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S4 to confirm Galaxy as the most desirable smartphone brand

The Galaxy S4

Informa Telecoms & Media believes that the soon-to-be-released Galaxy S4 will be an evolution rather than a revolution in the smartphone world – but it will still be enough for Samsung to maintain its number-one position in the market.

Mobile phone sales drop for first time since 2009

Samsung's Galaxy brand is "nearly a synonym for Android", Gartner said

The number of mobile phones sold globally has declined year on year for the first time since 2009, according to research revealed today. 1.75 billion handsets were sold in 2012, a 1.7 per cent decline on 2011, according to research firm Gartner.

UK retailers recommend Samsung products ahead of Apple

Samsung is the retailers choice

According to the latest research from Informa Telecoms & Media, sales staff at leading UK retailers are more likely to recommend a Samsung device ahead of an Apple one despite Apple’s widespread marketing and advertising campaigns.

Samsung and Sony: a tale of two panel makers

Samsung TV

Samsung’s CES 2013 press conference marked an important but subtle change in the rhetoric of the world’s largest TV panel manufacturer.

Ericsson files legal action against Samsung

Ericsson claims that Samsung refused to sign a license agreement on FRAND terms, despite two years of negotiations

As if facing legal action over patents from fellow handset manufacturers, such as Apple, was not enough, Korean firm Samsung is now facing action from the infrastructure market after Ericsson filed a patent infringement lawsuit against the company. The Swedish vendor claims that Samsung refused to sign a license agreement on fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory (FRAND) terms, despite two years of negotiations.

Samsung refreshes the connected camera business model

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Digital cameras seemed like an obvious, early choice for the embedding of wireless connectivity. But the realisation of this has by and large been foiled – mainly due to the business model for cameras being based on content creation rather than content consumption.

Samsung trumps Nokia to first WP8 handset

Samsung has launched the ATIV S, the first Windows Phone 8 handset

Beating Microsoft partner Nokia to the punch, Korean handset giant Samsung has unveiled the first Windows Phone 8 (WP8) handset. The ATIV S handset was showcased at the IFA 2012 consumer electronics trade show in Berlin. It has a 4.8in display and runs on a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor.

Samsung ATIV S, the world’s first Windows Phone 8 – so what?

The Samsung ATIV S

Samsung has revealed the world’s first Windows Phone 8 (WP8) smartphone, the Samsung ATIV S. The device has an elegant industrial design, is powered by the highest hardware specifications on the market – including dual-core processor, HD display, high memory capacity ─ and comes packed with the latest connectivity solutions and feature-sets. The investment made to produce this phone suggests that Samsung is now taking the Windows Phone ecosystem seriously and could return to a multi-OS strategy, something that the South Korean giant had adopted for years in the past.

Apple wins big in Android patent dispute

Apple has won $1bn in damages from Samsung over the Korean vendor's Android portfolio

The ongoing patent wars between mobile device manufacturers featured a decisive battle late Friday, when the jury deliberating on the argument between US company Apple and South Korea’s Samsung found against the Android-focused firm. The US jury awarded Apple damages of $1bn, after ruling that Samsung did indeed infringe several of Apple’s patented designs and features.

Samsung deploys Three UK’s LTE network

In a major coup for the Korean firm, Samsung has secured its first significant European network contract by signing a deal to supply 3UK with LTE Radio Access Network (RAN) and 3G/LTE core infrastructure equipment.

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.

Samsung partner accused of exploiting child labour

Samsung's flagship Android device, the Galaxy SIII

A US-based campaign group, China Labor Watch, has alleged that a key supplier to leading handset vendor Samsung is using child labour in its factory. HEG Electronics is described by CLW as “an important partner” to Samsung, working on the production of a range of consumer electronics products, including monbile phones and DVD players.

Android share surges as Apple loyalists delay upgrades

Samsung's flagship Android device, the Galaxy SIII

The Android smartphone OS has more than 65 per cent of the smartphone market across Europe’s big five countries, up from 42.7 per cent in July 2011, according to the latest data from Kantar WorldPanel ComTech. As the leading Android vendor, Korea’s Samsung has 45 per cent of the European smartphone market, Kantar said.

Japanese firms team up on smartphone chips

NTT Docomo, NEC and Fujitsu team up to develop LTE smartphone chipsets

Japanese handset makers NEC and Fujitsu have joined forces with the country’s market leading operator NTT Docomo to set up a joint venture to develop smartphone chips. The firms have collaborated closely in the past and had even attempted to launch a similar JV, with the participation of Samsung and Panasonic.

Operators perform well, Samsung in record breaking quarter, Facebook stumbles on debut

Several firms have posted their quarterly results for 2Q12

The industry’s big names are continuing to post their quarterly earnings this week, and American operators Sprint and America Movil, as well as Middle Eastern operator group Etisalat, shared somewhat encouraging results. Meanwhile, Samsung recorded its best ever profit for a quarter but Facebook had bad news in its first ever earnings statement.

UK court orders Apple to advertise that Samsung did not infringe patents

Not as cool

As the long-running patent war rages on between Apple and Samsung, a UK judge has ordered Apple to publish a notice on its website and in British newspapers stating that its Korean rival did not copy the iPad design for its tablets.

Samsung looks to cut out chipmakers with CSR acquisition

Samsung has acquired UK chipmaker CSR's handset business

Handset giant Samsung has acquired UK chipmaker CSR’s handset technology development business in a deal worth $310m. The acquisition is part of Samsung’s “complete platform strategy”, according to analysts, as the Korean vendor looks to cut its dependency on external silicon suppliers.

Microsoft debuts Windows Phone 8

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Microsoft has unveiled its latest operating system for mobile handsets, Windows Phone 8. The announcement was made in the same week as the firm launched its Surface tablet device, which runs on the Windows 8 operating system for PCs and tablets.

Handset sales drop for first time in three years

Phone sales showed a decline for the first time since 2009

Global sales of mobile phones declined on a qurterly basis for the first time in nearly three years, according to research firm Gartner this week. The two per cent year-on-year drop between the first quarters of 2012 and 2011 marks the first time the market has weakened since the second quarter of 2009.

LTE Awards 2012 – Category 7 Preview: Best LTE RAN Product

The LTE Awards 2012 are taking place on May 23rd, at the El Xalet, Montjuic, Barcelona.

To whet your appetite for the event here is a preview of Category 7: Best LTE RAN Product.

This award recognises Radio Access Network elements that are exceptional in their area.

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