iPhone coming to Walmart?

Rumours abound on the web this week, that Californian gadget vendor Apple is negotiating to bring the iPhone 3G to the shelves of US retailer Walmart. The deal seems likely, with reports coming in of Walmart staff being trained up to sell the devices. Although it looks like the retailer won’t be distributing the gadget [...]

Nokia cuts industry forecasts a second time

The world’s biggest handset vendor shook the market on Thursday, with news that the industry might be in worse shape than first thought. Finnish gadget manufacturer Nokia lowered its fourth quarter forecasts for device industry volumes for the second time in a month, and reiterated its expectations that number will also be down in 2009. [...]

Second Android handset to land in Jan.

An Australian electronics manufacturer has confirmed the launch of the world’s second Android-based mobile handset. Kogan Technologies, which manufactures consumer electronics like TVs and cameras and sells direct to the consumer, branched out into the world of mobile phones on Thursday with the announcement of two Android-based handsets. The Kogan Agora and Agora Pro will [...]

Nokia unveils heavyweight touchscreen gadget

Finnish handset vendor Nokia took the fight to Apple on Tuesday, with the unveiling of its latest flagship touchscreen device, the N97. Packing a 3.5″ full touchscreen display and a slide out QWERTY keyboard, Nokia’s latest offering seeks to outdo the iPhone with an arsenal of hardware. The N97 features 32GB of on board memory, [...]

Nokia robots take over the home

Finnish handset vendor Nokia unveiled some blue skies technology on Thursday, in the shape of its Home Control Centre. The world’s biggest handset manufacturer claims that the platform will be the basis for next generation security, smart home solutions and household energy management systems. What this means is that Nokia sees its gadgets eventually taking [...]

Three handset vendors duke it out for third place

As the credit crunch hits global mobile phone sales hard, the battle for third place has turned into a three way fight between Sony Ericsson, Motorola and LG. Swedish-Japanese joint venture Sony Ericsson gained the edge in the third quarter, with 24.8 million devices shipped, giving it a market share of 8.1 per cent. But [...]

Strong demand for Android

Taiwanese handset manufacturer HTC (High Tech Computer) has almost doubled its projected shipments for the first commercial device to be based on the Android operating system. By the end of 2008, the gadget maker now expects to shift 1 million units of the G1, available on T-Mobile networks in the US and Europe. This is [...]

Nokia to launch Chinese TD-SCDMA devices in 2009

Finnish handset vendor Nokia said it plans to launch a handset based on China’s homegrown TD-SCDMA 3G standard before the end of 2009. The world’s biggest handset vendor said this week it has already started the development of a TD-SCDMA device based on the Symbian S60 OS. Despite its leading position in the handset market, [...]

Gadget makers agree to common energy rating

The world’s biggest handset vendors got together on Wednesday to launch a common energy rating system for mobile phone chargers, cluing consumers into the best, and worst performing models. The five star rating system was developed and is supported by Nokia, Samsung, Motorola, LG and Sony Ericsson, under an industry wide initiative to reduce the [...]

Alcatel-Lucent to make Eur1.5bn from Thales stake

Embattled equipment firm Alcatel-Lucent said Tuesday it has entered into exclusive discussions with Dassault Aviation, over the offloading of its 20.8 per cent stake in French defence firm Thales. Dassault, which makes both civil and military aircraft, is also in discussions with the French government, which maintains a 27 per cent stake in the defence [...]

Nokia sees tough times ahead

On Friday, the world’s biggest handset vendor confirmed what many have come to fear over the past months, the sharp pullback in consumer spending worldwide has hit the mobile devices market hard. Updating its outlook for the fourth quarter, Nokia said that it expects industry mobile device volumes will be lower than previously expected – [...]

Still 3,000 jobs to go at NSN; Nortel follows suit

Monster vendor Nokia Siemens Networks has confirmed plans to slash around 3,000 more jobs worldwide as part of its post merger cost cutting exercise. On Tuesday, the equipment manufacturer reiterated its 2006 announcement to reduce global headcount by 10-15 per cent or 9,000 employees. To date the Finnish-German firm has cut about 6,000 workers, with [...]

Apple overtakes BlackBerry in smartphone market

Californian gadget shop Apple steamed into second place in the smartphone market during the third quarter, knocking RIM off its perch, and creeping up on Nokia. During the three month period to the end of September, global shipments of smart phones hit a new peak of just under 40 million units, representing around 13 per [...]

Siemens sets aside Eur1bn for corruption cases

German manufacturing firm Siemens said Wednesday it has set aside a provision of Eur1bn in fiscal 2008 as settlements in ongoing corruption investigations against the company. In an announcement the firm said, “This current estimate is based on the status of ongoing discussions being held between the company and authorities in Germany and the US.” [...]

Alcatel-Lucent getting into shape

Monster telecoms vendor Alcatel-Lucent appeared to be in better shape Thursday, shrinking its third quarter net loss to Eur38m, compared to a loss of Eur318m in the same period last year. Revenues dropped 6.6 per cent to Eur4bn, compared to Eur4.3bn last year, as carrier equipment sales fell. The company’s Carrier division reported revenues down [...]

Moto keeps the bad news coming in third quarter

Motorola’s tendency to report bad news continued Thursday, as the company’s third quarter results wiped out the little ray of sunshine earned by a surprise second quarter profit. Net loss for the third quarter plummeted to $397m, compared to a profit of $60m in the same period last year and completely blotting out the hope offered [...]

Moto dumps platforms to focus on Android, Windows

Speaking at Motorola’s third quarter financials presentation on Thursday afternoon, co-CEO, Sanjay Jha, revealed the ailing company’s handset plans to be a long term game. At present, Moto’s handset business is a rat’s nest of platforms. The company has over 20 different combinations of operating system, silicon and user interface (UI), and Jha’s job is [...]

Kyocera jumps on Android bandwagon

Japanese electronics manufacturer Kyocera is the latest vendor to sign up to Google’s mobile device platform, Android. On Tuesday, the vendor revealed it was planning a portfolio of CDMA-based Android devices, tapping software company Wind River Systems to help with the integration of the Open Handset Alliance’s (OHA) platform. Wind River will provide software systems [...]

Apple claims to be beating BlackBerry

Californian kit maker Apple laid into BlackBerry vendor Research In Motion (RIM) late Tuesday, with head honcho Steve Jobs bragging to analysts that he had sold more handsets than the Canadian firm. As Apple’s financial results were posted, Jobs said that in the quarter to the end of September – the first period in which [...]

BlackBerry in motion

BlackBerry in motion

The firm that made its name selling mobile email into the enterprise sector is moving into the consumer space, proving necessity really is the mother of invention. With the BlackBerry, Canadian smartphone manufacturer Research In Motion (RIM) managed a rare feat: The creation a brand so strong that widespread consumer awareness of the product and [...]