LAS VEGAS--Samsung's Stephen Woo, president of the company's components business, showed off a prototype smartphone with a flexible display here at the Consumer Electronics Show. While the company and others have long been working on such technology, the demonstration--during a high-profile keynote address--indicates the technology is inching closer to commercial reality.
LAS VEGAS--MVNO FreedomPop said its WiMAX-capable iPhone Sleeve has been delayed in the FCC's approval process due to an untested design element. The company said the unexpected delay in obtaining approval has cost the company and its manufacturing partner a total of $550,000 so far.
LAS VEGAS--The annual Consumer Electronics Show here is typically the hottest ticket of the year for gadget-hungry geeks to feast on the latest whiz-bang smartphones, tablets and "phablets." And while there are plenty of new gadgets to play with at the show this year, the discussions at press conferences, on the show floor and in keynote sessions are not so much about screen sizes and operating systems as they are about the services and applications that make those devices, and the networks that they use, so valuable to consumers.
LAS VEGAS--INQ launched in 2008 with the goal of selling "boutique" phones to users in a variety of international markets. At its height, INQ sold what was known as the "Facebook phone" and counted a total of 1.5 million phone shipments, including a few hundred thousand Android smartphones.
LAS VEGAS--Shared data plans have helped to grow the connected device space, argued Nicholas DiCarlo, vice president of product planning and product marketing for Samsung in the United States. "Shared data plans are important enablers," he said, noting that such plans could make it easier for customers to purchase and use Samsung's 3G-capable digital cameras.
LAS VEGAS--MediaTek expects to continue to grow its presence in the smartphone processor market in 2013, but does not think it will grab a significant foothold in the North American market this year, according to a company executive.
LAS VEGAS--While all eyes are on the first two BlackBerry 10 devices Research In Motion will introduce later this month, RIM plans to eventually hit a range of price points at the high, middle and lower end of the market with its BB10 devices, according to a senior executive.
LAS VEGAS--CTIA announced it will partner with IFA, the giant consumer electronics show in Berlin held every September, as its official show partner going forward for global consumer electronics.
LAS VEGAS--T-Mobile USA turned a rumor into reality with its announcement that it will launch a no-contract unlimited data plan for $70 per month starting Jan. 9. The plan will include unlimited voice and texting as well as unlimited nationwide data. The move is significant for T-Mobile, which currently offers a $70 per month prepaid plan that includes unlimited voice and text but caps users at 5 GB per month of data.
LAS VEGAS--Microsoft thinks it's very important to bring its Windows Phone 8 platform to tier 1 U.S. carriers, a strategy that helped Google's Android platform gain significant market share, according to a Windows Phone executive.