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Gartner: smartphone sales up 58 per cent in 2011

Gartner has published its mobile device numbers for the final quarter of 2011, reporting that 1.8 billion units were sold to end users across the year, up 11.1 per cent on 2010. Smartphones accounted for 31 per cent of all device sales with 472 million units sold, up 58 per cent year on year.

Samsung teams up with Corning for OLED displays

Samsung has signed an agreement with specialty glass and ceramics manufacturer Corning to establish a new venture for the organic light emitting diode (OLED) device market. Based in Korean, the newly formed entity will supply OLED backplane glass substrates for Samsung Mobile Display, as well as for the broader Korean market.

Legal disputes hit financial performance

Telecoms firms reported mixed fortunes in their fourth quarter earnings results, with Samsung having reason to celebrate, Motorola Mobility reporting an average quarter and AT&T taking a huge hit.

Samsung to merge own Bada OS with open-source Tizen

Korean handset manufacturer Samsung plans to merge its own smartphone operating system, Bada with Intel’s open source OS Tizen, as it looks to consolidate its position in the global smartphone market.

Google plans IPTV push in 2012 with new partnerships

Google has announced new hardware manufacturers that have joined it as partners for its IPTV service Google TV. LG is the biggest name to join the Google TV ecosystem this year and will unveil a new line of Google TV sets running on its own L9 chipset at CES in Las Vegas next week.

Apple faces iPhone and iPad ban in Germany

Apple faces the prospect of having its iPad and iPhone devices banned in Germany, just months after securing a ban on Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 in the country with a similar ruling.

Apple and Samsung both fail in bids to ban competing devices

Apple has had to admit defeat in its efforts to ban sales of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia, after an Australian High Court has rejected an appeal to keep the device off shelves. Samsung, meanwhile, has also lost out in its attempts to ban sales of Apple’s iPhone 4S device in France, as the patent war between the two manufacturers drags on.

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.

Buyer’s Market

As the global director for terminals marketing at the Vodafone Group, Peter Becker-Pennrich holds decision making powers over a procurement strategy that deals in serious volumes. Vodafone buys between 60 and 70 million handsets each year, spending $8bn across it’s footprint, including affiliates and partner markets. In this exclusive interview Becker-Pennrich offers frank assessments of the different strategies adopted by the vendor community, their chances for success and the nature of the relationship – ever evolving – between operators, vendors and platform developers.

Samsung gets one over Apple in Australian court battle

An Australian court has ruled that Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 does not infringe on patents held by Apple, clearing the way for the product to go on sale in the Australian market. In October Apple was granted a temporary injunction that stopped Samsung from selling the unit in Australia.

Samsung to take top spot for LTE basestations in Asia Pacific says report

A report from NPD In-Stat forecasts that Samsung is set to take the lead for the number of LTE macro base stations deployed by the end of 2011 in the Asia Pacific region. The report states that Samsung will dominate in the region with a projected 10,000 base stations, representing one-fourth of all LTE macro base station deployments in Asia Pacific.

O2UK witholding Galaxy Nexus over volume bug

Telefónica’s UK operation O2 has told Telecoms.com that it is not fulfilling orders for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus smartphone until Google and Samsung have fixed a bug that sees the phone spontaneously lose audio, affecting voice calls and audio alerts. The Galaxy Nexus is the first commercially available handset to sport version 4.0 of the Android smartphone OS, which Google has dubbed Ice Cream Sandwich.

Touchless gesture-based phones and flexible screens on the horizon

The new innovations that could revolutionise handsets are making their way to the market after a Korean handset manufacturer announced it is launching an Android handset equipped with touchless hand gesture recognition technology, while Samsung has confirmed it will be launching devices next year that will have flexible display screens.

Galaxy Nexus Android 4.0 LTE handset unveiled

Google and Samsung have unveiled the first smartphone running on the latest version of the Android mobile operating system 4.0, codenamed Ice Cream Sandwich, which is expected to rival Apple’s popular iPhone 4S handset. The Galaxy Nexus is the first Android handset that supports LTE, as well as HSPA+ technology. It also features a 4.65-inch display with 720p resolution and a dual core 1.2ghz processor.

Apple blocks Samsung tablet sales in Australia

Apple has won an injunction to block the sale of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 Android tablet in Australia. The device was already temporarily banned pending the court ruling, and the ban has now been upheld until a full patent trial is held next year. Samsung had initially offered to modify the software on the device to counteract the injunction, but Apple’s argument stated that the device also copies the design of its iPad and iPhone products.

Samsung seeks to block iPhone 5 in S.Korea

Samsung is seeking to block the sale of Apple’s iPhone 5 in South Korea, when it launches. The company recently lost the rights to sell its Galaxy S Tab in Germany, after Apple won an injunction to block the sale of the product, alleging that the device infringes patents held by Apple.

German court rules to ban sale of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab

Apple has won a case in Germany to prohibit the sale of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet device in the country.

The Düsseldorf court upheld the preliminary injunction secured by Apple, which claims that Samsung had infringed its intellectual property and copied the iPad.

Sony unveils Android tablet models

Japanese electronics firm Sony formally joined the tablet fray this week, with two Android tablets, likely paving the way for a new flurry of lawsuits over form factor.

Samsung unveils cross platform messaging app

South Korean handset manufacturer Samsung aims to build on the success of over the top messaging apps, with the release of its own cross platform service, ChatOn.

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