HTC named Benjamin Ho as its new CMO. The action comes as the Taiwanese smartphone maker looks to gain back its edge in the market and reverse declines in sales.
Microsoft is probing a series of random reboot and freezing issues plaguing smartphones running its new Windows Phone 8 operating system, with a solution slated for release next month.
Apple's iPhone 5 is helping the company to grow its market share in Europe, with the company's iOS gaining ground in four of the five major European countries, according to the latest data from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech.
Microsoft is at work on a Windows Phone 8 update designed to introduce new features absent from the initial release of the mobile operating system, which rolled out late last month.
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said that the software giant's Windows Phone 8 platform is the happy medium between the uncontrolled ecosystem on Google's Android and the tightly controlled ecosystem of Apple's iPhone. Ballmer's comments come as Microsoft ramps up advertising for its Windows Phone and Windows 8 platforms.
Microsoft's major push to grab market share for its Windows Phone 8 platform is getting under way this week, with support coming from AT&T Mobility, Verizon Wireless, and T-Mobile USA in the United States. Meanwhile, Research In Motion said it will hold a launch event Jan. 30 to officially unveil its BlackBerry 10 platform, which is currently in testing with more than 50 carriers worldwide. The timing puts the platforms on a collision course as Microsoft and RIM try to win the hearts of carriers and consumers.
Sprint Nextel confirmed that it will launch LTE smartphones running Microsoft's Windows Phone 8 next year. Sprint joins fellow operators AT&T Mobility, Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile USA in showing support for Microsoft's operating system.
Verizon Wireless will finish its LTE deployment by the middle of 2013, according to Verizon Communications CFO Fran Shammo. The timeline is about six months earlier than Verizon has previously stated. Executives had said the company would match its 3G footprint with LTE coverage by the end of 2013.
Microsoft is teaming up with Wi-Fi offload specialist Devicescape to power the Wi-Fi hotspot map that is part of Microsoft's Data Sense application, one of the new key features of Windows Phone 8. Data Sense is a suite of services intended to help users better manage their data usage and stay under their monthly data cap.
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said the company's Windows Phone 8 platform will rapidly capture more market share as it builds on its relatively small user base.