WhatsApp has updated its cross-platform messaging application to run Microsoft's new Windows Phone 8 but says it does not plan to support Research In Motion's forthcoming BlackBerry 10.
HTC dropped plans for a large-screen smartphone using Microsoft's Windows Phone 8 software because its resolution would not have been comparable to those from top-flight competitors, according to a Bloomberg report.
Huawei said it will cut 100 jobs from its U.S. network infrastructure team, about a quarter of the workforce in that division, as it seeks to streamline its operations in a market where it has faced hostility.
Microsoft is updating the online outpost of its Windows Phone Store application marketplace, adding streamlined search results as well as SD card-enabled software installs.
Nokia's shares jumped sharply after the Swedish operator Tele2 said it had sold out of Nokia's Lumia Windows Phone 8 smartphones two weeks before Christmas. However, one financial analyst questioned how strong overall Lumia sales were in Western Europe and North America.
Nokia struck a deal with China Mobile to sell a Chinese variant of its flagship Lumia 920 smartphone, the 920T, which will be available for order by the end of the year. News of the partnership caused Nokia's shares to jump.
AT&T Mobility is on track to have a "record" quarter in the fourth quarter in terms of smartphone sales, according to AT&T Mobility CEO Ralph de la Vega. He said that in the first two months of the fourth quarter the carrier sold 6.4 million smartphones, more than the 6.1 million it sold in all of the third quarter.
HTC said it will not bring its mid-range Windows Phone 8S device to the U.S. market, and will instead put all of its marketing efforts behind the high-end Windows Phone 8X.
We'll have to wait until Nokia reveals the level of shipments before coming to a conclusion about the Lumia 920's success. But it's a welcome change to be waiting with anticipation for what the company has to announce, as opposed fearing for its very survival.
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said that sales of devices running the software giant's Windows Phone platform are four times what they were in 2011, indicating strong momentum. However, Ballmer's vague comments, made during his presentation at the company's annual investor meeting, gave little hint as to how many Windows Phones are actually being sold.