Samsung dramatically outsells Apple now, according to IDC’s latest numbers, but market leadership isn’t merely a matter of market share. While Samsung will almost certainly outsell Apple for years to come, the bigger question is whether the Korean giant is ready to take its mantle as mobile computing’s innovation hub. For n [...]
Consumers looking for a tablet computer this holiday season will have plenty of great choices. Microsoft has its Surface RT tablets ready for pre-order, there are new Kindle Fires from Amazon, and Google’s Nexus 7 tablet leads a wide variety of quality Android options. And the big dog of the tablet market is about to enter th [...]
Deutsche Telekom just strengthened its hand in the United States cellular market: The German mobile giant announced a merger between its T-Mobile U.S. subsidiary and MetroPCS. The move will solidify T-Mobile’s position as the fourth-largest carrier in the U.S., putting it in a better position to compete with Verizon, Sprint and AT&T.
In the wake of Samsung’s $1.05 billion punch in the nose from Apple in their high-stakes patent trial, the general reaction seems to be that Samsung’s loss is also a major setback for Google and Android. That’s not necessarily the whole story. In some ways, Apple could actually be doing Google an unintended favor. For the most part, Google’s [...]
Almost exactly a year ago, Google shocked the industry by buying Motorola for $12.5 billion. Everyone agreed that Google coveted
Going deeper into Wednesday’s Starbucks-Square mobile-payment announcement, it’s obvious who the big winner is. And it’s not necessarily Starbucks or even Square. The coffee giant has partnered with fledgling mobile-payments vendor Square to bring smartphone purchases to its 11,000 U.S. stores. It’s a deal that adds weight to the argument th [...]
Google’s slick Nexus 7 tablet – running the latest version of Android, dubbed Jelly Bean – arrived in stores in the middle of July. For the next couple of weeks, the Nexus 7 was so popular it was virtually impossible to find. The wait for delivery on the Google Play store was more than a week. And even beyond fast early sales, th [...]
The battle for smartphone supremacy has become a two-horse race, with Samsung taking the lead from Apple and its vaunted iPhone. Now Apple is trying to wrest it back by pummeling Samsung over alleged patent infringement. Here’s a peek into Apple’s patent-litigation playbook – and prospects.
AT&T and Verizon both nailed big numbers in their earnings reports this week, driven by smartphone sales. But new reports suggest a bleaker future for smartphone growth, which has dipped to its slowest growth rate since the fall of 2009. Could the smartphone market finally be hitting a saturation point – or is this just more fallo [...]