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Q3 smartphones – Android still dominant but Samsung feeling the heat

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As the Q3 earnings season unfolds, the quarterly smartphone vendor shipment numbers are trickling out. Market trackers such as Strategy Analytics and IDC have yet to release their preliminary numbers, but there’s already enough information out there to form some early conclusions.

SK Telecom and Samsung announce 5G collaboration

SK Telecom and Samsung will collaborate on 5G R&D

South Korean telco and handset manufacturer, SK Telecom and Samsung respectively, have announced a joint memorandum of understanding (MOU) in a bid to advance 5G research and development. The agreement will centre on providing large-volume and high quality services on gigabit data rates, such as augmented reality (AR).

Apple SIM could accelerate wireless industry disruption

Apple SIM will allow easier operator switching for users

A multi-operator capable SIM card included in Apple’s latest iPad range will give consumers the flexibility to switch between short-term plans with operators in the UK and USA. So far, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and UK operator EE have confirmed participation with the initiative.

PayPal splits from eBay in face of Apple Pay challenge

PayPal face increased competition from Apple Pay

eBay and wholly-owned subsidiary PayPal will officially split into two independent publicly traded companies in 2015, the company has confirmed. After a review of the company’s growth strategies and structure, the board of directors concluded the split will enable both companies to better position themselves to respond to competitive change.

O2 launches iTunes Codes for carrier billing

O2 customers can purchase Apple apps through carrier billing

O2 has launched iTunes Codes, which allows customers to purchase iTunes credit automatically charged to their monthly phone bill, or taken out of pre-paid credit. The codes are usable for purchases across the iTunes, App and Mac App Stores, as well as for iBooks.

Apple joins 5G research group

Apple joins 5G research group

The Next Generation Mobile Network Alliance (NGMN) has announced that Apple is the latest organisation to join its ranks, as the association aims to catalyse the development of research and standards for 5G.

Anatomy of an Apple launch

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Mrs Informer, ever alert to telecoms news as she is, was kind enough to alert the Informer to a piece of news being covered by the BBC breakfast team this morning. It concerned the apparent scandal that some of the new super-sized iPhone 6+s have started bending. The thing is they’re not supposed to bend, you see, made as they are from glass and intricate circuitry.

Apple already working on a patch for the first iOS 8 patch

Apple is working on a new iOS 8 update to fix problems

A week after launching iOS 8 Apple has released and almost immediately withdrawn an update to the operating system. The withdrawal of the update follows reports of significant functionality issues the iOS 8.0.1 update has caused in users’ phones.

Apple sets new iPhone sales record, still lags market

The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus with Apple Pay

Apple announced it sold over 10 million iPhone 6 and 6 Plus phones during the first weekend of sales, a new record for the company. The phones, which were released to market on Friday, are currently on sale in 10 countries with 20 more getting them on 26th September, and 115 expected in total by the end of the year.

Comparing apples with apples

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Predictable though it is, the Informer just had to reflect on Apple’s mega launch this week. Unveiling three major new products at one event is just showing off. Apple probably had half of this gear sitting around for years, but it just felt like lulling its competitors into a false sense of security, before giving them so much to worry about that Samsung has presumably had to hire armies of therapists just to keep its senior execs sane.

Analysts: Apple Pay revolutionary, Apple Watch promising, iPhones adequate

The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus with Apple Pay

As you would expect, the analyst community has been quick to pass comment on yesterday’s Apple mega-launch. Here are just a few of their views.

Apple has first interesting product launch for four years

The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus with Apple Pay

Apple has been in a holding pattern for the past three years and has finally revealed a bunch of stuff it has been working on for a while. The two new phones feature the first major industrial design overhaul since the iPhone 4 and the Apple watch seems likely to significantly raise the bar in the wearables category. But the most significant announcement is probably Apple Pay, not just for Apple, but for the catalysing effect it could have on mobile commerce on the whole.

Apple launches new phones, watch and mobile wallet

The new Apple Watch

Apple today announced an unprecedented range of additions to its product catalogue, including the iPhone 6, 6 Plus, Apple Pay and Apple Watch. The keynote session in Cupertino, California, saw the unveiling of new NFC mobile payment capabilities to be built as standard into the new models, and the launch of the Apple’s foray into the wearable technology space with Apple Watch, as widely anticipated.

Apple set to kick start mobile wallet with iPhone launch

Apple's Touch ID fingerprint reader

Multiple reports predict Apple will reveal partnerships with the major credit card providers as part of a new mobile wallet initiative that will be unveiled at the big annual iPhone launch, set for 9 September.

Samsung arrives at its smartphone moment of truth

The Samsung Galaxy S5 doesn't seem to be as popular as its predecessors

By its recent lofty standards, Samsung’s Q2 2014 smartphone shipments were a disappointment. In spite of the launch of the flagship Galaxy S5 in the middle of the quarter, shipments declined annually and it seems the strategy that has served Samsung so well may have run its course.

BRICs drive solid iPhone Q2 for Apple

The iPhone 5C seems to have sold more than expected in Q2

Tech giant Apple reported healthy Q2 earnings, with increased iPhone and Mac sales versus the year-ago quarter. The 35.2 million iPhones sold were a new record for the quarter, up 13% on the same quarter a year ago.

What a difference 70 years makes

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Telecoms is an industry so fast-moving that even reflecting back on how things were a decade ago evokes sepia-tinged images of people from the past walking unnervingly fast to the soundtrack of frantic piano. “I remember when the point of mobile phones was to make phone calls,” sneer parents everywhere to their digitally native children.

Apple impresses with quarterly performance

Apple has continued with its impressive financial performance, generating revenue of $45.6bn for the second quarter of 2014, as well as net profit of $10.2bn

Device manufacturer Apple continued with an impressive financial performance for the quarter to end-March, generating revenue of $45.6bn for the period, as well as net profit of $10.2bn.

US operators, device vendors create smartphone “kill switch”

Leading handset manufacturers and operators have teamed up in an effort to curb smartphone theft in the US

Leading handset manufacturers and operators in the US have teamed up to introduce a ‘killswitch’ in an effort to curb smartphone theft in the country.

Microsoft’s enterprise mobility strategy: too little too late?

Satya Nadella, CEO at Microsoft

Microsoft officially announced Thursday what most have anticipated for some time, Office 365 for iOS, and an enterprise mobility management suite tying many of the company’s existing elements – Active Directory, Intune, etc. – together. But while finally surrendering old world Microsoft thinking is certainly something to commend, in addition to a notable update on the back-end, it’s worth asking whether Microsoft can regain lost ground in the mobile enterprise.

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