iPhone maker Apple has reportedly instructed its supply chain to reduce production of its iPhone 5C, as demand for the handset fails to meet expectations.
Open source software developer Canonical has launched an operating system for both mobile handsets and PCs. Ubuntu 13.10 is the firm’s effort to create OS convergence across all devices and has been hailed by Canonical as the “first true mobile release of Ubuntu”. The firm added that it is working with partners to bring Ubuntu smartphone devices to market in 2014.
Korean handset maker Samsung has offered to call a truce over its ongoing patent disputes with rival handset firms. It has proposed to the European Commission that it will not to seek any injunctions over smartphone and tablet technologies in Europe on the basis of any of its standard essential patents (SEPs) for the next five years.
Spanish operator group Telefónica has teamed with local bank CaixaBank to set up a company offering consumer financing for mobile handsets and devices.
Netflix is teaming up with Nokia to give UK buyers of the phone maker’s latest smartphones free access to the subscription video-on-demand service.
US operator Sprint has launched its own rich communications service for Android and iOS smartphones, which is compatible with non-Sprint subscribers’ handsets. The app, called Messaging Plus allows subscribers to connect with family and friends via text, instant messaging, group messaging and video chat through a single application.
Chipmaker Qualcomm has announced the appointment of former US ambassador to China to its Board of Directors, at the firm looks to expand its footprint in China.
French operator group Orange’s business division has inked a deal with Korean device maker Samsung to build innovative, secure tablet solutions for enterprises. The two plan to work together on seamlessly integrating Orange services – such as device management, deployment services and customer support – within Samsung tablets for the enterprise market.
Taiwanese smartphone manufacturer HTC has posted its first ever quarterly loss. The firm made a net loss before tax of NT$2.97bn ($100m) for 3Q13. Revenue stood at NT$47.05bn.
Smartphone operating system Windows Phone has seen its most successful quarter in five major European markets, according to research published this week. The platform won 9.2 per cent smartphone market share across Great Britain, Germany, France, Italy and Spain for the three months ended August 2013, according to Kantar Worldpanel ComTech.
The Nokia Microsoft drama went a bit Game of Thrones this week (thankfully without the gratuitous nudity) as accusations of back-room treachery came thick and fast.
Stephen Elop was cast as the villain of the piece, amid suggestions that the sale to Microsoft—and events between that sale and Elop’s arrival at Nokia—were part of a sophisticated, pre-conceived intrigue that has delivered Elop a rich personal reward. And when calls subsequently came for Elop to accept a lesser payoff for overseeing the sale, he reportedly claimed he needed the money to pay for his divorce.
Stephen ElopNokia’s chairman Risto Siilasmaa has admitted giving misleading information to the press regarding outgoing CEO Stephen Elop’s exit payout, according to reports in the Finnish news.
Despite its first foray into the tablet market resulting in financial and public relations disaster, Microsoft has taken criticism on board and is having another crack at the market. The Surface 2 and Surface 2 Pro will launch in 22 initial markets in late October, bringing Windows RT 8.1 and Windows 8.1 Pro to users in tablet form.
Principal Evangelist, Mozilla: “We don’t want a competitive advantage for Mozilla; we want a competitive advantage for the web”
Tristan Nitot, Principal Evangelist, Mozilla is delivering an keynote speech on Day Three of the The Broadband World Forum is taking place on the 22nd – 24th October 2013 at the RAI Exhibition and Convention Centre, Amsterdam. Ahead of the show we find out why Tristan believes there’s room for another mobile OS and what its key benefits are.
Late Monday, in the wake of a significant warning on financial losses and job cuts, Canadian vendor BlackBerry announced its intention to be acquired by a consortium led by holdings company Fairfax Financial for $4.7bn.
Canadian device maker Blackberry has announced it expects to make a loss of approximately between $950m and $995m for its second fiscal quarter. In addition, the firm has announced restructuring plans that will see a reduction in staff of approximately 4,500 approximately 40% of the Company’s global workforce.
The potentially outgoing CEO of Nokia, Stephen Elop, is set to receive a $25m payout for overseeing the sale of the Finnish handset maker to Microsoft, Elop’s previous (and future) employer.
On Wednesday Apple released iOS 7, the biggest update to the mobile operating system since it first launched, to an expectant public. Users attempting to update can expect frustration as Apple’s delivery mechanisms are hammered for the first few days. When iOS6 was released last year, more than 100 million users attempted to download the update within the first week.
Jean-Paul Krivine, Smart Energy – Smart Home Project Director, EDF, France, is speaking in the Connected Home stream on Day Two of the Broadband World Forum taking place on the 22nd – 24th October 2013 at the RAI Exhibition and Convention Centre, Amsterdam. Ahead of the show we find out more about what role energy companies will play in the ‘digital home’ and the value added services they will be able to provide.
Finnish start up handset manufacturer Jolla has announced that its Sailfish mobile operating system is now compatible with the Android ecosystem, in terms of application and hardware compatibility. Android applications can now run directly on Sailfish OS without any modifications, the firm said.