smartphones

Nokia sells modem business, pledges ‘laser focus’ on smartphone segment

Finnish handset vendor Nokia has sold its wireless modem business to Japanese semiconductor manufacturer Renesas for $200m. The announcement came on the heels of a blog post from Anssi Vanjoki, head of the newly created Solutions unit within Nokia, in which he pledged to launch a fightback that would re-establish Nokia as leader in the smartphone space.

Nokia restructures for high-end handset battle

Nokia, the world’s leading handset manufacturer, has announced a structural and managerial shake-up designed to improve its performance in the high end smartphone segment as well as its growing services portfolio.

Intel re-enters smartphone market with Atom chip

US chip vendor Intel has confirmed its designs on the burgeoning smartphone space with the unveiling of its latest Atom processor – the Z6xx – formerly known as ‘Moorestown’.

Smartphones now account for half of AdMob traffic

Although the share of feature phone traffic in AdMob’s network declined from 58 percent to 35 percent year-over-year, absolute traffic from feature phones still grew 31 percent. Mobile Internet devices experienced the strongest growth of the three categories, increasing to account for 17 percent of traffic in AdMob’s network in February 2010.

Future handset challenges

The economic downturn has hit handset replacement volumes hard, reducing sales to single digit growth for the first time since 2001. At the same time, competition has intensified throughout the handset value chain as players at every stage strive to increase value for their customers and the end user.

Increasing mobile network capacity without the technology upgrade

As use of mobile internet devices such as smartphones and 3G dongles continues to grow, more mobile subscribers want to access high data volume internet applications such as video. This is leading to an unprecedented increase in traffic on the mobile networks.

Adobe brings Flash to mobile, but not iPhone

Software firm Adobe announced plans for a full fledged Flash player for mobile devices on Monday, although there is still no sign of a break in the deadlock between it and Apple.

RIM profits down in August quarter

Canadian vendor of fruit flavoured handsets, Research In Motion (RIM) said that net income for the quarter to the end of August fell slightly to $475.6m from $495.5m in the same period 2008.

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.

Security experts warn over smartphone SMS bugs

At the Black Hat security conference taking place in Las Vegas this week, researchers claimed that smartphones including Apple’s iPhone, Google’s Android platform and Microsoft’s Windows Mobile were susceptible to SMS based attacks.

HTC wants to be consumer Hero

Taiwanese handset vendor HTC has made the clearest indication yet that it sees its future as being a consumer brand as well as a supplier of white label or operator-specific handsets.

Smartphones sales buck credit crunch trend

Throughout 2009, smartphones are expected to buck the downward trend that has beset the rest of the handset market as the majority of consumers cut spending in the face of the global economic downturn.

Comsys has designs on WiMAX/GSM smartphones

Comsys, an Israel-headquartered supplier of integrated baseband chipset solutions, has announced the launch of its latest ComMAX reference design platform, the CM1125RD. Jointly developed with Signal Processing, it is billed as ‘an optimised multimode mobile WiMAX/GSM-EDGE smartphone reference design platform’.

Gadget makers to find refuge in smartphone sales

Despite the global slowdown in consumer spending, handset vendors are expected to reap the benefits of growth in the smartphone segment, with sales of high end handsets on an upward curve over the next five years.

Smartphone is a hotbed of security issues

To date, the humble mobile handset has evaded the vast majority of security threats now commonplace among PC users. But every so often security experts issue a warning about the multitude of dangers mobile phones will be exposed to at various points in the future. This week, one such report was published by the Georgia […]

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