Samsung signs long-term deal with ARM; Huawei expects stronger smartphone sales in South Africa

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> Samsung Electronics signed a long-term agreement to license ARM Holdings' GPU designs for its mobile devices, including the Mali-T820, T830, T860, T880 and all future Mali GPUs. Release

> Apple has persuaded developers in China to write apps for the iPhone, but the challenge now is getting Chinese users to pay for software. Article

> LG Electronics' G4 smartphone does not support wireless charging out of the box without a special case. Article

> Eighty percent of sub-Saharan Africa's 800 million people should have access to mobile phones by the end of the decade, double the current rate, although government help is needed to reach rural areas, according to the GSMA. Article

> Huawei expects to double its smartphone sales to South Africa, reaching 2 million this year, the chief executive of the local unit said. Article

Wireless Tech News

> Samsung and Qualcomm have filed the most patent applications and received the most patents for technology related to wireless power, with LG coming in third place, according to data compiled by LexInnova. Article

> LTE-Unlicensed (LTE-U) small cell spending is expected to reach nearly $2 billion by the end of 2020, according to SNS Research. Article

Telecom News

> Cincinnati Bell isn't afraid of Charter Communications' proposed acquisition of Time Warner Cable, one of its main competitors in the Cincinnati market. In fact, the telco sees the disruption created by all of the consolidation in the cable industry as a potential competitive opportunity to further enhance its broadband speeds and reach. Article

> Consolidated Communications is aware that Google Fiber (NASDAQ: GOOG) is a formidable broadband service provider, including the markets where it also offers 1 Gbps broadband, but the century-old telco says that what differentiates them from their new competitor is customer service. Article

Cable News

> FCC commissioners voted unanimously to strip local governments of the ability to regulate the rates of cable operators. Article

> Self-billed "next-generation cable company" Layer3 TV has raised another $51 million and now plans to launch its virtual pay-TV service by the end of the year. Article

And finally… Samsung just accidentally leaked details about the Galaxy S6 Active. Article

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