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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.

Korea change

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This week presented a change of scenery for the Informer, who fled the glorious British summer into the typhoon-soaked arms of Seoul, South Korea, the home of LTE speeds so fast that your phone downloads stuff before you even know you want it.

LG launches smart appliances integrated with Line

LG has launched a range of smart appliances in its home market of South Korea

Handset and electronics manufacturer LG has launched a range of smart home appliances in its domestic market of South Korea in a bid to steal a march in the connected home sector.

All dressed up: smart wearables get fit in 2014

Shipments of smart wearable are set to rise five-fold over the course of the second half of 2013, according to Canalys

Smart wearables are set to be one of the sexier topics in the industry over 2014. Kicking off next week, consumer electronics trade show CES is expected to be a showcase for progress the industry has made in this nascent product category.

Manufacturers experiment with smartphone form factor

BlackBerry's Q10 Gold

With the flat touchscreen form factor dominating smartphone form factor since the launch of Apple’s first iPhone, its handset manufacturing rivals are going back to the drawing board in an attempt to bring innovation back to form factor.

Canonical announces Telco steering group for Ubuntu

Ubuntu on smartphones

Open source software developer Canonical has established a Carrier Advisory Group for its Ubuntu smartphone OS. The group is to be led by David Wood, a former Psion engineer and one of the founder members of the original Symbian collaboration.

The Telecoms.com LTE Awards 2013 – Category Three Preview – Best LTE Device / Handset

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With a total of ten global and regional events taking place in 2013 Informa Telecoms & Media’s LTE World Series is a testament to the huge growth of the LTE eco-system. The LTE Awards 2013, collocated with the LTE World Summit, are taking place on the 25 June, at the exclusive, elegant De Duif in Amsterdam.

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.

Google planning aggressive Nexus push

Google could be launching a host of Nexus devices in 4Q12

In a bid to propagate Android devices even further into the market, Google is preparing to launch a range of Nexus devices with various hardware partners in the final quarter of the year, according to a leaked memo from Japanese operator NTT Docomo.

Google plans IPTV push in 2012 with new partnerships

Google TV has a new interface and new hardware partners

Google has announced new hardware manufacturers that have joined it as partners for its IPTV service Google TV. LG is the biggest name to join the Google TV ecosystem this year and will unveil a new line of Google TV sets running on its own L9 chipset at CES in Las Vegas next week.

LG Revolution LTE smartphone arrives on Verizon Wireless

The LG Revolution is the third LTE enabled smartphone on Verizon Wireless

The limited roster of LTE enabled smartphones worldwide was boosted yesterday by the arrival of the LG Revolution on Verizon Wireless in the US. The operator said that the device, which is now available online and in stores, will deliver download speeds between 5 and 12Mbps and upload speeds of 2 to 5Mbps, in areas covered by its LTE network.

LG to develop own smartphone chips

LG has announced plans to develop its own smartphone processors

Embattled South Korean OEM LG has announced that it’s working on developing its own smartphone chips in a bid to boost its flagging handset business. Although LG is the world’s third-largest mobile phone manufacturer, the company has reported losses for three quarters in a row and is under increasing pressure from rivals HTC and Samsung.

Android overtakes Symbian in smartphone OS rankings

Android's popularity among a range of vendors helped it to its lead

The Google-backed Android operating system overtook Nokia’s Symbian during the fourth quarter of 2010 to become the leading platform in the smartphone segment according to market analyst firm Canalys. Shipments of Android devices reached 32.9 million by Canalys’ estimation, with Symbian trailing on 31.0 million. Symbian’s performance keeps Nokia in first position among the vendors, however, with 28 per cent market share in the top tier, the analyst said.

Apple breaks into top five handset vendor rankings

Apple sold 14.1 million iPhones during the third quarter

Strong sales of Apple’s iPhone during the third quarter have propelled the Californian vendor to fourth place in the global handset vendor rankings, according to data from IDC. While Apple has had a strong position in the smartphone segment since the launch of the first iPhone, this is the first time that it has made the top five in terms of overall shipments.

Windows Phone 7 devices available in October

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, unveiled Windows Mobile 7

So Windows Phone 7 is out there and pretty slick it looks too. Even Stephen Fry, a long time critic of Microsoft’s mobile strategy was present at the launch event in London to say, ”Microsoft finally gets it”.

Keep calm and carry on

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The Informer fears this week’s AWIW bears a certain similarity to last week’s but assures you that this is an all new instalment. Just three days after the industry learned that Nokia chief OPK is to step down, his right hand man, Anssi Vanjoki, head of Mobile Solutions, also threw in the Wellington boot.

LG, Motorola to do battle with Android devices

The MotoRoi

As Android continues to gather momentum across a broad spectrum of the devices space, handset vendors reveal their high hopes for the platform.

Intel unveils app store; shows off monster LG smartphone

The LG GW990

As Las Vegas gadget show CES wound up at the end of last week, Intel announced that it too would be going after a slice of the app store action.

New leaders could emerge in handset market

The traditional market leaders are under threat from manufacturers with shiny, new devices

In the mobile handset space, volume market leaders like Nokia, Samsung, LG, Motorola and Sony Ericsson are being challenged by RIM, Apple, HTC and Palm, which are significantly eroding their market share with an assault in the smartphone market.

LG unveils first Android handset

The LG-GW620

Android announcements are coming through by the boatload at the moment, with South Korea’s LG Electronics the latest to join the throng on Monday with the announcement of its first Android-based device.

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