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 […]

Nokia takes on whole industry with music play

Finnish handset vendor Nokia threw down the gauntlet to the entire mobile industry on Thursday night, taking on operators and handset manufacturers alike with its latest salvo of releases. There was a triple whammy of announcements from the world’s biggest handset maker – the launch of the long awaited Comes with Music platform; the unveiling […]

Nokia worries operators with Oz acquisition

Finnish handset vendor Nokia has significantly beefed up its Ovi mobile services offering with Tuesday’s acquisition of Canada-based mobile email shop Oz. Nokia didn’t say how much it paid for the firm, but analysts say $100m is probably close to the price. With the acquisition, the world’s biggest handset vendor has shifted the focus of […]

Nokia loses technology boss

The world’s biggest mobile handset vendor, Nokia, said Monday that chief technology officer Bob Iannucci has resigned from his post with immediate effect. The Finnish vendor said Iannucci will continue to work as an advisor to the firm until a replacement is found. “Personal reasons,” were listed as the reason for his departure, although it’s […]

Nokia, NSN and Huawei strike wireless patent deal

Kit vendor Nokia Siemens Networks and its Finnish parent Nokia have struck a patent licensing agreement with Chinese manufacturer Huawei. On Monday, the firms said that the deal covers all standards essential patents relating to GSM, WCDMA, CDMA2000, optical networking, datacom and WiMAX in mobile devices, infrastructure and services. Ilkka Rahnasto, VP of Intellectual Property […]

Sony Ericsson ups its game with unlimited music

Fifth placed handset vendor Sony Ericsson looked hopeful this week, refreshing its handset portfolio and getting in on the services game with an unlimited music offering. The Japanese-Swedish joint venture has been on the back foot this year, having been overtaken by Korean rival LG, and losing market share to stronger competitor portfolios. Despite the […]

Nokia ups its game in service management space

Monster kit vendor Nokia Siemens Networks said Monday it plans to expand its customer base in the service management space through a range of new channel partners. The initiative will see NSN target the service management software business by collaborating with KlugCom, P3 Solutions, Subex and Theta Networks. NSN said these channel partners would give […]

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