EC clears Nokia/Alcatel-Lucent deal

The European Commission gave the green-light to Nokia’s proposed multi-billion dollar acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent, stating that the deal “would not raise competition concerns”. This is because “the parties are not close competitors and since a number of strong global competitors …

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Samsung launches mobile payments trial

Samsung Pay, the Korean vendor’s response to rival services from the likes of Apple and Google, last week (15 July) started a trial in South Korea ahead of its full rollout. The trial will involve “select customers”, according to the …

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Samsung updates flagship tablet line with Galaxy Tab S2

Samsung updated its high-spec tablet line with the launch of its Galaxy Tab S2, the company’s closest rival to Apple’s iPad line, which was described as “the most immersive Samsung tablet to-date”. The launch comes at a time when growth …

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Dual-SIM smartphone sales to hit half billion in 2016

Dual-SIM smartphone sales will reach 514 million units in 2016, increasing 19 per cent from 431 million sales expected this year and topping the half-billion mark for the first time, according to a forecast from Strategy Analytics. This means “almost one in …

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IoT and big data to drive next tech revolution – Samsung

LIVE FROM GSMA MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS SHANGHAI 2015: The vast volumes of data that smart devices and sensors are generating will fuel the next technology revolution, where connected devices aren’t just automated but are also driven by data in a …

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Samsung surprises with mid-August debut for Galaxy Note – report

Samsung is reportedly bringing forward a key device launch by several weeks to steal a march on arch-rival Apple. According to the Wall Street Journal, the Korean vendor hopes to get more attention for its latest Galaxy Note phablet ahead of the next …

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Samsung’s Q2 earnings to miss forecasts, but worst may be over

South Korea’s Samsung reported today that its Q2 operating profit is expected to fall 4 per cent to KRW6.9 trillion ($6.13 billion) from a year ago, while revenue looks likely to drop 8.3 per cent to KRW48 trillion. Analysts had …

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Smartphones to account for 80% of handset shipments in Q4

Smartphone shipments are forecast to increase to 435 million units and account for 80 per cent of total global handset shipments in the fourth quarter, according to IC Insights. Just 10 quarters ago, in Q1 2013, smartphones made up slightly …

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Samsung reclaims US smartphone top spot

Samsung reclaimed its position as the top smartphone vendor in the US, following the success of the Galaxy S6 device, according to data released by research firm Kantar Worldpanel ComTech. The Galaxy S6 was named the third best-selling smartphone in …

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