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Amazon in Fire sale, other smartphone vendors feeling the heat

Amazon slashes cost of Fire again

Amazon has taken another hit on its faltering Fire phone, by conceding a second price slash on its first smartphone offering. The online retailer has now listed the phone for $199.00 unlocked, which also includes a full year of its Prime service worth $99.

Global smartphone market Q3 2014 – Xiaomi up to third

Xiaomi goes from strength to strength

Telecoms.com tracks the top 10 smartphone vendor’s quarterly shipments through a combination of their own published numbers, analyst numbers and, when neither are available, our own research and estimates. We collate them in a table to make it easy to track global smartphone trends.

Lenovo completes Motorola Mobility acquisition

From left to right: Lenovo’s Liu Jun and Yang Yuanqing with Rick Osterloh from Motorola

Lenovo has announced the completion of its acquisition of Motorola Mobility from Google, claiming that makes it the 3rd largest smartphone maker in the world. The company said it expects the mobile firm it purchased for a total of $2.91 billion to be profitable within four to six quarters.

Lenovo mobile goes straight to consumer China

Lenovo has come a long way since the Smartbook

Lenovo has announced it is to establish a direct-to-consumer, internet-based mobile business in China next year. The new company, which will operate under a separate brand name (yet to be announced), will focus on smart devices and services. According to Lenovo, the motivation behind the new business is to target the fast growing mobile device [...]

Chinese vendors drive smartphone market to new high in Q2 2014

Xiaomi has moved from relative obscurity to become a top-5 global smartphone player in a year

The worldwide smartphone market broke its record for quarterly shipments in Q2 2014 with market trackers Strategy Analytics and IDC in rare agreement on the figure of 295 million units, although Juniper reckons it was a bit lower than that.

Sowing seeds of distrust

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Germany’s opposition to security agency eavesdropping was in the news again this week, with Deutsche Telekom outlining the opportunity to liberate citizens being monitored by national spy agencies and encouraging European operators to focus on providing data security and data privacy.

Lenovo’s Motorola acquistion a good move for all parties

Motorola's RAZR MAXX smartphone

Lenovo’s acquisition of Motorola Mobility from Google looks like it could be a winning move for both firms. On one hand, handsets appeared to be a peripheral business for Google. The firm has its fingers in so many pies, from mobile operating systems to search, wearables, connected cars and robotics. And the Motorola handset business has been bleeding cash since the acquisition – in the past six quarters reporting operating losses totalling $1.455bn.

Lenovo acquires Motorola Mobility from Google for $2.91bn

Lenovo plans to acquire Google’s handset business Motorola Mobility for around $2.91bn

Chinese hardware maker Lenovo plans to acquire Google’s handset business Motorola Mobility for around $2.91bn. Lenovo said that the acquisition will give it a stronger presence in the North America and Latin America markets, as well as an entry route to the Western Europe market.

Sony, LG, Windows make smartphone gains

Sony's Xperia U has performed well in Spain

Microsoft’s Windows OS now has 8.4 per cent of the UK smartphone market, while demand for lower cost devices in Southern Italy is being exploited by Sony and LG. Macro economic conditions and increasing diversity in operators’ subsidy strategies are creating contrasts in device vendors’ performances market by market.

Intel heralds arrival to smartphone market at CES

Intel aims to disrupt the smartphone market

Intel has used consumer gadget show CES as a platform to declare its arrival to the smartphone market, announcing a multi-year deal with handset maker Motorola Mobility and unveiling a Lenovo handset based on its new Atom processor platform. However, disrupting the current state of the market could prove to be a struggle for the firm, suggests one analyst.

Microsoft delays Windows Phone 7 in China until 2012

Microsoft's Windows 7 devices will not be available in China until 2012

Microsoft has announced that it will miss its target of launching its Windows Phone 7 handsets in China, stating that the devices will be available in the country in the first half of 2012, rather than by the end of 2011, as originally planned.

Palm sale reported to be close

Palm's operator relationship management has let it down

Embattled US smartphone manufacturer Palm is the subject of speculation following a Bloomberg report that the firm has put itself up for sale.

Lenovo unveils first ‘smartbook’ device

Lenovo unveils first ‘smartbook’ device, the Skylight

As the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) prepares to kick off in Las Vegas, electronics manufacturer Lenovo is making a further foray into the mobile space with the first ARM-based ‘smartbook’ device powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon platform.

Netbook vendors jump on Google Chrome OS

Netbook vendors jump on Google Chrome OS

Google has already won support from a handful of key players in the netbook and mobile computing spaces for its newly announced operating system.

RIM strikes PC deal with Lenovo

RIM, the maker of the Blackberry device, has announced a partnership deal with PC manufacturer Lenovo at the MWC event in Barcelona. Under the terms of the agreement, the two companies will work together so that Blackberry smartphones will be able to synchronise, via a Bluetooth connection, with Lenovo ThinkPad laptop computers. “R&D is coming [...]

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