smartphone

Microsoft purges itself of remaining Nokia execs

The last vestiges of what was once the world’s dominant handset vendor have been swept away in a Microsoft management reshuffle that saw Stephen Elop and Jo Harlow leave the company.

Xiaomi expands to US and European markets

Disruptive Chinese mobile player Xiaomi is taking its first tentative steps into western markets this week, but initially only selling accessories, not handsets.

Internet usage doubled since 2005, Ofcom says

Ofcom has released its annual summary of online activity, and revealed the average internet user now spends more than twice as much time online every week than those in 2005 did. Nearly 90% of all adults in the UK are now using the internet, the regulator said.

Global smartphone market Q1 2015 – Samsung top but Xiaomi could be third

Samsung announced its quarterly earnings overnight and Strategy Analytics wasted little time in publishing its initial global smartphone vendor share numbers. They revealed Samsung has reclaimed the number one spot outright, but with a diminished share compared to the same quarter a year ago.

New LG G4 flagship smartphone has a leather or ceramic case

Korean tech giant LG has formally unveiled its latest flagship smartphone – the LG G4 – which features innovative case materials as its principal differentiator. G4 customers have a choice of leather or ceramic covering for their 5.5 inch smartphone, which LG is claiming makes it more “human-centric”.

Xiaomi moves on Indian market with Tata investment

Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi has underlined its strategic interest in the Indian market by announcing Ratan Tata, former Chairman of Indian giant conglomerate Tata Sons, has made an investment in Xiaomi.

Xiaomi sells 2 million phones in 12 hours

Disruptive Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi has announced its best ever single-day sales performance by shifting 2.12 million phones over a 12 hour period via its Mi Fan Festival 2015 online customer event.

US smartphone penetration still only 64% – survey

A new survey conducted by US polling house Pew Research Center has revealed 64% of US adults own a smartphone. While this is almost double the population penetration of four years ago, it’s still relatively low for such a developed country that is, after all, the home of Apple and Android.

HTC replaces CEO with Chairwoman in strategic shift

Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC has concentrated all senior executive power in the hands of one person – Chairwoman and co-founder Cher Wang – after stripping Peter Chou of CEO responsibilities. The clear implication is that the Board thought Chou had taken the company as far as he could and it was time for a new direction.

Samsung shadows Apple in a double Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge launch

On the eve of the Mobile World Congress 2015 in Barcelona, Samsung unveiled what comes next in its Galaxy smartphone family, launching not one but two devices: the S6 and S6 Edge. In the dual launch that seemed like Samsung’s attempt to take a leaf out of Apple’s book, the Korean device maker claimed it has combined design and practicality to create its latest devices

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.

LG announces four mid-range smartphones ahead of MWC 2015

It has become tradition for companies to launch products in advance of major shows to try to get ahead of the inevitable background noise, but this year’s MWC seems to be setting new standards as products are launched weeks early.