HTC One M9 launch

HTC opts for continuity with the One M9

At a lavish launch event on the eve of Mobile World Congress 2015, HTC unveiled its flagship smartphone launch for the year in the form of the HTC One M9.

Huawei wearable launch

Huawei focuses on wearables at MWC 2015

The consumer-facing arm of Chinese giant Huawei chose not to launch any new smartphones at its big press event at Mobile World Congress 2015. Instead it launched not one but three wearable devices.

LG Urbane smartwatch LTE

LG claims first LTE smartwatch

Korean electronics giant has launched a premium addition to its recently announced new smartwatch range called the LG Watch Urbane LTE. As the name implies, LG is claiming this is the first smartwatch to feature an LTE modem, although Huawei is also talking up its LTE-M chip.

Video Calling IP messaging RCS WebRTC

Telco giants to demonstrate next phase of IP comms at MWC 2015

Some of the world’s leading operators are uniting with rich communication services (RCS) vendor Jibe at Mobile World Congress next week in Barcelona. IP video calling, group chat and sharing will be demonstrated based on platforms developed by Jibe, in sync with RCS specifications laid out by the GSMA.

Huawei HQ

Huawei unveils technology strategy underpinned by 4.5G ahead of MWC 2015

Huawei has made a host of announcements ahead of Mobile World Congress 2015, offering a peek at its LTE-connected smartband and unveiling plans for a commercialised 4.5G technology next year. These were unveiled as part of the firm’s digital transformation strategy dubbed ROADS (real-time, on-demand, all-online, DIY and social) at an event in London, attended by Telecoms.com.

Google Softcard Mobile Payments

Google & Samsung move to counter Apple Pay debut

Google has stoked the fire burning underneath the mobile payments industry by announcing its acquisition of “some exciting technology and intellectual property from Softcard to make Google Wallet better.” The payment software will come pre-installed as standard on Android phones running KitKat or higher with three of the big four carriers across the USA, AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon.

Apple App Pay Once and Play

Apple moves focus away from in-app purchases

Apple has unveiled a new section of the iOS App Store which features games free of in-app purchasing, suggesting a move away from the vastly successful, yet at times controversial, freemium model.

Microsoft hololens

Microsoft unveils HoloLens augmented reality UI

Microsoft has unveiled HoloLens, augmented reality goggles allowing wearers to create holograms by using hand gestures and voice commands. The gadget was announced at the tech giant’s official presentation of its upcoming device-agnostic operating system Windows 10.

Samsung Galaxy S5

Samsung to snub Qualcomm Snapdragon in next Galaxy S – report

A report has claimed Samsung will snub Qualcomm’s Snapdrgaon chips in the next Galaxy S smartphones and use its own instead. According to the report, which quoted unnamed sources with knowledge of the matter, the Korean vendor has tested the new Snapdragon 810 chip but found it overheated during the trial.

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Ericsson says Apple suit only covers part of license portfolio

In an exclusive interview with Telecoms.com Gustav Brismark, Ericsson VP of Patent Strategy revealed that the lawsuit recently filed by Apple contesting payment of royalties on patents owned by Ericsson only covers a fraction of the patent portfolio in question.

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Samsung finally releases Tizen phone for sale in India

At long last, Samsung has released the first Tizen smartphone, Z1, for sale in India over six months after its initial launch. Until now, the device hasn’t been available as Samsung cancelled the previously intended first release in Russia during Q3 2014.

AT&T trials live LTE broadcast for mass content delivery

American multiplay operator AT&T has confirmed it has undertaken a trial of LTE broadcast technology in Texas, USA. The trial focussed on delivering live digital content in stadia to attendees of an American football match, which took place earlier this week.

T-Mo is using wifi to boost coverage at home

T-Mo USA backs wifi to plug coverage gaps

T-Mobile USA is embracing wifi as a network offload technology by making all smartphones it sells capable of HD voice over wifi (VoWifi) calling. In order to plug coverage gaps in homes and businesses the company is also making a wifi hotspot loaded with proprietary technology available to its subscribers.

The Intex Cloud FX

First Firefox device launches in India

Indian electronics manufacturer and retailer Intex Technologies has introduced the country’s first Firefox OS-powered device, which it also claims is India’s lowest priced smartphone at Rs1999 (€25).

The 'smartwatch'

Timex boards wearable bandwagon with smartwatch

The wearable trend continues to pick up pace with watch maker Timex claiming to be the first “authentic watch brand” to enter what it has now dubbed, the smartwatch space. The Timex Ironman One GPS+ offers stand alone wireless connectivity without needing to connect to a phone and is pitched squarely at the sports enthusiast sector.

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Battery-free wifi network inches closer to reality for IoT

Engineers at the University of Washington have further developed the short range, battery-free, wireless communication system they first showed off last year. The continued development is interesting with respect to the Internet of Things because it is able to use ambient radio signals as a power source, laying the path for the creation of networks of battery-free wireless sensors.

On the buses with NFC

EE NFC handsets compatible with London buses

UK carrier EE this week enabled its own flavour of NFC, dubbed Cash on Tap, for London’s bus network, allowing customers to use their phone in lieu of an Oyster card or contactless debit card. Users will need an EE handset and an NFC-capable SIM.

NGMN Alliance seeks patent pool manager

Microsoft sues Samsung over Android non-payment

Microsoft has filed suit against Samsung after the Korean electronics giant stopped paying the US company for access to IP essential to the use of the Android operating system.

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