Qualcomm, the chipmaker whose products are found in numerous mobile phones, is facing trouble in China.
China's National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), an antitrust regulator in the country, said Wednesday that Qualcomm is under investigation for possible overcharging and using its position of "dominance" in the marketplace to limit competition. Reuters earlier reported on the news.
That China has been investigating Qualcomm has been known for months, but until this point, the agency has kept its allegations close to the vest. In November, Qualcomm said that it planned to fully cooperate with government authorities.
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We may have a first glimpse of Huawei's next flagship, thanks to a leaked picture.
Web site Nowhereelse.fr has a supposed image of the the Ascend P7. The phone could make its debut at next week's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
Once known by its code name of "Sophia," the Ascend P7 looks to follow closely in the footsteps of its predecessor, the Ascend P6. The leaked photo shows the device as being offered in at least four colors: black, white, pink, and gold.
Apple's iPhone 5S has proven to be popular in China.
The company sold a record number of smartphones in the country during 2013's fourth quarter, according to data from research firm IDC reported by The Wall Street Journal. These numbers were reportedly driven by demand for the iPhone 5S.
Apple's China market share rose from 6 percent in the third quarter of 2013 to 7 percent in the fourth quarter. This put it in fifth place for smartphone makers in the country, coming in behind Samsung, Lenovo, Coolpad, and Huawei, respectively. Samsung had 19 percent market share … Read more
With five Hydro devices currently under its belt, Kyocera is no stranger to making waterproof handsets. Ranging from entry-level to midtier, all the Hydro smartphones can be submerged under three feet of water for up to 30 minutes and keep on ticking.
The Hydro Plus, which is saddled with slow 3G speeds and a disappointingly dated Android 4.0 OS, sits at the entry-level end of the spectrum. And while both its specs and overall performance aren't impressive, the handset includes Cricket's unique Muve Music service that's ideal for music lovers, manages to take decent photos for … Read more
The campaign was "inappropriate and ill-conceived," Chen wrote in a blog post. T-Mobile e-mailed customers last week in a campaign to encourage BlackBerry customers to switch to an iPhone.
BlackBerry users on Twitter responded with a campaign of their own, tweeting at T-Mobile President John Legere with the hash tag #CHOOSEBLACKBERRY10. Legere responded with his own tweets, saying, "We may still send e-mails w/device choices, but you don't have to give … Read more
Samsung has a new smartphone hitting store shelves later this year.
The mobile device maker on Tuesday announced the Galaxy Core LTE, a handset that it says, will be made available to the UK in the second quarter of the year. Samsung didn't say if it will be available elsewhere around the world at some point in the future.
The Galaxy Core LTE comes with a 1.2GHz dual-core processor and support for near-field communication with its S Beam platform. The device's screen is a 4.5-inch qHD offering, and the handset will run Android 4.2.2 (… Read more
Touch screens were just the start.
User interface experimentation is blossoming as new sensors liberate computing devices from keyboards and mice, and a new glove from Fujitsu Laboratories embodies the trend. The device has a near-field communications (NFC) reader and gyroscopic sensors for gesture-based interactions with a person's environment.
Fujitsu will show the wearable device at the Mobile World Congress show next week in Barcelona, with plans to sell it in 2015.
The idea is to let a person -- likely in some specific work situation -- tap an object with the NFC reader, then perform a gesture that … Read more
In an impressive first-year achievement, Firefox OS has found a toehold in a fiercely competitive smartphone market. The next challenge for Mozilla's browser-based mobile operating system will be to convert that toehold into a foothold.
As the struggles of BlackBerry OS, Microsoft Windows Phone, and Samsung Tizen have shown, it's extraordinarily hard to find any room in a mobile operating system market where Apple's iOS and Google's Android dominate. Yet Mozilla has managed to do just that by focusing on super-low-cost smartphones and on partnerships with carriers who want something to offer in markets where even … Read more