Absent from the CTIA Wireless 2013 conference here this week were the big, company-sponsored product unveilings or parties (or combination thereof) that used to dominate this show. In fact, many big-name companies, including Samsung Electronics, BlackBerry ( NASDAQ:BBRY ), HTC, LG Electronics, Nokia ( NYSE:NOK ) and others did not send their mobile executives to the show.
Nokia cannot afford to lose its nerve now despite calls for a Plan B from some irate shareholders. It needs to keep its focus and not undermine its best efforts.
LAS VEGAS--Trade shows like CTIA Wireless 2013 are often the scene of phone and device introductions. Handset makers often hope to grab conference-goers with new and innovative devices. But this year's CTIA show is decidedly different. This year, there are almost no new devices to note. Handset makers, starting with Apple and now including the likes of BlackBerry, Nokia and Samsung, prefer to launch their new devices at dedicated events, where they can control the flow of the headlines. As a result, few device makers use trade shows as the launching pads for their new gadgets. Nonetheless, there were a handful of new handsets worth discussing at this year's CTIA Wireless. Slideshow
Apple remained at the top of a global ranking of brands for 2013, with a value of $185 billion, but Samsung Electronics is closing the gap, moving up 25 places to No. 30, according to the latest BrandZ Top 100 study of leading global brands.
Samsung Electronics said that global shipments of its new flagship Galaxy S4 smartphone will hit 10 million less than a month after it went on sale, beating the sales pace of its predecessor the Galaxy S III.
Telefónica Digital has announced a deal with Samsung Electronics in a move that many are hailing as the most significant carrier billing agreement to date as it unites one of the world's largest operators with the world's biggest handset maker.
Fierce will be covering this year's Google I/O event to bring you all the news and events from the show. Check back here for the latest news throughout this week .
We asked a range of industry analysts for their thoughts on what could be game-changing smartphone improvements in the years ahead. Obviously there will be advances in screen resolution and processor speeds, but what could be some of the major innovations that could potentially change the way people interact with their smartphones?
When developers attend Google I/O 2013 this week they will probably have a lot to look forward to--in-depth technical sessions, visionary keynotes and major product and service announcements. As they get bombarded with information it could be difficult to remember everything they learn, just as it's easy to forget about what was announced at Google I/O last year. Which is why, before things get underway, it's worth taking a quick look back at I/O 2012 and thinking about the big promise Google made, and which it failed to deliver. I am referring, of course, to the Nexus Q.
The jury is still out on the future of Nokia. The company still has a lot of support in its home market from domestic investors and that will be crucial in the months ahead, but patience is clearly running out.