Strong demand for Android

Taiwanese handset manufacturer HTC (High Tech Computer) has almost doubled its projected shipments for the first commercial device to be based on the Android operating system. By the end of 2008, the gadget maker now expects to shift 1 million units of the G1, available on T-Mobile networks in the US and Europe. This is […]

Nokia to launch Chinese TD-SCDMA devices in 2009

Finnish handset vendor Nokia said it plans to launch a handset based on China’s homegrown TD-SCDMA 3G standard before the end of 2009. The world’s biggest handset vendor said this week it has already started the development of a TD-SCDMA device based on the Symbian S60 OS. Despite its leading position in the handset market, […]

Gadget makers agree to common energy rating

The world’s biggest handset vendors got together on Wednesday to launch a common energy rating system for mobile phone chargers, cluing consumers into the best, and worst performing models. The five star rating system was developed and is supported by Nokia, Samsung, Motorola, LG and Sony Ericsson, under an industry wide initiative to reduce the […]

Alcatel-Lucent to make Eur1.5bn from Thales stake

Embattled equipment firm Alcatel-Lucent said Tuesday it has entered into exclusive discussions with Dassault Aviation, over the offloading of its 20.8 per cent stake in French defence firm Thales. Dassault, which makes both civil and military aircraft, is also in discussions with the French government, which maintains a 27 per cent stake in the defence […]

Nokia sees tough times ahead

On Friday, the world’s biggest handset vendor confirmed what many have come to fear over the past months, the sharp pullback in consumer spending worldwide has hit the mobile devices market hard. Updating its outlook for the fourth quarter, Nokia said that it expects industry mobile device volumes will be lower than previously expected – […]

Still 3,000 jobs to go at NSN; Nortel follows suit

Monster vendor Nokia Siemens Networks has confirmed plans to slash around 3,000 more jobs worldwide as part of its post merger cost cutting exercise. On Tuesday, the equipment manufacturer reiterated its 2006 announcement to reduce global headcount by 10-15 per cent or 9,000 employees. To date the Finnish-German firm has cut about 6,000 workers, with […]

Apple overtakes BlackBerry in smartphone market

Californian gadget shop Apple steamed into second place in the smartphone market during the third quarter, knocking RIM off its perch, and creeping up on Nokia. During the three month period to the end of September, global shipments of smart phones hit a new peak of just under 40 million units, representing around 13 per […]

Siemens sets aside Eur1bn for corruption cases

German manufacturing firm Siemens said Wednesday it has set aside a provision of Eur1bn in fiscal 2008 as settlements in ongoing corruption investigations against the company. In an announcement the firm said, “This current estimate is based on the status of ongoing discussions being held between the company and authorities in Germany and the US.” […]

Alcatel-Lucent getting into shape

Monster telecoms vendor Alcatel-Lucent appeared to be in better shape Thursday, shrinking its third quarter net loss to Eur38m, compared to a loss of Eur318m in the same period last year. Revenues dropped 6.6 per cent to Eur4bn, compared to Eur4.3bn last year, as carrier equipment sales fell. The company’s Carrier division reported revenues down […]

Moto keeps the bad news coming in third quarter

Motorola’s tendency to report bad news continued Thursday, as the company’s third quarter results wiped out the little ray of sunshine earned by a surprise second quarter profit. Net loss for the third quarter plummeted to $397m, compared to a profit of $60m in the same period last year and completely blotting out the hope offered […]

Moto dumps platforms to focus on Android, Windows

Speaking at Motorola’s third quarter financials presentation on Thursday afternoon, co-CEO, Sanjay Jha, revealed the ailing company’s handset plans to be a long term game. At present, Moto’s handset business is a rat’s nest of platforms. The company has over 20 different combinations of operating system, silicon and user interface (UI), and Jha’s job is […]

Kyocera jumps on Android bandwagon

Japanese electronics manufacturer Kyocera is the latest vendor to sign up to Google’s mobile device platform, Android. On Tuesday, the vendor revealed it was planning a portfolio of CDMA-based Android devices, tapping software company Wind River Systems to help with the integration of the Open Handset Alliance’s (OHA) platform. Wind River will provide software systems […]

Apple claims to be beating BlackBerry

Californian kit maker Apple laid into BlackBerry vendor Research In Motion (RIM) late Tuesday, with head honcho Steve Jobs bragging to analysts that he had sold more handsets than the Canadian firm. As Apple’s financial results were posted, Jobs said that in the quarter to the end of September – the first period in which […]

BlackBerry in motion

BlackBerry in motion

The firm that made its name selling mobile email into the enterprise sector is moving into the consumer space, proving necessity really is the mother of invention. With the BlackBerry, Canadian smartphone manufacturer Research In Motion (RIM) managed a rare feat: The creation a brand so strong that widespread consumer awareness of the product and […]

DoCoMo to build HSUPA chip

Japanese operator NTT DoCoMo had teamed up with electronics manufacturers Fujitsu and Sharp and semiconductor firm Renesas Technology to co develop and HSUPA platform. DoCoMo said the SH-Mobile G4 single chip LSI device, will support HSUPA1/HSDPA2/WCDMA and GSM/GPRS/EDGE. The technology is due for completion by the first quarter of 2010. The SH-Mobile G4 will be […]

Ericsson performs better than expected in third quarter

Swedish vendor Ericsson is keeping its head above water amid the financial turmoil, reporting stronger than expected earnings on Monday. For the third quarter of 2008, Ericsson recorded a net income of SEK2.8bn (Eur283m). This figure was down 28 per cent on the SEK4bn reported for the same period in 2007, but was still a […]

Sony Ericsson digs its heels in

Despite the economic turbulence, handset vendor Sony Ericsson managed to turn in a smaller than expected third quarter loss. At Eur25m the company’s quarterly loss compared to a profit of Eur267m in the same period last year, and follows a second quarter slide which sparked a Eur300m cost saving exercise. Third quarter sales hit Eur2.8bn, […]

Nokia keeps its cool as profits head south

Despite reporting a hefty slide in third quarter profits, Nokia, the world’s biggest handset vendor, avoided spooking the market with any mention of the effects of the prevailing economic crisis. Net profit for the quarter slipped to Eur1.09bn from Eur1.56bn in the same period last year, while net sales fell 5 per cent to Eur12.2bn. […]

Microsoft eyeing up BlackBerry maker?

Canadian BlackBerry manufacturer Research In Motion (RIM) and US software shop Microsoft were caught up in the industry rumour mill this week, with speculation circulating that the pair are about to get hitched. Naturally, both parties are keeping quiet on the rumours, which appear to have been started by a US analyst who commented Microsoft […]

Huawei handsets off the market

In a week of financial turmoil it will come as little surprise to learn that Chinese mega-vendor Huawei has decided to postpone the sale of a stake in its handset unit. Back in May, when the firm hired Morgan Stanley to organise the sale of a business worth an estimated $3.5bn, local reports claimed network […]

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