Emu features a full fledged assistant

Google snaps up Siri developer and messaging app

Google has acquired a Californian startup which created a highly praised rich messaging application featuring a full fledged personal assistant along the lines of Apple’s Siri. Emu, which was started by veterans of Apple and Google, will be short lived however. The app only launched a few months ago and Google has confirmed it will be shut down later this month.

Xiaomi will probably spend the money on its international expansion

Chinese vendors drive smartphone market to new high in Q2 2014

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.

Android is rocking the tablet world

Android dominates tablet market

Android is on a roll, capturing 62 per cent of the global tablet market in 2013, according to statistics released by analyst house Gartner this week.

Apple is under fire for blocking LTE access

Proximus makes LTE free in Belgium

Belgian carrier Proximus has made LTE access available to all customers at no extra cost, going against the grain of operators charging a premium for the service.

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Data usage patterns support need for ‘personal’ cells

Heavy users of mobile data services are ten times more extreme in the LTE era than on 3G, with just 0.1 per cent of mobile users in both developed and emerging markets consuming over half the LTE downlink data. This compares to one per cent of 3G users consuming half the downlink data.

Angela Ahrendts

Burberry CEO joins Apple to lead retail strategy

The world’s most stylish tech brand upped its game this week as Angela Ahrendts, CEO of Burberry, announced plans to leave the fashion label and join Apple in a newly created position, as a senior vice president and member of the executive team reporting to CEO Tim Cook.

The iPhone 5s

iPhone positioned for global LTE support

Apple’s latest two iPhone models, unveiled Tuesday, will support 13 LTE bands, making the device accessible worldwide and boosting its presence in Asia with new deals in Japan and China.

Android and iOS platforms are most commonly used to generate mobile traffic worldwide

Apple calls for counterfeit and third party charger trade-in

Apple is asking its customers to hand in their counterfeit and third party device chargers in return for an official one for the price of $10, or the equivalent in local currency. The replacement USB power adapters will be available in retail stores starting August 16.

Jordan Hubbard

FreeBSD founder quits Apple to focus on Big Data

Jordan Hubbard, co-founder of the popular FreeBSD operating system and Director of Unix Technology at Apple, has stepped down from his role at the Cupertino-based firm to become CTO of iXsystems. The Silicon Valley firm specialises in high availability servers and storage systems and has close ties with the FreeBSD community.

Android and iOS platforms are most commonly used to generate mobile traffic worldwide

iPhone helps push Verizon LTE data traffic to 50 per cent

Half of the data traffic on US carrier Verizon Wireless is now carried on its LTE network, its CEO announced last week at CES, marking a significant increase on its October 2012 watermark, when just 35 per cent of its data traffic was LTE.

Android and iOS platforms are most commonly used to generate mobile traffic worldwide

Google launches Maps for iOS

In the wake of the problems surrounding Apple’s own Maps application Google has now launched its own mapping app for the iOS platform. Although Google Maps was preinstalled on previous versions of the iOS platform, Google did not offer a version of its app for the latest iteration, iOS6. Instead Apple, having dispensed with a native installation of Google Maps, created its own mapping application in a move to take more control of the assets on its devices.

Apple's iPhone has been dropped by MTS and Megafon in Russia

iPhone 5 fails to connect users to wifi

More flaws have appeared in Apple’s iPhone 5 as the device has been failing to connect some US users to their wifi network and instead forcing them to use their monthly allowance of cellular data. Users have been unknowingly surpassing their data limits due to the fault.

Apple's iPhone 5 has stirred much discussion in the telecoms industry

iPhone 5 launch – the industry’s views

With any iPhone launch the industry’s commentators are out in force, and Wednesday’s unveiling was no different. Here’s what some of them had to say about the iPhone 5:

The page on Apple's website outlining the iPhone 5's LTE band compatibility

Apple limits support for European LTE bands

Only one of the three spectrum bands supported by the European version of Apple’s iPhone 5 is a European LTE band; a decision described by one industry consultancy as “really odd”.

Apple's iPhone has been dropped by MTS and Megafon in Russia

Apple unveils iPhone 5

Putting all anticipation, agitation and speculation to rest, Apple has finally unveiled the iPhone 5. As expected, the handset is larger than previous models, with a 4in Retina display. It has 16:9 aspect ratio to better accommodate gaming and video playback. It is also thinner; measuring just 7.6mm in thickness. The device runs on an Apple-designed A6 processor, which the firm claims is “up to twice as fast compared with the A5 chip”, although the device does not have an NFC chip to enable contactless payments.

Olaf Swantee, CEO at EE, on stage when the firm launched LTE services in London

EE to launch LTE by year-end

At a press conference in London, Everything Everywhere – the company formed by the merger of the Orange and T-Mobile brands in the UK – has announced that it will be launching its LTE service by the end of 2012. The company has pledged to bring 4G services to 16 cities covering a third of the population in the coming weeks.

EE is likely to launch its LTE service on dongles initially, according to CCS Insight

UK to get 4G on dongles first

Despite being given permission from UK regulator Ofcom to launch LTE services from September 2012, Everything Everywhere will not be in a position to offer 4G-enabled handsets for some time due to a lack of availability. The operator – formed by the merger of T-Mobile and Orange in the UK – is instead more likely to follow the route of early LTE adopter operators and initially launch its service via USB dongles.

Google’s “predatory distribution of Android” at below-cost makes it difficult for other OS providers to compete, said Fairsearch

Google’s Motorola takeover suspended by European Commission

Google’s takeover of Motorola Mobility has hit a stumbling block as the European Commission (EC) has suspended its review of the merger. An EC spokesperson confirmed to Telecoms.com that it “needs certain documents from Google that are essential to its evaluation of the transaction”.

Not as cool

Apple loses bid to ban Samsung devices in the US

Apple has been denied a preliminary injunction to block the sale of Samsung’s touchscreen smartphones and tablets in the US, after a judge in California ruled that the Korean manufacturer’s products would not severely impact Apple’s sales. The ruling means that Samsung will be able to sell its devices in the US during the traditionally lucrative Christmas season.

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