The European Commission is stepping up its ongoing informal investigation into Google's licensing tactics for its Android platform following a formal complaint made by several companies in April about Google's practices, according to a Financial Times report.
KPN said it has abandoned its handset-leasing model because of an underwhelming response from subscribers, who told the operator they wanted to own their mobile handsets at the end of their contract terms.
Symbian was once the biggest mobile operating system in the world, but Nokia appears set to stop new shipments of devices based on the Symbian OS this summer as sales taper off.
Huawei is taking some pages from the playbook of some its more established smartphone rivals, including Samsung Electronics, in building the hype for its forthcoming high-end smartphone, which will likely be called the Ascend P6.
AT&T Mobility will now make customers wait 24 months instead of 20 months to upgrade to a new, subsidized device. The move mirrors one that rival Verizon Wireless announced in April.
AT&T Mobility is limiting the data options on its cheaper prepaid GoPhone plans. However, the carrier said it will launch new GoPhone plans in the next few weeks, according to a CNET report. AT&T did not provide prices for the new plans, saying only that there would be a "variety of plans."
Apple has inserted code into its iOS operating system that limits the maximum data speeds iPhone and iPad customers can achieve on the networks of Verizon Wireless, AT&T Mobility and Sprint Nextel, according to an iOS developer. It does not appear that the code is affecting iPhones that work on T-Mobile US, which just started offering the iPhone in April.
BlackBerry's next high-end flagship Blackberry 10 device will be called the A10 and will roll out during the holiday shopping season, according to a CNET report.
Mobile data traffic will continue to grow significantly in the coming years, and will mainly be driven by increased video usage, according to the new edition of Ericsson's "Mobility Report . "
Chinese computer and smartphone maker Lenovo said it is in "preliminary negotiations with a party in connection with a potential joint venture transaction" related to its smartphone business, according to a filing the company made with the Hong Kong stock exchange.