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Global smartphone market Q1 2015 – Samsung top but Xiaomi could be third

Samsung announced its quarterly earnings overnight and Strategy Analytics wasted little time in publishing its initial global smartphone vendor share numbers. They revealed Samsung has reclaimed the number one spot outright, but with a diminished share compared to the same quarter a year ago.

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New LG G4 flagship smartphone has a leather or ceramic case

Korean tech giant LG has formally unveiled its latest flagship smartphone – the LG G4 – which features innovative case materials as its principal differentiator. G4 customers have a choice of leather or ceramic covering for their 5.5 inch smartphone, which LG is claiming makes it more “human-centric”.

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Chinese mass market iPhone adoption drives strong Apple quarter

US tech giant Apple continued to ride the popularity of its new iPhone 6 models to another very strong quarter. Apple sold 61.2 million iPhones globally in the March quarter, which was 40% more than the year-ago quarter and generated 55% more revenue, implying improving margins too.

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Xiaomi moves on Indian market with Tata investment

Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi has underlined its strategic interest in the Indian market by announcing Ratan Tata, former Chairman of Indian giant conglomerate Tata Sons, has made an investment in Xiaomi.

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Imagination takes on ARM and x86 with free MIPS CPU access

UK processor designer Imagination Technologies is offering a free and open access complete MIPS CPU to universities. While this initiative is positioned as a boost to computing and electronic engineering studies, it could also serve to boost the adoption of MIPS architecture as it battles giant rival microarchitectures ARM and Intel’s x86.

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Google responds to antitrust investigations opened by EC

As has been long mooted, the European Commission has officially announced a Statement of Objections against Google on its comparison shopping service, while also opening a separate formal investigation on Android. Google, predictably, has come out with its view of the matter.

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Public gets first glimpse of Apple Watch today

Apple’s much anticipated wearable debut is edging ever closer and the hype surrounding the launch of the Apple Watch ramped up another notch today. The watch, Apple’s “most personal device yet” according to CEO Tim Cook, is now available for pre-order globally.

Xiaomi will probably spend the money on its international expansion

Xiaomi sells 2 million phones in 12 hours

Disruptive Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi has announced its best ever single-day sales performance by shifting 2.12 million phones over a 12 hour period via its Mi Fan Festival 2015 online customer event.

Google has announced that it has extended its Android mobile platform to support wearable devices

How important is a modem for smartwatches and wearables?

Samsung is apparently lining up a new addition to its wearable range, according to a blog page heavily associated with Samsung Mobile. According to SamMobile, the Korean consumer tech giant is planning for the next addition to its range of wearable technology, which will feature 3G connectivity, but how important is having a modem to the future success of wearable technology and smartwatches?

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US smartphone penetration still only 64% – survey

A new survey conducted by US polling house Pew Research Center has revealed 64% of US adults own a smartphone. While this is almost double the population penetration of four years ago, it’s still relatively low for such a developed country that is, after all, the home of Apple and Android.

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ZTE credits 2014 94% profit rise to 4G equipment, smartphone sales

ZTE has reported its full year 2014 results showing a 94% increase in net profits, which the Chinese vendor attributed to 4G network equipment and smartphone sales. The kit maker claimed to be the world’s fastest growing provider of 4G solutions in 2014, and said it is using its strong position in the market to take the lead in 5G technology research.

Office for Android

Microsoft entrenches platform-agnostic mobile strategy with Samsung Office push

Microsoft and Samsung have announced an expansion of their global partnership to bring more Microsoft mobile software and services to Samsung mobile devices. This move is designed to support the broader mobile strategic aims of both companies, with Microsoft’s focus shifting away from Windows Phone and Samsung keen to be seen as a trusted BYOD player.

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Five UK operators agree to cap bills for stolen mobiles

EE, O2, Three, Virgin Media and Vodafone have entered into a voluntary agreement to cap bills at £100 for stolen or missing mobile phones, provided a report has been made to the network provider and police within 24 hours of losing the device.

NXP

NXP says industry needs to ensure IoT is both simple and secure

Jeff Fonseca, the Regional Sales Director, Americas at chip vendor NXP has told Telecoms.com the entire telecoms industry needs to focus on ensuring the IoT delivers real value to consumers. Talking at the Mobile World Congress 2015, Fonseca said that while IoT has become an industry buzzword, the security and user simplicity of connected devices should be of paramount importance.

HTC Chou Wang

HTC replaces CEO with Chairwoman in strategic shift

Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC has concentrated all senior executive power in the hands of one person – Chairwoman and co-founder Cher Wang – after stripping Peter Chou of CEO responsibilities. The clear implication is that the Board thought Chou had taken the company as far as he could and it was time for a new direction.

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GSMA launches online mobile industry marketplace

The GSMA has launched an online commerce site for the mobile industry, claiming it is designed to address inefficient procurement processes by providing a common platform for buyers and sellers. The organisation claimed the GSMA Marketplace will help buyers reduce the time spent finding the best deals and decrease sellers’ costs incurred from showcasing their products.

Apple Watch x3

Apple fails to make compelling case for expensive Watch

Apple added a bit more substance to its Apple Watch announcement, ahead of its impending launch, at an event in California. However the unique qualities expected by many to significantly differentiate this Apple wearable from the many others already announced were conspicuously absent.

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