In this episode of SmartWatch, we take a look at the rise and possible fall of the tablet. As net phone additions lagged in the second quarter, the major carriers leaned on tablet additions to prop up their numbers. Big Red added 1.4 million postpaid subscribers, reporting that it had added 304,000 postpaid phone net additions and whopping 1.15 million postpaid tablets.
The Japanese electronics and entertainment conglomerate, which has been trying to reshape its business after years of losses, did well in its video games, movie and camera businesses, offsetting restructuring costs. Under an overhaul announced earlier this year, Sony has sold its Vaio computer business and is splitting off its TV division to run as a wholly-owned subsidiary.
Samsung has stumbled in its efforts to make even a small move away from Android. Earlier this week, it delayed the release of the first smartphone powered by Tizen, its own mobile operating system, just two months after announcing a launch date. It did not give a future schedule.
The plans can be adjusted at any time during the month, even daily, directly from each person’s device, or controlled by the primary user, allowing the plans to add or subtract the amount of voice, text or data and other services they use at any time within their monthly billing cycle.
IDC estimates Samsung shipped 74.3 million smartphones in the second quarter, down 3.9 percent from the 77.3 million it moved in the same quarter last year. Samsung's overall market share came in at 25.2 percent in the second quarter, down from 32.3 percent during the same period last year.
Shao Yang, vice president of marketing in Huawei's consumer business group, said that his company had seen faster than expected growth in the Middle East, Africa and Latin America. He attributed the rapid growth to improved branding awareness and stronger sales channels in overseas market.
There's a case for the PadFone, though, if you're someone who uses a tablet only at home. You can carry the phone with you during the day and attach it to the tablet screen when you get home. You don't have to worry about what apps and data are on which device.
In a brief statement, Samsung said the postponement is to further enhance the Tizen "ecosystem," which encompasses developers, consumers and devices using the mobile OS. The delay is a blow to Samsung's push to reduce reliance on Google's Android operating system, which powers Samsung's Galaxy smartphones and tablets.
In its second quarter earnings, Amazon reported a $126 million loss even as revenue jumped by 23 percent. Shares fell 10 percent on the report. Many believe that continued investment in big projects like the development of the Fire Phone and the a new grocery delivery serivce are weighing profits at the company.
LoopPay invented something called Magnetic Secure Transmission (MST) technology which leverages existing point-of-sale infrastructure to receive contactless payments from mobile devices of all kinds with no hardware changes required by merchants.
Nokia Networks said that its forecast has improved on operational efficiencies gained from the sale of its handset unit to Microsoft. The company expects underlying profitability for Networks to be at or slightly above its long term target range of 5 to 10 percent for the full-year 2014.
One of the world's largest providers of enterprise software applications and services on a "mobile-first" mission, and arguably the most well-known consumer mobile device manufacturer ever, are now collaborators. It was probably a more natural union than many imagined when Apple and IBM recently announced their partnership.
Tablets ruled the quarter. The company added 304,000 postpaid phone net additions and 1.15 million postpaid tablets. At the end of the quarter, smartphones accounted for nearly 75 percent of retail postpaid customer phone base, up from 72 percent in first-quarter 2014.
With minimal market share in both tablets and phones, Microsoft has its work cut out for it. Yet a focus on design over compatibility under new CEO Satya Nadella means Microsoft can make products and services for non-Windows platforms, such as Apple's iOS and Google's Android, and still retain the look, feel and functionality of the Microsoft brand.
The partnership centers around a new class of business apps that will run on iOS devices. The companies are boasting "a new class of more than 100 industry-specific enterprise solutions including native apps, developed exclusively from the ground up, for iPhone and iPad."
The news comes as HTC tries to capitalize on the favorable reception to its flagship smarpthone, the HTC One M8. Reviewers consistently give HTC's high-end smartphones high marks for design and quality. Still, the company has been unable to message their products here in the United States in the same way Samsung has done.
According to a press release, QNX OS for Medical 1.1 complies with standards for medical software life cycle processes and is designed to help manufacturers reduce the cost of developing robotic surgical instruments, patient monitoring systems, infusion pumps, blood analysis systems, and other safety-critical products that must pass stringent regulatory approval.
Apple said that its phones are constantly figuring location by pinging cell towers in order to determine location in a quick and reliable manner. But it said all of that is done at the device level and it is not tracking end users. It also said that tracking a phone's location using GPS takes too long and would not result in a satisfying user experience.
South Korean display makers are striving to gain an edge in flexible display technology as they see it as a way to set their products apart from their rivals in China, Taiwan and Japan. They also hope that the novel form would give consumers a reason to buy a new gadget.
Marisol Hernandez recently gave her daughter a new iPhone 5S on condition she get good grades during her sophomore year of high school. Rubi Rubio already had broken two phones, so Hernandez told her daughter if she broke this one it would be her last.
According to new data obtained from the FCC through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) filed by the Find Me 911 Coalition, only 10 percent of wireless 911 calls made in Washington D.C. in the first half of 2013 were delivered with accurate location information needed to find callers who are lost, confused, unconscious or otherwise unable to share their location.
The gang of heavily armed men captured eight plant employees as they neared the factory in a company bus just before midnight, said civil police in Sao Paulo state. They stole the workers' ID tags and took two of them with them as hostages as they entered the factory in the college town of Campinas. The remaining six employees were taken to an unknown location.
Sales of smartphones, which exceeded those of the rest of the market in 2013, will continue to do well, and Gartner estimates that smartphone sales will represent 88 percent of global mobile phone sales by 2018 — up from 66 percent in 2014.
Google plans to blend Songza's technology into its own music-streaming service, which costs $10 per month. Songza's tools also might be used to recommend musical videos at Google's YouTube site, which is preparing to introduce a subscription option, too.
"If you were to add in the number of people who comment on the games via social media on their mobile devices, fans at the games taking smartphone photos and folks who use apps to gather and watch the games, what emerges is an astronomical number of ways mobile factors into the World Cup games," says Saurabh Bhatia of Vdopia.