online Video News

> Amazon's Prime streaming subscribers helped drive its overall sales up. The company's membership in Prime jumped 53 percent. Article

Telecom News

> The FCC is looking to tighten the rules regarding the interconnection terms service providers like Verizon ask for to accept bandwidth-hungry Web traffic from third party providers like Netflix, reports Bloomberg citing an unnamed person close to the proposal. Article

> BT has laid out an ambitious plan to bring broadband speeds of up to 500 Mbps to the majority of the United Kingdom within 10 years by using G.Fast, a technology that can provide fiber-like speeds over short copper loops. Article

European Wireless News

> Ofcom said it has varied the licenses of the UK's four mobile operators following an agreement reached between the government and the operators in December to improve mobile coverage across the country. Article

> Google, Amazon, Apple and French mobile games developer Gameloft averted the threat of fines over the way the companies communicate the costs of payments in apps that are free to download, after reaching a voluntary agreement with the Autorità Garante della Concorrenza e del Mercato (AGCM), Italy's competition authority. Article

And finally… Some final thoughts from TUAW. Article