Nokia lead threatened by smartphone market growth

Second quarter 2009 handset market data from Gartner shows lead player Nokia coming under increasing pressure as the smartphone sector outperforms the market. Overall handset shipments were down 6.1 per cent year on year for Q209, at 286.1 million but smartphone sales increased by 27 per cent to reach almost 41 million.

JK Shin, head of Samsung Mobile Communications

Korean vendor Samsung has established itself as the closest thing Nokia has to a challenger in the global mobile handset market, and JK Shin is the man leading the charge. With a market share hovering just above 19 per cent at the end of the first quarter of 2009 from sales of 51.4 million units, Shin’s approach to the handset market is distinctly promiscuous.

Samsung Jet takes off

Korean vendor Samsung, currently trailing Nokia as the second biggest gadget manufacturer worldwide, is glowing with pride this week as it prepares to launch its Jet touchscreen device.

Android rumours pick up momentum

The web is awash with Android rumours this week, as the Google-backed platform finally starts to pick up momentum.

NEC wins UQ WiMAX deal

UQ Communications, a mobile WiMAX operator in Japan, has selected NEC to supply 802.16e base stations.

Samsung unveils Android device

At long last the Android G1 handset, the first such device based on Google’s own mobile operating system, is going to have some company.

3G mobile internet is “fake”, says UQ president

Japan may be home to a high amount of cellular internet users – 87 per cent of the country’s 106 cellphone users go online – but that does not faze Takeshi Tanaka, president of UQ Communications, which is gearing up to launch commercial mobile WiMAX services on 1st July 2009.

WiMAX traffic boom for Yota

After launching its free pilot mobile WiMAX service in November 2008 in Moscow and St Petersburg, Yota reports that around 500TB of traffic is traversing its network every month.

Samsung administers WiMAX Tablet at CTIA

The rumours that have been swirling around the blogosphere that Samsung would launch a WiMAX-enabled tablet device at this week’s CTIA Wireless shindig have proven well founded.

WiMAX-embedded netbooks come to Russia

Samsung and Yota, a Russian mobile WiMAX operator, have announced the introduction of what they say is the first ‘4G’ ready netbook (mini-notebook) in Russia.

Green light for VMAX in Taiwan

The National Communications Commission (NCC), Taiwan’s regulator, has given the go-ahead to VMAX to start rolling out WiMAX base stations and related infrastructure in its licensed areas in the island’s northern region

Samsung gets touchy-feely, but no Android

JK Shin, the newly-appointed head of Samsung’s mobile communications division, was in bullish mood as he paraded a range of new touch-screen handsets at the company’s press conference at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week. “We are confident that we will grow during 2009,” he said, “despite the economic downturn.” Among the new […]

Samsung unveils solar powered handset

Korean gadget vendor Samsung has unveiled what it claims is the world’s first solar powered phone, to be launched at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next week. The Blue Earth device has a solar panel located on the back of the phone, which Samsung claims can deliver enough juice to allow users to make a […]

With handsets, it’s all in a name

A market research firm claimed this week that handset vendors which employ creative naming strategies enjoy better success in the US market, going some way to explain Nokia’s weak North American presence. According to Strategic Name Development, in the third quarter of 2005, Samsung, LG, and Nokia each held a 16 per cent share of […]

UQ: WiMAX trials to start this month

UQ Communications, a 2.5GHz licence holder in Japan, and which counts Intel and Samsung among its investors, has announced it will start trials of its mobile WiMAX service on 26 February. The trial will continue until 30 June this year.

Handset sector feels the pinch

As the credit crunch takes its toll on the mobile market, some analysts have suggested that global handset sales in the traditionally lucrative fourth quarter may actually be down sequentially on Q3 for 2008. So far, only two top vendors have reported their figures for the fourth quarter, with troubled Motorola posting a 25 per […]

Samsung settles with InterDigital

Another wireless patent dispute was put to bed this week, as technology firm InterDigital struck a deal with Korean vendor Samsung, ending a long standing dispute. Samsung’s US operation had been in trouble with InterDigital over the sale of 2G products, as well as various 3G patent used in sales of products through 2012. Under […]


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