Japan Display's Reliance On IPhone Orders Rises In 2013-14 By DMO Affiliate Japan Display Inc, the world's biggest smartphone LCD maker, got a third of its revenue from Apple Inc in the year to March, growing more reliant on the iPhone even as it seeks to bump up orders from fast-growing Chinese smartphone makers. ...Read More »
Spanish Mobile Company Aims At High-Quality Low-Cost Niche By DMO Affiliate Spanish mobile company BQ has a strategy for taking on Samsung and Apple in its home country: give the people a smartphone with decent services and a good camera. BQ's nine partners are convinced that's the way that its Aquaris E5--the first smartphone fully developed in Spain--can slice away at the market share of the smartphone giants, in a country with a youth unemployment rate of 53%. Its Mi 3 smartphone sells for about $270, about the same price of BQ's device. ...Read More »
Video: Vivint Launches Smart Home Platform: 'We Consider Apple A Direct Competitor' By Clip Syndicate While many smart home companies are likely gearing up to work with Apple's newly announced Home platform, others companies like Vivint want to revolutionize the home automation industry all on their own. The Utah-based company launched a smart hub called Vivint Sky on Tuesday, which will let users control everything from the lights, thermostat and door locks to high-definition security cameras throughout the home — all from a smartphone, laptop or tablet. ...Read More »
BlackBerry Earnings Show Signs Of Stabilization Under New CEO By DMO Affiliate Finally, some good news for BlackBerry . The Canadian smartphone maker reported its earnings results for the first-quarter for fiscal year 2015 on Thursday. To the surprise of many analysts, the company managed to report a small profit — $23 million, thanks to accounting adjustments under General Accepted Accounting Principles. BlackBerry's cash and investment balance is now at $3.1 billion at the end of quarter one for 2014, up from $2.7 billion the prior quarter.

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BlackBerry Posts A 1Q Profit, Beats Expectations By DMO Affiliate Blackberry surprised Wall Street by posting profit for the first quarter. The embattled smartphone company reported net income of $23 million, or 4 cents per share, for the three months ended May 31. It had reported a loss of $84 million a year ago. It was the third quarterly results under new chief executive John Chen, who is deemphasizing the hardware business after last year's launch of the BlackBerry 10 failed to spark a turnaround.

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Samsung Electronics' Display Unit Considers Building Vietnam Factory By DMO Affiliate A unit of South Korea's Samsung Electronics said on Tuesday that it was in talks with the Vietnam government, over building a factory to make display modules for mobile phones. Samsung Electronics, a close rival to Apple Incorporated, is ramping up production in low-cost Vietnam, amid an intensifying price war in the smartphone market. South Korea's Yonhap News Agency said Samsung Display was considering an investment of $1 billion to build the plant by 2020. ...Read More »
Amazon Makes Pitch To App Developers Ahead Of Rumored Smartphone Launch By DMO Affiliate Amazon may not have a new smartphone yet, but it already seems to be making a not-so-subtle pitch for developers to build apps for one. The ecommerce giant announced Monday that its Appstore for Android devices and the Kindle Fire now has more than 240,000 apps, nearly triple the number one year earlier. That still makes the Amazon app ecosystem significantly smaller than Apple or Google, both of which now have more than one million apps across their respective devices, but the growing number of apps is only part of the pitch.

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Amazon Launches Music Streaming For Prime Members By DMO Affiliate Amazon's newly announced music streaming service is yet another attempt by the company to move beyond e-commerce and infuse itself into the daily lives of Americans with an increasing number of offerings, including grocery delivery and streaming TV. The announcement comes just days ahead of the expected unveiling of the company's first smartphone. Starting Thursday, Amazon.com Inc. will offer more than a million tracks for ad-free streaming and download to Kindle Fire tablets as well as to computers and the Amazon Music app for Apple and Android devices.

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Vivint Launches Smart Home Platform: 'We Consider Apple A Direct Competitor' By DMO Affiliate While many smart home companies are likely gearing up to work with Apple's newly announced Home platform, others companies like Vivint want to revolutionize the home automation industry all on their own. The Utah-based company launched a smart hub called Vivint Sky on Tuesday, which will let users control everything from the lights, thermostat and door locks to high-definition security cameras throughout the home — all from a smartphone, laptop or tablet. The catch, of course, is that you'll need Vivint-branded lights and thermostats for the hub to work.

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China's ZTE Bets On High-end Phones To Lift 2015 Shipments By A Third By DMO Affiliate China's ZTE Corp is banking on high-end smartphones to help raise global shipments by a third next year and establish a brand to rival Samsung Electronics Co Ltd and Apple Inc at home. Shenzhen-based ZTE, which also makes telecommunications network equipment, aims to increase its global smartphone shipments from 40 million last year to 60 million this year, 80 million next year and 100 million in 2016.

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T-Mobile Overtakes Sprint As No. 3 Smartphone Buyer In U.S. By DMO Affiliate According to a report, T-Mobile overtook Sprint Corp as the No. 3 smartphone purchaser in the United States in the first quarter as the company used aggressive discounting to add more new subscribers than any other U.S. wireless operator. According to Neil Shah, analyst at Counterpoint Technology Market Research T-mobile bought 6 million smartphones in the first quarter, compared with Sprint's 5 million. ...Read More »
Video: T-Mobile Overtakes Sprint As No. 3 Smartphone Buyer In U.S. By Clip Syndicate According to a report, T-Mobile overtook Sprint Corp as the No. 3 smartphone purchaser in the United States in the first quarter as the company used aggressive discounting to add more new subscribers than any other U.S. wireless operator. According to Neil Shah, analyst at Counterpoint Technology Market Research T-mobile bought 6 million smartphones in the first quarter, compared with Sprint's 5 million. While T-mobile still trails Sprint in total subscribers, the numbers show that T-Mobile's price cuts and promotions are working. ...Read More »
IOS Dominates Android As Windows Phone Takes Third Place In North American Smartphone Usage By DMO Affiliate While Chitikas latest survey focuses on Windows Phone confirming its third place in the North American smartphone market, their usage statistics once more highlight the dominance of iOS for online activities over the more voluminous Android platform. The survey data is gathered through Chitikas advertising networks from Feb 1st 2014 to April 30 2014 in the case of Windows Phone and Blackberry, and April 1 to April 30 for iOS and Android. With 53% of the smartphone usage market, iOS is comfortably outperforming Android. ...Read More »
Video: China's Tencent Looks To Replicate Mobile Gaming Success For E-commerce By Clip Syndicate Tencent, China's biggest listed tech firm, is ratcheting up its profits on smartphones as it transplants its strength in social networking and gaming onto mobile. Now it aims to repeat that for new business ventures. At the moment, Shenzhen-based Tencent makes most of its money from the division which includes its video gaming business and sales of digital goods. But Tencent has already spent more than $1.2 billion in areas like e-commerce, real estate and digital mapping since the beginning of 2014, as it looks to develop mobile messaging app WeChat - Weixin in Chinese - as a gateway for all users' needs on a smartphone. ...Read More »
FACTBOX: Smartphones no longer Samsung's star performer By DMO Affiliate Declines in profit and market share for Samsung Electronics suggest the tech giant can't count its smartphone business the way it used to, but the company is optimistic about a near-term pickup. ...Read More »
Q App Aims To End Queuing At The Bar At The Royal Albert Hall, Among Others By DMO Affiliate In the age of the smartphone, lining up for things shouldnt really exist. A number of startups are looking into this idea, but most are tackling it from the consumer end, trying to get us to download an app which has no partners. Q App--an app for iPhone or Android--is doing something different. Today its signed a deal with the Royal Albert Hall, one of the worlds most famous concert venues, to allow its visitors to order and pay for food and drinks from their phones using Q Apps application. Founded by Serge Taborin, Q Apps investors include Zoopla founder and CEO Alex Chesterman, and funkin founder Alex Carlton. ...Read More »
Video: Apple Makes Final Pitch To U.S. Jury In Samsung Trial By Clip Syndicate Samsung transformed the smartphone market only by copying iPhone technology, an Apple attorney said on Tuesday as the two companies delivered closing arguments to jurors after a month-long trial over mobile patents. District Judge Lucy Koh to issue a permanent injunction against the sale of Samsung phones. In court on Tuesday, Apple attorney Harold McElhinny said Samsung's copying of Apple technology has greatly harmed the iPhone maker and turned the smartphone market into a two horse race. ...Read More »
Apple Makes Final Pitch To U.S. Jury In Samsung Trial By DMO Affiliate Samsung transformed the smartphone market only by copying iPhone technology, an Apple attorney said on Tuesday as the two companies delivered closing arguments to jurors after a month-long trial over mobile patents. District Judge Lucy Koh to issue a permanent injunction against the sale of Samsung phones. In court on Tuesday, Apple attorney Harold McElhinny said Samsung's copying of Apple technology has greatly harmed the iPhone maker and turned the smartphone market into a two horse race. ...Read More »
New Data Suggests Galaxy S5 Stole A Surprising Amount Of Business Away From Apple By DMO Affiliate data shared from used gadget trade-in site Gazelle showed that iPhone users, for the most part, appeared to be largely uninterested in switching to Samsungs latest flagship smartphone , the Galaxy S5 . UK-based gadget trade-in comparison website CompareMyMobile says it surveyed everyone who used its portal to trade in smartphones between February 24th when Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S5, and April 11th when the new handset launched. With this new feature, the company found that current iPhone owners in the UK were by far the largest group trading in their old phones in preparation to purchase a new Galaxy S5. ...Read More »
Galaxy S5 Draws Rush Of Trade-ins From Samsung Phone Owners; IPhone Users Uninterested By DMO Affiliate New flagship smartphone launches are often accompanied by a rush of users trading in older phone models as they upgrade, and data surrounding which models saw increased trade-in volumes can give us a good idea of where business is coming from as people purchase new phones. If data provided to BGR by Gazelle is any indication, early Galaxy S5 buyers were already Samsung device owners in large part, with a comparably small amount of new business coming over from the iPhone . ...Read More »
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