During his presentation, RIM CEO Thorsten Heins highlighted the key features of BlackBerry 10, and I was impressed with what I saw. And it may be enough to help RIM shore up its base of 79 million BlackBerry subscribers, an essential part of its long-term strategy. However, I don't think BlackBerry 10 will be enough to revive RIM's fortunes or help it gain back smartphone market share.
Sprint Nextel MVNO Ting said it plans to add Microsoft Windows Phone 8 smartphones to its lineup later this year, following Sprint's embrace of the platform.
Android and iOS may compete fiercely for developer attention, but those that don't create apps for either platform can expect to make half as much money as their peers, according to a recent research report.
AT&T Mobility said it is continues "exploring" whether to support Microsoft's Data Sense service for its Windows Phone 8 operating system.
Nokia surprised analysts by announcing plans to axe its annual dividend payment in an effort to bolster its cash reserves. The company reported underlying profits in its fourth quarter--its first profitable quarter in a year--and unexpectedly boosted its net cash by €796 million to around €4.36 billion.
This year will mark the launch of close to half a dozen new operating systems for smartphones. Which raises one main question: Why?
Nokia reported that its North American handset shipments--essentially all Lumia Windows Phones--rose in the fourth quarter to 700,000. That is a marked improvement from the third quarter when it sold 300,000 devices in the U.S. market.
While Google's Android platform continues to hold the top spot in key world markets, Microsoft's Windows Phone is experiencing strong European growth, according to new research from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech.
Sprint Nextel's major announcement last week during the Consumer Electronics Show was that it will launch its first Microsoft Windows Phone 8 smartphones by the summer from HTC and Samsung. Left off that list was Windows Phone's biggest supporter, Nokia--and that seems to be the way it will stay for a while.
Nokia reported that improved sales of its Lumia Windows Phone smartphone range helped its mobile phone business achieve underlying profitability in the fourth quarter of 2012. The surprise announcement gave markets hope that CEO Stephen Elop's strategy is finally starting to pay off.